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November 50/50 Stats

Books read:

  • Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t think it was as well executed as When You Reach Me–the mystery was less mysterious, and the solution was less clever. I did like Safer and Candy, and I really liked Georges, but the story didn’t quite come together for me.
  • Madeleine L’Engel’s A Wrinkle in Time adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson. This I loved. The graphic adaptation was well executed, and while the characters weren’t as I imagined them, I had no problems with how they were depicted, Obviously the story had to be condensed for this, but it really made me want to reread the original. I don’t know if there are plans for Hope Larson to adapt any more of the Time Quartet novels, but if she does, I will happily read them.
  • The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt. I’m not entirely sure what I was hoping this book would be, but I was disappointed in it nonetheless. For such a short book the author was able to wander from her theoretical topic much more than was necessary or interesting, and at time it felt like a giant exercise in writerly showing off. I might pursue some of the titles she mentioned, however.

Movies Watched:

  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” Since I had read the book recently, I thought it would be a good idea to see the movie. I absolutely loved it. It tells the same story as the book, but in a different way–which is very appropriate, given the subject matter. Worth every second.
  • “The Mummy” This was more or less what I was expecting, but I was really taken aback by some of the details: quite a lot of the ancient Egyptian stuff used was extremely accurate, but every now and again there were howlingly bad mistakes. But since this was made near the height of Egypt-mania, that is not surprising. An interesting story, but I do wish the film had been longer and developed some of the characters more.

Grand Totals:

  • Books: 47/50
  • Movies: 44/50

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