Da-da-dum, da-da-jig, Ka is a wheel, can ya dig???

  Okay, so I love to read, I mean I have a voracious literary appetite, that doesn’t get fed as often as I like.  3 kids have a way of detouring that! Anyway, a friend of mine sent me like 68 files that are books in .pdf format, only it’s ALL of the books ever written by Steven King.   (There are no book stores with English books here, so I’m stuck with electronic format for now).
  Normally I am NOT an SK fan. I tried to read one of his books LONG time ago, and couldn’t get the whole way through it, it just bored me to tears, that book was ‘Needful Things’.  I later read the Green Mile, which I liked, even though the story moved too slow for my taste.  So I just never got into his stuff.  But this friend who sent me these files, and another friend of mine said you HAVE to read this book, or rather series of books, you will love them!  I didn’t really believe that, but they said if you like LOST, you will like ‘The Dark Tower’ series.

  So I started reading the series, which consists of 7 books, last week and I haven’t been able to put them down.  I was surprised at how much I actually like this series.  I’m kinda bummed I didn’t find it earlier, however if I would have found it earlier in my life I would have been frustrated at waiting for the next book in the series to come out, like I was with the Left Behind Series.  I started reading that one, when it was 3/4 of the way done, then had to wait for the last 3 books to be published, which irritated me to know end!  I’m a fast reader.  I think I made it through the Left Behind series in like 2 weeks.  I  could get through one whole book in a day and half.  With no interruptions, within a day.  Yeah, I speed read, especially if the books holds my interest.  I think the only books that took me longer than a 2 days to read were Gone With The Wind, and it’s sequel Scarlett, which each took me about 1 week  each to finish.  I was in High School.  I would read my book in Algebra – maybe that’s why I had such a hard time with math??  Do ya think?

  Anyway, back to the point(s), one thing I’ve noticed in SK novels, especially this series, is how elements of the bible are woven into the stories.  I don’t know what Mr. King’s religious preferences are, or if he even holds any.  Maybe he is a believer in God, or maybe he isn’t, and this is his way of poking fun of or at people who do, I don’t know.  But it makes me wonder.  The way he weaves it into his stories are good, and don’t come off feeling or sounding like he is poking fun, etc.

  My two friends have been asking me how I like it so far, etc., etc. One of the, the one who sent me the PDF files, was scared I would hate and he’d  loose his friend.  I’ve known this guy since High School, he was cool as beans back then and he still his (say Hi, Mark!)   Knowing I like the book is kind of a relief for him I think!!  😀

  So what is the book about – it’s hard to explain,  but I’ll break it down like this, it’s like LOST, meets the Bible, meets the Wizard of Oz, meets Alice in Wonderland, meets The Outlaw Josey Wales!!!  Yeah, it’s a sci-fi, thriller, western – strange I know, but wery, wery ka-kool!


Pride & Prejudice BBC vs. Keira Knightley

Okay, let me just say that when the new version of P&P came out in 2007, I LOVED it. That being said, you should know that I had not read the book at that point. I then finally saw the BBC version that was done 10+ years prior to the 2007 version starring Keira Knightley!

BCC nailed it, shouldn’t they have though, I mean, hello, they represent the land that Austen grew up in! I mean Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle NAILED the characters of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy! Where Keira Knightley was too obtuse in her rendition of Elizabeth Bennett! Austen would have been livid had she heard Elizabeth Bennett reply to her mother:”but she may very well perish with same of having such a mother.”

However my main issues with the newer version, besides a lot of story and dialogue being left out or said by different characters, is that the men in the new version have been emasculated. Charles Bingley was a wuss in this version. Matthew Macfayden did a fairly decent job of being Mr. Darcy! Donald Sutherland’s portrayal of Mr. Bennett was SHAMEFUL!!! In the book as well as the BBC version, Mr. Bennett had a quick wit, was very observant, and very critical of his youngest daughters, where in the newer version, nothing of the sort ever happened, he appeared aloof in this rendition. Mr. Collins, he was done remarkably well in both versions, however I do like the rendition of said character by Tom Hollander than the BBC version. Mr. Hollander was not quite as annoying and pardon the expression “gay”, as the guy in the BBC version. All the men were apathetic instead of masculine and steady like they were in the book and the BBC version. BBC captured the characters precisely. The new version I found to be very feminist. Wile Rosamund Pike was stunningly beautiful, she was not as naive as she should have been. There was too much of something in her manner that made her less sweet and innocent than she should have been.

I adore Brenda Blethyn, but she was not as annoying as she should have been! Anyone who has ready Austen knows that BBC nailed Pride & Prejudice in their version, essentially anything of Austen that is portrayed on film is done better by the BBC, as they tend to stay true to Austens novels.