While this book might be a great biography for some people, I just couldn’t get into it. To be honest I’m not much of a cook and don’t like doing it. In the book when she talks about experimenting with certain food items and all I could think was “That sounds so boring”. I think the book was written well and makes me want to go to France. The process of how she made some recipes was interesting, especially when she had to transform them from a French audience to an American audience. In America, we don’t have certain ingredients and some ingredients are made differently like flour, plus Americans like larger portion sizes. While I rated this book pretty low it was mostly because I wasn’t the intended audience, I felt like if I was more into cooking it would have influenced the score differently.
Being a big Stephen King fan I was hoping for a book that will give me a look into this author’s life. This book does that, it adds a bit more than the book “On Writing” that Stephen King wrote himself. This book talks about his childhood and his inspiration on some of his writings and some of his pitfalls when it came to publishing his first book and movie rights. It was a great book if you want to see behind the mind of the man who wrote some of the best horror books. One gripe I had with this book was that it repeated itself a lot. You would hear the same story multiple times, it’s like he wanted a bigger book, so he copied and paste some of the stories again throughout the book. I felt the book could have been half the size and you wouldn’t have lost anything. One example of this happening is that he would tell us a story about a specific book that King wrote then tell us the same story when he talked about the movie version of that same book. He would then tell us the same story when he talked about the reissue of this book. It got old. That being said if you just want one book about King I would suggest “On Writing” if you read that and want more than this will suffice.
This book was pretty amazing as it told the story of Operation Mincemeat. It had me at the end of my seat at times. I went into this book knowing nothing about this operation and the fact that it worked was pretty amazing in itself. The book did drag on at times but it also gave the backgrounds and the motivations of all the people who were involved. Ian Flemming (author of the Bond series) played a part in this, which inspired some of his books. The ending could have been cut short, it went on talking about all the books and movies that were made and/or filmed from this operation. I felt like this was kind of unnecessary.
This is a great continuation of one of my favorite zombie apocalypse series that I thought wrapped up with the 4th book Well Fed (Mountain Man 4) . I like the character writing, and the Gus and Collie pair seems to be nailing it. The book ended with me hoping for more. If you haven’t read the series, I would start with book 1 Mountain Man .