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My Favorite Authors

I’ve been asked several times recently,  “Who is your favorite author?”

My all-time favorite author is Edith Wharton, who  wrote my all-time favorite book, The Age of Innocence  (see review under Book Reviews).  

However, I have  some favorite modern day authors I’d like to share with you.

In the fiction category my current favorites are Tracy Chevalier and Khaled Hosseini.

Chevalier’s most famous work is Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into a movie staring Scarlet Johannson and Colin Firth. While the movie was good, the book was better.

Chevalier has published five books, my favorite  is Falling Angels, a story told in the first-person by many different characters; no small feat for a writer. It follows two families during the women’s suffrage movement in London, England.

I like Chevalier because she writes like a painter; the story unfolds one  colorful brush stroke at a time until a well-crafted, beautiful story is revealed. She develops strong settings through the use of vivid descriptions and strong characters through the use of good, believable dialogue. Chevalier’s most recent work is Burning Bright (read my review under Book Reviews From the Berthoud Surveyor).

Hosseini has published two books, The Kite Runner, now a major motion picture, and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  The setting of both stories is Afghanistan, though The Kite Runner also takes place in the United States. Hosseini writes straightforward, yet haunting stories that are as believable as they are heart-wrenching.  

In A Thousand  Splendid Suns, the two main characters are women. As a female writer, I have never attempted to write anything but female main characters and I  have always been impressed with authors who  take on this  challenge and Hosseini does it well.  

Though many  book critics disagree, I thought A Thousand Splendid  Suns was better than Hosseini’s first book. I enjoyed the intense character development and that  the entire story takes place in Afghanistan (the country  has always intrigued me).    

To learn more about these two authors, visit their  websites:  

Tracy Chevalier –  www.tchevalier.com/

Khaled Hossein – www.khaledhosseini.com/

In my next post I’ll share my favorite, modern day, non-fiction writers.

What's My All-Time Favorite Movie?

Find out what movie holds the ranking of Heidi’s All-Time Favorite Movie now posted under Movie Reviews.

Click here to read it:  Heidi’s All-Time Favorite Movie

Note: The tabs at the top of the page will quickly transport you to the review pages.   When you reach the page, simply scroll down until you find the name of the movie, restaurant or book you’re looking for.

Busy Week!

I’ve had a busy week and  I have a cold so I haven’t gotten much done in the way of reviews for this site.   I am currently working on reviews of The Kite Runner and a local seafood restaurant in Fort Collins called Fish.   Keep checking in!!

Worst Movie Ever?

Okay, so Pirates of the Caribbean 3 may not be the worst movie ever, but it may be the most expensive worst movie ever (it cost 272.6 million to create).   I am a little under the weather this weekend,  so  we decided  to stay in last night and order  Pirates of the Caribbean 3  On Demand; a  decision we began to regret about twenty minutes into the movie.

We saw Pirates 1 in the movie theater and it was slightly entertaining.   I’m usually game to watch any movie starring Johnny Depp (I’ve been a fan since 21 Jump Street).   When Pirates 2 came out, we also saw it in the movie theater and were disappointed.   It was watchable (barely) but not as good as the first.   Basically, it wasn’t worth the money so when Pirate 3 came out I refused to see it at the theater.   As it turns out, this was a wise decision.

If you haven’t already subjected yourself to Pirates 3, please don’t waste your time (it would be better spend doing  absolutely anything else, even  twiddling your thumbs).   Perhaps if someone pays you to watch it, don’t take  less than $100.  

I love movies and have been known to sit through some pretty terrible flicks, but at almost 3 hours long, I couldn’t take Pirates 3.   I decided it was bedtime and made Ryan suffer through the last thirty minutes alone.

The problems with this movie are as follows (and  though there are many, many more, these were the most glaring):

1. The story line is convoluted to the point of being nonsensical,

2. it’s full of the worst one-liners ever (and I like one-liners),

3. Webster’s definition  of  Stupid, pretty much sums of Pirates 3:   slow of mind, given to unintelligent decisions or acts,  acting in an unintelligent or careless manner, lacking intelligence or reason.

Coming Soon…

My review of Juno and the Kite Runner.

We are planning on seeing There Will be Blood this weekend – so I should have that review posted at the beginning of next week.

I’m also developing a My Favorite Movies page which may be up later today.

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