Promise Me…

I had the chance this past week to continue through Harlan Coben’s books with Promise Me.
This was probably my favorite installment of the Myron Bolitar mystery series to date.  The author has expanded the main character’s universe to include not just athletes but entertainers as well.  I can’t really put my finger on why I enjoyed this book so much – maybe merely because it has been so many books since the last installment.  He seems to be taking Bolitar in a new direction.
A favorite quote of mine can be found on Instagram.  Here is how I rank all of his books thus far…
  1. Tell No One (2001):  Emails and the Inner-City
  2. Fade Away (1996):  The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
  3. No Second Chance (2003):  Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
  4. Just One Look (2004):  Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
  5. Promise Me (2006):  Transcripts and Teachers
  6. One False Move (1998):  The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
  7. The Innocent (2005):  Self-Defense and Camera Phones
  8. Back Spin (1997):  The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
  9. Gone for Good (2002):  Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
  10. The Final Detail (1999):  The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
  11. Darkest Fear (2000):  Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
  12. Drop Shot (1996):  The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
  13. Deal Breaker (1995):  The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
  14. Play Dead (1990):  The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  15. Miracle Cure (1991):  The New York Knicks and HIV

I look forward to reading Death Do Us Part at some point over the summer months – a collection of short stories edited by the author.

Anyone read it already?  If so, what did you think?

Promise Me…

I Survived a Terrorist Attack…

I remember this day in great detail because the British Parliament met on the very day that my first son was born.  This TED Talk is a good reminder that in moments of tragedy there is something within humanity that wants to help.  As a Christ follower, I hold to the conviction that acceptance is not equal to tolerance.  That being said, the mission of God is about rescuing, redeeming, and restoring all people to Christ.  Watch the video and let me know what you think.

I Survived a Terrorist Attack…

Finding Pixar…

I have shared on numerous occasions how much I love what Pixar was (and I still believe they could become again).  No one uses technology better in telling a story.  Disney’s acquisition could very well had brought even more resources and talent to the equation.  However, as I feared from the beginning, the merger has only helped Disney and hurt Pixar.  One animated studio has utilized the technology while the other has lost so much of the story.  Nothing reveals this truth more than Pixar’s insistence on putting out sequels (at least Disney sends there works straight to Blu-Ray).  Including this year’s release of Finding Dory, four of their next five slated films are be sequels.  Unexplainable and inexcusable.  Good is not great.  Pixar is not Dreamworks.  
That being said, here are my rankings to date…

17)  The Good Dinosaur (2015):  The comet should not have missed in the beginning.
16)  Cars 2 (2011): Another opportunity to sell plastic Hot Wheels.
15)  Brave (2012): Missed the mark.
14)  Wall-E (2008):  If only propaganda was bad for the environment, too.  
13)  A Bug’s Life (2001):  Sophomore slump.  
12)  Ratatouille (2007):  Another reason to dislike the French?

11) Monsters University (2013):  No Boo.  No magic.  

10) Finding Dory (2016):  We’ve been here before.  But worth the return.  
9)  Inside Out (2015):  The best cast since Toy Story.  

8)  Toy Story 2 (2002):  The best an animated sequel can do… that was until the third installment.
7)  The Incredibles (2005): Unique and underrated.
6)  Cars (2006): Where are the people?
5)  Up (2009): The first twenty minutes makes me cry every single time.
4)  Toy Story 3 (2010): A fitting end to a wonderful story… until the fourth movie is released in 2018.
3)  Finding Nemo (2004): The underwater detail and light… wow.
2)  Monsters, Inc. (2003): I can’t explain why I love this movie so much. But I do.
1)  Toy Story (2000): Nothing will probably ever beat the original.

Where do you agree or disagree?  
Finding Pixar…