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…

Born to Die by Lisa Jackson (♦♦♦♦½)

Before Thanksgiving, a thirty-five year-old B-movies actress named Shelly Bonaventure is found dead in L.A. She dies of an apparent suicide but the detective in charge of the investigation suspects otherwise. Days later, Jocelyn Wallis, a grade school teacher of about the same age, falls from a precipice in Grizzly Falls, Montana. She barely survives the fall, but dies from internal injuries at the local hospital.

Dr. Acacia “Kacey” Lambert begins hearing ever more frequently about accidents involving women that are “dead ringers” for her. When a recent patient of her also dies in a mysterious traffic accident, Kacey starts wondering if there is more to the story of the dead women who looked like her.

Kacey involves a friend from her past in the digging of old records and what she discovers is enough to make her contact police detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez, who are already suspecting the clusters of young dead look-alikes. To top it all, Kacey is attracted to a handsome rancher with a small child, who has been linked to some of the victims. Is she next in his game of cat and mouse? Or, is it all a terrifying coincidence?

I liked this book. I started reading it around the holidays and it has taken me about three weeks to finish it due to its grim plot rather than to a flaw in its development. It is well written, but as I said, it is gruesome and graphic. This is the type of stories that make you scared of your own shadow and suspect the seemingly ordinary. It is one of those books that etch your psyche for good or ill.

The final showdown with the killer was a little far-fetched, or rather I didn’t like the way it was conceived; it was Hollywood-esque and not in a good way, but aside from that, the story is creepy like hell.

I plan to read more by this author, but surely not during any other holiday.

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