Friday, December 30, 2016

Star Wars 3.5 - Rogue One

Yes, Star Wars can also be a love story. Who can forget the famous "I love you / I know" dialogue in Empire Strikes Back?

Rogue One is probably the best of all the "new" Star Wars, reminiscent in charm to the original three. In timeline, it's the prequel to the original sequel trilogy, and a sequel to the subsequent prequel trilogy (you got that, right?).

It's a war movie. It's a space fantasy. It's got spiritual bits. And it's a love story.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The curious charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

The curious charms of Arthur Pepper is a love story, no doubt about it. And yet it's so much more. Soul-searching, heart-warming and charming.

Go read the book, not my review.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

After You

"After you" by Jojo Moyes is a sequel to "Me before you", continuing the story of Louise Clark. It's a beautiful book, written woth heart and sensitivity...

... and yet, I found myself putting the book down after a few pages, and not really feeling compelled to pick it up again. Perhaps it was the mood of the book that got me down, perhaps the pacing was off. An easy read I found hard.

Still, an important book for those who want to know what happened to Louisa.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finding Dory

Although it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, it's much better if you remember what happened in "Finding Nemo". "Dory" is very much a sequel, heartwarming and fun, but it doesn't have the freshness and the humour of "Nemo".

A cool family film, and a tear-jerker for parents. Not a first-date movie, though.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Men, Women & Children - movie

Men, Women & Children is a weird movie. Extremely explicit. Too honest. Uncomfortable. Depressing and uplifting. A perfect commentary on today's life.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Shopaholic to the Rescue

Shopaholic to the Rescue is a continuation of Shopaholic to the Stars - it actually feels like one biggish book split into two. As usual, Becky is a bit exasperating and a lot of fun, and the ending gives you the lovely warm-and-fuzzy feeling.

I just wish Sophie Kinsella wrote more Madeleine Wickham books.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lucifer (TV)

I'm in two minds as to whether to carry on with this TV series beyond the first episode. Don't get me wrong, it's entirely watchable.The premise is intriguing for anybody who likes a bad boy: Lucifer is sick of hell, so he comes to live in Los Angeles and ends up helping the police department solve crimes, He has a cool superpower: people tell him their most secret desires. Except this superpower doesn't work on the police detective, which makes this a perfect setup for romantic tension.

Still, episode one didn;t give me any impression of a bigger story. Sure, those in power want him back in hell where he is needed. But the whole thing has a formulaic feel to it.

Happy to be proved wrong.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

RWNZ 2016 conference

Bookings for our 23rd annual conference All You Need Is Love are now open! All the information you need to know is accessed through the left side menu. When you’re ready to make your online booking, click here.
Our programme is chock-full of fabulous speakers and workshops that will offer something for everyone – from novice writers to multi-published authors. Writers of all genres and experience levels welcome! Speakers include:
  • Screenwriting legend Michael Hauge, who will be conducting his full one-day Story Mastery workshop all day Friday 12th August, as well as speaking throughout the weekend conference
  • Keri Arthur. NYT bestselling author
  • Heather Graham, NYT and USA Today bestselling author
  • Rachel Bailey, USA Today bestselling author
  • Kathryn Burnett, New Zealand writer, tutor and script consultant
  • Joanne Grant, Senior Executive Editor, Harlequin
  • Rachael Donovan, Commissioning Editor, Harlequin
  • Sarah Younger, Literary Agent, Nancy Yost Literary Agency
  • Courtney Miller-Callihan, Literary Agent, Handspun Literary Agency

Friday, June 3, 2016

He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

 He's Just Not That Into You is a 2009 movie that deserves more than the 3 stars it got on The movie is fun and easy to watch, while conveying a series of powerful messages: if a boy punches you it doesn't mean he likes you, if a boy doesn't call you he probably isn;t that into you, and if a boy stays with you and loves you for years he's a keeper.

The powerful cast of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Conneli make it a memorable movie, perfect for a girls' night in.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Here's another book by Rainbow Rowell. Unlike "Landline", "Fangirl" is more of a young adult read (first year of college, with swear words). It's cool. Interesting backstories, quirky plot turns. For those of you you've read it, I especially enjoyed the fanfic side of the story, where I kept picturing Harry Potter in love with what-his-face Malfoy, Draco.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


"Landline" by Rainbow Rowell is mostly a romance with a hint of SF or the supernatural. A satisfying Christmas read.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

An excerpt from Sweet Somethings by Eve Summers

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. It’s totally crazy to be in love with somebody I’ve never met.
It’s even crazier to be wheelchair–bound and in love with somebody I’ve never met. But then, I don’t get out much.
Ok, get this. I’m in love with Andy1980. Before you laugh your panties off, though, think about it: online love has its merits. I mean, how much do you know about your boyfriend’s first puppy? Andy’s first and only dog was called Tigger, and he never wanted another. Tigger was Andy’s present for his fifth birthday, the one with the gingerbread man birthday cake. Tigger saved Andy’s life four years later when Andy got a cramp swimming in the river behind their house.
I feel for Tigger. When I saved somebody’s life, I received this wheelchair in exchange.... But at least I got to live. Tigger wasn’t so lucky.

You might say it’s not much of a life I have, but—considering the alternative—I like it fine the way it is. Which brings me to the dilemma at hand: Andy wants us to get married. If I accept, my life—which I like fine as it is—would not stay as it is.

Read more here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

An overdue library book

Have you ever returned a library book late? How late? A week? A month?

Try 68 years.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Girl You Left Behind by Jo Jo Moyes

OK, it's official. I really, really, really don't like war stories (Casablanca excluded). I usually enjoy Jo Jo Moyes, but I couldn't get through the French WW2 part of "The Girl You Left Behind".

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sought: Reviews of Spicy Somethings

If you'd like to review "Spicy Somethings" by Eve Summers, please send an email to bestseller at xtra dot co dot nz.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sad Cypress

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie is first and foremost a who-dun-it. But on a whole different level, it's a love story. The murder mystery is just as good as the romance plot.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

10 songs with the word "love" in them

  1. Lessons in love
  2. Lost in love
  3. All out of love
  4. Making love out of nothing at all
  5. Love is in the air (is this really a song?)
  6. Love me do
  7. When I fall in love
  8. Love you inside and out
  9. First love (from The Pirate Movie)
  10. It must have been love

Sunday, February 28, 2016

29 February

Leap year! I still have to see the movie by the same title, but here's a peace of trivia for you, straight from the movie: "according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it."

But why does February traditionally have only 28 days? Blame the Romans, Caesar Augustus wanted "his" month to be as long as Julius Caesar's, so he stole a few days from February to make August as long as July.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

"The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom is an easy-to-read, difficult-to-forget novella about the afterlife. that's all I'm going to say about it.

PS It's also a love story.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Something Missing

"Something Missing" by Matthew Dicks is an unusual love story happening to a guy with an unusual profession. Martin is a professional thief, but a good-hearted one. While he may be stealing a soap bar and a sack of flour from you, he will look after your well-being by replacing dirty toothbrushes and suggesting you buy flowers for your wife.

Can a person like Martin find love?

You bet.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Simpsons - Homer and Marge

Homer and Marge: still a better love story than Twilight?

I'm on a Simpsons binge this month. Why oh why haven't I noticed before what a fantastically loving marriage they have?