It’s never the way you think it will turn out!

Here are some comments about past reviews and possible future ones.

“Prey” series still sells

John Sandford is amazing. I reviewed his penultimate novel in the “Prey” series(see my March 25th review of Buried Prey), and at the time his latest novel was awaiting publication. Well, it’s out, and Stolen Prey is #1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list this week.

The Raven soars. Or not.

The Raven: A promise without a payoff — if you believe the critics

In April , I posted an article about Edgar Alan Poe, which I did after seeing a movie poster announcing a movie called The Raven starring John Cusack. In that review I made the following observation:

It may be a good movie or it may be hideous, as were many of the Vincent Price flicks we saw in the fifties supposedly inspired by Poe. But if it does nothing else it will re-introduce a generation to the masterful words of a man who loved words as much as anything else in life and who died never knowing how his words would affect millions after his death.

Well, the critics have had their say, and the consensus is that The Raven is a bad movie (check out “Cusack’s ‘The Raven’ takes a beating from critics”). If you are to believe some of them, the old Vincent Price pieces would stand up well in comparison. Oh well. None of this takes anything away from my comments about Poe himself. He is still one of a kind. As for the movie, I will wait for the DVD.

Knot sure about this one

Finally, some have asked if I will be reviewing 50 Shades of Grey. It’s a book that seems to be selling big time to women, and so I have been looking for a woman’s perspective. My wife started it, got embarrassed and quit. I asked my daughter—who is a professional in the health care field—and she blushed a lot and said she loved it but no she wouldn’t do a review! So, not sure whether I will get around to this one or not. Probably knot. I’m pretty much tied up at the moment.

Love means never having to say you’re sorry about losing your head

I just picked up Bring Up The Bodies (Henry Holt and Company, 2012) , by Hilary Mantel, the story about the demise of Anne Boleyn from the perspective of Henry VIII’s Secretary Thomas Cromwell.

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