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Pope in his grotto
It's clever, but is it art?
(This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.)
 
23rd-Jul-2009 07:55 pm
HP: Snape: "Always."
I've now seen Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I had very little idea what to expect, since the last HP movie I saw was Prisoner of Azkaban; I've been a little afraid to see any of the films since then, since the actors just look all wrong to me. But this one actually was not bad. I mean, it was about as convoluted and dragging as the novel, in spite of the fact that they left out a ton of stuff (including nearly everything pertaining to the Half-Blood Prince!), but for all that, I enjoyed it, and it actually inspired me to finally go to Blockbuster and rent the previous two films.

Mostly, the movie reminded me how much I still love Snape.Collapse )
23rd-Dec-2007 03:29 pm - This year's reading list...
Devil: the dark side has books
(I wrote this a few days ago, thinking I'd be able to get online sooner. It's therefore a bit outdated; I've actually finished reading Moby Dick now, and a post about that is forthcoming. In the meantime, I'm leaving this post as it is.)

Contrary to what most people think, I'm not actually a very prolific reader. At all. In fact, I've read exactly ten books this year -- or eleven, if I finish Moby Dick before January -- and that includes three short children's novels. I mean, I read pieces of other things… I read about half of a collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short stories, several chapters of The House of the Seven Gables, the first quarter of The 1,001 Arabian Nights (which I'm still reading; at the moment I'm about halfway through the story of Aladdin), and a few chapters of The Iliad, The Red and the Black, and Nietzsche's Antichrist. I intend to finish reading all of these at some point... hopefully within the coming year...

In any case. Some of you have been trying to "read your height" in books, or read a book for every week of the year, or something of that sort, and then commenting on those books in your journal in little blocks. I've entered on no such ambitious enterprise, but now that the year is out, I figure I'll take a moment to comment briefly on the books I did manage to read this year. No spoilers, or at least only very minor, oblique spoilers. In the order in which I read them, then:

The Master and MargaritaCollapse )
LolitaCollapse )
One Hundred Years of SolitudeCollapse )
The Dark Tower: The GunslingerCollapse )
Number the StarsCollapse )
The Devil's StorybookCollapse )
The Devil's Other StorybookCollapse )
Lord of LightCollapse )
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsCollapse )
Guards! Guards!Collapse )
Moby DickCollapse )
HP: Mad-Eye Moody - he's watching you
So. I finally finished Deathly Hallows yesterday, and haven't had a chance to comment on it until now. Blast this job. (I'm working six days this week, again. Thursday off, and that's it.)

Anyway, I'm a little hesitant to comment, because as usual, I'm fully aware that JKR is really not a great writer, that the thing was flawed in too many places to list, and that ultimately it was all rather absurd and contrived. And yet I liked it. For all that, I really did like it, from start to finish. I even found the epilogue amusing.

So what the hell. Let's comment anyway.

Accio spoilers!Collapse )

Right. Shutting up now.
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