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Jul. 10th, 2010

Forgot to mention that I finished reading Anne Stuart's last two Ice books, Ice Storm and Fire and Ice. I like some of the books in the series better than others, but they're all good and I'd recommend them to anyone interested in romantic suspense (but start with the first one, it's easier).

Speaking of books, I have to wait just two more months for some eagerly anticipated books. An Artificial Night (October Daye, Book 3) and Eat, Prey, Love (Love At Stake, Book 9) both come out in September.

Also forgot to mention that I finally saw Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Either I forgot most of the book or the screenwriter ignored most of the book, because I really don't remember the pearls of Persephone or Grover having to stay behind. Then there's making Annabeth not a blonde and making her focus Athena's battle strategy instead of her wisdom. I also don't agree with making the kids older, but I guess they don't want it to be an obvious HP ripoff. Really, the movie is fine for those who haven't read the book, but I think anyone who's read the book would be at least a little disappointed. Still, I'll keep the DVD and will probably watch it again soon.

I just joined Facebook. Yeah, I'm as shocked as you are. I'm going to try to post to LJ, Twitter, and Facebook at least a couple of times a week. The problem with me and social networks is that, let's be honest here, my life isn't exciting. It seems like the focus of my life these days is whatever I'm stitching and the TV shows/movies I watch while I'm doing it. "I finished a flower today!" isn't much of a post. "My favorite WWE wrestler just got married. :-(" might be.

Have I mentioned that I'm borderline OCD? On Wednesday, I decided that I needed a new pair of glasses. Five years was too long (I know I'm supposed to get an eye exam yearly, but I couldn't really afford that or new glasses until now) and I was tired of not being able to see the TV properly with both eyes. Well, as soon as I walked out the door, I saw that it was raining. Did I turn around and wait until the weather cleared up? I mentioned the borderline OCD, right? I felt I had to get the eye exam and glasses right then, rain or no rain. At least I had enough sense to grab an umbrella. One eye exam (my left eye has barely changed in five years, my right is definitely worse), some back and forth over which glasses and sunglasses, extras, and $300+ later (would've been $700+ without insurance), I'm scheduled to get my new glasses and sunglasses in a week.

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megotelek
Jul. 10th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Percy Jackson -- yeah, the screenwriters basically ignored most of the book. It's funny, I went to see it with my parents and brother. My brother read the book and my parents hadn't, and they loved the movie and my brother and I were furious!

I don't mind when they cut parts of a book for the movie, but making up subplots out of whole cloth just annoys me. And I disliked the changes to Annabeth which seemed to be combining her character and Clarisse's (because we can only have one strong girl, apparently).

Did you know Rick Riordan is coming out with a spinoff series called Heroes of Olympus next year? It's definitely on my to-read list.
ravenclawed
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Percy Jackson -- yeah, the screenwriters basically ignored most of the book. It's funny, I went to see it with my parents and brother. My brother read the book and my parents hadn't, and they loved the movie and my brother and I were furious!

I'll bet you were. I wonder what Rick Riordan thinks of the movie.

And I disliked the changes to Annabeth which seemed to be combining her character and Clarisse's (because we can only have one strong girl, apparently).

I noticed a lot of the other kids weren't in the movie. Annabeth's the brains and Clarisse is the brawn, and there's nothing wrong with girls being one, the other, or both.

Did you know Rick Riordan is coming out with a spinoff series called Heroes of Olympus next year? It's definitely on my to-read list.

I think I heard something about it. Can't wait. Have you read The Red Pyramid? Modern-day kids and Egyptian gods in the same universe as Percy.
megotelek
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I noticed a lot of the other kids weren't in the movie. Annabeth's the brains and Clarisse is the brawn, and there's nothing wrong with girls being one, the other, or both.

Yeah, it annoyed me because it felt like they thought they needed to "dumb down" the plot and characters. As if audiences wouldn't be able to handle more than one-note stereotype figures. Exhibit A: Grover. It pissed me off that his whole quest to find Pan was completely missing and he was just the shticky sidekick character.

Have you read The Red Pyramid? Modern-day kids and Egyptian gods in the same universe as Percy.

No, I haven't heard of that one. Definitely going to look it up, though, thanks!
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