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message 1: by Markus (new)

Markus That good, huh? Great review, Carmen!


message 2: by Carmen (new)

Carmen LOL Thanks, Markus. It actually turned out very well. :) I was surprised. I liked it better than Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.


message 3: by Markus (new)

Markus Carmen wrote: "LOL Thanks, Markus. It actually turned out very well. :) I was surprised. I liked it better than Gaiman's The Graveyard Book."

Awesome! I haven't read anything by Gaiman, but I've been ordered to read American Gods. So I'll get to these after that one :)


message 4: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Markus - It's a short novel geared towards children. It'll be a quick read for you. :) I've heard American Gods is a bit rough.


message 5: by Sheziss (last edited Jun 26, 2015 02:46AM) (new)

Sheziss I haven't read the book but the movie is awesome, I watched it in the theatre with the glasses and all LOL. I remembered it was one of those movies in which 3D didn't just suck, which I appreciate. I watched it when I was 16, more or less, and still it was scary.

What you say about rats is the feeling I have with hyenas, for example. Since The Lion King they have been demonized, too. But they are very intelligent and have a more solid family structure and stronger love bonds. More than the animals in their environment, so of course more than lions. They have a strong jaw because they have to break the bone to eat the marrow and the sounds they make can be compared to that of a laugh but they are not evil. I feel it's unfair people associates them to cruelness :( .


message 6: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Sheziss - I never saw the film!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has problems with the media demonizing animals. o.O


message 7: by Sheziss (new)

Sheziss I recommend the movie, it's awesome :D . And the cartoon is beautiful. I liked the expressions all characters have, above all the cat's ones LOL.


message 8: by Carmen (new)

Carmen I don't know if I can watch the film now, Sheziss! It might ruin my mind-pictures from the book.

People keep talking about an illustrated book, but my copy had zero illustrations.


message 9: by Sheziss (new)

Sheziss No idea about that, sorry :( . Well, I have the movie in my mind and I don't want it "spoiled", either LOL. I think this is one of those stories in which the movie based on a book is good. Not many films are like that.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Now I want this book <3


message 11: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Shelby - It's a good one! Rent it from your local library, save $$$$. ;)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Carmen wrote: "Shelby - It's a good one! Rent it from your local library, save $$$$. ;)"

I'm always broke so that's how I roll. LOL


message 13: by Carmen (new)

Carmen LOL Me too, Shelby! Me too.


message 14: by Mitticus (new)

Mitticus I agree with you about the book, except in the rat thing, you change your mind if had to run from one or try to eject it from your flat. Nasty real agressive pests X/


message 15: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Mitticus - LOL Of course there is a difference between sewer rats and cute little domesticated rats whom you snuggle and love. <3


message 16: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Not only rats. I think the most unfair vilification of animals in fairy tales and other fiction is of wolves. It breaks my heart.


message 17: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Lisa - Oh, yes! Wolves. Although I think they do have a leg up on rats since they are very romanticized by nature-lovers and also by the whole werewolf craze, I think wolves are more often (recently) thought of as sexy and romantic and noble. I can't say the same for rats!

But that's a good point, a lot of animals are demonized unfairly. Sharks. Bats. Although I don't really want to snuggle with sharks and bats and wolves - rats are/can be domesticated and loved pets, which is why I think teaching children to be afraid of them is horrible - they make lovely 'first pets' for children.


message 18: by Leo (new)

Leo Rats are AWESOME! Long Live Rats!


message 19: by Lisa (last edited Jun 26, 2015 11:58AM) (new)

Lisa Vegan Carmen, Rats are VERY smart too. As with all other animals, humans included, their personalities vary widely. Some make good companion animals, others do not. Bats, sharks, and wolves are unfairly depicted but do not make good human companions, no. The Disney movies sitll almost always include a wolf as aggressive and violent and for no reason evil. A HUGE shame.

I read Never Cry Wolf in summer 1976 and finally began to thoroughly appreciate them.


message 20: by Tiger (new)

Tiger Gray "Rats are lovely creatures." Oh thank you for saying this! they truly are fantastic and make excellent pets.


message 21: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro Wonderful review, Carmen!!! :D


message 22: by Bria (new)

Bria Great review! I'm reading this now and I am enjoying it! I watched the movie with my younger brother and he did get very scared. It's surprisingly dark for a children's book


message 23: by Jaksen (last edited Jun 26, 2015 05:07PM) (new)

Jaksen Yikes about rats.

But aren't rats incontinent? Thought they were as that's how exterminators often 'find' them.

And I just answered my own ques. that yes they are, but can be trained to use litter boxes. Learn something new every day ...


message 24: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Lisa wrote: "Carmen, Rats are VERY smart too. As with all other animals, humans included, their personalities vary widely. Some make good companion animals, others do not. Bats, sharks, and wolves are unfairly ..."

Yes, Beauty and Beast has never sat well with me re: evil wolves.


message 25: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Leo wrote: "Rats are AWESOME! Long Live Rats!"

LOL Thanks, Leo! Wholeheartedly agree!


message 26: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Tiger wrote: ""Rats are lovely creatures." Oh thank you for saying this! they truly are fantastic and make excellent pets."

I know, so snuggly and cute! And friendly!


message 27: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Alejandro wrote: "Wonderful review, Carmen!!! :D"

Thank you for your kind words, Alejandro!


message 28: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Bria wrote: "Great review! I'm reading this now and I am enjoying it! I watched the movie with my younger brother and he did get very scared. It's surprisingly dark for a children's book"

Bria: Yes! It's dark! I like dark sometimes, though. I think kids like to be a little scared, too - especially if they know the book will have a happy ending. That way they aren't TOO scared. :)


message 29: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Jaksen wrote: "Yikes about rats.

But aren't rats incontinent? Thought they were as that's how exterminators often 'find' them.

And I just answered my own ques. that yes they are, but can be trained to use litt..."


LOL The more you know... :)


message 30: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Carmen wrote: "Yes, Beauty and Beast has never sat well with me re: evil wolves."

Frozen did it too!! Hate it!


message 31: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Oh, yeah. I forgot about that...


message 32: by Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ (new)

Ɗẳɳ  2.☊ Check out the movie Carmen, I think you'll enjoy it. I seriously doubt it will ruin your mind-pictures. It was really well done; one of my niece's favorites.


message 33: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Everyone has been giving me this advice, Dan! :)


message 34: by Cecily (new)

Cecily I'm sorry that the need to do something challenging or disgusting or scary because you have to relates to your own life, but evidently it enhanced your enjoyment of this book. Maybe it contributes to making you the excellent reviewer that you are.

This is a great review, and I especially like your point about Coraline not being a little adult. (But I'm quite happy with rats being demonised.)


message 35: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Aw, thanks, Cecily! :D


message 36: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley Great review! I really want to see the film of this too, it looks great.


message 37: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Martyn wrote: "Great review! I really want to see the film of this too, it looks great."

Thank you!


message 38: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley Have you seen the theories about Coraline on YouTube? I find the one that she never actually escaped really creepy, but plausible. Read or watch first?


message 39: by Carmen (new)

Carmen I always advise read first, Martyn. I have not seen the YouTube videos.


message 40: by Martyn (new)

Martyn Stanley Carmen wrote: "I always advise read first, Martyn. I have not seen the YouTube videos."

There are some really interesting theories! You should check them out!


message 41: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Maybe I will! ;)


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