Book Review: Foursome by Jane Fallon

I’ve decided to give Jane another try, and this time, I was not as disappointed as I was with the last book.

It is, though, of the usual story of friendship, middle crisis, and adultery. Honestly I am going to be so happy if Jane finally writes something out of these- but I guess some writers are just made that way. I liked the appeal with this book. Foursome is a book about four friends from college and how things have changed in time. It centers on Rebecca, who is fully contented with her life until it begins to fall apart starting with the break up of her two best friends Alex and Isabel.

Rebecca is a stagnant character. She’s not very noticeable at all, and the life of the book is ironically set on the other characters who revolve around her. I love the twists in the book even when they are a bit expected just because of how the characters carry out the actions. I think it also brings out the truth in most families and lives today, and that it justifies that sometimes, life is boring as well because that’s just how it is.

I do hope Jane writes something from a third person point of view, I think it was always her strength. I’d like to see more depth from the other characters who run the course of the story.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Mr. James A. Best of JAMES A. BEST- AUTHOR for the Sunshine Blogger Award. You may check his website at https://myplace3187.wordpress.com for interesting insights about life in general. Thank you, Mr. James!

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  2. List the Rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 Questions the Blogger has asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 New Blogs to receive the award and notify them by comment on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the Nominees 11 New Questions.

JAMES A. BEST- AUTHOR ‘s question for me:

  1. Who is your favorite writer and why ? For novels it would be Rick Riordan because his books changed my life. I am also a fan of Robert Frost and his poetry. I try to stay clear of a writer in general as I do not want to reflect their writing style on my works.
  2. What is your dream occupation ? I wanted to be an astronaut or scientist when I was young. I think if given the chance, I still want to pursue it today.
  3. Who inspires you the most ? Myself and my dreams.
  4. What does happiness mean to you ? Happiness would be finding contentment and being able to be an instrument to others’ happiness as well.
  5. What genre of movies do you watch the most and why ? I watch anything that is interesting, but I especially love Romantic Comedies, Fantasy, Action, and Animated movies.
  6. Do you keep up with climate change events ? I do. I was involved with a lot of environmental activities when I was still studying. 
  7. Do you know who Greta Thunberg is ? Of course, who wouldn’t? She’s all over the news these days.
  8. Who is your favorite blogger ? I do not have a favorite as of the moment, but I fully support everyone on this community. I think it is a great way to share our ideas to each other. 
  9. What is your favorite cartoon character and why ? I love anything animated, but growing up I have always loved Mickey Mouse. I think he is the face of our childhood and being the face of Disney, reminds us of our early carefree years. 
  10. What is your number one fun activity ? Definitely reading. I am always looking for new things to read.
  11. Who is your top choice for the best musical act ? I do not watch enough musicals, unfortunately, to answer this question. 

My Questions To My Nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your best experience in life so far?
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?
  4. What’s your comfort food and why?
  5. What is your greatest fear?
  6. What inspires you?
  7. Who is your role model?
  8. If you could choose an imaginary place to live, where would it be and why?
  9. What are you favorite books?
  10. If you could have dinner with someone who is dead, who would it be and why?
  11. How do you spend you past time?

I nominate the following people for the award:

YBP- It’s All About Love

Jo An- Midnight Harmony

Susi Bocks- I Write Her

Ailish Sinclair- Aislish Sinclair

I await your answers! This is a great way to connect with the community, so feel free to get on with the gig.

TV Review: Peaky Blinders (Season 1 to Season 5)

8c1d6b08-e886-4a8d-800f-e77f3b383b31_800_420The Peaky Blinders is a series created by Steven Knight, about a gangster family in Birmingham, England set in 1919.

The Shelby family is the gangster family that heads the Peaky Blinders, named such as for their practice of sewing disposable blades into the peaks of their flat caps to use as weapons in blinding their enemies. It is actually based on a real life gangster of the same name, though it is argued that they do not really have blades on their caps from before.

The family is headed by Thomas Shelby, along with his brothers Arthur and John. They fought in France during the World War I where Tommy (Thomas) came back with multiple awards. He is considered as the head of the family, although he is just the second eldest, for his schemes that expanded the business and power of the Shelbys. The company is also comprised of his aunt, Polly Gray, her son and their cousin Michael Gray, their sister Ada Shelby-Thorne, their little brother Finn, and the spouses of the siblings.

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REVIEW:

Peaky Blinders first caught my eye as my old college schoolmate always posted about it on Facebook. I got curious because this particular person has peculiar taste, as he shuns the social hype and is often into things that are unique. I relate in a way, because things lose their value to me when they are hyped. I started to watch some of the short clips of the show on Facebook and my curiosity prompted me to finally get on Netflix.

I have watched Season 1 to Season 5 during my free time in a span of a fortnight.  Each Season is comprised of 6 episodes of about an hour each. You will not regret time spent on it, because every scene is so well crafted that there is nothing put to waste. Every detail is counted. The intro song is stuck to my head when it comes on.

Season 1 was the introduction of the Shelby family. I was a bit confused at first so I read some of the summaries about them online, (I always seem to be having this problem.) I couldn’t get the role of Freddie Thorne in it and why Tommy hated him until I refreshed my English History knowledge. It pays to know a bit about it, by the way, when you watch the show as it is aligned with England’s historical events. It begins with one of Tommy’s schemes in stealing war guns that everybody is looking for. The English government assigns Major Campbell to find them and he plants Grace Burgess, his spy, as a barmaid in the Shelby’s bar.

I cannot help but be drawn to the Shelbys. I like their swag, although to be honest they were (still are) obnoxious, dangerous, and selfish. They have the worst qualities of being bad men. They have the closest family ties, too.

The characters are fit for their roles. I don’t know how Steven Knight managed to get the perfect actors, but he did. I checked their profiles and they are really far off from the roles they play on Peaky Blinders.

Season 2 was focused on Major Campbell’s revenge on the family after Tommy outwits him in Season 1, and takes Grace from him. The Shelbys plot is focused on entering the London scene, already caught up in a war between two heading factions- the Jews and the Italians. Alfie Solomons is a fan fave, and I didn’t realize it was Tom Hardy until I looked him up. His character is too fluid, you won’t even understand where his loyalties lie.

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Michael was also introduced here and I must really comment on how he has grown all throughout because he was such an innocent kid here and he will become poisonous in the next seasons to come. You should really watch out for the character developments on this show.

Honestly, Season 3 was a bit of a blur to me because of Grace’s comeback, but the wedding scene is one of my favorites when Tommy warns the boys with no fighting. I didn’t really like Grace much, as she was Tommy’s weakness and brought out the worst in him. Tommy is involved with the Russians here and the portrayal of the Russians made me realize why their country abolished their monarchy. They’re all mad; the kind of madness that even Tommy cannot tolerate.

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Season 4 is my personal favorite although it had a lot of death (just so you know, everybody dies all the time in Peaky Blinders; don’t warm up too much to anybody.) Luca Changretta is my villain, what else can you expect from Academy award winning actor Adrien Brody? See, I told you they have brilliant casting. You will also see the ever recognizable Aidan Gillen (Peter Baelish on Game of Thrones) as Aberama Gold, whom Tommy hires as a hitman in the Vendetta between the Shelbys and the Changrettas, as they have killed Luca’s father and brother in Season 3.

I just love the whole string of ideas in the Vendetta. This is also the climax for me, as it brings the family a whole new image after the events in Season 3. They are not the same as before as each of them face their own demons, Tommy especially.

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Season 5 is too short for me. Here it is more aligned to history, as Tommy is given a place in Parliament (through his scheming, of course,) and he keeps an eye on Oswald Moseley. As you know, Moseley was a fascist, and an admirer of Mussolini, the Italian dictator, played by Sam Claflin. I am sorry, but I am so used to Sam’s soft face in my books to movie list (Me Before You, Love Rosie,) it was really weird seeing him play the villain. He’s doing a great job, though.

There is always a cliffhanger in every season, and this seems to be Knight’s style to keep the viewers wanting more of it. I don’t know how this show not as popular as the others, but the quality is an A plus. I don’t know what to expect from the next season, there are so many storyline that can be creatively written. Peaky Blinders should be the next Game of Thrones, but honestly, I hope they don’t ruin the end like they did with GOT.

I haven’t described much of the plot’s major spoilers to get you to watch it yourselves. I highly recommend this show. If any of you has watched it, I am dying to know what you think about the characters and what will happen next, please feel free to leave your thoughts.

Rating: 10/10