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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick / Blade Runnner

Title: Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Del Ray Books 1968

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 190

Rating:  5 / 5 stars  Movie:  5 / 5

Reading Challenges: Science Fiction; Book 2 Movie: Mount TBR; Fall into Reading; My Years — 1982 (for the movie)

How I Got It: Own it

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn’t want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

Book

Another science fiction book that tempted me but with trepidations.  I haven’t had the best luck with previous science fiction, but this one exceeded my expectations.  I immediately connected with the character of Rick and his struggles to be a success in this destroyed world.  This book was very character driven.  I loved the complexity involved.  Plus we get an interesting discussion on humanity and ethics.  The two Rachaels were a nice touch.  Definitely a must read for me.

Favorite quote:

“Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores or anyhow omnivores who could depart from a meat diet. Because, ultimatley, the emphatic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated. As in the fusion with Mercer, everyone ascended together or, when the cycle had come to an end, fell together into the trough of the tomb world. Oddly, it resembled a sort of biological insurance, but double-edged. As long as some creature experienced joy, then the condition for all other creatures included a fragment of joy. However, if any living being suffered, then for all the rest the shadow could not be entirely cast off. A herd animal such as man would acquire a higher survival factor through this; an owl or a cobra would be destroyed.” Page 27

Movie

I love the world building in this movie.  Everything is fantastical, but very lived in and run down.  The look just gets me.  And the special effects are still amazing even 30 years after.  While liberties are taken with the story, it makes sense in the world that Dick created.  The actors are all amazing and just perfect for their roles.  I especially love Sean Young’s Rachael.  She was my favorite character from the book and she’s my favorite character in the movie.  Overall, I just really enjoy this one.  And they got rid of Deckard’s wife, which definitely livened up the pacing.

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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Movie Quotes — 1990s Edition

Back in high school, I kept a quote notebook.  Anytime I ran across an interesting or funny quote I would put it in the book.  I eventually filled that notebook and started another.  I recently unearthed those notebooks to use for ideas for my Quote Wednesday posts.  While perusing the notebook, I ran across a huge section of movie quotes from the 1990s.  These were the movies that I watched over and over again in high school.  For today’s fun, I thought I would share those quotes.  But you have to guess what movie they are from…  (don’t worry, answers will be at the bottom of the post)

1. What’s with you today, Lucas?  Yesterday you were normal, today you’re like the Chinese guy from the Karate Kid.

What’s with today, today?

2. Slappy, Swammy, Swans, Swanson?  Maybe it’s on the briefcase.  Ah, Samonsite, I was way off!

3. If I saw myself dressed like that, I’d have to kick my own ass.

4. Yeah, but when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates down eat the tourists.

5. Men should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and disposable.

6. I figure we demand some weird stuff so that later we can plead insanity.

7. Go, go Buffalo!

8. I’d like to quit thinking of the present as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.

9. What, you think just cause a guy reads comics he can’t start shit?

10. Have I stepped over some line in the sands of coolness with you?

11. What was that?  You’re trailing off… and did I catch a “niner” in there?  Were you calling from a walkie talkie?

12. A gun rack?  A gun rack. I don’t even own ahh gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack!

13. I guess in the end I’m just a trendy ass poser.

14. Are you asking me out?  That’s so cute; what’s your name again?

15. I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.

Make your guesses now…

Go on… you know you quote some of these at any given opportunity…

And now for the answers…

Answers:

1. Empire Records (1994)

2. Dumb and Dumber (1994)

3. Happy Gilmore (1996)

4. Jurassic Park (1993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Clueless (1995)

6. Airheads (1994)

7. Idle Hands (1999)

8. Dazed and Confused (1993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Mallrats (1993)

10. Reality Bites (1994)

11. Tommy Boy (1995)

12. Wayne’s World (1992)

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  SLC Punk (1998) — love Heroin Bob!

14. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

15. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Movies

 

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Title: Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen

Pages: 333

Rating:  5  / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Back to the Classics — Reread; Mount TBR; Book2Movie; Fall into Reading

How I Got It: Own It!

Book

Say what you want about Elizabeth Bennett, Anne Elliott has always been my favorite Austen heroine.  Underneath it all, she’s the one that keeps the Elliott household running, even in Bath.  She understands who she is and what mistakes she has made in the past.  She knows people and how to deal with them.  I love this story of growing up and realizing your mistakes.  Plus Captain Wentworth is just so dreamy!  Definitely my favorite of all of Austen’s novels.

BBC Miniseries :

A few years ago I had a short-lived book club with some of my high schoolers.  We read Persuasion and then I hosted a movie night to enjoy a viewing.  Afterward we went around yelling “Wentworth” all over school.  Good times good times.

As to the actual movie, this is my favorite adaptation.  The casting perfectly fits the characters.  Anthony Stewart Head is imposing as Sir Walter, perfect casting.  Amanda Hale  is a nervous wreck of a Mary.  Rupert Penry-Jones is just dreamy as Captain Wentworth.  And Sally Hawkins has those long looks so perfect for playing Anne.  My absolute favorite scene is the first time that Anne and the Captain meet again.  Their looks convey a huge range of emotions.  In that instance, you know that they still love each other even with the betrayals of the past.  And I love all the scenes in Bath if for nothing more than the architecture in Bath.  Even the deviations from the novel fit with the story and characters. I forgive the filmmakers and still watch it over and over again.

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Book Reviews, Readathon

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling — Part 2

Because there are two movies, I tend to think about this book in two parts.  So I am splitting my review into two parts corresponding with the break in movies.  Part 2 covers pages 503-759 of the hardcover edition.

Title: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Scholastic 2007

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 759

Rating:   5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: HP

How I Got It: Own it! (in pretty hardcover no less)

This one is a reread for me.  It’s been awhile since I read the series.  I remember reading the first couple of books out loud to the boys when they were infants.  SO that’s what, eight years ago?  I read the last few books as they came out, but overall it’s been awhile.

Instead of doing a traditional review, I thought I would just give you some of my reread thoughts.  Things I noticed, things I loved, quotes I like, etc.  And then I will have a mini review of movie vs. book.

Book fun

Favorite scenes:

  • Break-in at Gringotts —  This entire scene feels like an amusement park ride complete with scary dragon.
  • Harry standing up for Professor McGonagall — Such a small gesture, but beautiful.
  • The entire last 100 pages of the book — Of course.  Amazing.  Heartbreaking.  Satisfying.

Favorite character(s):

  • Neville Longbottom — Who knew the scrawny kid in the first year would eventually land the killing blow to Nagini and stand up to all of the Death Eaters.

Other odds and ends:

  • The story of Ariana’s death is just heartbreaking.  That story alone explains so much about Dumbledore and his regrets.
  • Along the same lines, Helena Ravenclaw’s story involving the Bloody Baron also breaks my heart.
  • Snape’s memories feel like a stopping in the story although I understand why they are there and that they set up Harry is truly understand what he needs to do.
  • I loved that Draco gets a semi-redemption in the end.
  • I burst into tears not when Fred, Remus, and Tonks died, but when the ghosts appear in the forrest.  Ugh!  I bawled for pages afterwards.
  • I still think I could have done without the epilogue…
Favorite quotes: 
“Because,” said Harry before Hermione could answer, “sometimes you’ve got to think about more than your own safety!  Sometimes you’ve got to think about the greater good!” (pg. 568)
“Hallows,” murmured Dumbledore, “not Horcruxes, Precisely.”  (pg. 713)
“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprose that they wear it well.”  (Dumbledore pg. 718)
“NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!” (Mrs. Weasley pg. 736)
Movie fun Part 2
My favorite scenes:
  • Inside the Lestrange vault.  The multiplying treasure is just gorgeous to watch.
  • At much as I like the ending battle scenes, they are very different than the book’s versions.
Things I wished to see, but didn’t:
  • Some of the little moments in the book that just aren’t there.
Other odds and ends:
  • The opening shot of the dementors surrounding the castle and Snape standing in the window is breathtaking.  Beautifully shot.
  • I love the conversation between Griphook and Harry at the cottage.  Griphook has the right mix of contempt and curiosity.
  • The dead Gringott’s employees was a bit of a weird addition.
  •  Loved the little before the battle moments of preparation, especially Mrs. Weasley and McGonagall calling forth the statues.
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Book Reviews, Movies

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling — Part 1

Because there are two movies, I tend to think about this book in two parts.  So I am splitting my review into two parts corresponding with the break in movies.  Part 1 covers pages 1-502 of the hardcover edition.

Title: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Scholastic 2007

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 759

Rating:   5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: HP

How I Got It: Own it! (in pretty hardcover no less)

This one is a reread for me.  It’s been awhile since I read the series.  I remember reading the first couple of books out loud to the boys when they were infants.  SO that’s what, eight years ago?  I read the last few books as they came out, but overall it’s been awhile.

Instead of doing a traditional review, I thought I would just give you some of my reread thoughts.  Things I noticed, things I loved, quotes I like, etc.  And then I will have a mini review of movie vs. book.

Book fun:

Favorite scenes:

  • Goodbye scene with the Dursleys — It’s bittersweet.  You want to hate the Dursleys for how they treated Harry and yet I love how Dudley finally says something.  And I screamed at Petunia to say something comforting…
  • Bill and Fleur’s wedding — I love the descriptions and seeing all the Weasley’s together (expect for Percy of course).
  • Bathilda Bagshot and Godric’s Hollow — I know what’s coming but this scene still scares the crap out of me.  Maybe it’s the dead body, maybe it’s the snake.  All I know is it is extra extra creepy.

Favorite character(s):

  • Kreacher — Bet you weren’t expecting that one…  I really love how he begrudgingly but finally accepts Harry as his master.  Plus his sneakiness comes in handy when they are trying to find the locket.
  • Ron — He leaves, he’s a git, but he redeems himself by destroying the Horcrux and trying to get on Hermione’s good side throughout most of the book.

Other odds and ends:

  • I cried over Hedwig and downright bawled over Dobby.  I cried for them more than I did when Dumbledore died.  Plus I got a bit verklempt with George’s injury.
  • I detest Scrimgeour with a passion.  Ugh!  So not sorry when he dies.
  • I love the description of Luna’s bedroom with the painting of her friends.  She is always one of my favorite characters.
Favorite quotes: 
“He looked away, trying not to betray the resentment he felt.  There is was again: Choose what to believe.  He wanted the truth.  Why was everybody so determined that he should not get it?” (pg. 185) — When Harry learns of Rita Skeeter’s book.  He has to get over these selfish thoughts to see the truth later on…
Movie fun Part 1
My favorite scenes:
  • Big chase scene with the 7 Harrys — It’s different than the book but with the same adrenaline rush and danger.
  • Bathilda Bagshot and Godric’s Hollow — Creepiest scene ever.  I jumped in the theater when Nagini is revealed.  I jumped again in my home when I knew exactly how it was going to happen.  Creepy creepy!
  • Favorite hands-down: The Tale of the Three Brothers — I loved loved loved the animation and the creepy shadow figures.  It fits perfectly with the story and set-up.
Things I wished to see, but didn’t:
  • More Lupin and Tonks.  The movie cryptically alludes to Tonks’ pregnancy, but it’s mostly left out.  Pretty big deal in the books.
  • Something with Dumbledore and his family.  I like that side story in the books and yet no mention in the movies.
  • Wormtail death.  Stunning him in the cell just seems to let him off easily.  I would have felt more complete with his death.
Other odds and ends:
  • I liked the change in opening to Rufus Scrimgeour’s statement about the Ministry.  While it is untrue, I like the foreshadowing and foreboding it creates.  The same is true for Hermione, Ron, and Harry’s saying goodbye to their “homes.”
  • Fleur’s dress is just gorgeous.  I really wanted to see more of it.
  • I like how they folded visions from Voldemort into some backstory for those nonrabid fans.
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Book Reviews, Movies

 

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Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

Title: Twelfth Night or What You Will

Author: William Shakespeare

Genre: Classic Plays

Pages: 92

Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Shakespeare; Book2Movies

Play

I’ve always been a fan of Twelfth Night.  I am going to say it’s because of the mistaken identify.  I love the interplay between the characters and their identities.  Viola is an amazing female character for Shakespeare.  I feel for her.  I understand her.  I admire her wit and intelligence.  I may say that she is my favorite of Shakespeare’s women.  The best scenes are the interplay between her and the Lady Olivia.  We see this great back and forth of wits.  With my love of characters, I do have a few issues with the play.  What happens to Malvolio?  How does Olivia feel about marrying Cesario’s (Viola’s) dead brother mistakenly?  I might have some issues with the consequences.  I also have an issue with the unresolved Clown.  What happen’s after?  It seems that Shakespeare ended the play a bit too early.

Extra fun note curtesy of IMDB: The play was referenced in the movie V For Vendetta. The character V quotes: “Conceal me what I am, and be my aid…for such disguise as haply shall become the form of my intent” as he’s dancing with Evey.

Movie Adaptation — 1988 Kenneth Branagh directed production

This isn’t a movie adaptation, it’s a filmed stage production.  I love that the audience gets the feel of being in the theater.  However, I do not love the set design.  Everything is gray and white and a barren graveyard.  I just so not a fan of the stark set.  A bit more color would have been nice.  Plus, the clown was very tiring and his hair just distracted me.  It was an interesting adaptation, but not my favorite (and definitely not my favorite Branagh Shakespeare.  I much prefer Much Ado About Nothing or Othello.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Book Reviews, Movies

 

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Title: The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic play (1895 play / 2002 movie)

Pages: 92

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Classics — Play; Mount TBR; Books2Movie

How I Got It: Own it

Play:

I absolutely adore this play.  The back and forth between Algy and Jack keeps me going.  I love their battles of wits.  And the mistaken identity aspect adds way too much fun.  Plus, Wilde is the best at turning a phrase.  This play is full of great lines and comebacks.

Some choice quotes:

“When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people.” – Act 1

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Act 1

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!” – Act 1

“Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.” – Act 1

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Act 2

“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.” – Act 2

“Oh! I killed Bunbury this afternoon. I mean poor Bunbury died this afternoon.” – Act 3

“The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present.” – Act 3

“Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” – Act 3

“I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.” – Act 3

2002 Movie:
The movie adds things here and there, but overall keeps the spirit of the play.  I love all the actors.  Rupert Everett plays he best scheming Algy.  Colin Firth is divine as Jack/Ernest.  Dame Judi Dench always plays the stiff Brit.  And Reese Witherspoon plays the perfect innocent,  but not really innocent, Cecily.  The addition of Cecily’s governess/tutor.  Does anyone else think that Archer’s manservant is modeled after Algy’s manservant Lane?  I think so.
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Book Reviews, Movies

 

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