Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Eye of The Needle by Ken Follett (♦♦♦♦)

It's 1944 and the Allies are putting the last touches on the invasion of France via Normandy. The Allies have orchestrated a massive deception with a faux army to fool Hitler and his generals when reconnoitering from the air. The deception seems to be working until a ruthless German assassin and spy code-named The Needle obtains photographic evidence of the Allies' plans and travels through England and Scotland to rendezvous with a U-boat in the midst of the North Sea.

Heavy on The Needle's scent are well known scholar Percival Godliman and Frederick Bloggs-- formerly with Scotland Yard-- now with military intelligence. Thanks to the spy's crimes, Godliman and Bloggs are able to chase him all the way to Scotland. Little do they know that it'll be up to the inhabitants of a small island in the middle of nowhere to stand their ground and defend England and the Allies' secrets if they're to win the war.

Eye of The Needle is pulse pounding suspense. In the first 145 pages or so, not much was happening and suddenly Hitler had a hunch that would have changed the course of history had he followed through (thank God he didn't!) during a meeting with his most senior military staff, and the book suddenly became incendiary, hot stuff really. I was agonizing during the last few chapters because even though I was able to anticipate what was going to happen I was dying to see it unfolding in my mind's eye; I thought that was quite special.

The characters were well outlined, but it's ultimately the story that shone through. The only thing that I didn't like and found quite annoying was the sudden availability of things when they were most needed; I thought that was way too convenient, particularly in war time in the middle of nowhere.

In summary, despite a few shortcomings Eye of The Needle is, rightly so, a classic spy novel of great caliber that has gracefully endured the test of time.


  1. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I've been curious about this author and recently picked up the first two books in the Century Trilogy at a library sale.

  2. Anna,
    Thanks for visiting this site. I haven't read the books you mention but I've read The Pillars of the Earth two or three times and it's by far the best book I've ever read. I'm planning to keep reading more by Ken Follett so keep coming back.

  3. This one is new to me, Carmen. Sure hope you add it to Books You Loved November. Cheers

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carole. I'll enter this one and the others I've read this month in the December meme.


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