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The Girl On The Train - Book And Movie Review

A few weeks back, I was lamenting over having started to read American Pastoral. I had seen a trailer for the film, and really wanted to read the book before watching the movie. 804 more words

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The Girl On The Train – Book And Movie Review

A few weeks back, I was lamenting over having started to read American Pastoral. I had seen a trailer for the film, and really wanted to read the book before watching the movie. On the same day I saw that trailer, I saw the ad for The Girl On The Train. I’m not one for thrillers, or mysteries.. leave me with romcoms and children’s films, or good old Bollywood and I am much more comfortable! As I advance in years, I have come to realise that it is well worth stretching both my reading and movie genres, as I have been missing out on many amazing books and films, having been trapped in my own self imposed entertainment bubble! Now, after the struggle of reading American Pastoral (you can read about my thoughts on that one here!) I have yet to watch the film… And The Girl On The Train was waiting for me on my Kindle. Was it going to be an utter disappointment, like American Pastoral? Should I even chance it? I had plenty of fluffy light reads to switch to instead, but no, I felt I should give it a go! Image result for the girl on the train book My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ So, what’s it about? Well, it is the first novel of this genre by author Paula Hawkins, who was initially a Romantic Comedy writer publishing under the pen name, Amy Silver. not getting much success with the Chick Lit, she tried her had to psychological thillers and came up with this! It’s a story told in the first person, from the view point of three different women. All connected by a thread which isn’t revealed until the end. Rachel Watson is a divorced alcoholic who travels on trains everyday, to kill time hiding her unemployment from her flat mate. She begins to conjour up stories for certain people she sees regularly from the train, not realising that these strangers will soon become embedded in her own life. Anna is Rachel’s ex husband Tom’s new partner. Having had an affair with Rachel’s husband, she ends up moving in with him, and they have a child, but she can’t shake the ghost of this es-wife from her life. Convinced that Rachel is deluded and a danger to her and her child, she is always on tenterhooks if she sees her. Megan is the third woman. An outwardly beautiful person with what seems to be a perfect life. She is the one who Rachel sees from the train, with her husband Scott, regularly. Megan’s life is not so perfect, and there are many secrets she is hiding. The twists start when Megan is missing, and then the resulting investigations, and Rachel’s thoughts that she can help Megan’s husband with what she witnessed on the train. I don’t want to go any further with this story as I will spoil it for you! But… what did I think? Initially, I found it a little hard to get into, as the moving between three characters was a little confusing. But as the story progressed, I found myself second guessing everything, and needing to read on to see what happened! But I have to say I did enjoy it, and it made me eager to watch the film too! Image result for the girl on the train filmMy rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ As with all book to film conversions, there were a few key elements missing, but they didn’t distract from the film at all. If, like me, you had read the book first, then you would find it a little annoying, but looking at the film as a stand alone piece it was very well done. I was a little disappointed that the film was set in the US when it was actually written as having been in London! The principle character or Rachel was still English but the rest were Americanised! Emily Blunt, as the main protagonist, really gets into the role of the almost permanently sozzled Rachel, and her confusions, then gradual realisations. She carries this film singlehandedly. Image result for the girl on the train There is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, as in the book with the time frames, jumping from one characters viewpoint to another, and going back and forth in time, but it keeps you on your toes! And I did enjoy it. If you haven’t read the book, watch it if you like to be kept in suspense. If you have already read the book, be prepared for the changes, and if you can keep that in mind, you should enjoy the film too! Oh, and another surprise was realising that one of the actors was from That 70’s Show! Donna Pinciotti.jpg           Then and now!                     Image result for cathy the girl on the train That was’t the only one… Phoebe from Friends Lisa Kudrow also features in the film too! Friendsphoebe.jpg   Then and now! Lisa Kudrow Catches The Girl On The Train Do I recommend it? Yes as both a film, and a book! Watch it first, then read the book!!! Or be a wally like me and read the book first, and pick holes in the story of the film!

Two new tech notes

I have just expanded the How a Computer Works series with two new pages:

  1. Multi-tasking – how it works, and
  2. What is an API?
Technical Notes

Artificial Intelligence Offerings as an #API

Artificial intelligence or for short “AI”, is the use of intelligent machines that react and work like the human mind. This area of computer science is mainly concerned with speech recognition, processing, planning, learning, and problem-solving. 1,145 more words

Application Programming Interface

Making HTTP Requests in JavaScript

The Introduction :

As you probably know very well by now, the internet is made up of a bunch of interconnected computers called servers. When you are surfing the web and navigating between web pages, our browser  requests information from any of these servers.  746 more words

Technical

Michael Petychakis reblogged this on APILama and commented:

I really liked this detailed guide to consuming APIs through Javascript. No matter if you are using ReactJS or Angular or any other frontend framework, this is basic knowledge that you have to deal with at some point. Rahul leads by example here. A must read in my opinion.

10 Ways to Integrate APIs into eCommerce Website

Being called traditional has no juice, especially when we talk about ecommerce market. Traditional suggests conventional, one that are not ready to change with the shift. 198 more words

ECommerce Solutions

Unlimited and Unstoppable!

Today’s post was inspired by this post from Syl. When I read it I thought how well it explains what I actually tried to convey in some of my posts but the quote he used said it all. 730 more words

Self-development

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UNLIMITED AND UNSTOPPABLE!

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Today’s post was inspired by this post from Syl. When I read it I thought how well it explains what I actually tried to convey in some of my posts but the quote he used said it all. We are developing in every single moment we exist. Whether we are awake or asleep or even in which form we do exist. quote-Hayley-Williams-whether-im-being-influenced-by-new-music-218692.pngDevelopment happens naturally through all we see, all we hear, all we smell, all we experience, a smile we receive makes something happen, a bad word makes something happen. We cannot help it nor can we stop it. We save all those impressions within instants and it feeds our inner system. We collect everything in our files. Where we store it and how we rate an experience is subjective and defines the direction we develop to. But one thing is for sure, we do store everything. Even when we consciously decide not to let something affect our inner world, we store it! Fotolia_4916255_XS.jpgThat way we evolve day by day by adding little pieces day by day and without noticing. Little incidents are added unconsciously into one of our files reflexively. Sometimes such a little piece can make our system see a bigger context. When this happens then we react to this little piece in a way we ourselves don’t understand why. But it was on only the last piece needed for our system to “understand” (again in a subjective way). This can be when old wounds start bleeding again or when all of a sudden a conclusion seems to come out of the blue. That little trigger that reminds you of a certain situation in your life or a person and all of a sudden let you look differently at it. unnamed.pngWe are like sponges and that sponge seems endlessly dry because we have endless room for development. That’s why one achieved dream is the breeding ground for new dreams. Because we enter a new field and it opens up a new world within our world. Our curiosity never stops and we should never ever let anyone keep us from exploring the endless possibilities we have. Our imagination is unlimited and if we can imagine it, we can be it. We only need to dare to go for it. All things are possible. We are unlimited energy coming to the physical world in a human body which makes, even more, creations possible or visible. b5618732792289d1b54fdb1c84579cc9.jpgWe are not limited by our physical shell. No, it is the mind which is part of the physical existence that can make us believe we are limited. But who we have always been and will always be is spirit, energy, unlimited creative power. One part of our personal evolution is to remember who we really are, is to remember that we are more than this human body, and that limitation is a lie! With every experience and every overcome obstacle, we are getting a step closer to the realization who we are, that we can overcome everything, and that who we really are can never be destroyed. d34efa489bd8b5e2986fe7ac69ad7e61.jpgOur minds get taught to stay open because they experienced several times that much more is possible than they thought. The more open and unlimited the mind is the faster our plans and visions are realized because we just go and let our spiritual existence lead the way. We don’t need to make the decision whether we want to live a more spiritual life or stay completely focused on being a physical creation whose lifetime is limited to its body’s expiration date. What we need to do is to understand that we are both! Or in other words: We are spiritual beings wearing a human body in order to be able to fulfill this lifetime on planet earth. 7591da0692e652c0899eb8b727cab4e9.jpgNow coming back to the actual topic: With everything we experience, whether consciously or unconsciously, we develop and evolve in order to become more aware of the amazing being beneath our human body. The closer we come the more amazing insights are set free, the more our powerful self is allowed to live and act, and the more new insights we gain, and the closer we come to realize who we really are. You are much closer today than you were yesterday and (as the quote in Syl’s post said) we can never be again who we once were because we are growing out of our past self constantly. Enjoy yourself and make use of the physical life you are given. You are unlimited energy born to evolve! In Love and Light

MORE THAN I DARE SAY

By Charles Robert Lindholm

I miss you so much

When you are gone away

Out of the reach of my arms

Out of touch with my soul 123 more words

Poetry

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MORE THAN I DARE SAY

BY THERELUCTANTPOET
By Charles Robert Lindholm I miss you so much When you are gone away Out of the reach of my arms Out of touch with my soul   Off in the universe With others Who want you too Who steal your time With me   I always say Too much Exposing The way I feel The need I really have For you   I should be Silent But my heart Would still whisper The truth Telling you What you Already know   I miss you More than I can say   So I will be Silent And await Your return MORE THAN I DARE SAY

That magic time when real is mixed with fake
as dreams have overtaken truth once more,
and every fictive bend is in the make,
yet we believe that we were here before,

some cities dangerous and strange appear
with streets to wander in while getting lost,
there is no telling if the end of it is near:
the purpose of these nights is to exhaust.

But once a while the dreams will take us there
to places full of paradise delight
with waterfalls and flowers everywhere
and this is time when we enjoy the night.

Some hours we may spend between the sheets
away from trouble and from other’s needs.

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