This film adaptation of _The Langoliers_ turned out to be a very good movie , despite the monsters. Actually, the monsters don't appear until near the very end. It's the build-up that makes the story suspenseful. I thought the acting was very good too. I liked all the characters, even the "bad guy".
ABOUT THE PLOT: As one Goodreads member (Sadegh Davoudi) said in his review, the story is "about a group of people who wake up in a deserted plane. Your in an unknown world where you don't know the rules." https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Sadegh Davoudi's review describes the other 3 stories in _Four Past Midnight_. Sounds like they might be worth a read.
I posted the following at my group: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ KELLS Amazon advertises the following fantasy bAdded 11/5/16. (first published 1985)
I posted the following at my group: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ KELLS Amazon advertises the following fantasy book: The Book of Kells by R.A. MacAvoy. I was curious about the title. Seems that Kells is a place in Ireland. The GR book description follows: ============================== "An unusual and original work of fantasy ... A contemporary man, John Thornburn (a meek, non-violent and unpredictable artist) and woman ... time travel to ancient Ireland to avenge a Viking attack. Packed with fascinating details of historical time and place in Irish history and delicately balanced on the border between realism and fantasy, the story centers around one of the most famous and beautiful illuminated manuscripts in history, the legendary but entirely real Book of Kells. Celtic history blends with magical fantasy for a strange and immersive tale of adventure." ===================================
There is also a fantasy animated film called "The Secret of Kells" (2009) "A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485601/ Available at NETFLIX: https://dvd.netflix.com/Search?oq=&am... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...more
My records show that I watched a film version of this story back in 2009. Here's the IMDb link: http://Added 10/18/16. (first published May 29th 1887)
My records show that I watched a film version of this story back in 2009. Here's the IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221859/?... "The Canterville Ghost" (1997) (TV Movie) "An American millionaire moves into an historic and imposing mansion, which comes complete with its very own eccentric ghost."
I first heard of this book when MichelleCH posted a comment about it at the GF Litwit Lounge Group 10/Added 10/6/16. (first published April 1st 2013)
I first heard of this book when MichelleCH posted a comment about it at the GF Litwit Lounge Group 10/6/16. She called it "very different and enjoyable". I read the GR description and it sounded interesting. I hope to have time and energy to read it someday, even though I don't usually go for fantasy.
LITERARY AWARDS: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013) World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel (2014) Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (2014) Cabell First Novelist Award (2014) Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction (2014) Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Author Best Fantasy (2013) James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List (2013)...more
Added 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreAdded 9/14/16. (first published 1964) Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1965) Recommended by Jim in my GR group. See Jim's review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Neither of my 2 public libraries have this book but they do have other books by John Brunner....more
Added in May 2016. (first published 1942) Someone at a FunTrivia message board mentioned this book. It sounded interesting. It reminds me of the themeAdded in May 2016. (first published 1942) Someone at a FunTrivia message board mentioned this book. It sounded interesting. It reminds me of the theme of Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian in which the author has imaginary conversations with famous people.
I read to page 173 in this book. It interested me at first and I liked the writing style. However, after a while it became too detailed and I lost interest. The author presents quite a bit of background history about the famous people he discusses. (He started out with Erasmus!) I even enjoyed the section about George Washington. However, I didn't enjoy the parts where he went into detail about the food which the people liked and the music they listened to.
As of July 28, 2016, I've decided not to continue reading this book....more
I first heard of this book when I saw the author interviewed on a late night show on 5/10/16. She seemed veryAdded 5/11/16. (Published March 8th 2016)
I first heard of this book when I saw the author interviewed on a late night show on 5/10/16. She seemed very likable and sweet. She said that ideas keep coming to her. As a youth she always wanted to change the stories she was reading, especially if she didn't like what was happening in the story.
I read some of the reviews at Goodreads and I tried reading the sample offered at the book's GR page.
From the reviews I got the impression that the stories are hard to follow even though the writing is beautiful.
The sample started out OK but then the story wandered off to other characters and that's where it lost me. I doubt if I'll go back and try again.
I liked the following simile which I found in the sample: "a sweetly quivering voice, like the song of a harp"....more
Added 2/2/16. I read about this author (Jack Finney) at Goodreads.com. This book was mentioned and it sounded interesting. At the time (2/2/16) I wasAdded 2/2/16. I read about this author (Jack Finney) at Goodreads.com. This book was mentioned and it sounded interesting. At the time (2/2/16) I was reading Finney's book: Time and Again. At the web page for that book there was some info in the right-hand column, under "About Jack Finney". It said: (view spoiler)["Mr. Finney also wrote Marion's Wall (1973), about a silent-film actress who, in an attempt to revive her film career, enters the body of a shy woman..." (hide spoiler)]. Sounds like _Marion's Wall_ might be a good fantasy! We'll see.
PS-An online search revealed that this book was adapted to film entitled "Maxie": "Finney, Jack (pseudonym of Walter Braden Finney). MARION'S WALL: A NOVEL. - Ghost story filmed in 1985 as "Maxie" starring Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin and Ruth Gordon." FROM: http://www.lwcurrey.com/pages/books/8...
I also found the following summary online: (view spoiler)["A young married couple moves into a San Francisco apartment formerly owned by the silent star Marian Marsh. Her ghost still inhabits the place and takes over the wife's body, goes to Hollywood, and tries to re-enter films. The couple meets a film buff, living in Vilma Banky's old home, and he has prints of all the lost films including the complete Greed." (hide spoiler)] FROM: https://books.google.com/books?id=V1U... (Ha! That summary is the same as the GR description!)
PPS-A Goodreads reader's review says: "[The author, Finney] "created a remix of [the movie] Topper Returns with so much heart, so much joy, so much love, so much comedic...grace...that I'm in plain and simple awe." An apt comparison. The reviewer also gave the YouTube link for the trailer I mentioned above. See the review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show......more
January 2015 - I borrowed this book from our public library because I'm curious about this genre. Easy reading and, as I get into it, it becomes moreJanuary 2015 - I borrowed this book from our public library because I'm curious about this genre. Easy reading and, as I get into it, it becomes more interesting. Wish I could cast magic spells like the wizards in this book do!
From the book's Goodreads page: "The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Winter-s... "Mark Helprin's novel provides the basis for this film starring Colin Farrell as a thief who breaks into an ill girl's home and then falls for her. As the action shifts between past and present, the burglar also acquires a flying-horse guardian angel."
Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, William Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay, Eva Marie Saint, Lucy Griffiths
Footnote: This novel is not related to the play, "The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare.
*PS-My Netlix records show that I rated the 2014 film adaptation with one star on 7/23/2014....more
Added 2/8/14. _God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian_ (79-page book) by Kurt Vonnegut (first published in 1999)
3/5/16 - I have finally gotten around to readingAdded 2/8/14. _God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian_ (79-page book) by Kurt Vonnegut (first published in 1999)
3/5/16 - I have finally gotten around to reading this very short book in which Kurt Vonnegut imagines himself as a reporter interviewing famous dead people. I must say that the satire and irony is delicious! You have to read the book to get the real sense of it. No amount of explanation can deliver the real effect of it.
Each interview is a very short vignette, making the reading of the book very easy. But after you finish reading each vignette, you're tempted to go back and savor it again to get all the "juice" out of it. Vonnegut is the master of irony and satire!
The title of the book refers to the imaginary process in which Dr. Kevorkian facilitates the interviews by allowing Vonnegut to have numerous "near-death" experiences. Vonnegut thereby arrives at the Pearly Gates through a blue tunnel. He then interviews his subjects, famous people, who are well known to us all for their good deeds and their bad.
3/30/16-I saved the following words which I found in the book. They appealed to me as something one might say when appreciating something or some particular moment: "If this isn't nice, what is?"
See a good review at: http://www.humanistsofutah.org/2000/a... BELOW IS FROM THE LINK ABOVE: ============================ "The vignettes take the form of a reporter for a New York public radio station who visits with historical people [he visits with 21 dead people] including: Clarence Darrow, John Brown, Adolf Hitler, Isaac Newton, James Earl Ray, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, Kilgore Trout (who isn't actually dead yet, but then he has lived only in Vonnegut's pages), and others. The reports were designed to fit 90-second interludes on WNYC.
"The 79-page book is a joyous treat, humor and thought provoking prose from one of the 20th Century's greatest fiction writers. I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy it!
"Of interest to humanists is the forward section of the book: Vonnegut notes that he is a humanist who believes in neither heaven nor hell. He also offers several short definitions of humanism: "I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishment after I'm dead." Again, "humanist' is nothing more supernatural than a handy synonym for 'good citizenship and common decency."
WIKI SYNOPSIS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The premise of the collection is that Vonnegut employs Dr. Jack Kevorkian to give him near-death experiences, allowing Vonnegut access to heaven and those in it for a limited time. While in the afterlife Vonnegut interviews a range of people including Adolf Hitler, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, and the ever-present Kilgore Trout (a fictional character created by Vonnegut in his earlier works)." FROM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Ble... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...more
Added 1/24/14. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) (first published January 1st 2000) by Jim Butcher.
I listened to an audio version of this book but diAdded 1/24/14. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) (first published January 1st 2000) by Jim Butcher.
I listened to an audio version of this book but did not finish it.
I LOVE the narrator/reader, whose name is James Marsters. Butcher's style of writing is droll. Marsters gives a spot-on rendition. I did not finish listening because this type of story is just not my cup of tea.
Added 3/9/13 While going through my notes, I discovered that I read this book back in 2004.
I wrote the following criticisms before I realized that it wAdded 3/9/13 While going through my notes, I discovered that I read this book back in 2004.
I wrote the following criticisms before I realized that it was a young adult book: ================================== I would not recommend this book. It had no depth. The writing was sophomoric. The text doesn't scan well at certain points. There are long clumsy sentences. The syntax in certain sentences is poor (needed an editor?). There are too many characters. The names were foreign to me and were hard to keep straight.
It seemed like a cheap fairy tale for adults [but that's probably because it was meant for young adults. At any rate, it didn't transport me the way other fantasies have done.] It's a story about primitive people in the Amazon jungle. They are fighting off white intruders and exploiters. (view spoiler)[ The primitives can magically disappear. (hide spoiler)] ================================== The story and the writing redeem themselves at certain points, as evidenced by the four pages of quotes I copied by hand. So I must have enjoyed parts of the book, but with some serious reservations....more
Added 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each oneAdded 8/6/12. 2012 - I picked up Feckless at our library and have read two of the short stories so far (the first two). They drew me right in. Each one had a good twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Easy reading too. The writing is good. I hope to read more of the short stories in this book.
================================== BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON: Publication Date: January 29, 2011 THE TITLE: Feckless: Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk
THE STORIES: These tales range from the extreme, the paranormal, the supernatural, the fantastic, the spooky, the creepy, the suspicious, the unpredictably psychopathic, and even the deliciously romantic.
THE STORYTELLERS: The authors come to us from many different genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Christian Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, and Poetic Prose. Expect to find vampires, werewolves, demons, monsters, psychopaths and plenty of feckless victims hankering to be taken advantage of in the worst way. Each tale features one or more feckless characters; someone who just can't seem to succeed, someone who never gets it quite right, or just can't catch a break no matter how hard they try. This book should tickle fancies across the board, and will definitely frighten the sensitive-hearted, so tell your friends. =================================...more
Added 7/20/12. FROM THE GR REVIEW: "... twenty-five ... writers -- including some of the most acclaimed names in SF and fantasy -- come together to payAdded 7/20/12. FROM THE GR REVIEW: "... twenty-five ... writers -- including some of the most acclaimed names in SF and fantasy -- come together to pay tribute to Roger Zelazny with original stories evoking the magic and wonder of his own best work."
See the following review by Jim: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Jim's review contains an excellent reading list of the short stories (included in this collection) written by the authors who were influenced by Zelazny..
The GR book description describes Zelazny's writing with the following words: ======================================= "Over the years, that shining talent burned brighter in novels such as Lord of Light, The Dream Master, and Creatures of Light and Darkness...works whose lyrical prose, masterful plotting and unique blend of timeless myth with cutting-edge science won Zelazny the acclaim of readers and critics alike..." =======================================
I wrote the following at my group in July 2012: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So far I've read only one of the short stories: "Only the End of the World Again", written by Neil Gaiman. It was about a werewolf, as far as I could figure out. I didn't get it. Not much plot. Pretty gory stuff! (What was that part about "under the sea", in italics, all about? A dream? What did it mean?) (I didn't understand the meaning of the title either.)
NOTE: Jim of my group explained the parts I didn't understand. I then wrote the following:
Jim, I've studied the links you provided to help me better understand the short story by Neil Gaiman about Larry Talbot the Wolf Man (werewolf). I was vaguely aware of "The Wolf Man" movie (1941) but didn't realize that the name of the Wolf Man was Larry Talbot.
I also now understand the title of Neil Gaiman's short story, "Only the End of the World Again". It's a reference to Zelazny's novel A Night in the Lonesome October. Wiki explains: "... should the Openers succeed, then the Great Old Ones will come to Earth, to remake the world in their own image". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Night_...
Also, I now understand the part about "under the sea". It was a reference to "a malevolent entity trapped in an underwater city", as explained in a Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu
As you say, the reader must understand the references in order to appreciate the story.
I read the short story, "The Outling", by Andre Norton, which you recommended (from the Lord of the Fantastic short story collection). I found that story easier to understand, about a half-human, half-wolf child trying to survive among humans. As you said in your review, it's a "morality story". It brings out one's sympathies as the child tries to be loyal while risking his own life." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
8/6/12 - I read another short story from this book. The title of the story is "Lethe". Lethe is a technique which enables man to live forever by programming his mind and genes. Reproduction is done differently. The concept is fascinating but I couldn't get into the story. I skimmed a bit but never finished. I will struggle on to find a story in the book which is more my level. NOTE: Below is what Jim wrote about the story "Lethe": LETHE by Walter Jon Williams was too long, but had an interesting point to it, especially in light of recent discoveries about memory. The March 2012 issue of Wired Magazine had an article called "The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever". I think Williams could & should have made his point more succinctly, but it was worth reading even if it does take up too much of the book. Several other authors could have had story instead. Not an auspicious beginning. 3 stars. I too thought the story was too long If it could have been boiled down, I might have been able to digest it. -Joy...more
GR member, Elsiekate, wrote: "this, along with flesh and spirit are really only one book--if you read onAdded 7/10/12. Breath and Bone (Lighthouse, #2)
GR member, Elsiekate, wrote: "this, along with flesh and spirit are really only one book--if you read only the first, where it ends will not be satisfying for very long ... and if you read only the second, huge chunks of it will not make any sense. ..." FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/......more
From the GR author description: "R.A. Dick was the pseudonym of Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie, An Irish writer who wrote the 1945 novel The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. The book was made into a movie in 1947 starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders and Natalie Wood. It was also a television series in the 1960's. She also wrote The Devil and mrs Devine." http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/......more