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Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula K. Le Guin

Before Harry Potter and Hogwarts, there was Ged and Roke Island. I read this for a Neptune Voyage on the Mind Voyages challenge, and am also counting this as fantasy fiction for the Speculative Fiction Challenge. The Earthsea Trilogy is made up of the three small novels: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore. I got very attached to the recurring character, Ged/Sparrowhawk, who travels the world in his boat Lookfar. The three novels are three major quests that Ged, a mage, completes at different stages of his life, while helping others and facing his fears. The planet is Earthsea, a world made up of islands, mountains, sea voyages, magic, dragons, and various human cultures. I love this author. She is a master of world building. In the past year, I've reread The Left Hand of Darkness, another great read of hers. I give each book five out of five stars.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm not so sure about this...

They're making a movie based on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go. Damn it, isn't there ANYONE in the film industry with original ideas? Do they have to keep turning beloved books into movies for quick cash? Although I will admit, it has the potential to be a good flick, they BETTER not mess this up. Grrr.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Endless Night - Agatha Christie

I read this for the Typically British challenge over in Book Chick City. It's been a long time since I read an Agatha Christie story, and even longer since I read one that wasn't either Poirot or Miss Marple. I was looking in only part of the right direction when picking a villian for this one. Up until about the last thirty pages, I was still figuring it out, but then it seemed so obvious. Got me again, Aggie. Some people are just inherently evil.