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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-28 07:06
Subject: [books|movies] Pocket reviews
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Of recent interest...

Act of Will by A.J. Hartley [ Powell's ] — I enjoyed this book a lot, but still can't decide if I liked it. A young William Shakespeare-analog as superhero in a secondary world with some strong resemblances to Elizabethan England. Reminded me a lot of Shakespeare In Love in that the character and setting were just platforms for modern dialog, situations and internal narratives.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 [ imdb ] — A film adaptation of a cult favorite novel you may have heard about. Could just as easily been titled Harry Potter and the Wild Places of Great Britain, with occasional alarums and excursions. (Which, honestly, is about how I remember the book.) The action and plot-driving scenes of this movie would have made an excellent short film to watch over a long coffee break. On the other hand, about 100 million people will see this movie, so what do I know?

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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-11-28 17:46 (UTC)
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I've been calling it "Harry Potter and the Deathly Dull". It does almost nothing to develop the plot or the characters further and tells no sub-stpry worth telling- it is just a way to get from movie 6 to movie 7 part II, whilst bringing in a billion dollars.
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Nisi Shawl
User: nisi_la
Date: 2010-11-28 18:06 (UTC)
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Had much the same reaction to Act of Will. Enjoyed it, was nonetheless unsure enough about actually liking it that I passed on reading the sequel. And oh, yes, there is a sequel.
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-11-28 18:12 (UTC)
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What? You didn't love Harry Potter Goes Camping? What's not to love?

(Serious comment: I found the movie more entertaining than I expected, given how dull the book was, but I agree it was pretty slow moving.)
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-11-28 21:34 (UTC)
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I'm with Catshaffer - I rather enjoyed it more than I expected - don't know it's a "repeat at theatre" yet - but I had fun with it (well, the parts that weren't boloxed by the director - again! Good LORD this man has trouble with redemptive scenes - he tends to simply cut them. But that's a rant for another time :>)
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