It's difficult for me to remember a more joyful, smart, and pleasant coming-of-age movie made in recent years. Sing Street, shot on the streets of Dublin, is filled with vibrant costumes and colorful people and I couldn't help but feel delight as I watched the young characters come to life. During my first viewing, it was easy to make comparisons to the beloved American filmmaker John Hughes of 1980's Chicago fame because of the mutual time period.
Mia, "Rabbit", Hayes is a fighter and the very heart of her adoring family. But so is the cancer slowly taking over her body. Rabbit, however, refuses to acknowledge that her diagnosis has just rapidly plummeted or share the news with her 12 year old daughter, Juliet. Neither of them is ready to say goodbye. Rabbit's family is amazing, particularly her strong tough Irish "Mammy" Molly, who fights like a tiger for her daughter's life. Rabbit's father, Jack, and her siblings, Grace and Davey, are believably drawn characters.
It’s not often that you open a book to find the main character quoting author James Crumley. But Ken Bruen is clearly a student of the genre; references to the history of hard-boiled fiction keep dropping, which is a very nice treat for the reader.
Hardboiled has been transported to Ireland and the result is thoroughly enjoyable!
In a spotless suburban home in Ireland, a man and two children are found dead, and a badly-wounded woman is rushed to the hospital. They are residents of Broken Harbor, a nearly-abandoned new development left in the lurch after the housing crisis. This is how Detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy finds the Spain family, and has his chance to be top detective on the murder squad. In addition to taking on the biggest case of the year, he has a rookie, Richie Curran, to break in.
Imagine a world that doesn’t know its own rules. No cell phones. No Internet. No stock market. No money. No legal system.
I didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, by Anne Enright. The silly, cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public. And the first essay was a strange, confusing thing that I still haven’t untangled. Luckily, I didn’t start with the first essay. I st
Whenever I’m asked for a “gentle read” my go-to author is Maeve Binchy. Her novels are standalone, not a series; so the order in which they are read doesn’t matter. There is no sex, language or violence in Binchy’s books.
“Scorcher” Kennedy, top detective in Dublin’s Murder Squad, has been assigned a high priority, high profile case. His bright and innovative partner is a rookie to the squad and eager to prove he is worthy. Broken Harbor, now known as Brainstown, is a housing development hit hard by the recession. Most of the half-built new homes have been abandoned with only a few occupied. The residents of one home are struck by tragedy when the father and two young children are mu
After a half decade of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fallen angels and faeries, I assumed there was nothing new under the paranormal sun—at least, nothing new that would capture my interest. But Maggie Steifvater, author of the Shiver trilogy, proved me wrong with her latest young adult stand-alone, The Scorpio Races.