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  •  About Riverbend... (7+ / 0-)

    I didn't know she had a book out, but it figures.  I remember reading every post on her original blog during the earliest days of Shock and Awe in Iraq.  And those of a young Iraqi named Rael, that linked back and forth with her.  I think it was Juan Cole that first brought them to my attention through his blog.

    She really pissed me off.  Not at her.  At what we were doing.

    ......... Finished reading Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip.  It's interesting to discover that the one story I liked most was a rewrite of a Grimm Bros.' fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.  It followed the familiar formula of beginning with weird rules and premises that make no sense that nobody questions.  I thought about that this week when I saw a preview of The Riddle segment from Peter Jackson's new Hobbit movie.  So disappointing.  The Grimm fairy tale aspect is thrown away.  What an awful tragedy.  It reminds me of how disgusted I was when Disney did The Hunchback and turned it into a singing musical with talking gargoyles.  I'm not a purist when it comes to film remakes, but I feel very offended over this one.  And all the people who will defend the film will piss me off, too, because they won't be able to understand how much was taken from us.  

    Cfk, I need a book recommendation!  I need something long to read that's fun.  I enjoyed Diana Gabaldon's series, but I don't want to reread that.  Do you have any recommendations?  (One requirement: Stories that don't include swords, please!)

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