What do you read when you need comforting? All creatures great and small by James Herriot

   Jacket cover: The best of James Herriot Don't deny this happens to you.  We all get down, hit a rough patch, lose a job or get a divorce.  Sometimes a gripping action movie is just what you need.  But sometimes nothing works but a good, heartwarming laugh. For those moments, there is one author I can always count on.  He's gone now, but his works will endure. The author is James Herriot, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, or Alf.

DVD review: Red

Malkovich and Freeman doing their comic geniusOne of the funnier comedies I have seen is the 2010 movie Red.

Book review: The dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

    The volume The dragonriders of Pern contains three of my all-time favorite titles: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The white dragon.  Anne McCaffrey is a prolific writer with multiple scifi/fantasy series, but her Pern volumes are the most numerous and arguably the most popular.  What has always appealed to me, first, is Pern itself: its beautiful dragons and Earth backhistory and curre

Action/Comedy DVD review: The A-team (2010)

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    If you haven't seen the remake of A-team, I encourage you to check that one out. This movie takes the old series and does it even better.  All the characters are great--and they make a great team.  There are multiple laugh-out-loud lines and gags along with a mostly good plot.

Mystery review: A trick of the light: a Chief Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny

    The seventh book in Louise Penny's Three Pines series was released in August.  I am surprised to discover I haven't reviewed her books before this!  From her very first book, Penny became a favorite author and has remained so with each addition to the series.  The setting is a tiny village of Québec south of Montréal with a disproportionate share of creative geniuses and artful curmudgeons.  And also, as a character in A trick of the light puts it,

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