The main characters (Hodges and Brady, to name a few) jump off of the page and into reality as people that we might really know or we try hard to avoid. The motivations and the actions that they take make sense as increasingly difficult situations are presented to them. The best example is the obsession, which develops within Hodges in order to solve the mystery of the killer. He is a detective who has lived for his job and can’t handle his well-deserved retirement. His desperate feelings of worthlessness (among other reasons), drives him to catch the killer. As Hodges struggles to do the right thing, he is constantly aware that by doing so he might also be breaking the law.
I must mention the dark character that is the killer. It’s astounding how King came up with the personality traits and family relations of the man. I would swear that King personally sat down with Brady and collected the facts first hand. Once this information is blended into the story, King makes Brady just dark enough that regardless how much you understand his life (and it’s pretty messed up) you have to hate the guy.
King has written a well-paced story that grabs hold of the reader’s attention from its shocking beginning to its nail-biting conclusion. This book makes for one of King’s best suspense novels and it easily deserves five stars.
The basis for the video, just like the book, is the uncertain world of dreams. Deidre dreams nightly about Kelly and Dyllon's new marriage. She wishes for their happiness and this is reflected by the use of light and happy musical tones. But this mood turns suddenly ominous and Deidre is reminded that dreams cannot be controlled. Or can they?
Murder has come to a quiet rural town in New England during the 1930s. Is it possible that children might be involved?
The story of Thomas Tryon’s exploration into the odd behaviors of the young brothers Niles and Holland Perry is both well written and well executed. The small-town descriptions were realistic and the plot twists kept me guessing but the unexpected final revelation involving the siblings haunted me for days. Tryon’s work with the 1972 movie of the same name was just as shocking and I consider both works to be classics.
What is all of the fuss about the new movie, Star Wars - The Force Awakens?
I've only had my ticket for the last month (for the December 18th opening day showing ) so I believe that I can answer that question. Regardless, I can't give a review of a movie that I've never seen before so let's instead take a look at what all the buzz is based on.
Back in May 1977, I saw a new movie at the drive-in called, Stars Wars - A New Hope - Episode IV. It was advertised as a shoot-'em- up Western in outer space. Reviews were good, it was popular for months and I thought that would be it. A great movie but then again, there was a lot of other great movies.
As the year progressed, every child had some toy and/or model related to Star Wars. Even some adults said craziness like, "I wish I had a light saber." This is from a movie that was numbered "Episode IV". How could a movie that skipped the first three chapters be so successful? It took three years but I found out.
In May 1980, when The Empire Strikes Back was finally released, there was an adult following that shocked more than a few people. As the movie began, the same theme music as in the first installment sounded and the rolling credits again impressively stretched across the screen. In unison, the crowd gave out a loud and resounding "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaa."
There were a lot of happy people who finally got their fix. Not to mention the big shocker about Luke's father (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who doesn't know).
Return of the Jedi (May 1983) was also a good movie because of the established relationships of the main characters and the exciting resolution to George Lucas' story. Carrie Fisher's good-looks helped a bit also.
But what didn't help episode VI was creating the furry little Ewoks. Those fuzz-balls were just too childish but I guess the kids in the audience appreciated them more then I did.
Apparently, Lucas did something very right because even though it took another sixteen years (May 1999) before Episode I - The Phantom Menace finally premiered, young and old were still in a high state of excitement.
Fascinating story building amazed all but there was one character that almost single-handedly destroyed the show. Yes, it was Jar Jar Binks. This creature was more than just childish; this thing was just plain stupid. He served an important function in the plot but his role should have been given to a tree or something that could keep its mouth closed. But, the movie was successful in spite of that creature's antics.
By May 2002, Attack of the Clones premiered and it was an instant blockbuster. A great love story and even greater shockers. To me, the biggest success of the movie was the decision to give Jar Jar Binks just a few lines (sorry, just a joke).
And finally we arrive at Revenge of the Sith - Episode III, which is a truly remarkable achievement of a movie. Since its premiere on May 2005, I've seen it more than a few times but the exciting plot blended with the inevitable sadness and tragedy that Anakin must face to become his future self holds up every time.
The story-writing decisions to connect a 2005 film to the original that premiered in 1977 must have been more than difficult. I've heard that George Lucas had a great deal of the entire story in his head from long ago. Overall, well written scripts, amazing stars, remarkable direction, stupendous musical scores and ever-increasing CGI effects have made Star Wars a memorable part of our lives for nearly forty years.
Hopefully, Star Wars - The Force Awakens - Episode VII will not disappoint but signs are good that it too will be a winner. Its actually premiering Thursday evening, December 17th even though the commercials say Friday. Rotten Tomato (movie reviews) has already given the film an average rating of 97%.
I hate standing on long lines so I'm thankful that some theaters now have reserved seating. Along with quite a few others, I will be having more to say about this film. Oh, almost forgot. May the force be with you.
It was difficult not to feel a bit hot under the collar as the attractive interviewer requested more information. Fantasies of supple flesh were dancing across my thoughts. I needed to concentrate or I was not going to get though this. To relax my nerves, I glanced pass her cheery smile and focused instead on the other side of the towering picture window. A lone crimson vehicle had just touched the clouds and was now fading from view.
"Back on earth,” I finally responded. “I worked for the last forty years with the intellectually disabled. I dealt mostly with the managerial side of things. You know, a lot of paperwork, a lot of directing staff. Before the accident, I enjoyed the feeling that I was making a difference with the programs that I was structuring but there was a part of me that wanted more."
"What do you mean by more?" the interviewer intervened.
I noticed that her fingers were dancing across a section of her desk, as if to enter information. As her swan-like neck shifted to the right, so did her dark flowing hair. As it parted from its resting place on her shoulder, the smooth skin of her bare neck lay exposed to the soft overhead lighting. As the interviewer’s gaze slowly rose from her work-desk, I again realized that I was taking too long responding to her questions.
"I was always told that I could tell a good story, so I began to take my writing more seriously. I prefer the darker side of fiction. I write mostly science-fiction and horror stories with always a romantic angle and a touch of deception.”
I stared into the interviewer’s piercing eyes for some reaction to my last statement but received only a calculated twist at the edge of her mouth.
“Have you ever been published anywhere?” she asked.
“One of my short stories was published in Sanitarium Magazine. It was about two couples that visited a haunted house on Halloween but got more than they bargained for.”
The interviewer raised an eyebrow and continued to quickly type as she spoke.
“Do you have any other interests?”
“Photography and videography but those are really just hobbies;” I replied.
“Mr. Green, I think you are not giving yourself enough credit,” the interviewer said curtly. “I’ve been looking over your hobbies and they appear to be connected to your writing. What is this outlet called again? YouTube?”
I paused, not certain what to make of what the interviewer had just asked.
“Yes, it is but why?”
“No need to be nervous, that was a compliment,” she said with a wide toothy smile.
“I think we definitely have a place for you in our organization.”
I sat stunned for only a moment before responding.
“Thank you so much! You will not regret this.”
With the intention of shaking the interviewer’s hand, I began to stand. As I did, my seat and the platform that it was mounted on were slowly lowering into the floor. Just below me, I could hear a multitude of screams that sounded like men and women crying out for mercy. I felt the rush of blistering heat quickly surrounding me and suddenly there was the pervasive and inescapable smell of charred flesh.
“No, thank you,” the interviewer replied. “And you’re right, we will not regret this.”
As she finished speaking those last words all that could be seen where there once had been a chair was a wisp of gray smoke as that area of the floor was resealed.
The Green Legacy is the story of a sixteen-year-old that feels driven to go to 19th century Louisiana. Judy's plan in this paranormal tale is to do whatever it takes to gain power and influence over others.
The music and surrounding sound effects of the trailer were carefully selected to reflect the mood of the beginning of the book. I compared Judy's frame of mind during her arrival to New Orleans to an unanticipated storm thunderously rolling into the port. Because of her encounter with a member of the Green family, the powerful theme takes on a unexpected sensual tone, which then leads to the unexpected appearance of the mysterious stranger.
I began writing this book as a way of collecting and documenting my own family roots. I was curious how as far back I could trace my lineage. The more information I found after speaking to relatives and tracking down information on Ancestry.com, the more I realized that there was another tale forming; one which would connect all of the family stories together under one main theme. This is how the story of Judy began.
There really was a sixteen-year-old named Judy who arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of a slave manifest on March 14, 1843, as seen below (#16).
The love, tragedy, and unexpected surprises that Judy experiences are all tied to the betrayal she believes she suffered at the hands of one she loves. Her need for revenge spans for generations as Judy seeks satisfaction and an understanding .
Hope you enjoy reading The Green Legacy as much as I enjoyed writing it. Take a look at the trailer.
The greatest happiness you can feel is when you share with someone you love.