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After all the work I’ve done moving (packing and unpacking and running stuff up to Goodwill and cleaning our old place and setting up our new place — all while making sure the twins had a smooth transition), I treated myself to a mid-day screening of The Hunger Games.  I’ve already written about loving the books and discovering Hunger Games nail polish, but now I’ve finally seen the film.

The New Yorker gave a rather hard review of it, but The New Yorker is always pretty rough on films. (All those blurred arrows in the picture below could be coming from David Denby’s pen.)

I agree with Denby in that I wouldn’t want to watch this movie from the front row (because of the sometimes wild and disorienting camera-work), but I hardly think the bulk of the film was “a disaster.”  I dug it.  But here’s why it’s scary (and don’t worry — there are no spoilers in this short list!): (more…)

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OK.  I love the The Hunger Games Trilogy.  I read it straight through — all three books in probably as many days.  I loved the characters, the plot, the clean and clear writing that basically stayed out of its own way.  (You can read my micro book review of this series by clicking the Books to Read tab about five inches above this sentence.)

The one thing that really struck me about these books (other than, of course, the post-apocalyptic version of what was once the United States, the idea of teenage tributes fighting to the death, the descriptions of said teenagers dying by spear, poison, venomous bees, etc.) was the way the people from the Capitol looked and dressed.

Here’s a nice contrast: Effie Trinket, from the Capitol, and Katniss Everdeen, a tribute from District 12 (formerly Appalachia):

Effie looks a might done-up, no?

Most people from the Capitol are.  They (more…)

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Reading, with eleven month old twins??  Yes!  During naps, in the evenings, on weekends.  Here are some micro-reviews of my favorite books from their first (almost) year.

Short stories (great when you’re constantly interrupted!):

A collection of stories that capture the end of innocence or the end of eras, but beauty and mystery tinge the darkest moments.
by Steven Millhauser

Odd, quirky, realistically-supernatural stories that invoke a sense of wistful nostalgia even when set in the present time.

 

Novels: (more…)

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