Snapshots - #38: Only the Brave, Jane, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Only the Brave (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true story of the effort it took to get a municipal crew of firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, certified as Hotshots. After battling thousands of wildfires since their inception, the Granite Mountain Hotshots answered a call to battle the Yarnell Hill fire—about 30 miles away from Prescott—along with several other crews. How they got to that point and what happened is what this movie is about.
Only the Brave is a drama with some thriller on the side, and excellent performances to boast of. It's got a dynamic pace, engaging plot, amazing shots of wildfires, fun camaraderie, and great music to underscore the action. As an audience, we care for the journey of that crew, individually and as a group, and as heartbreaking as the closing scenes are, we stand in awe at the sacrifices that firefighters and their families make every day of their lives. Only the Brave is a darn great tribute to them, and elite firefighters such as the Granite Moun…

Slade House by David Mitchell (♦♦♦♦)

Welcome to the Theater of the Mind, where your most luscious dreams and your worst nightmares come to life courtesy of the Grayer Twins. To access it, you must enter Slade House via a small black iron door, easily overlooked, located on Slade Alley, "a mugger's paradise". Only rare souls have easy access...And no way out.

Mind-bending, with echoes of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, but darker in tone, Slade House manages to keep an original touch. And just when you think the stories have started to become redundant, David Mitchell comes up with a background on the Grayer Twins that will give you goosebumps. Slade House's cliffhanger ending is both evil and deeply satisfying.

An eclectic mix of the modern and the gothic gives birth to this devilish Halloween fairy tale for adults.

DISCLAIMER: I received from the publisher a free Galley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Glad you liked this one Carmen. I was curious to hear if it would be any good and now since you think it's a good mind bender, I think it might be good to read around Halloween. Perhaps it'll be my first David Mitchell read. thanks for the word on this one!

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    1. It is delightfully evil and fun. Definitely better to be read near Halloween. This is my first Mitchell's as well, though I own Cloud Atlas. I suspect this will be my first, not my last experience with David Mitchell's imaginary worlds.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I had my eye on it, but heard it carries over a bit from The Bone Clocks and that I should probably read that one first. I've never read Mitchell, so where do you think is a good place to start?

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    1. I suppose reading The Bone Clocks first wouldn't hurt but I didn't and didn't need it either. I think it works as a stand-alone novel, and it reads very fast.

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  3. Sounds like a book to put the reader in the mood for Halloween. What fun!

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    1. It was definitely fun, Dorothy, even though that's not the type of reading I'd normally pick, but I wanted to read Mitchell and I am glad I did.

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