The hunger games movie

A few friends and I saw the hunger games this past weekend, and I must say it lived up to the hype. I knew I’d most likely love it, but I had no idea how much. I know, when reviewing the books I was Anti-Katniss (and I’m not saying that my feelings on that have changed), but I’m thawing to the character.

What is to love about this movie? Well, They added some content that was not in the book, but (I feel) they did it beautifully. The scenes with the game makers was very well executed and put them into context in a way the book failed to do. The shots of the outlandish fashions of the capitol were exquisite. As for them leaving things out, I knew they would (it is Hollywood after all) it wasn’t anything too important to the story. And yes, they changed certain things and left out characters (again, Typical Hollywood shenanigans), but the changes were appropriate and small. I loved the casting. At first I was unsure of the casting for Gale, and I would probably still pick someone different, but Miley Cyrus’s boytoy did a good job. Peeta was just as loveable as he should have been, and Katniss was just…..excelent (of course I could be a bit biased due to her role as Mystique in x-men first class). And again, I wasn’t sure about casting Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, but once I saw the movie, and his chemestry with Jennifer Lawrence…Uhhh, Magic was made.

What was to not like about the movie? While I love what they showed of the capitol, I do wish they had shown more. Same with district 12 and the hob. The two places contrasted each other very well, but they could have done more. I would have loved if the tribute/dog hybrids were more like they were described in the books. As a friend pointed out, they seemed very un-human, and that was a major point to them in the book. Plus they looked like pit bulls, and I think pit bulls have a bad enough rep as it is. I think that’s all the bad points of the movie. Except for the bad movie going experiance I had and some inappropriate laughter during very un-funny scenes, but that was hardly the movie makers faults, so I digress.

All in all, I give the movie a raving five star review and can’t wait to see the next one next year.

That’s it on my (first) movie review. Hope you enjoyed it, and if I can get my butt in gear on this blog, I may do more of them.

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A Wind In The Door by Madeline L’Engle

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This is the sequel to A Wrinkle In Time, and continues with the story of Meg, Calvin, and Meg’s little brother Charles Wallace. Charles has just started school and is getting bullied by most of the other kids, because he is extremely intelligent. Meg is getting more and more worried about Charles after learning he has a progressive disease which is making breathing harder for him. One afternoon, Charles Wallace tells Meg he saw a “drive of dragons” in the vegetable garden in their back yard. Meg goes out with him to investigate, but all they find is a pile of very odd feathers. And shortly after they meet Blajeny, who is from another planet and informs the three children he is a teacher, and that the drive of dragons (which turns out to be a multi-eyed cherubim) is named Proginoskes, is a namer. after appointing Meg a Namer and The three children are all in Blajeny’s class. Meg learns that the galaxy is threatened by beings called Echthroi. Beings of nothingness that can take the shape of other things and people and un-name them.

And that is as much as I know of the book. as if that little blurb were not odd enough, the book gets even weirder the longer you read. Honestly, I didn’t even bother to finish the book before writing this review. I really wanted to like this book, but I disliked the first one, so I wasn’t so hopeful. The only reason I have the book is because it’s part of the series, and that is what my book list mostly is.

Will I grit my teeth and finish the book? No. I seriously doubt it. Don’t get me wrong, I usually LOVE this genre. I have a very big scope for books that go weird and wonky and are full of odd happenings that no one will ever experience. But This book was too out there even for me. And it was leaving me confused more often than entertained. And even the Action in the book was very slow and boring. When there was any at all.

I felt the same about the first book, but I thought that as the series progressed it would get better, but I was very disappointed to learn it doesn’t. I find it sad because my mother read the first book to me and my sisters when we were kids, and I had the same exact feelings about it then that I have now for both books. For me it’s just not worth finishing.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

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The story is about Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones, two estranged childhood friends. One night in high school Larry takes a girl to the drive-in and she is never seen or heard from again. Since no body was ever found Larry was never charged. Twenty years later, another girl goes missing, and Larry is the prime suspect. However he has been shot and taken to the hospital only to go into a coma. Silas, now a cop is sent to investigate the crime and along the way discovers secrets and learns to face the truth about his past.

I did really enjoy this book. I thought Franklin did a great job of developing the characters and giving a realistic view of race relations in the South during this time period. And the twists were just excellent. Through flashbacks, the interesting story of “Scary Larry,” the white boy, and Silas, his black friend, growing up in Mississippi is told. The author was good at writing atmosphere. Although the whodunit part of the story was not difficult to figure out, the technique of weaving the present with flashbacks to tell the story of Silas and Larry was well done. It was because of the flashbacks I found myself rooting for Larry throughout the story, and wanting Silas and Larry to become friends again after years of estrangement. I would have liked to know what the fate of Cindy Walker. This is not a book I would normally have picked up on my own, so I have my book club to thank for it. It was worth it.

The beauty of the book lies not in the twists or the turns of the plot, though those are wonderful, but in the characters themselves. This story has layers of secrets and the descriptions of the south are perfect. The plot did move a bit slow for a typical thriller/suspence novel, but it was a perfect pace for the setting of a small southern town. I think if you decide to read this book, you will need patience, but you will not regret picking it up.