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[books|movies] Pocket reviews

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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