A Dark Anatomy - by Robin Blake
I found the book in a local book store that got a small section of English books. While I do enjoy reading books in Danish, I prefer reading English books in English. I didn't know anything about the book, but was drawn in by the cover, and after reading the back cover, I knew I had to take it home.
I started reading it that night but actually ended up stopping before getting really into it. Now that wasn't the books fault at all, but I had just finished reading a very interesting book in a series, and my head was still filled with it, so I simply couldn't concentrate on new characters. I put the book back in my to be read pile and it stayed there for a few weeks before I got back to it.
And then I started reading, and I didn't stop until I reached the end.
In 1740's England, a squires wife is found dead under a great old oak, her throat slashed. Coroner Titus Cragg and Doctor Luke Fidelis are on the case and have to navigate politics, superstition, and the different social layers of life, to try and find the killer.
The story isn't fast paced, but it fits the setting, and the overall feel of the story. The characters truly come to life, and I was completely caught up in the story and the characters lives. The murder investigation drew me in and I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what happened next.
The setting seemed very authentic to 1740 England, though I admit my knowledge of that time period is limited. But nothing made me go "Oh, this seems wrong." But at the same time the story isn't trying to be pretentious about it, so the author really managed to pull of a great balance.
The main character, Cragg, has quite a personality and his way of thinking is interesting. He is both a progressive man and very much a man of his time, and the mix is a nice blend that makes him more than just your normal "detective".
I highly recommend the book to anyone who loves a good mystery.
I got a confession to make - I’m a huge fan of comic heroes in all their forms. From the pretty boys of DC to the growly ones with Marvel, I love them.
When I was a kid I spent hours after school at the local library, chewing my way through every comic they had. Most of them was European Comics, and they mostly had a very dark theme and feel to them. Less super hero - more anti hero.
So the fact that comic books are being turned into movies is great. Sure sometimes they screw up, but generally I’m more than happy with what is delivered on screen. Just like the characters have often had different presentations through the years on paper, the characters on screen are new versions, seen through the lense of the time and age they were made.
But I admit that it was with mixed feeling I sat down to see Suicide Squad.
Some of my favourite characters was going to be in it, and I could see so many possible ways they could screw this up. Put on top of that, the fact that I saw it when it came on DVD, and therefore had months of people talking about it, I tried really hard not to expect to much from it.
For those who don’t really know Suicide Squad, it’s a bunch of bad guys from the DC world all of them in prison (most of them caught by Batman) who’s put together to save the world from Meta humans, after Superman dies.
That’s the premise of the movie.
Now on to the actual review - Warning, spoilers could be ahead.
Suicide Squad - two stars
I admit that Suicide Squad took three tries before it really grew on me.
The movie itself is pretty enough, the acting is good, and I adore the way they captured the fucked up mind of Harley Quinn. To me it was pretty clear that Suicide Squad was Harley’s tale, and they really managed to display the way the Joker slowly messed her up and twisted her into the villain she is. They also managed to display the complex feelings between Joker and Harley, even though Joker got minimal air time.
This alone could earn the movie four stars, but unfortunately it has a lot of down sides too.
In this movie alone, they manage to kill of three characters, one of them which is only introduced so he can be killed.
Seriously, Slipknot arrives just as the team assembles to go on their first mission, there is offered no backstory on him what so ever, and before they even arrive at their first fight, he tries to escape and gets his head blown off. Can you say bad writing? One of the things authors is constantly told is to never use what we call “cardboard characters”. This is characters that are introduced only to be killed off to somehow motivate the other characters, without offering any form of background for them. We often see these sort of characters in stories where the hero needs a reason for his actions. The love/parent/best friend of the Hero is killed, so he goes after the villain. And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with using this plot device, it only ever turns into a problem when said character never really was there to begin with.
Other than slipknot, they kill off Enchantress, and El Diablo… and let me just say, I was not happy when they killed off El Diablo. I know, it’s DC, someone who loves to bring back dead characters, but I was pissed.
Other than that, the overall plot of the movie just annoys me. When I was done watching it the first time, I was left thinking that it felt like they rushed the plot writing, and just took the easiest route they could find. In some places it’s so weak, it’s a wonder it hasn’t collapsed yet.
But, even with the downsides to the movie, I stil enjoyed watching it more than ones, because what ever else the movie manage to do, it is entertaining.
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