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Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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World War Z – Max Brooks Posted by on Jan 26, 2014

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Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Feb 18, 14 Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Posted by in Action, Adventure, All, Sci-fi

Orson Scott Card is the author of an extensive collection of novels, short stories, plays, and comics. To date I have read 8 of his novels, and while this barely dents his entire bibliography, I have developed a strong appreciation for his ability to develop characters, engage readers in a story, and to explore deep social, cultural, and political concepts in an engaging manner. Ender’s Game, probably his best known novel, is a great representation of his talents and was a natural choice for being adapted to...

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Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Feb 09, 14 Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Posted by in Adventure, All, Family, Fantasy

I first watched the 2007 film version of Stardust many years before I read Neil Gaiman’s 1999 novel. I loved the movie then and I still do even after reading the novel, which is incredibly different. This is one of the instances where I am not sure if I would have felt differently about the movie if I had first read the book. At lot of the storyline is gutted from the film, and what is a grand adventure in the novel feels like a quick journey in the film. The film does a great job at compensating for this, though, through the development of the characters’...

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The Lucky One – Nicholas Sparks

Feb 02, 14 The Lucky One – Nicholas Sparks

Posted by in All, Drama, Romance

After reading Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One, I really anticipated that the movie adaptation would follow the novel pretty precisely. The story is a rather simple one that is almost completely character driven, and I did not think that much would need to be rewritten in order to translate it to the big screen. For this reason, I was rather surprised at how much was different between the book and film versions of this story. Both events and characters were changed, and I cannot say that I am a fan of any of the...

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World War Z – Max Brooks

Jan 26, 14 World War Z – Max Brooks

Posted by in Action, Adventure, All, Horror

Besides having the same title, there is very little else in common between the 2006 novel World War Z and the 2013 film ‘adaptation.’ That is not to say that each does not have its merits, but even what makes one good in its own right is very different from what makes the other one good. From the small details to the larger big picture, two pieces of work with the same title and technically about the same subject could not be any more different from one another than this novel and film. Even the novel’s author, Max Brooks, states that the film and novel are the same in title alone in an interview conducted at Mansfield University in 2012 and again at San Diego’s 2013...

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