If I really hate it, or it is very sad and gnaws at my main emotional nerve (animals)... I hate to love it. May not make sense to s...more"Ouch! One star?!"
If I really hate it, or it is very sad and gnaws at my main emotional nerve (animals)... I hate to love it. May not make sense to some, but in a sense it is complimenting the book and how emotional the story is, but it is NOT one I could read again with dry eyes. Reading it again would be like torture, ripping open an already very nasty wound. I am a life time dog lover, so this book did not sit well with me as a kid, and I never looked at it again. (less)
Okay, I love Tolkien and the LOTR movies, but I probably never would have read this if it weren't for the reviews I saw beforehand. Yes, I read this b...moreOkay, I love Tolkien and the LOTR movies, but I probably never would have read this if it weren't for the reviews I saw beforehand. Yes, I read this because I knew it was bad and had to see for myself.
It was pretty bad, I admit. So bad, I would stop my mum or boyfriend and read out loud a passage and we'd laugh. Astin is very egocentric, yet self deprecating at the same time - a very bizarre, confusing, and unappealing mix.
I think this picture pretty much sums up how Sean Astin seems himself and how he believes others see him as well:
There are many things I could repeat that others have said before me, but I don't need to - they do a brilliant enough job. This really is a sad book - an excuse to ride on the coat tails of a movie franchise and cash in by writing about a spoiled brat actor's woes (aka first world problems champagne and caviar style) which really are stupid.
There is very little about the movies that you can't find in other books, websites, DVD extras, etc.
There are 3 tidbits that I had to laugh really hard at and I thought summed up Sean Astin and this stupid book, something I haven't seen anyone else point out yet so here are my contributions:
1. Astin hadn't read the books prior to filming (that's fine, a lot of the cast and fans didn't either - most notably Elijah Wood) but when he got the part, he supposedly immediately stopped at a book store. He applauds himself as being a graduate in "one of the hardest fine arts majors" (???) and admits to never, ever, have hearing of Tolkien. That's okay too.
So, he selects a book because he prefers the art over another book. Then starts to wonder if the people on the movie will use the art he decidedly likes better and proceeds to worry about it. You know, because a guy who is a die hard fan and worked his butt off to be directing a $270,000,000 trilogy of movies is probably not going to be as resourceful or research this overlooked detail of multiple artistic renditions.
But it gets worse. He continues to read maybe 150 pages of the book, and then (in his own words) "cheats" by watching the animated version of the story (which is outdated for one, and a cartoon). Armed with this knowledge, Sean starts to actually panic and wonder if he should have signed on for that measly $250,000 (A fee he is very upset with. Many, including myself, would have done it for free.)
2. Sean's mum, Patty Duke, is the President of the Screen Actor's Guild. Besides the somewhat cute dreams of his one day following his mum's footsteps, he also wants to be president of the USA (this book would make cannon fodder for the other side). That's fine, except when he realizes that he will be making a movie in New Zealand for a New Zealand director... the Screen Actor's Guild will not cover the movie. Duh, right? However, this occurs to him later on and he starts to feel nervous and wondering if he should have done it for this reason, and if he can amend it somehow. WTF.
3. Okay, this one might be me and that's fine. Sean Astin had the gall (whether it's true or not) to whine and whine about how he had so many titles under his belt and is basically a refined, grade A actor. That is a matter of opinion. I thought it was offensive when he began to compare himself to Elijah Wood, who he admittedly is envious of. What pissed me off, was he started saying that Elijah was basically an unknown compared to himself before the series. To be honest I watched Lord of the Rings and someone had to tell me "Did you know that is the guy from The Goonies?" And sure enough I wasn't sure - and I didn't know his name. I knew who Elijah Wood was and followed his movies (we're nearly the same age) from The Good Son when I was a kid to LOTR.
The book follows what pretty much everyone else has said below, and a fine drinking game could be created by the following repetitions:
- So and so didn't like him. Why didn't they like him?! - Trash talking anybody and everybody he worked with. - His integrity. - His abilities in acting. - His abilities in directing (?!) - How he is undervalued. - How much he relates to us little people (aka, he gets blue collared types and stresses this ad nauseum.)
He says something completely retarded, and then admits it's retarded, as if he has the clarity to say "Yea, I know I was dumb and so...." and then go on to say something more retarded without realizing that maybe he should have left that bit out.
This book was a laugh, and I got it for 75 cents. I don't know what he's like as a person, but this book paints him as a jerk.(less)
I fell in love with the world of Green Sky when I was only 3 years old. Sounds preposterous, but it's true. I sat watching my dad play the Commodore g...moreI fell in love with the world of Green Sky when I was only 3 years old. Sounds preposterous, but it's true. I sat watching my dad play the Commodore game by Windham Classics for hours, and hours. By the time I was 4-5 I could beat it myself by memory - but I always would call him at work if I forgot how to load the game (Load "*", 8, 1) hahaha.
When I was old enough, my mom told me the game was based on a trilogy - and so it began.
These will always be my favorite books, period. It even beat out Alice in Wonderland which was my favorite until I finished Below the Root. I didn't even have to finish the other two - I had already found the books that captured my heart.
Neat little fact I became of aware of years later - in the game you can actually hurt people with weapons. I had never tried, and I still haven't. Something I'm proud of to this day. In a letter I received from Zilpha Keatley Snyder, she said she was happy to have created a game where the goal of completion involved no killing.
Even my alias of over 15 years reflects my love of these books =) I was kindarsky on AOL - until the username character limit was increased and I became kindarspirit forever after. People in real life actually call me kindar which is weird, but I am very used to it now ;)(less)
This is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie captur...moreThis is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie captured and highlighted elements of the story I found to be the most striking and emphasized them a lot more than the book, and somehow I felt like the characters were better shown. Strange I know, especially when most of the book is from one of the character's point of view and the movie has to hurry to set a foundation for the characters. I felt like the characters were more enigmatic from the book than the movie (which is rare). I couldn't help disliking the character in the book the way I loved and understood him in the movie. (Trying to be vague here so not to add spoilers).
The movie also did an amazing job picking books and splicing lines and themes into what seems to be a weary challenge of trying to do. Also, the book material that is covered at the end... I was sad they didn't bring up what material was read toward the end of the book in the movie.
Still, this is an incredible book although surprisingly short. It starts off quite simple, somewhat predictable, and then progressively gets more intense and chaotic with themes and questions that could be books and books written about those themes themselves, but managed to squeeze all the juice it could into the book without drawing it out.
Definitely a new favorite, it is haunting and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards. I can't stop thinking about it, so much in fact, that I am writing on here which I am generally shy to do! =) The story has stuck with me, it feels so real and I can feel that void created by the story as if it were mine. Definitely going to take a few days to shake this one off!(less)
Nice book, very good to start with if you'd like a starter on the major religions but it does leave a lot out if you are looking for a more in depth o...moreNice book, very good to start with if you'd like a starter on the major religions but it does leave a lot out if you are looking for a more in depth overview.(less)
I read this years ago now, but I was thinking about it and how it was one of the only books I've ever read that actually made me laugh out loud. Some...moreI read this years ago now, but I was thinking about it and how it was one of the only books I've ever read that actually made me laugh out loud. Some of the book I even had to read to my boyfriend, who also started laughing hysterically. Oh the embarrassment, but it's fantastic train wreck and you can't look away - and want more! I think everyone can relate to this, at some point of their life. If not, you've forgotten what it is like to definitely be stuck in the wonderful wasteland of teenage confusion - and to be young.(less)