T is for There’s To Toms Thoreau with Taylor

The Doll (Vanessa Michael Munroe Series #3)The Doll by Taylor Stevens. Finished 4-15-14, pub. 2013

Unabridged audio read by Hillary Huber.  14 hours.

I read the first two books in this series and really liked them both, and chose to listen to this one on audio and may have liked it even better that way!

Vanessa Michael Munroe is a tough woman in a man’s world.  She makes her living finding information and selling it to businessmen who need it to make a deal.  She speaks over 20 languages which serves her well since she spends most of her time overseas, blending in with the natives wherever she goes, even passing as a man is if serves her well.  If she doesn’t find trouble first, trouble finds her.  She is enjoying some resemblance of a normal life in Dallas when she is drugged and taken to another country and thrown into the web of human trafficking.

Perfect for international thriller fans and those who like kick butt females.   This was my favorite of the series so far, but do think that if you want to read these books they are best read in order (The Informationist) (The Innocent).

Blogging from A to Z

movieThere’s Something About Mary, 1998

One of my ten ten favorite movies.  This raunchy, perfect-for-teen-boys humor is not my thing at all.  I remember feeling embarrassed at some of the crude things I laughed at when I saw it at the theater.  It was not in my comfort zone, and yet at its heart it was a love story between two characters that I loved and was rooting for the whole way.  It made me laugh and it satisfied my goofy heart.

bookTo Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I was reading this classic southern novel when we rescued a kitten and she promptly received the name Scout.  It’s a shame this was Harper Lee’s only book.

authorHenry David Thoreau

Transcendentalist writer, who was introduced to the movement by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Emerson is even the one who loaned Thoreau Walden Pond, for his two-year experiement.  Open your mind and delve in!

actorTIE! Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise

Tom Hanks is the more likeable author, but when I look at a list of both of the Toms movies I find that it’s Cruise that has been in more of my favorite movies (Collateral, A Few Good Men, Rain Man) and his role as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder stole the show.


12 thoughts on “T is for There’s To Toms Thoreau with Taylor

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    A funny story. For my older daughter’s 20th birthday, we took her and a college friend to see this movie, along with her 23-year old brother and 2 of his friends. My wife and I had no idea what it was about (we never made that mistake again). All I can tell you is that I looked straight ahead through the entire movie. I was too embarrassed to look in either direction.
    And a bit of coincidence – Tom Hanks went to my high school in Oakland, CA – a “few” years before I went.

    • Lloyd Russell says:

      I forgot to mention in my 1st long-winded comment that I’m currently reading Taylor Stevens’ latest, The Catch. She sent it as an ARC. I didn’t love the 1st one, The Informationist, and I didn’t read 2 & 3. But since she sent #4, I figured I would try again. I’m happy to say that the 1st 25 pages are very good. I’m glad I’m reading it.

  2. Literary Feline says:

    I adore Tom Hanks! Not so much Tom Cruise. LOL Although, Cruise has been in a lot more of the fun to watch movies, that’s for sure.

    I’ve been wanting to read Taylor Stevens for some time now. I am glad you enjoy Stevens’ books!

  3. Liz A. says:

    Sounds like a fascinating book. I’ve never seen There’s Something About Mary. It struck me as something I wouldn’t enjoy. But I do love To Kill a Mockingbird.

  4. Heather says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one that continues to stay with me after all these years; the movie was so good too. I really enjoy Tom Hanks but I have to admit that I’m not afan of Cruise but I still enjoy most of his movies!

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