Casual Victim of a Bait and Switch

Finished: The Martian. Next up: The One Thing.

So, I started The Martian.  The intention was that I’d finish it before Saturday at 8:35pm when I go see the movie with Polo.

Turns out, I finished it in under 24 hours.  So I moved it from #13 – A Book in Another Country to #27 – A Book You Can Finish in a Day.  Ba-boom.  Roasted.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I won’t say that the writing was fantastic.  It was surprisingly scientific and excruciatingly detailed at certain parts.  But I will definitely claim that it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through.  I didn’t want to put it down.  At one point, I was walking through the halls at work with my nose buried in a book a la Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

I am now eagerly anticipating seeing the movie tomorrow.

Aside from that, I’m still working my way (albeit slowly) through The One Thing.  In fact, I’m determined to read AT LEAST two chapters tonight before I start my next book, #14 – A Nonfiction Book.  For this category, I am reading The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr.  It was recommended to me by my second(?) cousin, Shannon and I’m really looking forward to it.

#14 The Lost Painting

Combining history and detective work, The Lost Painting traces the recent discovery of a Caravaggio painting, by comparing two copies of the painting and trying to figure out which one is the original The Taking of Christ (c. 1602).

Last but not least, I forgot to mention it last post, but I saw Everest!  It was….an interesting take?  Not how I remember the book at all.  In fact, the entire film seemed to be from Beck Weather’s perspective whereas Into Thin Air was written by Jon Krakauer.  In fact, the film spent a good deal of time portraying Jon and several other characters poorly.  I also didn’t care for the end scene where they showed Beck returning home and the “epilogue” as it were.  Like, what they shared was completely irrelevant.

They inherently made the focus of the movie on ONE person and his struggle instead of the story of everyone who died on the mountain.  Instead of seeing his daughter at the end, I’d much rather have had information on how many people died total on the mountain that day.  What happened to the other excursions who didn’t want to play nice?  Did any of them go back to Everest again?  Or how about how controversial the entire situation was, owing to the fact that no one actually 100% remembers exactly how it happened!?!?!  That’s relevant information!  Ugh.  There were so many other ways they could have rounded out the film.

But whatever.

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Obtained my Master's in Film, Television and Screen Media in London, England. Now working as a small-group travel coordinator. Nice to meet you!

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