The film version of Suzanne Collins’s popular book trilogy is due out in March.
Archive for August, 2011
‘Hunger Games’: First Clip of Jennifer Lawrence in Action Debuts During MTV VMAs (Video) – Hollywood ReporterMonday, August 29th, 2011
The United States isn’t the only fish in the publishing sea. Here’s a look at books Canadians will be reading this fall.
Alchemical books inhabit a subcategory of books on the occult — books on magic, books on astrology, books on witchcraft, metaphysics and alternative-belief systems, including hermeticism, a world view based on Greek and Egyptian writings. Books embedded with double meanings, puzzles, rebuses. Books believed by some to be talismanic objects with their own power.
William Kiesel of Seattle has poured his love of antique and rare books into Ouroboros Press, ” which specializes in new, high-quality editions of old and occult books (the word ouroboros refers to an ancient symbol for reincarnation and renewal; that of a snake swallowing its tail).”
He has also helped organize the third annual Esoteric Book Conference, to be held in Seattle September 10-11.
Thanks to “The Da Vinci Code” and the Harry Potter books, the 21st century has been reintroduced to ancient signs, symbols and magical practices. (Kiesel gives J.K. Rowling credit for “doing her homework.”) Hard-core enthusiasts for the original material are thinner on the ground — last year’s conference drew 120 ticket buyers. But they came from all over. This year, collectors and exhibitors will travel from as far afield as New Zealand to attend.
Even reviewers who don’t care for the film adaptation praise the acting of Viola Davis. Here’s what NPR’s Ella Taylor has to say:
In his lumbering way, Taylor makes Stockett’s story his own by expanding the book’s mild lavatorial metaphors for the ill-considered farce that pretty much takes over the movie’s last act. All of which shoves into the background some beautifully tempered acting by one of our great character actresses. Holding the line for intelligent restraint, Davis’ Aibileen subtly navigates the blend of loyalty and rising anger that binds her to her employers, then leads her to break free. Under Davis’ skillful hand, Aibileen emerges as the reluctant heroine of The Help, the dignified face of nonviolent resistance, and the one who argues wordlessly for the union between two people on opposite sides of the racial divide that ends this rather wishful tale.
Back around the first of August NPR asked readers to vote on their favorite science fiction and fantasy novels (or series). The results are in.
I’m not a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, so when I finished counting I was surprised to find that I had read 22 of the books on this list:
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey NIffenegger
- A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
- The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Of course a lot of these (Bradbury, Orwell, Vonnegut, Heinlein, Verne) are classics that I read many years ago, and I remember how disappointed I was in Stranger in a Strange Land. But still. . . .
How about you? How many of the works on this list have you read?