Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

The Shadow of your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark (♦♦♦)

Olivia Morrow has only two weeks to live, so she has to decide whether to tell Dr. Monica Farrell, a woman she’s never met, who her real grandparents were. Monica’s grandmother, Catherine Kurner, was a nun, now in the midst of a beatification process by the Catholic Church. Alex Gannon, Monica’s grandfather, was a world-known doctor whose patents made he and his brother’s family rich. Dr. Gannon’s will provided that his money would go to his descendant, if there were any, but none became known during his lifetime. Now, the fact that Monica may claim what is rightfully hers has some people in the Gannon foundation very nervous, so much so that they’re willing to commit murder to prevent that from happening.

I thought this book was good, but somewhat predictable. Several years ago I read a book by the same author titled Daddy’s Little Girl and it shook me to the core. This one is not so; the plot drags somehow. The emerging love story refreshes the otherwise grim pace.

Very forgettable story, not the best this author can offer.

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