I was quite pleased to discover that most of the other blogs that I read didn’t post much over Christmas either. Here is a quick mention of some insignificant things:
Raising the Stones by Sherri Tepper: ****
The best of her books yet for me, and unlike The Gate To Women’s Country this one didn’t leave me wanting a bit more, but had a nice satisfying feeling of completeness.
I had slippers on my Christmas list, but nobody bought them for me. this is understandable since a) they are quite boring and b) I am an awkward shoe size. The pretty little slipper socks I was after from M&S had been discontinued so instead I bought some very cheap ones from a very cheap shop. Supposedly only a half size too big they turned out to be about three sizes too big, so I sewed up the back to make them fit and now I have cute slipper socks with a rudder on the back. They do sometimes fall off still, because the elastic that is supposed to make them cling to your feet is too lazy to get out of bed let alone stretch and contract. Still, the old ones were a bit tight in that regard and these ones are warmer. Is it a sign of encroaching middle age that I just spent half a blog post talking about slippers?
I was disappointed by this film. Oh, it was good as a film in its own right but they messed with bits of the book that I really love, and in my opinion unnecessarily so. I got the impression that it just wasn’t lavished with as much care and attention as the LoTR got. And not surprisingly really – I guess for Peter Jackson it was a bit like being a painter asked to copy one of your original art works. Been done before, not so interesting, somebody else could have a go, no?
I liked the dwarves’ songs, and I didn’t mind the attempt to make it part of a larger story, the creeping in of the necromancer and the build-up to LoTR. I did mind the ridiculous bit with tree dominoes over a cliff (as if being up a tree that’s on fire with a load of wolves round the bottom wasn’t perilous enough), and I hated the change to the bit with the trolls. Dad has a theory about the reason for this, but although as a theory it holds weight, I don’t agree that it’s necessary – at least not for a sophisticated audience.
Finally caught up with the film version of Rosemary Sutcliffe‘s The Eagle of the Ninth. Not a bad attempt actually, but like most films of books the book was actually better and they would have needed more running time to do it justice. Also I remember Esca being a bit less ambiguous – though that could be just because I know the outcome.
Source Code: ****
A pretty enjoyable sci-fi film. A little intellect, a little action, not too long. Recommended.