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Diagnosis Murder: The Double Life

Diagnosis Murder #7: The Double Life, by Lee Goldberg is the seventh installment in the Diagnosis Murder series. Dr. Mark Sloan awakens from an accident to find that two years of his life have passed of which he has no memory.

Goldberg’s Diagnosis Murder novels are based from the hit TV show of the same name, for which Goldberg also wrote and produced. Dr. Sloan is the Chief of Staff at Community General Hospital in Los Angeles. In his spare time, Sloan solves mysteries and tracks down murderers, with the help of his son Steve (a homicide detective) and fellow doctors Amanda Bentley and Jessie Travis.

This book was nearly impossible to put down. I ended up reading it in one day. The murder mystery was very fast-paced and had a lot going on, but not so much that it became confusing. Goldberg weaves a complex mystery full of murders and puzzles. As always, he gives Dr. Sloan so much depth, emotion, and humor that you can imagine Dick Van Dyke playing the part on TV. Goldberg has proved once again that he is a master of writing whodunits.

Besides writing Diagnosis Murder books, Lee Goldberg also writes original stand-alone novels and novels from the Monk TV series (starring Tony Shalhoub on USA). Check out Goldberg’s website for a complete list of his books.


On another note, I want to wish my friend Carl a very Happy Birthday!
Enjoy your day of watching many hours of Lord of the Rings!

Casino Royale

I was extremely impressed with Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. He may not be the prettiest face. But he’s definitely the most believable as a spy, since he’s by far the most fit of all the Bonds.

Casino Royale takes us back to when James Bond first becomes 007, even though set in present day. And this may be the closest to the original Ian Fleming novels that the movies have come. Bond is brash, gritty, and ruthless… everything that makes a good spy.

I am so glad for the reboot of the franchise as the last couple Bond films had gotten stale and corny. This latest installment was neither of those, thankfully. I thought that I’d miss the Q character, but I found that I had completely forgotten about him. This Bond doesn’t need fancy gadgets. He uses his brains, as well as his brawn.

Not only did Craig look the part, but he acted it as well. He was hard and brutal when fighting, and relaxed and suave when dealing with the ladies. The supporting cast was great in their roles as well. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd played wonderfully opposite Craig. Their interaction was fun to watch. And the many villains were perfectly cast as well.

The story seemed to take a backseat to the action, but it was cleverly written as well. There plenty of surprises and deceit, as all Bond films have. But the action was definitely the highlight of the movie… non-stop, heart-pounding action with plenty of thrills.

For once, I’m glad to be proven wrong. Daniel Craig was a wise choice as 007.

Eragon: Inheritance

Christopher Paolini’s Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) was a pleasant surprise. Paolini was 15 when he started writing this epic tale, and 17 when it was first published. That alone is extremely impressive. But I would have loved it just as much if an adult wrote it. Yes, Paolini obviously borrowed ideas from his favorite authors (Le Guin, Tolkein, etc.), but Eragon is definitely a different story.

Originally, I wasn’t going to read the book, even though I had heard of it. But then, I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie. I was intrigued. Boy, was I glad I did.

This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. Eragon is a young teenage boy who was raised by his uncle in a poor village. He happens upon a mysterious rock that ends up changing his life. As Eragon matures and goes off in search of two killers, he is trained by a strange old man named Brom.

I was immediately swept up in the book within the first chapter. This epic tale of fantasy and lore is not only beautifully written, but exciting as well. There are quite a few surprises along the way. And all of the characters have depth and unique personalities.

This is the first in a trilogy, Eldest being the second book that was just recently released. I plan on going out and getting it soon. And you can bet that I’ll be at the theater opening night.

Eragon Contest

Well, if you’re bored today and have free text messaging, go to EragonMovie.com and click on “Mobile Scavenger Hunt.” Text “Hunt” to 20Fox (20-369) to get started. There are only 4 clues to find around the web, but it will be a little easier if you’ve already read Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1). If you get all the clues and answer all the questions correctly, you can get entered into a contest through your phone. It’s just a short scavenger hunt, and it would have been nice if it were longer and more difficult. But it was fun way to waste some time, just the same.

And the Eragon website has some cool graphics and images… getting me excited for the movie!

Dean and Me

I finished Dean and Me: (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan this weekend. While the book jumps around in time a lot, it’s still a great homage to Martin and Lewis’ partnership. It was very touching. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their road to fame as well as Lewis’ view of legendary people (movie stars and mobsters) back in the day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Dean Martin’s movies and voice above all, so I love reading anyone’s portrayal of him.

I’m about halfway through Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini. Since the movie is coming out next month, I wanted to read it first. And I’m definitely impressed so far. I’ve been telling friends that it’s a cross between the Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings (except far easier to read). I’m not a big reader of fantasy, but I’m really enjoying this so far. I’ll present a full review when I’ve finished.

Next Superman Slated for 2009

According to Sci Fi Wire:
The sequel to Superman Returns will likely hit theaters in 2009, executive producer Chris Lee told The Honolulu Advertiser, while the IESB.com Web site reported a rumor that the sequel’s working title will be Superman: The Man of Steel.

Singer and Peters are in Honolulu this week to celebrate Lee’s birthday and to begin planning the next Superman film, which will likely begin production in the middle of or late next year in a location yet to be determined. Superman Returns was shot in Sydney, Australia.

Singer told the newspaper that he has also been offered the fourth X-Men movie, but said he wouldn’t have time to take on another large-scale project before the next Superman gets underway. He added that he is interested, however, in seeing the script for the proposed X-Men spinoff, Wolverine.