Thursday, October 23, 2003

Website Review

Meet the Artists - Ann Jonas

I really enjoyed reading about the artist of Round Trip

The site provides biographies of other artists, which are all pretty interesting. The only real problem with this website is that the text was so small I had trouble reading it!

Book Review

Round Trip by Ann Jonas (Author)

My son saw this one on Reading Rainbow and he was so fascinated by the pictures that we went right out and bought it. It is very cleverly done, and all my kids really like this one.

Basically, every picture tells TWO stories. You read the book through, then turn it over and read it upside down. A bridge with water running under it and cars driving over it become, when upside down, a fence with electric poles and wires running alongside and stars in the sky above! It's really a wonderful little book.

Only 4 stars because the story isn't interesting enough to read twice, although the pictures are great fun to look at over and over again.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) VHS ~ Kirsten Dunst

When this movie was released I decided to skip it because I didn't think it would be all that funny. I was wrong! My husband and I read the screenplay first, and after laughing out loud several times while reading it, we decided we just had to buy the video.

I expected it to be a darker comedy than it is. There are some really, really good jokes in there, and some hilarious situations. The acting is great (Dunst is especially good.)

I can easily recommend this one.

More on Kirstie Alley (who is in this movie)
Scientology Success: Kirstie Alley

Small Town Girl by Lavyrle Spencer

I read another of LaVyrle Spencer's books before, and really loved it (Twice Loved), so I started this one with high expectations.

The writing was fluid, the characters were interesting, but I just couldn't get past the idea that the heroine stole the hero away from another woman (whom he had been seeing for 8 years -- and was happy with until the millionaire superstar heroine came onto the scene.)

The hero didn't enter his new relationship cleanly, either. There were a few instances of kissing (one while rolling on the grass) while his girlfriend was kept in the dark.

I don't know about other readers, but I can't admire a hero who cheats on his girlfriend, or a heroine who steals a man from another woman.

I have another book by Spencer waiting for me to read, and I don't know if I'll bother.

Real Heroes
Heroes I Fell in Love With