Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review of Game of Love

Game of Love
Written by Melissa Foster


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



Finding ones’ way in life is a chore. But knowing who you can be a tougher challenge without proper feedback from a loving family and friends.

In their teenage years, Dex and Ellie were an item but not lovers in a biblical way. They were friends.

Her presence in his life gave him strength. However, Ellie had strengths of another kind, but her home environment weakened them and led her to Remington’s home, especially to Dex’s room.  

Her home environment resulted in mental roadblocks that affected the way Ellie communicated her feelings. Dex has no doubt of his abilities or who he is because he was nurtured by his family and his best friend, unbeknown to her, Ellie.

Because of reasons not told to Dex, Ellie was taken out of his life. She is now on his doorstep again, four years after a prior short encounter. She still has emotional baggage – insecurities as to who she is – strengths and weaknesses.

Dex’s caring and loving push Ellie in the right direction, but it is a woman friend of his that apparently helps Ellie see some light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s a gripping story from the beginning to end, that will have you crying, and laughing at times. Traumatic events bring us to a conclusion.

Ms. Foster’s style of characterization leaves no doubt as to who loves who; and the steam in the relationship goes up and down, keeping the reader guessing if the joining of Dex and Ellie will ever be completed.

Game of Love, The Remingtons, Book One; Love in Bloom Series stands alone. However, it may be interesting to see who will fall in love in the next book of this series.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review of My Devouring Love

My Devouring Love:
       The First Weeks

Written by Donna Noville –Theiler

For you my fans, I read this book to see what all the fuss was about Zombies. The thought of the undead walking around eating humans seems to me to be an over the edge concept. However, Ms. Noville-Theiler has produced a novel that uses that concept effectively.

A love story comes about while Zombies are festering in the world around them. The main character, Abby, is put in a position away from home, that changes her life forever. Because of an infection that produces the Zombies, the dynamic of her family is changed.

She and her young sister, Ava, are separated from their mother and father, one by choice. This separation leads to their flight from the Zombies. Some of the people they meet on this journey hinder their return home, and others propel them forward.

What I can say most, is that there are Zombies, zombies, and zombies everywhere. You can’t get rid of them even to the end, which turns into a new beginning.

Whether in the new beginning (Seconds Weeks?), produces the renewal of an old love or the continuation of a started one remains to be seen. I can assure you there will be Zombies in the weeks that follow.

So if you enjoy Zombies tales, Donna did an excellent job writing about them and their curl existence.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review of Disappeared

Disappeared:  MANTEQUERO
Written by Jenny Twist

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Can love or the lack of it, kill you? In Ms. Twist’s short novel, where a person disappears on vacation, many levels of love are deviled into. The love of friends, relatives, and an unknown Vampire type character are brought into the light.

An English teacher has not returned from her vacation in Spain. Her adoring cohort is surprised she has not returned and is flustered over the matter. It seems that no one else is concerned other than that missing teacher’s niece and the travel agent who sold her the ticket.

Alison, the protagonist, inquires getting no answers. She and the overweight travel agent, Heather, decided to do something about the disappearance of their friend June. After some investigation, they go to Spain together on holiday.

Alison, who speaks Spanish, and Heather, who has a European driver’s license, arrived in the town where June had stayed. What seems like a pleasant place turns into a Frankenstein event after they go to a local bar.

Infatuation leads one our vacationers into an unsafe situation. The unraveling of it changes their lives forever.

The reading was easy and not overburden with subplots. The story is a quick, entertaining read for a rainy or wintery afternoon.


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of Waking the Dead



WAKING THE DEAD
Written by Heather Graham

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


I thought people coming back from the dead were called Zombies. I could be wrong. I don’t know everything.

Ms. Graham style of writing tells an intriguing story about a painting that has powers which acts like some zombies do? It kills. Well, people think it kills.

A famous group of artist gets together during the eighteen hundreds. One is a painter that wants to fit in; all the others are writers – friends of Lord Byron. Hubert, the painter, rents a castle so he and his artist friends can produce horrific works in that privacy.  One wrote Frankenstein.

#FF to the future; all that come in contact with Hubert’s, lost until now, painting seems to die under strange circumstances. This baffles the New Orleans’ police.  So they bring help in from a private eye – Quinn.

A love story between Quinn and Danni is a subplot to their sleuthing into the murdering events surrounding the piece of bloody art. The twist and turns of the investigation bring them and their group back to the castle’s crypt.

This novel is an adventure that shouldn't be missed by those who like paranormal mysteries. Heather Graham has done an excellent job of pulling me into almost belief.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review of UNBELIEVABLE

Unbelievable
A Cassie Baxter Mystery

Written by Cindy Blackburn

If only animals could talk, what a world this would be? Ms. Blackburn’s comical whodunit has animals in it that if they could talk, would have solved the case before Cassie’s antics, theories, and innuendos.

Escaping from her father’s breakfast, Cassie leaves in frustration early in the morning. While kayaking in her pajamas, Cassie comes across a woman’s dead body on Lake Elizabeth, Vermont. ‘Being in her pajamas,’ becomes the local small town joke when that body is not found.

Using hilarious and factual deductions, Cassie goes about trying to solve the case, stirring up the locals, who think she is a nut case. This upsets the Sheriff but intrigues the Captain of the State Police, who also thinks Cassie is a little odd.

Things do fall into place at the end of this enjoyable funny novel. Ms. Blackburn has presented a plausible crime that happens a very small town point of view.

Unbelievable is an engaging and pleasant novel that you should enjoy if you like animals and a good mystery story. And who wouldn’t like a well put together a humorous mystery?

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review of Pope Joan

Pope Joan

Written
by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Between the years of 853 – 855 AD, there was a Pope after the death of Pope Leo IV who is left out of the Book of Pontiffs. In the history of Roman Catholic Church, the story of a person who reigned as Pope John is missing.

Ms. Cross brings to life the story of a young girl with an inquisitive mind in a period of time when women were considered to be without the capacity think. They were subservient to man according to “God’s Will,” and did as they were told.

Joan’s brothers are preparing to go to religious school, and she dares to ask why she can’t go to. Her elder brother takes pity on her and shows her the way that only men can go – school to learn the scriptures.

Thrilling and educational circumstances lead Joan through a labyrinth of events which graduates her status in a man’s religious clerical system that does not identify her as a woman. It is her knowledge accumulated over the years which elevates her to prominence as Lord of the Roman Church.

Her love of a man, which she vowed never to be complacent in, brings her, as Pope John, to her fatal end. Her demise as Pope is horrific, leaving no doubt of her sex

Well written, researched, and presented, Ms. Cross tells a tale, some would say is impossible to have happened according to limited records – the story is a myth. Donna Woolfolk Cross’ detailed story is a compelling vindication of the Pope Joan myth.

Decide for yourself. It is a read not to miss. Purchase at: http://amzn.to/1m2fwKY
          


   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Review of Reprisal

Reprisal

Written by Alfie Robins

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Law and Order, NYPD Blues, and many other American police TV programs have been my education into how a police department works. Mr. Robins, in Reprisal, give us an in-depth look into the workings of a detective unit in a North East England police headquarters.

Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Philip Marlowe is the “Boss” of the unit that has been confronted with a murder of significant pathology. When a second murder presents itself with the same M.O., the unit goes into overdrive, believing that they might have a serial killer at large.

The day to day procedures of looking for evidence and deciding where to move next is what propels this detailed story forward. Mr. Robin’s Marlowe is the focal point of his unit - an average bloke. The other characters in the unit are given their due per their relationship to the DCI.

Their investigation is slow moving until a van is tied to the murders. ‘Who is the owner? Where is the van?’ are the keys needed to bring their detective work to its conclusion. It was like finding a needle in a haystack. When these factors are accomplished, all hell breaks out.

This story has its twist that keeps you reading. Much is hidden from the reader, but the clues are there. Mr. Robin’s gives readers a surprising ending that they can live with. The novel peaks at the right moment – at The End.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of Book Clubbed

Book Clubbed

Written by Lorna Barrett

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry




This story of murder is a layback whodunit. There is a killing, but a somewhat none violent one in the storeroom of a bookstore owned by the protagonist Tricia.

Tricia and her sister Angelica are business women in a small tourist town that is in the offseason. Angelica owns a restaurant. Hence, there is not much to do with few customers other than to solve the murder of Tricia’s employee.

The victim is not what everyone suspected which increases the interests of the sisters and propels the narrative forward. The case slowly moves forward to the end which goes up in flames.

Ms. Barrett’s story is a predictable one but intriguing pleasantly. There is no harshness in her writing which moves along smoothly explaining why the main character Tricia goes about doing the business of being involved without trying.


There was no heavy thinking to be done in the reading of this novel. So if you’re not looking for a messy murder story, this novel is for you.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review of Sleeping through the Beauty

Sleeping through the
           Beauty

Written by Regina Puckett


Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



Love, at First Sight, has always been a controversial debate among Love Doctors. Regina puts a delightful spin on this – falling in love with a Sleeping Beauty.

Romance is in the air when one brother is invited to the wedding proposal of another. It’s a dinner party where the loving couple takes off leaving the invited brother alone with the mother of the soon to be a bride.

The mother introduces him to the essence of her other daughter, who is unavailable for medical reasons. His enchantment in that daughter leads to an unlikely romance story that will bring tears to your eyes – you won’t put this short story down until the last year.

Romance is Regina Puckett’s forte, and I will continue to read her works, as you should.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review of A Tine To Live, A Tine To Die

A Tine To Live,
    A Tine To Die

Written by Edith Maxwell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


When I first looked at the cover, I thought, Tine & Vegetables, what do they have in common? “Tine to Live and Tine to Die,” what does this me? I am glad I looked at the book.

Food has its mysteries, but this was a murder mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having had part of my life living on a vegetable farm with my grandparents, I related to the main character’s daily endeavors albeit she is cultivating an organic farm; my grandparents did not.

Cam, the protagonist, a farm is disrupted by a violent event where a pick fork with three tines was used. The police are called, and the mystery of what had happened commences.

In a well-written story, Ms. Maxwell uses her main character to explain how organic farming is done, how she is coping with bad publicity the farm is getting over a murder on her farm, and how she is trying to unravel the mystery to save a friend.

I know the food is interesting. I eat every day LOL.  Ms. Maxwell has woven an entertaining adventure around it - a pleasant read with an exciting ending.









Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review of Bourbon and Blood

Bourbon and Blood

Written by Garrard Hayes

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


Life in the Big Apple, New York City, can be overwhelming. It can be even deadly if you happen to be dragged into being associated with mobsters. This is what happens to Mr. Hayes’ main character Bill. The “Who, what, when, why and how,” is conveyed in plausible events.

From induction, Bill goes on a path of never-ending destruction of property and individuals. He is paired with a criminal mind, who is working for his own preservation and leaves Bill with the bag at times, so to speak.

All the elements of the criminal world cross Bill’s path including drugs, prostitution, murder, and gang boundary battles. Using living color descriptions of the underbelly of big city life, Mr. Hayes keeps us on edge, scene after scene.

In the last scene, which comes after Bill makes an important decision; the author leaves the reader wanting to know what will happen to him next.  Will his journey bring him back to a normal city life free from crime involvement? Will his love affair renew itself?

Well, I will have to read the next book in this series. It will be on my BTR list when it comes out because Mr. Hayes' writing is no-nonsense prose, thrilling, and right to the point.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Hot scene from Three Wives

Three Wives of Don Quixote Smith

Excerpt from Part II Second wife, a Prostitute, who Don Quixote meets at a brothel in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic.

The women tell their stories. Romonita speaks:

      I handed him the soap and checked his nails. “I’m glad you got a manicure or I wouldn’t let you wash me where I want those fingers to go.  Don’t be gentle.” I kissed him and turned around giving him my rear end to clean.
     He rinsed me down with warm water and moved his soapy fingers down my back to the crack of my buttocks. Kissing me on the neck, he whispered, “I know what you want.”
     Moving gently at first, he entered my short body with one and then two fingers. Kissing my neck and back, moving his fingers in and out for some time (I lost my sense of time.) I heated up so much I almost climaxed. 
     When he removed his fingers, he seemed to be taking a break.  I turned around to kiss him. One short kiss was all I got. He turned me around saying jokingly, “I’m not done with you yet.” He kissed my neck.
     Q penetrated my anal area. First, probing with one finger and then with two, I went crazy with my emotions towards his prob.  Again, I lost time in the pleasure of the moment – his fingers probing each orifice and my movement towards his force, giving me enjoyment I never received from a man I cared about. I climaxed with such a groan I was crazy with joy.
      I relaxed for a moment and then took control. Face to face, I said, “Now you get what’s coming to you.”

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review of The Drive-By Wife, Book 1


The Drive-By Wife, 
Book 1

Written by Mike Wells

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

Mike has done it to me again. I read his Lust, Money & Murder (Series,) and could not wait to read each book in the series.

The Drive-By Wife leaves you in the same mood. A woman and her husband have an encounter with a man in a park. This confrontation spins off numerous events that bring more conflict into their lives.

In their situation, life snowballs into events that become uncontrollable. They are at odds with each other to the brink.

The fast-paced and suspenseful, this novel will keep you involved and want more at the end of Book 1.





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review of No Mercy

No Mercy

By Wendy Cartmell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I enjoy short stories. In this small collection, Ms. Cartmell also gives an excerpt for Steps to Heaven, which I totally enjoyed a few months back, and others with short stories.

In each story, she keeps you on edge.  “No Mercy” is the events of a soldier being burnt to a crisp in his kitchen. It’s another Sergeant Major Crane SIB Investigation, as was Steps to Heaven.

Two leads are perused with impressive results, but the possible murder suspect isn’t apprehended.  It may have been the victim, who set himself on fire, or it was a domestic violence situation that led to his death. She had No Mercy.

“What if…?” is a different twist on domestic violence.  This may or may not have ended in a boom. “Another Satisfactory Day” has a marriage end in a comical and resolving day for the wife.

Wendy keeps the reader involved and interested. She has mastered storytelling.


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review of The Law Man

The Law Man

Written by Vonda Norwood

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry



If you are looking for Erotic stimulation, I recommend any of Vonda Norwood’s novels or short stories: Indie Authors Make Better Lovers, Playing the Coach, and others. She has a knack for putting you in the middle of the action when she writes.


In The Law Man, a young college student, Mary Evans is looking for someone to control her daily sexual life. A little domination is what she would like. The explicit way that Ms. Norwood conveys this to the reader may or may not shock you.

For me it was entertainment, reminding me of when I was young and uneducated sexually. Mary is a student who has learned her lessons from her dominating professor behind closed doors of his classroom to explosive heights.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Kiss the Girls, Book vs Movie

Kiss the Girls, Book vs. Movie

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

James Paterson’s novel Kiss the Girls and the movie with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman are both compelling portraits of suspense. The second in Paterson’s Alex Cross novel was published in 1975 and came alive as a DVD movie in 2013. I watched, again, on TV.

Judd’s character Kate is abducted in the second scene, and because of her fortitude and abilities, she fights her jailer, who calls himself Casanova and dramatically gets away from his clutches. Alex Cross, whose niece is in Casanova’s prison, meets Kate in her hospital bed.

Cross, a police detective, and psychologist is in town looking for his niece who was also abducted. All those abducted are accomplished women. Alex and Kate join together to bring the girls home. How they attempt to do this is a fantastic, thrilling episode of a movie.

The movie, however, cannot compare with the Patterson’s novel. The movie was well directed, the scenes well-coordinated by director Gary Felder, and the acting was overwhelming. I love the written word. What can I say? I am a writer and prejudice.

Make your own decision:  Book: http://amzn.to/1pjdfrx 


It Could Happen To You (Film)


It Could Happen To You (Film)

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry


If you’re a romantic, this movie is for you. I saw it for the third time today on what we call Netflix in the USA. I give in; I’m a romantic.

A young Nicolas Cage plays a NYC police officer named Charlie. Bridget Fonda, of that famous family, plays Yvonne a waitress.

Charlie and his police partner are in a hurry, after ordering coffee in a small diner in Queens, where Yvonne is his waitress. He can pay the two dollars owed for the drinks, but doesn’t have tip money.

He makes a deal with her. He will come back tomorrow double the tip or give her half of his lottery winnings. She smiles and says that it was okay, because I most likely will not see you again.

The obvious happens, maybe for me I saw the movie three times, and Charlie and his wife win the lotto for four million dollars. This is where the movie really begins.

Greed and generosity collides; love and hatred seep in; and legalities bring about human conflicts. Will the righteous overcome? Not all the time.

Charlie and Yvonne are pushed into love and the legal limits by Charlie’s greedy wife Muriel, who wins her case in court, getting the four million lotto money for herself. But greed pays its price.

You’ll have to get the movie to learn what happens. Make certain you have Kleenex available.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gypsies

Our conversations at bars always come around to some strange things. How it came to us talking about Gypsies, I don’t know. Do we know what a Gypsies are? A strange wandering thief is one person’s description.

According to Wikipedia.org, there are over two million in Europe, one million in the United States, and eight hundred thousand in Brazil.  They originated for Romani peoples from India and migrated to Europe. How they migrated is a mystery.

The story goes that King Braham (421 - 39) of India sent the originals out of the country because they abused his generosity.  No population numbers were given, but it would seem that they were in the thousand.

In the United States, they can be found in Virginia and Louisiana where they migrated to in the 1900s. Their tribe structure is based on the Hindu purity laws - A whole other post to be written. 

Like the Jewish population of Europe before and during World War II, Gypsies were a target by German death squads. Approximately 600,000 were killed by these squads.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fruits of Faith




Fruits of Faith

Health, wealth, and wisdom are weighed
in our universe of human discourse.

God’s health, wealth, and wisdom
cascades us when we Believe.

Our health, wealth, and wisdom
transcends normalcy in that Faith.

Our convictions ascends us to His
health, wealth, and wisdom.

For He, does not refuse His faithful
health, wealth nor wisdom.

Therefore, have Faith in His
Health, Wealth, and Wisdom.

by
Roy Murry

From Paris with Love (Film)


From Paris with Love (Film)

Reivew by Author Roy Murry





John Travolta has made over fifty movies of which I’m a fan. Since his stardom in Grease with one of my loves Olivia Newton John, I have seen a number of his movies, watching him mature as an actor.

In this film, he plays Wax, a highly qualified secret agent that is sent to France to investigate and neutralize a terrorist threat. The US Ambassador’s aid, Reese, played by Johnathan Meyers, has been trying to become an operative agent. He is directed by the agency to be Wax’s partner while he is in France.

Reese is having a love affair before Wax arrives and he doesn’t realize how deep of an affair it is. Kasia Smutniak, Caroline, is his fiancĂ©e and more. She is a sleeper agent for the other side.

Wax and Reese bond in an unusual way by following a murderous trail to the people who seem to be the center of terrorist plot. It’s an action packed route, where Wax shows Reese the techniques to survive as an agent, many of which are of the philosophy – KILL OR BE KILLED, no matter who the person is.

Reese has a good teacher and in the end it is not Wax who saves the day. It’s Reese who has to make the right decision which everyone would loath to make. This ending is a nail bitter.

This fast pace movie goes from one killing field to another. However, it was well choreographed so that the action not the blood was the scene.

The actors did an excellent job. I recommend it.  http://amzn.to/1stA2Wz


VAMPIRES, are they real?




VAMPIRES, are they real?

By Author Roy Murry



I do not believe in Vampires. However, I am reading my second novel which uses them as an important part of the plot. Breathless by Scott Prussing is that novel. I will have a review in one or two days.

A mystic around Vampires started when that undead shell of a human was introduced in the 1800s.  Sophisticated superstition propelled them into the limelight when John Polidori, an English author, wrote The Vampyre in 1819, the first published modern work of its kind.

I must say that what I have read about them has been convincing. The genre has been fortified over the years by professional sources, as they call themselves.
If you are into that genre, my review comes out in two days. It is Some Interesting Stuff.

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+Vampires +Mystic +Books

    

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Google It?


Google It?

Written by Author Roy Murry



I’ll preface this with the fact that I’m 66 years old.

We come to the 21st Century. I remember when we decided an argument like – who kick the 1955 field goal to win X American Football game? - By asking someone in the know. If that person wasn’t available, we’d find a World Almanac. My last one purchased is the 2010.

In the local pub, club, living room with friends or any place people meet, discussions can get heated over a question like – who won the MVP in any sport in X year.  One person would say one name and another would disagree.

Who has the right answer? And we would ask another person or if it was available, consult The World Almanac.

Yesterday, I was in a bar and the question arose – who portrayed the brother of Maureen O’Hara in the movie The Quiet Man, an Irish tale of love and a family dispute over a dowry. One said Ward Bond and another person said Victor McLaglen.

Words were had. An argument pursed and bets were made.

“Google It!” was the cry. And the answer was googled…   


Review of The Sound and The Fury

Faulkner’s The Sound and Th Fury


 Reviewed by Author Roy Murry





In William Faulkner’s novel The Sound and The Fury, he uses a new way of understanding of what is happening at a given point of time. It was called ‘Stream of consciousness.’ I learnt the method and applied it to my main character in my novel The Audubon Caper.

Faulkner’s style was so prolific that he won two Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction – A Fable and The Rivers. He was relatively unknown until receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949. It was his The Sound and The Fury I read for my American Literature college course.

This story of a declining Southern aristocrat family is broken down into four distinct sections of time. Each time period has a narrator who dabbles into the history of the family and its black servants. The narrators sometime rabble on, but their rabbling have a point – they are losing power over their society.

From a historical point of view, I found the background information as good as any historical novel I have read. And, I have read many.

I enjoyed the way Faulkner’s writing brought out the sorrow that happened in the South after the loss of the Civil War. It was a decline of an era where land owners ruled over the populous and the slaves made them money from the brutal work they did.

Southerners of America had to change their ways. This is what Faulkner told best in the narrators. They needed to change their ways or lose their aristocratic position.    

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Novelist

Written by Author Roy Murry



I was going to write an article about Fitzgerald and his novel The Great Gatsby, but decided to write two separate articles. This is about the man.

Fitzgerald lived what he wrote. He coined the words, “The Jazz Age” in the Great Gatsby and used the term he lived in some of his other novels: Lost Generation, and The Love of the Last Tycoon.

Many of his writings became movies and are part of his legacy. To name a few, they are Gatsby, of course, Tender is the Night, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

He married Zelda Sayer after a long courtship because of Fitzgerald’s lack of funds. They eventually married and became infamous figures of the Jazz Age Society. Zelda’s emotional instability and Fitzgerald’s alcoholism almost destroyed the marriage. They had one child Frances Scott “Scotty” Fitzgerald.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose prompt one critic to note about Gatsby, “There is no such thing…as a flawless novel. But if there is, this is it." For me it, this was the most enjoyable 187 pages I read in college.

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Review of The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Movie Review by Author Roy Murry


Firstly, I feel the movie was too long to get the point across – Greed still exists in the sale of anything albeit in the Stock Market on Wall Street or the TV sales on Info Commercials. I once went that route and was a Commodity Broker, but dropped out for not feeling comfortable in that environment.

The same sales pitches were made in this movie as I had as a broker. Greed was the motivator. Put a picture of the Porsche you want up on your wall and that is your goal. Fuck the guy you’re selling to whether the product is good or not, as long as we make a profit.

Scorsese’s character WOLF of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio takes this theme and magnifies it to the 10th degree. WOLF uses drugs and sex to motivate all the brokers so they will full fill their dreams. It’s all around them in living color and explicit in this movie – buyer beware.

The ending is appropriate, but it comes at 2 hours and 40 minutes into the movie. We get the point – Honesty is the best policy. Greed always loses in the end - fair interpretation

It was fair to good acting by DiCaprio and his supporting cast. It is not one of his best performances.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Garrison Keillor and the Radio

Garrison Keillor and the Radio


Before the television was in every American home, before we had I-phones, laptops with Netflix, of watched a movie on our I-pads, we had what is called Live Radio Performances. Garrison Keillor’s Live Saturday night program was based on those performances that people sat around a large tubed object called THE RADIO.

To name a few of the 50s popular shows: Green Hornet (Thriller), Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Song and Comedy), The Adventures of Superman (Crime drama), and Strike It Rich (Game Show). There were many other popular – link below.

Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered were presented in 1970s. His programs incorporated live variety show with comedy and music for the radio audience of St. Paul Minnesota.

His shows ultimately reached millions in the mid-west of the USA. The show traveled and was tailored performed across America from New York City’s The Town Hall to Los Angeles’ the Greek Theater.

I got to know about him from Public Television where these performances amazed me. I was like watching the radio of the fifties.

What are you watching today?




Ellie Woods

Ellie Woods


Reese Witherspoon’s break through movie was Legally Blond where she plays Ellie Woods, a movie I have watched a number of times. Another of my favorites is the movie Sweet Home Alabama made in 2002.

I did not much care for Legally Blonde 2. There are just some movies that you should not make into a sequel and Legally Blonde was one.

Legally Blonde is about a young woman coming of age in college. Her boyfriend, who is going off to Law School says he needs a Jackie Kennedy not a Marilyn Monroe to get ahead in life and he breaks up with Ellie.

To get her love of her life back, she enrolls in the same Law School to his and everyone’s surprise. She is a logically smart woman with a mission. She reaches a goal of notoriety she or anyone would expect and finds a new love – the law.

I found this romantic comedy funny and well put together. For a fun Saturday afternoon or anytime movie check this out http://amzn.to/ZGXLWB