Writing Can Be Murder

January 20, 2010

Reading and Watching Wednesday 1/20/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:03 pm

I should never read books that are hyped because I’m always disappointed. I finished Kathryn Stockett’s THE HELP. It was okay. Better than okay, pretty good, but I didn’t think it was great like so many others seem to. I have a couple theories as to why, but I’m keeping them to myself.

On the other hand, I loved, loved, loved 50 FAVORITE ROOMS BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Diane Maddox. It’s a feast for the eyes, with the book being as well-designed as the rooms it honors.

We watched Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. An okay movie that suffers from what I call writer/director-itis. (I’m of the opinion that writers should never direct their own work.) Still it was entertaining (and one of Val Kilmer’s better performances imho) and if you’re a fan of Shane Black (which I am) there are some good laughs.

I’m thinking of re-reading some old Spenser novels this week. The passing of Robert Parker has left me feeling nostalgic.

What about you? Have you read or watched anything interesting?



  1. I finally finished Richard Castle’s new book [wink,wink] and I blogged about it. It took me forever believe it or not. Now I’m indulging in one of the Torchwood books. DH and I have been watching ‘Men of a Certain Age’ on TNT. It’s sort of like ‘Desperate Househusbands’ – middle aged men who whine about their lives…and yet it’s mildly entertaining.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 21, 2010 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  2. I thought the Castle book was a quick, easy-breezy read.

    Do different authors write the Torchwood books, or is it all the same person?

    I gave the pilot of Men a try (I’m a huge fan of Andre from his Homicide days…hey maybe I should watch that on dvd….and I like Scott). I turned it off after 30 minutes…couldn’t take the whining (then again I don’t watch Housewives either). Did the series improve at all?

    Comment by love2wryte — January 22, 2010 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  3. Still much whining, but it’s interesting to see men doing all the fretting rather than women for a change.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 23, 2010 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

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