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Book to Movie Challenge Check-In

Hi all! I can’t believe it’s October already and we’re three-quarters of the way through the Book to Movie Challenge! I’m finally starting to get caught up, having read eight books and watched six movies (review of The Count of Monte Cristo movie to come). So far, I think my favorite movie was The King’s Speech  and my favorite book was Sense and Sensibility. And now on to how everyone else is doing!
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Book to Movie Challenge Check-In

Hi all! We are officially at the halfway point in the Book to Movie challenge! Well, halfway through the year anyway. Personally, I’m a quarter of the way through my challenge, having read and reviewed Starship Troopers, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Jane Eyre. I haven’t loved any of them as much as some adaptations I saw last year, but hopefully things will pick up with my next book-to-movie read (I’m thinking The King’s Speech). Now, on to how everyone else is doing! Continue reading

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Kicking Off the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge

BookToMovieHello all and welcome to the 2013 Book to Movie challenge! Sign-ups are here and will continue through January 31st, but for those of you already signed up, lets get this thing started. The main rule is that there are no hard and fast rules. This challenge is for fun, so the details are between you and your conscience. But, to get you started, here are the guidelines I’ll be following: Continue reading

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The King of Clubs in Mini-reviews

This is a review of both my last book in last years book-to-movie challenge and my last book for reaching my goal of 150 books read this year! It was a short one, but it was all I could handle when Netflix got rid of the TV show for my original choice at the last minute (drat you Netflix and your evil, inventory changing ways, haha).

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This short story is classic Poirot and I could see it making a great introduction to Agatha’s quirky Belgian detective. The interaction between Poirot and his friend Hastings is particularly funny in this one, which starts with a fairly traditional beginning – detective observes high-profile news item, astutely predicts when a certain person will ask for his help, and then is asked as predicted. Although short enough to leave me wanting more, this did have all the things I like about Agatha Christie, including a surprising twist only Poirot can see and the use of little details plus an understanding of human nature to make some surprising deductions. While definitely not long enough for me to recommend if you’re looking for a cozy detective story to spend the afternoon with, it would be a great introduction to the genre.

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Holes – A Bookish Movie Review

There have been books where I’ve liked the movie version equally well, but I think this is the first time I actually liked the movie significantly better. The movie did an awesome job using dialogue directly from the book. This could have been bad since the dialogue in the book felt a little stiff to me. Instead, the movie really brought the quirky characters from the book to life. In the book, the humor of the lines the characters were saying rarely came across; in the movie, the characters often made me laugh out loud. Continue reading

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Bookends About a Movie

As you may have guessed from the lack of complete book reviews this week, things have gotten a little hectic here.  Mostly in a good way, as I’ve started a pretty cool cloning experiment in the lab (cloning proteins, not sheep as I informed my disappointed sister!) and gotten to visit with the boy for three whole days.  So this week I don’t have any non-project books to review, but I did get to watch Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightening Thief with the boy so I’ll be reviewing that today. Continue reading

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