Friday Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

This week I re-read most of Chuck Palahniuk’s novels, so I just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to recommend you what I believe to be Chuck’s finest work to date. Or, well, my favorite of his novels.

Diary is the story of Misty Wilmot, a waitress. Yeah, she was once a promising painter, but now she’s just there, not dead yet, but not quite alive either. But when her husband tries to kill himself (and fails), she finds out that she hasn’t yet lost her talent. That’s basically the premise of this story. More or less. Yeah, there’s a plot twist towards the end, ’cause that’s Chuck’s specialty. And yeah, we’ve got strange characters doing strange things in a strange world. Continue reading

Friday Review: To Live and Die in L.A.

A while back I was reviewing books and movies on my blog. For no reason at all I stopped doing so. But now we have a new category thing: Friday Review. Let me explain.

I read 2-3 books per week. I also watch a lot of movies and TV shows. Because of the nature of my job I don’t get out too much. And my imaginary friend, Adrian, doesn’t like to be bothered too often, so I have no one to recommend all these movies and books to. That’s why every Friday I’ll review a book or a movie or a TV show. I’ll choose the ones that I’ve liked most (and the ones I think you’ll like as well) and tell you about the good parts and the bad parts. So they’re more like recommendations than reviews. Anyway, I don’t get paid for these reviews, so they’re not advertorials or anything.

Today I’m going to recommend a thriller.

To Live and Die in L.A. , a 1985 movie based on the eponymous novel written by Gerald Petievich, tells the story of two secret agents, Richard Change ( William Peterse) and John Vukovich (John Pankow), as they attempt to arrest Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe), who’s probably the reason why I loved this movie. Dafoe’s character, basically a counterfeiter, is just smart and evil enough to make the movie worthwhile. Continue reading