Sunday Sum~Up

 

Sunday Sum_Up (1)The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

I am reducing screen time a little more this week, so I will be keeping the personal life updates brief. But know that our son returned Friday and most things are going as they should. I am just living in a bit of a fog until I regain full access to all medications and can meet with the new specialist. No valid complaints, just happy to be ❤


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Wolf in White Van (Audiobook)

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readingRed Clocks was delayed due to a lost shipment, but I will be starting it soon! I have to give a shout to Book of the Month for the excellent costumer service. They contacted me with concerns about the tracking before I even had to reach out to them, and they immediately shipped a new book.

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By Sofi Oksanen
Translated by Owen Witesman

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Synopsis:

When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood–and the moods of those around her–moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother’s funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita’s final months–sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files–Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair’s powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma’s imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma’s world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women’s bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty.

darkenAnd I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
By Kiersten White

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Synopsis:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


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What I am listening to:

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The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly

Goodreads synopsis and info can be found here.
*I am enjoying the narrator, but still waiting for this one to click for me. I am about 30% in.

What I am watching this week:

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Prime Original:
Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
Season 1

This is a sci-fi series composed of standalone episodes based on the works of Philip K Dick. I am really torn at the moment. I am several episodes in and find I have enjoyed a few, but I have not noticed anything particularly memorable. It does boasts a nice cast though.

 


It has been an uneventful week, but sometimes there is a great appreciation to be found in the quiet and peacefulness of it all. I hope the same can be said for you and that you are well. I would love to know what you are reading, listening to, or even watching this week!

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
~Philip K. Dick

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Book vs Film: Logan’s Run

I recently read Logan’s Run by George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan after completing the film (for the millionth time, during one of my late night, classic sci-fi binges). I quickly noticed some pretty interesting differences. Below is a brief comparison of the two, followed by my thoughts.  I have chosen to omit a few significant variations for the sake of avoiding spoilers. 

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Final Thoughts..

Both the film and the book offer an enjoyable throwback to classic sci-fi that instantly reminds us of why we enjoy the genre. The book manages to accomplish an impressive amount over a very small span of time. Tackling the age-old familiar dystopian theme of population management, it supplies an interesting take on euthanasia and the ever elusive utopian society. However, the story also experiences limitations itself with the very reduced age of the population. It can be hard to process a society where the entire Earth never ages beyond 21. I think that while the film writers and directors chose to deviate from multiple aspects of the original story, they did so wisely. Increasing the life span to 30 and limiting these restrictions to a domed city opened up endless possibilities and expanded beautifully on an already brilliant concept. Watching Logan’s Run now has the added luxury of a satisfyingly nostalgic and fun kitsch vibe that many fans of science fiction can deeply appreciate.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.

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Have you read or seen Logan’s Run? What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading & Watching!

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: 5 Book to Film Adaptations Worth Watching

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One of my goals this year is to incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. So from time to time, you might notice Friday Favorites making an appearance. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my mood 😉

This week I am starting with a handful of my favorite book to film adaptations. I realize that film adaptations often receive a bad rap, and I admit some of them really deserve it. There is nothing more infuriating than seeing a beloved story completely destroyed. And it does happen. Whether it is the result of deviating from the plot-line too much, poor casting or even low budgets, we have all seen a few of our favorites ripped to shreds. But I still love seeing books made into movies.

Why?

Well for several reasons really. But the most important (and the one I am going to talk about here) is that adaptations expand a book’s audience! I live in a home of non-readers. So when I experience a story that I love, nothing thrills me more than seeing it hit the big screen! Here is my chance to finally share. And that means a lot to me as a reader.

I love the idea of a great story reaching a larger audience. Even if that means a few adjustments. But I think it is important to keep in mind that adaptations are exactly that. They have been modified to work within the new setting and for their new audience. Sometimes it unfolds beautifully and others it fails miserably. But I will never give up my enthusiasm for possibility of seeing a great film of a favorite book.

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With that being said, here are five book to film adaptations I thoroughly love.

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Released 1977
Directors/Producers: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

This musical adaptation combined lyrics from the original story and the animation I have come to adore, to tell the incredible adventure of Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the gold of the dwarves. Full of wonder and merriment but easily capturing the darker moments, the end result is almost as magical as JRR Tolkien’s orignal, beloved tale.

The_Road_2_L.jpgThe Road
Released 2009
Director: John Hillcoat
Producers:  Nick Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz

While the film adaptation of this bleak postapocalyptic tale drastically toned down the more graphic and disturbing scenes that were encountered in the book, it was still managed to convey the gritty, often dismal and very emotional aspects of the catastrophic setting with a stellar cast and cinematography. It is a raw look at the downfall of humanity that I felt held true to the original theme of the book by Cormac McCarthy.

clckwrkA Clockwork Orange
Released 1971
Director/Producer: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange is not a film I can recommend to everyone. The same can be said for the book. While ranked highly among my favorites and packing a hefty message about free will, there is a lot of disturbing content. If you cannot handle the perverse, skip it. But if you are like myself, and comfortable with exploring the uncomfortable, this one is a must. Kubrick manages to bring full life to Anthony Burgess’s dark and complex story. Be it disgust or shock, the film will definitely solicit some strong emotions.

bladerunnerBlade Runner 
Released 1982
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Michael Deeley, Charles de Lauzirika

Based loosely on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner delivers a gritty future and tells the story of a detective hunting replicants (bioengineered androids). It offers a unique experience that fans of sci-fi can easily appreciate and offers a digestible look into the complex world created by Phillip K. Dick.

princess-bride-the-1987-006-cary-elwes-robin-wright-kissThe Princess Bride
Released 1987
Director/Producer: Rob Reiner

A phenomenal cast breathe incredible life into William Goldman’s classic fairy tale. Full of nonstop laughs and endearing characters, The Princess Bride easily makes my favorites list in both films and books. This is a must watch for all, and I would be hard pressed not to include it today. If you need a pick me, you can find it in this enchanting film.

While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, the above films have left  their mark with me. Whether they stuck to the original script or chose to deviate for a wider audience, I found the end result to be none the less entertaining and satisfying.

What are some of your favorite book to film adaptations? What do you look for in the films of your favorite stories? I personally do not mind a few changes as long as the true spirit and original essence/message are captured in the final production.

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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