Books Make Me Happy

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"There is nothing new under the sun"

Her Final Breath (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) - Robert Dugoni

Copy for Review from the publisher via NetGalley.
 

I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first (My Sister's Grave). I kept hoping it was going to get exciting. It didn't.

Tracy Crosswhite is a strong female protagonist. She is hunting a serial killer and seems to have a stalker. Sounds interesting, isn't it?

That's why I asked for a copy.

But for some reason I couldn't get into the characters or the story. Maybe, it was too lengthy with lots of unnecessary details. [And I like details and police procedurals very much!]

 

I'll give the author another chance, I am reading the (freebie) Kindle Short Reads: The Academy: A Short Story.

 

 

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Inspiring Speech

Make Good Art - Chip Kidd, Neil Gaiman

 

Lovely edition! Nice quick read!

 

It's Gaiman’s inspiring speech designed by the graphic artist Chip Kidd.

It's a really good book to read when you feel sad.

It'll cheer you up.

 



"The old rules are crumbling, and nobody knows what the new rules are, so make your own rules."

Make Me Smile

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

 

I didn't expect to like this book because I'm not romance books kind of girl.

But I really liked.

Fangirl isn't just a love story, it is also about our love for fiction, fandoms and all about "the power of books".

I'm so in love with these characters, the dialogues and the way the author tells the story, it's so good!

 


The only thing I really didn't enjoy: the story inside the story about "Simon Snow" and "Baz". Sorry!

Just loved it!

Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema - Jamie Russell

 

It's a exceptional job!

Impeccably researched and detailed view about the evolution of the zombies from its Haitian origins up to its latest film features.

It also includes an impressively filmography.

Absolutely essential for horror/zombies films fans.

 

I've just loved it!

 

 

 

 

I own this edition:

 

I took this photo for my Instagram @livros.by.ropis / @ropis / #ropisbooks

 

 

Some pics from the book:

 

 

 

 

The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

The Monogram Murders -  Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah

 

Did I like the book?

 

No, I didn't. But it's Not too bad at all!

It's just that I expected something different about it. I had the idea that Sophie Hannah would put a different spin on the Christie' s work, rather than fitting into it.

It started off so well but then it became a very hard read and painfully repetitive.

 



I Read it because I'm a huge Agatha Christie and Poirot fan. And I am a very curious person.

 

I read it in Portuguese and it's a very good paperback edition. I only disliked its cover:

 

 

 

Little Amusements

 

 

Little Book of Vintage by Tim Pilcher

 

 

It's a well edited little book with some stories from the Golden Age of Comics (1950's). I've just loved it! There is an interesting introduction in each book that give you a brief history of the genre and a cute unique free fridge magnet. ;)

DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2014 - DC Comics

 

I loved it!


It's perfect for DC Comics beginners like myself.
It is a beautiful colourful edition.

What I most liked in it?

The "DC Comics Reading Order".

 

It's a download "read now" category at NetGalley.

Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 357 pages.

Prince of Thorns - Mark  Lawrence

 

I just can't stop reading!

 

It's a great book so far.

DEFINITELY WORTH A READ

Dune - Frank Herbert

 

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration".

 

What can I say about Dune that hasn't been said before?

Well, I read it in Portuguese and I own a brand new edition. It's funny that I usually know what to say about a book I didn't like, and I can't find the right words to say about those I really like. So... I really love this book :P 


I highly recommend for science fiction and fantasy fans!


I think this part of the "To Tame a Land" a Iron Maiden’s song is a good synopsis:

 


He is the king of all the land
In the Kingdom of the sands
Of a time tomorrow
He rules the sandworms and the Fremen
In a land amongst the stars
Of an age tomorrow
He is destined to be a King
He rules over every thing
In the land called planet Dune
Body water is your life
And without it you would die
In the desert the planet Dune

Without a stillsuit you would fry
On the sands so hot and dry
In a world called Arakis
It is a land that's rich in spice
The sandriders and the ‘mice'
That they call the ‘Muad'Dib'
He is the Kwizatz Haderach
He is born of Caladan
And will take the Gorn Jabbar
He has the power to foresee
Or to look into the past
He's the ruler of the stars


Reading progress update: I've read 467 out of 544 pages.

Dune - Frank Herbert

It's a great book. I'm enjoying it a lot!!!!

Murder Me Dead - David Lapham

 

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a page turner, since the beginning I was captured by the feelings and situations the main character was in. I liked the drawing style too, it's clean and classic. If you put on a great soundtrack, it'd be better!
I'd recommend to fans of graphic novel and crime/mystery and noir films.

NetGalley, thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Arrivals

 

My new books have just arrived! The Boy's Life by Robert McCammon was highly recommended by some GR' s friends.

Awesome Trilogy

 

 

Read in Portuguese.

 

These Asimov's books has earned a special place in the sci-fi genre and it's well deserved. It's a Masterpiece!
But it is not for all kind of readers. It's "Like it or leave it!" kind of book.

I don't recommend it for those people who like to read something quickly and full of action. To fully enjoy Foundation you need to read this book without today's perspective, I mean, it's been written in the 1950's, and inspired so many writers that the ideas about future in these books aren't fresh and new anymore. And you need to read all three because the Foundation series gets better with each succeeding book.
I think Asimov is a writer's writer. You can see in his books inspirations that may have impacted others people's works.
I recommend it only to people who really love reading science fiction books.

 

 

P.S.: I do apologise in advance if my English leads to any misunderstanding.

 

My Top Scary Movies

It's my top scary movies (scared the hell out of me):

 


1.Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
"Ju-on" (original title)
Director:Takashi Shimizu

 

2.Shutter (2004)
Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom

 

3.The Omen (1976)
Director: Richard Donner

 

 

4.The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin

 

 

5.Dark Water (2002)
"Honogurai mizu no soko kara" (original title)
Director:Hideo Nakata

 

6.It (1990)
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

7.Let the Right One In (2008)
"Låt den rätte komma in" (original title)
Director: Tomas Alfredson

 

 

8.Hellraiser (1987)
Director: Clive Barker

 

9.Pet Sematary (1989)
Director: Mary Lambert

 

10.Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper

 

Let's just say I feel a little bit embarrassed that they scare me:

 

 

Child's Play (1988)
Director:Tom Holland

 

Saw (2004)
Director: James Wan

 

Hostel (2005)
Director: Eli Roth

 

 

My favorites "scary" movies:

 

Psycho (1960)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Jaws (1975)
Director:Steven Spielberg
Fright Night (1985)
Director:Tom Holland

The Frighteners (1996)
Director:Peter Jackson

The Sixth Sense (1999)
Director:M. Night Shyamalan
30 Days of Night (2007)
Director: David Slade

 

Stir of Echoes (1999)
Director: David Koepp

The Evil Dead (1981)
Director: Sam Raimi

The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenábar

 

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Director:Guillermo del Toro

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Director: Drew Goddard

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright

My Top Ten Movies

Hi, it's my top ten movies, it's not like my taste in books:

 

 


1.It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


2.Rear Window (1954)

3.Singin' in the Rain (1952)

 

 



4.Some Like It Hot (1959)

5.Babette's Feast (1987)

6.84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

 



7.Midnight in Paris (2011)

8.Departures (2008)

 



9.Amélie (2001)

10.Back to the Future (1985)

 

The original post "My top ten movies" is from Kitty Horror, ok?

 



It's my top fav tv series:

 

1.The Wire
2.The X-files
3.The IT Crowd

 


4.Inspector Morse
5.Agatha Christie's Poirot
6.Prime Suspect

 

7.Gilmore Girls
8.Monk / Murder She Wrote

 


9.Doctor Who

 


10.Warehouse 13
11.The Cosby Show
12.Entourage

 


13.The Closer/ Major Crimes
14.Buffy the Vampire Slayer
15.Life

 


16.Absolutely Fabulous
17.Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
18.The Big Bang Theory/Modern Family

 


19.Six Feet Under
20.Alphas / Haven

 

 

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The Invisibles, Vol. 5: Counting to None by Grant Morrison, John Stokes, Phil Jimenez
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