Review: Cosmopolis by Don Delillo

 It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end–those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.

His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol’s funeral and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors–his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn’t have to.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo’s thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.

In the following post, I will be reviewing DeLillo’s novel, but I will also be fangirling HUGE over the movie adaptation that was premiered in Cannes last weekend. I was fortunate enough to have been able to watch some of the filming that occurred here in Toronto last summer, and as a result, this book and the resultant movie holds a special place for me. So if you are not a fan of Robert Pattinson or David Cronenberg, I will forgive you. Mostly.

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Sound Bites Giveaway Winner…

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for Sound Bites: A Rock and Roll Love Story by Rachel K. Burke.

Thank you to the author for her Dream Cast.

Thanks also to AToMR for hosting the tour and giveaway.

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Wordless Wednesday (#5) The Triple Crown…

It’s Wednesday Ladies, and you know what that means non?

Do we want to chit chat first or go straight for what y’all are really here for?

Uh huh…that’s what I thought you’d say…

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Dream Cast and Giveaway: Sound Bites A Rock and Roll Story by Rachel K. Burke

Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it’s too late.

Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.

Here is the authors Dream Cast for Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story…

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Classic Novel Recommendation.

 A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel’s political and magical dimensions. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?

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Curious As a Cat (#4)

Curious As a Cat

Oooo…I always enjoy the questions posed, but this weeks were even more awesome than usual.

Here’s the questions…

1) Who would you call for bail money?

2) Do you prefer to take notes on paper or on an electronic device?

3) In your experience, what companies provide the best customer service?

4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

18 and Over Book Blogger Follow (#6)…

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that runs over the weekend, hosted by Crystal from, Reading Between the Wines.

Question of the Week: Do you feel the need to write a review for your personal reads, as opposed to requested reviews, or are there some books you read just for the joy of reading?

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