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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. Set in a boys' grammar school with two time-frames and two narrators, which I didn't realize at first so there was some confusion in the beginning. And also, I was almost halfway through before I realized that I didn't know who the second narrator was. The last part kept me up last night and oh boy, what an ending that was.

Anyone else here has read this book? The first few chapters made me think of Enid Blyton's school series - Malory Towers and St Clare's and Whyteleafe - to see the same terms and phrases used in this book brought back fond memories of them but there the similarities end. This is a dark psychological thriller and when I said dark, I meant DARK!

Starting on Sally Beauman's Destiny. Few pages in and I'm already hooked, picturing Gabriel Macht as Edouard de Chavigny ::GLEE:: As for Helene, I'm not sure yet, maybe Gillian Anderson? Anna Torv?
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I enjoyed the book Children of Men very much. Didn't like the character Julian very much but I still love the book. And now I find myself wishing that I had seen the movie. So many amazing, macabre scenes from the book which I wonder how they looked like translated into the big screen - tha dance of the Painted Faces for one, the Quietus, Julian in labour, Miriam when Theo found her at the end ...

And it was directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n! Read more... )

I'm re-reading this now.

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin and piercing red fom under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance ... ( Oh my, I could already hear the rich timbre of Benedict Cumberbatch's voice in my head!! )Read more... )
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Just saw the TV adaptation from the book by Agatha Christie. It was awesome.

I think I've read all of Agatha Christie's books but I don't remember Five Little Pigs at all. It's either I really have missed that one, or the adaptation differed greatly from the book, because I absolutely love the show and I'd have surely remembered the book if the TV show was faithful to it. I'm thinking it's the former because quite a number of the made-to-TV Agatha Christies were wildly different from the books.

spoilers )

And I finally got to see Aidan Gillen! He reminded me a bit of Edward Norton and I've seen one or two persons on my flist squeeing about him and I believe he's also in Game of Thrones so that could be the push I need to just go watch GoT NOW. Other than Sean Bean being in it of course. And every other person on my flist giving two thumbs up for it!

Anyway, back to Five Little Pigs. HIGHLY recommended, the TV episode I mean. Fantastic acting all around. Riveting and thrilling story. I've got to go read ( or reread as the case may be ) the book to see whether it's as good as the TV adaptation or not.
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Any fans of the TV sitcom 'Duet' aired some time in the early 80's starring Mary Page Keller here? I had a moment of confusion when I thought she was Mary Louise Parker. Saw her ( Parker I mean ) in the movie 'Red' and I was wondering how come she looked so young and that it seemed like she had hardly aged a day since 'Duet'. Younger-looking even!

Currently reading Children of Men by PD James. I wouldn't have read it if not for PD James being my favourite whodunit writer after Agatha Christie - It is the near future: no children have been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction, the old are despairing and the young cruel - sounds so bleak and so not my cup of tea. But it's PD James ( and Clive Owen! ) and now I found myself engrossed in it. Interesting story!

And also, I finished The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time in a record time ( for me ) of less than a week. Finished it while inside the plane and I got a kick when my country was mentioned heheh.


May. 25th, 2011 05:30 pm
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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. Started reading it on 17th Oct 2010. Can't remember when I bought it. Just finished it today. Five months to finish reading what could have easily taken me 3 days, tops. Not bad, a bit dragging in parts but it was okay. I can hardly remember the movie, can't even recall who played Eragorn or how he looked like. I only remember John Malkovich, and Rachel Weiz as the voice of Saphira. I remember thinking that Rachel Weiz wasn't the right voice for Saphira but three books on, I think she's just perfect.

Starting on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time by Mark Haddon. Bought that four years ago lol. Slowly chipping away at my much neglected books. Getting there, getting there.
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Watching Brennan interacting with Booth this season is somewhat akin to watching Sam and Dean - there's a Hannah and there's a Lisa in the background omg. I've always loved Brennan's easy relationship with Booth, am still hoping that those two will get together someday, and I think Sam and Dean's relationship has gotten better in the last two episodes, despite the something-is-wrong-with-Sam cloud hanging over them. But. There's a Hannah and there's a Lisa in the background. Omg.

It'd be interesting to see how they're going to further work the two women into the story ( or out of, as the case may be ). My money is on Bones for a better storyline but SPN has a way of surprising you when you least expect it, so we'll see.

On the book front, I've just finished The First Casualty by Ben Elton. I enjoyed that though it didn't make me laugh hysterically the way his other books did. His first "serious" work, I believe, and I guess it's hard to be funny when the subject matter is WW1. But then, his books are all ( well, mostly ) about serious stuff and yet he always managed to make me laugh non-stop.

Going on to my fourth book this year ( go me, I'm on a roll. Heheh, [ profile] katikat is probably rolling her eyes now ) - Brisingr by Christopher Paolini. The third book in the Eragon series. I've quite forgotten what the story is all about, or the movie, it has been so long since I last read the first two books. I do remember that Rachel Weisz was the voice of Shapira, and John Malkovic played Galbatorix.

Survivor and The Amazing Race Asia tonight!
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Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris is a lovely read. Four not-so-nice characters and yet I enjoyed the story so much. There's Effie, weak, vapid, Effie. She became what she was through no fault of her own. Henry, the borderline pedophile with his mother-issues, Mose the rogue, and not a likeable rogue either. And Fanny with her obsession with her dead daughter. And of course, the elusive Marta - a ghost? A figment of Effie's imagination? Oh boy, a modern-day psychiatrist would have a field day with all four of them, especially Effie. I could totally see her being diagnosed as a schizophrenic with multiple personality disorder.

A haunting story with Joanna Harris's trademark style of atmospheric writing.

As for Restraint latest update, the bells that rung tore my heart into a zillion pieces. I thought I couldn't read it at first, but I did of course and I cried and I cried ...

Next book : The First Casualty by Ben Elton. His books have always been about comedic satires, books that literally made me laugh till I cried, but I can't imagine this book, set during WWI being one of those. It looks pretty serious, a first from Elton for me!

Next Big-Bang : Hmmm, I can't decide between this, this or this.
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Finished reading Jeffery Deaver's Sleeping Doll. Took me more than a month when it used to be just a couple of days, three days tops, for me to finish a book. I'm a bit disappointed with it. Oh it has all the usual Deaver's trademark ie lots and lots of twists and turns and they're good, I'm not saying they're not, it's just that there're too many of them, thrown one after another that it made you feel quite dizzy and it got to the point that you couldn't quite appreciate them fully.

Having said that, I really didn't expect spoilers )

I'm not sure what to think with the news that Jeffery Deaver will be writing the next James Bond novel. James Bond movie maybe but a book? I guess I'm not as into him now as I used to be. Lately I seem to find his characters and writing lacking in depth, though his twists are still awesome and unguessable. Mostly.

Next in line - Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris. But what with the Big Bangs and all, it'll probably take me longer than a month to finish that!

Speaking of Big Bangs, I've read ( and liked ) this, this and this. I'm planning to read this next. The summary sounds interesting. And I want to read this because the idea of Mary meeting Ellen sounds very intriguing!
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I was reading 'Cell' when I came to the part where spoileries ) And the lines that he used in that particular scene - they remind me why King is the master in his particular genre, and why I bought his books the minute they hit the bookshelves, sometimes even without knowing what they're all about.

Anyway, I think I've finally reached the point of no return in this book - you know, the point when the book starts to become unputdownable, that you have to finish reading it no matter what. Which is pg 262, btw.

I've been chipping away at 'Cell' for many months already, LJ and fanfics have been taking a lot of my reading time for the past couple of years, and it's high time I finish this book. Yup, things are getting more exciting and nail-biting, now that spoileries )

I hope I'd get to the Point of No Return with 'Deathly Hallows' soon, too. I'm nowhere near halfway yet and I still haven't got the urge to finish it, despite me dying to know what happened to Snape ( my hero in the HP series, or anti-hero as the case may be ).
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Just came back from the cinema. Saw the movie 'Pathfinder'. With Karl Urban. ( Karl Urban was in the movie. I saw the movie with the husband. That needs to be clarified ) It was okay. Lots and lots of blood and gore. I don't think I would have watched it if not for Karl Urban. And him playing a Viking, too. Brought back memories of Eomer, Man of Rohan. But this Eomer showed a lot more skin than the Middle-Earth one. A lot more. As in him being almost three-quarter naked *drools*

See what I mean?

As I said, the movie was okay. At times it reminded me of 'Rambo'. At times, err, 'Home Alone'. That quite a lot of the scenes reminded me of LOTR goes without saying. The Vikings and their horses looked like the Nazguls. Sometimes they looked like orcs. All those snow made me think of Caradhras. Complete with the avalanche. And of course, there was Eomer himself.

Went to the bookstore after that. I wanted to buy 'The Oxford Murders'. They don't have it, unfortunately. Oh well, maybe I should wait and see if they'll publish it with Elijah on the cover. But I must must must read it before the movie comes out.

I bought PD James's 'The Children of Men' instead. Clive Owen is starring in that movie with Alfonso Cuaron directing. Should be good. Don't know whether it'll ever make it here, though.

I also bought Ben Elton's 'Chart Throb' - The Ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. A comic satire with a hilarious deconstruction of the world of television shows.

Very appropriate, since 'American Idol' is starting next week. I can't wait!
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Interesting discussion here at [ profile] aprilkat's journal on the Top Ten of our favourite movies. Now I know what my LJ-friends like to watch!

What about books? What are your favourite ten books ( or more )? Books that you'll always remember and some you can even quote the lines by heart.

Here are mine :

LotR by JRR Tolkien.
Katya by Trevanian. A psychiatric thriller with a very gothic feel.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
Dead Famous by Ben Elton. A mix of murder thriller and comedy. I stayed up all night reading it. A must-read for fans of reality TV shows.
As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann. I'm still lugging the book around with me, reading certain parts from time to time.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. An all-time favourite of mine. Since knowing James, Tristan and Siegfried, I've never look at vets the same way again.
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I love the heroine so much so that Ayla was one of the names short-listed if my baby were to be a girl.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. A whodunit classic.
Coastliners by Joanne Harris. Romance and intrigue at a small French village. From the same author who wrote 'Chocolat'.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and its sequel Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beaumann.
Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia C. Andrews.
Post Mortem by Patricia Cornwell.
Harry Porter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rawling. I think that's her best and I also think the movie adaptation is the best of the four.

So, what are yours?
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I finished reading 'Sideways' the book today. Rather to my surprise, I enjoyed it! [ profile] claudia603 and [ profile] surgicalsteel, I don't know how much of the movie adaptation is similar to the book but the pace picked up when Miles and Jack were duped by that bogus boar hunter. That was pretty priceless. And oh, I kept on thinking that these two just had to declare their love for each other, especially when Jack said he wouldn't go through with the wedding unless Jack agreed to be his bestman. And if I were the doctor at the ER I would have thought something fishy was going on the way Jack kept coming back with all those injuries LOL.

I must see the movie now. I wonder where Sandra Oh fit in all these. Neither book-Terra nor book-Maya sounded Oriental at all!

Next book - 'Eldest'. That's the sequel to 'Eragon'. And yes, Roran is baaack ... But oh God, I wish I can keep those images of the Vardens in their 70s costumes out of my head :/

Now where are those fics that I'm planning to read tonight.

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And I'll be leaving for work soon.

I work half-day on Saturdays. Today, as of late, I won't be bringing the laptop to work with me. I've designated Saturdays as my Reading Day. My Book-Reading Day,to be precise. With no LJ for me to peek into every half-hour or so. And if the day is not too busy I should be able to finish quite a number of chapters.

I'm currently reading 'Sideways' by Rex Pickett. It has been languishing in my bag for many, many months. I'm now at pg 22. Very slow progress I'm making. The thing is, I need to reach the 'Point of No Return' before I can speed up on my reading. You know, when you reach the part when you simply must go on with the story no matter what, when you start bringing the book with you everywhere you go - to lunch, inside the car, while queueing at the banks or post-office ( it's amazing how fast the line moves when you're engrossed in a good book ). And yeah, that's when you're not so inclined to refresh your flist to see whether there's any update on your favourite fics *g*

So I'm hoping to reach that particular Point with this book today so that I can finish it and get on with the rest of my novels. Heh, my Stephen Kings are looking very inviting too. His latest on my shelf is ' Cell' which I bought along with Kim Edward's 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter' and Paolini's 'Eldest' which is the sequel to Eragon.

Then maybe I'll watch 'Sideways' the movie. Has anyone seen the movie or read the book?

Have a good weekend, everybody!


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