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Looks a lot like Nova

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by » Sun Dec 01, 2019 06:10 pm

Most people do claim to like the books better han the movies.  Admittedly, I've never read "Jurassic Park" nor "Of Mice And Men", and I've never watched the movies.  "Jurassic Park" turned me off pretty early on so I stopped watching it.  "Of Mice And Men" is just one of those unforgiveable holes in my education.

"Das Boot" was extraordinarily well done as a movie.  The book was actually written by a former U-boat captain, who became a painter after the war.  This meant though, that he would spend entire pages describing sunsets, which got a little tedious.  "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was a little bit the same, in that Jules Verne described in depth, every single fish they ran across throughout a 60,000 mile submarine trip.  The movie also gave a more understandable reason for Nemo's motives, while the book seemed to give none at all.  With the book though, Verne gave their coordinates in latitude and longitude throughout the trip and it was fun tracing their journey on a globe.  "Frankenstein" and "First Men In The Moon" were both far darker than the movies and I don't really need that much "dark".  "War Of The Worlds" by HG Wells was also far darker as a book than it was a movie.  John

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by » Sun Dec 01, 2019 05:36 pm

Thats funny, I have always liked the books over the movies or TV shows. I thought, for example, that Jurassic Park was a far better book as was Of Mice and Men.

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by » Sat Nov 30, 2019 06:00 pm

No, I didn't see the entry, and I check it every day!  I think I got used to not looking far enough down the page.  Thanks for the heads up!

"Lorna Doone" did get made into a movie but like so many contemporary movies, it was way over-dramatized.  Good as "Moby Dick" was, and good as the movie with Richard Basehart was, the true story, "Heart Of The Sea" by Nathaniel Philbrick was truly jaw-dropping.

The "Rumpole" series was on PBS and got me hooked.  They stayed remarkably close to the books, which I really appreciated.

I have to admit, most of the books I've read, I liked the movies better!  "Das Boot", "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", "First Men In The Moon", "Frankenstein", were all movies I liked better than the books.  John

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by » Fri Nov 29, 2019 09:10 pm

BTW, did you notice there is a November contest entry??

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by » Fri Nov 29, 2019 02:05 pm

Actually I had never read a mystery before Longmire. I liked the TV show when it came ou  and after it left A&E my neighbor bought me one of the books on my birthday (book 12 or 14). I did like it and decided to read more of them. It differs from the show a lot, but I like them.

Moby Dick is one I should read some day, but have not yet. I never heard of Lorna Doone, save for the cookies. ;)

Atlas Shrugged was long, but I liked it. I saw a lot in it I disagree with and a lot I agree with. Never read her other books though.

Harry Potter is one I would not likely find myself reading, or 50 shades of grey, unless I was living in a twlight zone show, the bomb dropped and I was the only person left and found the books and I had no glasses to break. ;)

I did read Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus, but do not remember much if any of it.

I used to keep all the books I read, till the collection was just stupidly large and a pain to move when I moved. So I began to donate them. Now I do not keep more than 20 or so books and will donate the overages. 

I have been buying bunch of food and supplies for the homess shelter here in town each month for 3 or so years now and I never thought

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by » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:49 pm

Ahhh, mystery novels.  I haven't read much mystery.  I did read Edgar Allen Poe's mysteries.  I think "Murder In The Rue Morgue" was one of the first ever written.  I did read the "Thin Man" by Dashiel Hammet and loved it. I'd already loved all 7 of the "Thin Man" movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy, but the first book was the only one I've found.

After being used to the movie, "Frankenstein" the book was way different and way darker.

There are very few books I've ever read twice.  There are just so many I want to read and I've probably got a stack of books I won't live long enough to finish.  I did read William Shirer's book "Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler" twice, (the first time when I was about 12)  and Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" twice.  Both of those books I read when I was really too young to really understand, so I read them again. I read "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan twice.  In fact I've read all of Carl Sagan's books, including that god-awful "Contact", his one attempt at science-fiction.  "A Christmas Carole" by Charles Dickens is the only book I've read over and over and over.  I've even read a few romance novels like "Lorna Doone" by RD Blackmore and "God Is An Englishman" by RF Delderfield.  In fact I've read several of Delderfield's novels.

I never did read "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand although people have told me I really should.  People tell me I should read the "Harry Potter" books but I thought...naaaaah.  I did read "50 Shades Of Gray" by Erika James because so many women told me how great it is.  It isn't.  I think I have a fairly well developed feminine side...but not that well developed.  Was quite a disappointment.  On the other hand, I thought "Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus" by John Gray was brilliant and taught me more about psychology than any psychology book I've ever read, or class I ever took.

Another favorite was the "Rumpole" series by John Mortimer.  Sort of mysteries, but not exactly, and very funny and very poetic.  John

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