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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie

Friday, August 14th, 2009 | No Comments »
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I saw this only a few days after it came out, but never got a chance to post about it.  Should probably do it now, since I want to link to this  pretty amusing parody of the H-BP movie by Sarah Rees Brennan.

I enjoyed the movie.   Dan Radcliffe isn’t very good in it and neither is Dumbledore (though a friend has commented that he has slightly more personality than in the previous films).  Important things are left out, and we don’t get any more of Gary Oldman showing off his chest (you know you liked it!).  It’s not by any means a perfect adaptation, but still good enough that I didn’t feel as though I’d wasted my money (the fifth movie, anyone?).

As a long-time fan of the books I thought the movie was a pretty unfaithful adaptation of the sixth Harry Potter book, though it manages to cram in quite a lot of things.  This is always the problem with movies that are based on books: books have no length restrictions, and can be as long as the author wants them to be, or at least as long as the editor allows them to be.  Movies do have restrictions on time, and therefore the screen writer or director has to pick and choose what details are important and which he/she can afford to omit. (more…)

A trip to Sweden (and The Demon’s Lexicon book review + links)

Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Comments Off
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Lately I’ve been updating my other blog like crazy, and have sort of neglected to make any posts on this one.  I doubt anyone will miss it, but I apologize anyway.

For the past week or so I’ve been on a trip in Sweden, visiting with a close friend of mine. I’m a big food fan who woefully can’t cook very many things, so she’s been making yummy things for me to try. She’s vegetarian, so most of the things we’ve had have been kind of healthy (except for the homemade green tea ice cream–my idea) and I’ve been very very happy. We’ve also been into Stockholm and to the Skansen open air museum and zoo. Will probably post more pictures later, but have one now:

soldier's cottage

The Demon’s Lexicon

This is a book recommendation of sorts for Sarah Rees Brennan’s debut novel The Demon’s Lexicon, a YA urban fantasy novel about two brothers on the run from sinister magicians who control the power of demons. The first of a trilogy, with the second one coming out in June of 2010, it paints a fascinating new world unlike any I’ve read before (though I admittedly have not read as many fantasy novels as I’d have liked) and features a cast of compelling characters who, in some cases despite their misgivings, are extremely likable.

This book is not only about demon magic, swords, guns, and dark handsome men, though it has plenty of those. It’s also about family, trust, loyalty, and lies. It starts off with something as ordinary as fixing the kitchen sink, and ends with something quite unexpected and a world apart from the kitchen sink business. If you like surprises, humor, or a combination of any of the things already mentioned above, please check it out!

The author has also provided her readers with incentives by pledging to post non-spoilery short stories as her book sales go up; even after it ends, this book continues to give! She has already posted her first short story on her own blog.     Links below:

The Demon’s Lexicon on Amazon.Com

First Chapter of The Demon’s Lexicon

SRB’s blog – The Sorcerer and Stone short story This is not spoilery, and manages to be heartbreaking and dark and wonderful.

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