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Hi all:

Today I bring you an author who has visited us many times because he’s not only prolific but he never fails to bring us something new and interesting.

Author Christoph Fischer

Author Christoph Fischer

Christoph Fischer (here his Amazon page ) this time brings us a story of innocence, glamour, gambling, love and friendship. The question is, when money changes our life completely, how do we know what’s true?

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers by Christoph Fischer

The Gamblers

Ben is an insecure accountant obsessed with statistics, gambling and beating the odds. When he wins sixty-four million in the lottery he finds himself challenged by the possibilities that his new wealth brings.

He soon falls under the influence of charismatic Russian gambler Mirco, whom he meets on a holiday in New York. He also falls in love with a stewardess, Wendy, but now that Ben’s rich he finds it hard to trust anyone. As both relationships become more dubious, Ben needs to make some difficult decisions and figure out who’s really his friend and who’s just in it for the money.

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00XOQRGAO/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gamblers-Christoph-Fischer-ebook/dp/B00XOQRGAO/

All the reviews are fabulous so I didn’t want to single out, just go and check them yourselves.

And, Christoph is taking part in an anthology in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care, that is in pre-order and will be published tomorrow, so I couldn’t help but share it with you. It’s an incredible opportunity to sample the work of some fabulous writers and to contribute to a worthy cause.

You Are Not Alone anthology

You Are Not Alone anthology

An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.

Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers, and bloggers – all of whom have a place in our acknowledgments. You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work.

100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Contributors:

Lesley Hayes – A Year Afterwards
BL Pride – Closure (Somewhere Over France)
Anthony Randall – Colin And Sandy
Ian D. Moore – One Of Those Days
Mike Billington – Dolphins Dance
D. Avraham – A Special Evening
Sallyann Phillips – At The Hands Of The Healer
Kayla Howarth – Dad
Christoph Fischer – Forever Yours
Phyllis Edgerly Ring – Fruits
Felipe Adan Lerma – The Yoga Bowl
Sylva Fae – Lilies For The Mantel
Andy Updegrove – Gabriel And The Minister Bird
Penny Luker – Inside Out
Katerina Sestakova Novotna – Witch’s Mark
Lisa Shambrook – Love’s Silent Ache
Tom Benson – Goals
Katharine E. Hamilton – If The Shoe Fits
Lucinda E. Clarke – The Birth
Barbara Doran – Lotta Blum
Angela Lockwood – Never Too Old
Rebecca Bryn – Ooh Air Margrit
Max Power – Babes
Paul Ruddock – Last Goodbyes…
S.K. Holmesley – A Stitch In Time
Eric Lahti – Day Late, Dollar Short
S.E. Meyer – Love In An Elevator
Nico Laser – No Longer Broken

Links:

Amazon for per-order via these links:

http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth

http://bookshow.me/B00Y5RCOOE

You’ll find the Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/yourenotalone2015

And here is the fund, in loving memory of Pamela Mary Winton

https://macmillan.tributefunds.com/pamela-mary-winto

Christoph has been publishing a number of interviews with authors in the anthology, so go and visit!

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/

Thanks to Christoph, for his book, and for the anthology, thanks to you all for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment and CLICK!

 

Hi all:

These days I let the content of my posts be dictated by those thoughts or connections that keep popping up in my mind and refuse to go. In the last couple of weeks I’ve watched three movies, and although they are very different, I couldn’t help but notice that they have something in common: the main characters wave wads of money around. What they are trying to achieve couldn’t be further apart.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive

In Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive  (I give a brief summary and more details of the movies at the end obtained from www.imdb.com ), Adam and Eve (the film is loosely based in a book by Mark Twain , The Diaries of Adam and Eve. If you want a free e-version go here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0195101529/ although others are available) are two vampires who’ve lived (or been undead) for centuries and have been in love it seems for as long. They are exquisitely well educated (I love the scene where Eve is packing to go and visit Adam, as she lives in Tangiers and he is in Detroit, and she packs two suitcases full of books [a woman/vampire after my own heart] after speedreading classics in many languages), live pretty isolated lives, and feed themselves by buying blood from well-connected doctors and blood-banks.  Despite their peculiar lives, their existence is like a shining diamond compared to that of the human being around them because they appreciate the beautiful things around him, literature, music and love. Adam doesn’t call humans ‘zombies’ for nothing. He is a musician and seems a romantic lost in the modern world, with suicidal ideation and all. Eve reminds him that he has lived through similar experiences when he was associating with Lord Byron and his circle. The film is astonishingly beautiful. Even a dilapidated Detroit looks sad but fitting.

John Hurt, who plays Christopher Marlowe, throwing darts with a painting of Shakespeare as target, is wonderful, as always. Unfortunately, he runs out of supply of “the good stuff” and ends up dying because of contaminated blood.

Enter:

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club, based on a true story, where the main character, Ron Woodroof, played in a well-deserved Oscar winning performance by Matthew McConaughey, is a Dallas electrician who is neither educated not sophisticated. He seems to be only interested in drugs (cocaine mostly) and women (more about that later) and as we discover when he is diagnosed with AIDS due to an accident at work, he’s homophobic too. At the time of his diagnosis the illness was very poorly understood and most people thought transfusions, IV drug use or homosexual relations were the likely culprits. After a brief period of denial he discovers that unprotected sex, that he has plenty of, can also be a mode of transmission. They give him 30 days to live. His character is not likeable. He’s sexist, homophobic, and seems to live only for the moment. But he won’t quit. He’s determined to live for as long as he can, and he will confront whoever gets in his way, be the FDA, hospital, doctors, the government. He is not completely altruistic (when he starts bringing drugs from Mexico and later on from wherever he can get them, he charges people and you have the sense that he is making money out of it), but he is not heartless and he goes out of his way to share the information he finds, including sending medication to a policeman friend, for his father who suffers dementia. And he seems to abstain sexually until he finds a girl who comes to the clinic seeking treatment (and boy, is he happy about that!). He also gets to accept homosexuality and defends his transgender friend and associate Rayon, a deeply touching Jared Leto (who again deserves the oscar). Throughout the movie we see Ron change and be transformed by his experience

There are brief scenes where you get to sense the real person behind the bravado (like when Ron goes for dinner with his female doctor and friend, and they talk about his mother, who was a painter but abandoned him when he was very young) and I particularly liked the scene when Rayon, dressed in a man’s suit, goes to visit his father, a banker, who at some point says ‘God help me’ and Rayon says: ‘He is. I got AIDS.’

The film is not one for great stylistics. It does have the look of a documentary, and the form is at the service of telling the story. The performances of the two main male actors are outstanding.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

I mentioned how Ron is mostly interested in drugs and women. He shares these interests with Jordan Belfort, the protagonist of another story based on real events Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. His other interest being making money. The film is fast paced (although it’s quite long), beautifully filmed, has fantastic performances, it is really funny at times (when both Jordan and his best friend and associate end up legless due to a drug overdose the movie becomes pure slapstick) but it is horrifying. When I talked about American Hustle a few weeks ago I discussed the possible amorality of the film, here there is no doubt; this is a celebration of trickstery, corruption and fraud in the grand scale. Money is justified by itself, there are no limits to greed and selfishness, and when punishment finally arrives, it is too little, too late. And judging by the seminars the character is offering at the end, he has learned nothing in the process. Matthew McConaughey plays a small but powerful part (reminiscent of Alec Baldwin’s bit-part in the film version of Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross) giving Jordan his own version of the ethics (or lack of) of being a stockbroker.

Would I recommend them? They are all good films, although very different. Dallas Buyers Club is a solid movie with great performances, and a history of the human spirit and human resilience. The Wolf of Wall Street is like King Midas’s story in modern times, but with no punishment. If you hate bankers and financiers and feel aggrieved by the current economic situation I don’t recommend it as it will make your blood boil. I think that Only Lovers Left Alive will become a cult-film, and I’m intending to buy it and watch it more than once. It is one of those movies (like Blade Runner or even Wall-E) where the non-humans have more appreciation and understanding of the beauty and greatness of life than humans do. Maybe we should take heed.

 

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.

Director:

Jim Jarmusch

Writer:

Jim Jarmusch (screenplay)

Stars:

Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Direct link to imdb page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1714915/

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Director:

Jean-Marc Vallée

Writers:

Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Stars:

Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Direct link to imdb page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790636/

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Stars:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie |

Direct link to imdb page with trailers, etc.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/

Thanks for reading, and you know what to do if you’ve enjoyed it, like, comment, share and get watching!

 

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