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Because I'm actually enjoying a Star Wars EU book. I learned, back when prequel material started coming out, that it really is preferable when the book focuses on OCs instead of the canon characters, just because there's less room for major fuck ups. And that the non-post-ROTJ are not quite as aggravating with the continEUity. So I went into Death Troopers with this in mind. Also keeping in mind that it's Stromtroopers and zombies. Stormtroopers and zombies, people! How could it go wrong?! I'm half way through it and unfortunately, the only way it has gone wrong is with the predictability of who is going to die, and it makes me sad because I like the character who is all but a walking target.

Han and Chewie. Billed as "surprise cameos," but so far, they're really involved in the story! Chewbacca probably has more to do, and more character development, than he ever got in the post-ROTJ books (which led to his lamentable demise). Maybe it'll start sucking, who's to say? But for now, pretty awesome. Hey, it's zombies! In the Star Wars universe!

Peace, Ghani

Day Three

Sep. 9th, 2009 12:05 pm
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For one week, recommend/share:


Day one: a song
Day two: a picture
Day three: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day four: a site
Day five: a youtube clip
Day six: a quote
Day seven: whatever tickles your fancy


Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
A retelling of the classic "Snow-white and Rose-red" fairy tale. But, unlike most retellings, this doesn't have some sort of gimmicky hook; it's not modern day or without the magic. It's just a different and very psychological take on the story. It's also interesting that the US is the only country it's being marketed as a young adult novel because it's... really not. To say I'm not easily shocked is a given, so when I tell you the climax almost blew my brain out, don't take it lightly. You don't read about rapists getting magically bummed to near death every day, I'll tell you that! The prose can be a bit dense, but the overall experience of the book, I wouldn't trade that for anything.


T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
Oh, you knew this was coming! A simple story eloquently told in simple free form verse but with all the emotional impact of denser prose (perhaps, in some ways, more). And, yes, the author is my sister and trust me, she has more good stuff on the way!


Peace, Ghani
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Snatched from [livejournal.com profile] moetushie: Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

1- Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
3- The Shining by Stephen King
4- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
5- Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
6- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
7- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
8- Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros
9- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
10- Beat to Quarters by C.S. Forester
11- Duma Key by Stephen King
12- Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
13- Rivals by Jilly Cooper
14- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
15- The Witches by Roald Dahl

Wow, that's some mixed bag I came up with!

Peace, Ghani

Hurrah!

Dec. 17th, 2007 04:10 pm
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T4 has a cover! Clicky on the tumbnails as usual.

This was the initial cover concept:






And the final image (though they spelled Ann's name wrong, they're fixing that):






There are some things she's not crazy about, like the fact that the Black Forest in winter now looks like a corn field or a tropical jungle with those leaves surrounding Paula. Also that it doesn't say, 'A Novel in Verse' anymore. Darkening the color on the hands (which were initially Ann's idea!) seemed a bad choice but I think it'll look different when printed out.

I absolutely adore the logo drawn as a swastika; we were worried at first because, well, you can't really tell the title, but someone in a meeting said they didn't know what "T4" was anyway and that was the end of that! XD

Peace, Ghani

Two memes

Apr. 16th, 2007 12:56 pm
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Mercilessly snatched from [livejournal.com profile] jadeblood

Literature meme )
TV meme )
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Finally got around to writing down a few thoughts about part one, which I recorded from PBS this past Sunday and...

It's not the worst-by a long shot-but the most disappointing of the Jane Eyre adaptations I've seen. I know I was expecting too much, and it's almost a problem that Toby Stephens is so fantastic, because I think the production lets him down. I actually think that Ruth Wilson has no chemistry with him--a very large problem in a romance story--and I was amazed in some scenes that he's giving the performance that he is when he's not getting that same level back; it's not an exchange, IMO.

This adaptation reverts a lot to telling instead of showing; the dialogue bombards us with the fact that Jane is withdrawn, she's thinking and/or feeling this or that, but very little evidence is shown for any of it. You're right, she is far too open, but on the other hand, possesses only shyness and not the sense of self-possession she learned in her latter years as a student at Lowood--I'm always sad this part of the story's continually given the chop because it doesn't the simplified idea that producers and writers want to put across, that, yes, it was miserable, the part they always emphasize and then cut away after Helen dies. But she also learned that sense of self-reliance, that she's gone through a bit of self-discovery, and has that strong, empathetic connection with the world around her.

Why on earth you'd go about hiring someone like Georgie Henley and then not using her is beyond me!

We're told over and again that she's a magical creature, surely she must have bewitched him with her magic because did they mention she was magical? And yet, I see very little of that in her, the character as is written or the performance. This Jane wears her heart on her sleeve, the hesitation, and the self-possession, just doesn't exist in this adaptation. The scene with the gypsy, while I'm delighted by its inclusion and not so much so the changes, seems strange at how laid back it is. Angry--okay, now over it and chuckle indulgently.

There are some definite pluses, chief among them Toby Stephens--and he definitely makes it worth watching--and minuses. I just don't know why I keep expecting more from each new production when I know that they'll either cover the exact same ground as a previous one or go off into a direction that I don't really see as established in the book.

Peace, Ghani
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Check it out (and maybe, if you're feeling generous and don't mind risque lesbian poetry as well as some others such as greek funeral chants):

Promiscuous Love by Ann LeZotte at Barnes and Nobles.com

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Promiscuous Love by Ann LeZotte at Amazon.com

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