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 Last night, I finished re-reading The Last Unicorn. It had been a long, long time since I first read it, and I had much more vivid memories of the movie adaptation. But this is another example of the book being better than the movie.

The book explores the backgrounds and motivations of the characters in-depth, giving it more complexity and a sense of solid world-building. The movie cuts out a good deal of that, and it includes some things that were unnecessary. 

But the most striking thing about the novel is the downright lyrical prose. Peter S. Beagle has a way with words that made reading the story deeply compelling. "Scimitar smile," is such great character description. I feel as a writer, I've taken so much away from reading his works. And the tongue in cheek use of fairy tale tropes, and sly commentary on them comes across much smoother in the original novel than the movie, where it felt a tad forced. 

Honestly, this is such a beautiful, deep and quirky book with great characters, and I love it so much! 
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 So I've been reading Howl's Moving Castle, and it's awesome so far. I'm reading in preparation for an essay I'm writing for uni. I'm writing about how the fantasy genre in YA fiction uses the idea of fate, and the implications of that idea in society. I'm also writing on two other novels for the essay, that unlike HMC, demonstrate this idea in a forthright manner, meaning they have a white and/or male "chosen one," destined to do great things. I'm getting through it quite fast. It's a fairly light read. Sophie is an amazing character. While I loved the movie, I feel she's written with more depth and sass. 
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 I just downloaded "The Thief" by Megan Whalen Turner onto my e-reader! I've been wanting to start her novels for a long time. I've heard many good thing about it. It's awesome that I can see reading lots of fantasy novels is my homework for this trimester. 
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 Have you ever read a book that was frustrating on many levels, but you wanted to finish it anyway? That's what I'm going through now. 
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  I've been reading my first Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina, and ... he really doesn't impress me that much as a writer so far. It's slow and  wonders so much; it's extremely frustrating. Normally, I wouldn't mind that too much, but it takes around 19 chapters for Anna Karenina (the titular character) to show up and start impacting the plot. 

I'm up to the conversation with Anna and her sister-in-law, Dolly. Dolly's husband Stepan committed adultery. Anna tries to tell her that her brother feels guilty and is suffering because of his actions. Dolly agrees, and says that it's "always worse for the guilty than the innocent." That line frustrated me so much that I had to put the book down after that. I know there's often going to be problematic aspects in old novels, but that moment pissed me off so much.   

There are also many awkward sentences. And the way Tolstoy uses brief moments of inner monologue in a novel that's otherwise written in the third person is awkward too. I don't know if I want to finish it. I might now that I'm so far through it, but I don't feel like reading anymore for the moment. 
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 I have only read one of Terry Pratchett's novels, but I know this will be relevant to many of f-listers interests: www.newstatesman.com/culture/2012/11/terry-pratchett-my-daughter-rhianna-will-take-over-discworld-when-im-gone


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