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Starship Troopers – A Bookish Move Review

There are just a few important things you need to know to understand what Starship Troopers (the movie version) is all about. First, it does not have the same feel as Heinlein’s book. A lot of the pro-military sentiment was clearly over the top and came across as almost a parody of the original. Many of the events are preserved, but a lot of details are added of necessity, since you have to see things in a movie even if they weren’t described in the book. However, a lot of character development and relationships between characters are added too. The sharp military feel is preserved though and I thought the dry humor was brought out more. Personally, I enjoyed these changes and even felt like the movie makers probably had many of the same complaints I did with the book. But it’s possible that if you loved the book, you could find the changes frustrating. Continue reading

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A Great Wildlife-Friendly Gardening Book

This week I’ve been reading Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden and I can’t wait for warm weather so I can try some of their suggestions on my balcony!  The first thing I noticed about this book was that it had a lot more in common with A Spring Without Bees than I expected, even knowing they’re neighbors in the dewey decimal system, because this book was incredibly eco-friendly.  The authors counsel against using pesticides, suggest Integrated Pest management (using natural predators to get rid of unwanted bugs, as suggested in A Spring Without Bees), and clearly love all animals – even the creepy crawly ones.  Personally, I’ve always loved all animals and even think flies are cute when they wash their faces with their legs, kind of the way cats do.  So finding a book which seemed to see the best in all animals was like finding a kindred spirit.  They even explain how to attract snakes and spiders, which I think a lot of people really wouldn’t go for.  I was ready to draw the line when they started talking about Crocodilians, but fortunately the authors didn’t suggest attracting crocodiles and alligators to your yard!  Instead they observed that if these animals visit your backyard “that may be wildlife enough”, which made me laugh 🙂 Continue reading

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