Who did it? The Women in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware

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Let me first just talk about the cover, no matter how much someone will try to drill into a readers head that the cover doesn’t matter it still won’t happen. Humans are visual creatures and there isn’t much we can do to change that. The cover on The Women in Cabin Ten literally caught my eye, some kind of shiny material was used to add more detail to the rain and I loved the texture of the book. If you’re not really a nook person like I am the texture might also be something authors, and publishers should keep in mind. The shades of blue they used on the cover was good too, it had some dark shades to it, giving it an eerie feeling. I thought the window itself was also appealing, it makes the viewer think there’s something I’m looking into, maybe something I’m not supposed to be seeing, but I get to see it anyway.

Thrillers, crime, and mysteries are the types of books I’ve come to read more and more. The Women in Cabin Ten seemed like a little bit of all three, with burglary, a missing person, things going missing. The sub plots were intriguing, with the main character having a little romance going on and the backgrounds of the other characters were unique, each had their own personality, one I found to be quite funny. My head was spinning with theories, did so and so do this? If so and so did it then what about this? But they couldn’t have done because this other thing happened! It was hard to get everything to add up and eventually I ended up giving up on what I thought was going to happen and just let the book take me where it wanted me to go.

How did you feel about this book? If you’re thinking about reading it what questions do you have? Did you like the romantic subplots or did you think it was too much?

 

Arrival and the Story Behind It

When we think of aliens the first thing that pops into our mind is the idea that they will invade earth and destroy humanity as we know it, but what if that wasn’t the case? In the movie Arrival and The Story of You, that wasn’t quite what was envisioned, more like the complete opposite.

The story and the movie gave way to an entirely new concept: the idea of trying to understand an alien language polar opposite of our own, using not only linguists, but also physics and learning to change ones thought process to really understand how they communicated.

There was something rather unique about their thought process, if you learned their language well, you where able to foresee the future, but whether or not one could change it remained unknown. The person that learned to foresee the future -the main character- let what would happen, happen, but whether or not she could have changed it still remains uncertain, at least in the book.

The major difference between the book and the movie was how deeply they went into the divorce the main character had. In the story it was brief, no answer as to why they were divorced, but in the movie the main character told the husband what was going to happen, but since she told him then would he have been able to change the future? The divorce made it seem that he didn’t like the idea of it, so is that evidence enough, that they indeed, could not change what was going to happen?

In most stories simliar to this one, if one can see the future, they normally can change it. It’s feels good to see a story in a new perspective, I’m tired of hearing the same old thing. It helps me think of new ideas and thinking like everyone else can get really bland sometimes. Quite a bit of “new” ideas are just reruns of something someone created a long time ago.

The movie wasn’t as boring as I thought it would be, if anything the movie help to guide my vision of the story instead of surpressing it. The movie didn’t really give a “new” vision of the story, and it really bugs me when someone takes a book and tries to flip it around to match a certain theme.

If it’s a different vision, its an entirely different idea and should not be advertised as the same thing.