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Archive for August, 2012

Books read:

  • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal. I liked this one better than the first book; the ending still felt rushed and slapped on, but much less so. Hopefully the third book will have solved the How To Write an Ending issue that the author clearly suffers from.
  • Bink & Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. I love Bink and Gollie. Turning them loose on a fair ground was wonderful. I think I know a young niece who needs these books in her life! “Oh Bink. There are no winners here.”
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Willima Joyce and illustrated by Joe Bluhm. I loved it. Very much. So much so that I need to hunt down the animated short…
  • Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always written and illustrated by Tao Nyeu. This is kind of like Frog and Toad crossed with Spongebob, although much better than that sounds. My favorite part were all the asides and jokes that were in the margins.
  • The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente and illustrated by Ana Juan. I loved it. The tone and structure of the story reminded me so very much of Phantásien. There were lots of other homages, but that was the one most noticeable to me.
  • Hampire! written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Howard Fine. A very silly take on a vampire story. Perfect for those readers who aren’t quite old enough for Bunicula.
  • Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks. I liked it a lot. Although I wasn’t homeschooled, I can certainly relate to the terror of the unknown on your first day at a new school where you don’t know ANYBODY. All of the characters were very real, and I’d love to read more about them.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barduga. It’s an interesting premise, but I don’t know if I’ll stick around for the next two books in the series. Mostly I was bothered by the Russian veneer that was spread over the story but that had very obvious mistakes that I, who know very little about all things Russian, could spot a mile away. It kept pulling me out of the story–and frustratingly enough, the story is quite good.

Movies Watched:

  • “TRON: Legacy” Wow, this is a bad movie. Bad, bad, bad. I’m under no illusions about the greatness of the original “TRON,” but because I saw it as a kid, I’m willing to overlook the flaws. This though, has no excuse.
  • “Teri Meri Kahaani” It was cute and sweet, but not as good as I was hoping. The 1910 storyline was by far the best, and the 1960 one was fun too, but 2012 was disappointing. Still, I liked the songs, and I liked the leads, and it was a fun bit of fluff when I really needed something lightweight.
  • “Khal Nayak” It was good, although I do get a little tired of the heroine-pulled-between-two-loves trope. That being said, the songs were excellent (although not subtitled, grr) and I loved all of the outfits that Madhuri wore.
  • “The Secret World of Arrietty” This was a really good adaptation of The Borrowers. I really enjoyed how the relative sizes of the characters were made clear by animation and sound effects, it was very cleverly done. The ending was odd, but now I want to read the entire series of books and see what happens next.
  • “Shutter Island” I knew what the twist was, but not how it was going to play out, so I enjoyed this movie. All of the little things were done so well, and everyone gave great performances. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I’ve requested the book.
  • “The Dark Knight Rises” It’s hard to talk about this movie, for obvious reasons. I did like it, and I felt like it was a good finish to the series, but it was long and dark. I must say that I was unsurprised by the big twist that had everyone in the theater gasping, but that’s because I watched “Batman: The Animated Series” in the 90s.
  • “Shree 420” Finally watching some classic Bollywood. It’s a famous film and it holds up very well today. I think I’d like to see more of Raj Kapoor’s work, as he has quite a reputation as a writer, actor, director, producer, etc.
  • “Endhiran” There is only one way to sum this movie up: OMGWTFBBQ. Parts of it I really liked (robots doing awesome robot stuff! evil villains being evil!) and parts of it I had some real issues with (too many near-rapes being shrugged off very casually! alarming wardrobe choices!). So I’m glad I saw it, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy it.

Grand Totals:

  • Books: 27/50
  • Movies: 27/50

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