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What Are You Reading? (August 2019)

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Old 08-25-19, 04:52 PM
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I know author Michael Ende felt the 1984 film adaptation was such a deviation from his book that he wanted the title changed and/or his name taken off the credits. I was surprised to find out he had such a harsh reaction. The last scene of the film never happens in the novel, but everything up to that point is pretty faithful to what I just read.

There are a few scenes and characters that were omitted from the movie, likely due to length and budgetary issues. The biggest changes were mostly aesthetic ones: Bastian in the book is a fat kid, Atreyu has green skin, etc. Though it only covers the first half of the novel, the basic story was mostly kept intact. The movie sequel they made a few years later (with nearly every actor recast) was a much looser adaptation of the last half of the book.

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Old 08-25-19, 05:36 PM
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I finished Heretics of Dune and started Chapterhouse: Dune
Finally tackling Dune, which I tried and gave up on as a teen. I can easily see continuing with the original series.
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Old 08-26-19, 10:34 PM
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I just finished reading Star Wars Battlefront Twilight Company half an hour ago tonight. Tomorrow ill either get back into reading To Kill a Mockingbird or start reading Star Wars Shadows of the Empire or Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire
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Old 08-27-19, 08:10 AM
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Finished American Gods. It was a good book, enjoyable, but it didn't live up to its reputation as a masterpiece.

I'm reading A Thief in the Night, the third book of short stories about Raffles, the gentleman burglar. It's an early version the kind of character, the charming well-dressed thief who gets away with it. They are usually fun stories about an upper-class man who supports his lifestyle by burglary. But there's more to these stories if you pay attention. Many people don't, and just like the stories for the clever thefts.

The male narrator in these stories, Bunny, thinks that Raffles is the greatest guy in the world, and there is a clear homosexual subtext. Raffles is handsome, charming, clever, and ruthlessly takes advantage of Bunny's love for him. In the first story in this book, Raffles lies to Bunny, and sets him up so his fiancee breaks off their relationship, and convinces Bunny that he and not Raffles is to blame. It's textbook abusive behavior, but it's not something that I expected in a crime story written about 1903. Psychology was a new science, but the author gives a perfect description of the dynamic.

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Old 08-27-19, 08:51 AM
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Onto book 7 of the Dark Tower series.
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Finally tackling Dune, which I tried and gave up on as a teen. I can easily see continuing with the original series.
Its a tough start; the author does not hold your hand! I didnt realize there was a glossary until i finished the first book, though, haha.
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Its a tough start; the author does not hold your hand! I didnt realize there was a glossary until i finished the first book, though, haha.
Glad you mentioned that - Dune is on my short list!
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Currently reading Capital in the Twenty-First Century, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Midnight Assassin.
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Its a tough start; the author does not hold your hand! I didnt realize there was a glossary until i finished the first book, though, haha.
However, "Gom jabbar" isn't in the glossary. I checked the first time I read Dune.
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However, "Gom jabbar" isn't in the glossary. I checked the first time I read Dune.
the true test of the gom jabbar is figuring out what the heck is it without a glossary, haha.
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My cat was giving me grief last night so I threatened him with the gom jabbar.

Thoroughly enjoying the book btw ...
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Old 09-02-19, 11:07 PM
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Its a tough start; the author does not hold your hand! I didnt realize there was a glossary until i finished the first book, though, haha.
I started it today. Yikes! It's almost like a different language.
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Old 09-03-19, 11:34 AM
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I started it today. Yikes! It's almost like a different language.
yeah you just have to go with the flow and wait until things are explained in later books, haha. Not really but there were times when i couldnt figure out if a character description was his job or that he was an alien.
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