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Tale of the Body Thief, by Anne Rice

One of the better Rice vampire novels. It’s more reality based than most (did not like Merrick at all), as part of the story finds Lestat reminiscing about “the good old days,” of being human. And it’s fascinating, and pretty funny, when he does it, and realizes how mortality compares to immortality. Like feeling pain and hunger. This story is also unique among Rice’s novels,…

Slow Burn, movie review

A cut above your normal murder mystery, and very enjoyable. No long, drawn out pointless conversations, plenty of action and slow burning intensity. And you can’t go wrong with Ray Liotta. Freebie on Amazon Prime Video.

Dismissed, movie review

Good psycho thriller, about a new high school student that appears to be excellent at everything he does. Maybe, a little too much, when he starts correcting his literature teacher, and won’t stand for any criticism. But, this is no ordinary high school student–he takes things very, very seriously, and in an act of revenge for a perceived undue low grade on a paper, the…

What Happened to Monday?

In this dystopian future, you’re only allowed to have one sibling. And there are dire circumstances if you try to violate the law. One family pushes it, and manages to hide 7 identical children, all girls. Since they all look alike, they take turns venturing out into the world on their chosen day. The child named Monday on Monday, etc. They all have the same…

The Perfection, movie review

Starts out innocently enough: two world class cellists meet up and become lovers. But one of them has an ulterior motive; one that will lead to betrayal, physical violence, blood spillage, and brutal revenge. But, that doesn’t reveal itself until this movie has thrown you for a loop or two. It turns out that they have a history. Just a brief meeting when they were…

The Gift, with Cate Blanchett

Another freebie on Netflix. A murder mystery, but really well done, with Keanu Reeves in a very different kind of role for him–a wife beater. Annie (Cate) has a “gift” that lets her see things in other people’s past. One of Annie’s clients is Valerie (Hillary Swank), who’ s married to the wife beater. After a woman disappears, Valerie shows up one day with a…

The Gift, with Justin Bateman

An excellent psychological thriller, available for free on Netflix. A married couple runs into an old high school friend, a “friend” who has a habit of dropping in on the wife while the husband is at work, and at other times, leaving a gift on the front porch. It gets weirder when he invites them over to his house for dinner, then gets a phone…