Ramble: 30-Days of Books #15

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 15 and the next prompt is:

Name a book that was made into an awesome movie version?

Let the “The movie is awesome – but you should read the book!” discussion begins now.

I have to go with The Princess Bride for this one.
It is simply a wonderful rendering of the book. The casting was perfect. The script true to the original.
What else is there to say?

Read the book and watch the movie! Again and again.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #14

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 14 and the next prompt is:

Name a book you really enjoyed that was desecrated as a movie!

Let the “I loved the book – hated the movie” discussion begins now.

In a group where I am doing this smae challenge I noted that we hadn’t mentioned Stephen King yet. It is possible Stephen King novels own this prompt. There are a number of his books and series that became awful movies.

I offer you the Dark Tower as the prime and recent example. It is also the only series of his I read. I am not a big fan of his work. They are light quick reads and made for good “beach reading.” Still they are entertaining in their own way.

The movie version keeps the beach reading quality intact. And destroys the plot. As one reviewer wrote: It is as if they liked the title, never read the books, and added a few Stephen King Easter eggs with cameos by characters he created.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #13

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 13 and the next prompt is:

Who is your favourite writer?

My favourite writer is Ray Bradbury. He is classified as a Science Fiction Writer and much of his work is speculative futures. I was already hooked on space and SciFi having grown up through the Apollo Moon missions. In the late 60s and through the 70s there were many astronaut toys, and space books, and Apollo Mission collector cards, and Star Trek the original series.
How could I not get hooked on space?
Bradbury books found me because of the Martian Chronicles. A series of short works with connecting bridges chronicling the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. It was to my young mind brilliant writing. It is brilliant writing.
While the setting is definitely speculative and science – the stories are all about people and how people behave. The same reason I enjoyed Wagon Train in Space – err I mean Star Trek. Stories about people reacting and behaving as people always have and always will….and yet still having that moment of thoughtful kindness and nobility peak through and change things for the better.
Next was The Illustrated Man. Another collection of short stories tied together by a framing device of “The Illustrated Man”, a wandering ex-member of a carnival freak show with an fully tattooed body. The tattoos had been embedded on his body by a time-traveling woman as living animations. The stories are again human stories set in speculative worlds
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illustrated_Man
A finally his Greentown books – which essentially retold parts of his living experience growing up in the mid-west. Dandelion Wine; Something Wicked This Way Comes; and Farewell Summer.
Simply gorgeous story telling that capture the wonder of childhood, and the fear that lurks inside every moment of every day.

And yes I skipped Fahrenheit 451. I do not like that book.

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #12

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 12 and the next prompt is:

Name a book you really enjoyed and you don’t like to admit

It could be by a writer you usually avoid (Orson Scott Card) because of the bizarrely stupid things he says.
Or maybe it is from a genre you think should be avoided (Harlequins) but you are bored at the cottage and discover there is a little spice between those bland pages. Not that that happened.

Okay a set of books that I love and rarely tell anyone I still read are the James Herriot books.
I was given the first one as a birthday gift, and it is old fashioned simple, and wholesome, story-telling. Based largely on his real-life experiences as a veterinarian and delivered with wit and good humor.
The author – real life veterinarian James Alfred Wight – wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot.
I also watched the BBC series. Shhh.
The first book came out in 1970 and was called: If Only They Could Talk
It was more of a collection of short stories loosely connected together.

I think I received my copy in about 1976 or so – and by then 5 books were out and had become best sellers…

https://www.goodreads.com/series/76445-all-creatures-great-and-small

Ramble: 30-Days of Books #11

I love books. I love words.

I am doing the 30-day book challenge to get some conversations started about books. Please do join in with a comment on your own books – or a link to your own post!

Day 11 and the next prompt is:

Name a book you read (or began to read) that you hate.

Now hate is a strong word so strong dislike is good enough. And you don’t have to have finished the book.

n my case a book I really disliked and couldn’t finish reading was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code

It is horribly written and not overly original. It also didn’t help that I had read a book called The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail – that even Brown admitted influenced him . And that just made what Brown had to say feel so derivative.

On top of that it would help if Brown could actually write. Then it might actually be entertaining. But no. For me it was simply a recycled idea dressed up in horrible prose.

Another horrible horrible book is anything by Joseph Boyden. The man cannot write and no one seems to want to edit his prose. And yet there seems to be this cult like following of his books. Just to get some Canadian literature in the mix.