One of Those Times When You Might Want to Just Skip the Book?


I saw the trailers for The Bourne Ultimatum about a month ago and have been looking forward to seeing the movie ever since.Generally, we wait to see a movie until it comes to video, or, at least until we’ve read the book version. That is, unless it’s one of those types of movies that really should be seen on the big screen – – anything with flying dragons, high-flying quidditch matches, starships, or, Simpsons characters… Who could resist seeing Homer get up to his usual antics on the big screen, after all?
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The Origin of Darwin…

charles-darwin.jpgFebruary 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of natural scientist Charles Darwin, author of The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man and The Voyage of the HMS Beagle. To celebrate, there are a number of Darwin-related celebrations and projects planned over the next two years. Most notably, a sailing replica of The HMS Beagle is being built and the Darwin Correspondence Project will see all of the correspondence by and to Darwin published online. There is also an increasing number of new books being published about Darwin and his life with interesting commentary about his work. All told, there’s likely enough reading to keep someone busy researching Darwin’s theories for at least the next two years until the official celebration date.

For my part, I hope to at least re-read The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and The Voyage of the Beagle


A Book About Another Side of London

unlundun.jpgStill craving a little more fantasy writing after all the Harry Potter I’ve read this summer, I’ve started reading Un Lun Dun by China Miévelle. Usually an adult writer, Miévelle has aimed this book at a Grade 5-9 audience. However, if you keep in mind that the story is being told from a 12 year old’s perspective, I think it’s the type of book adults can enjoy reading as well. Un Lun Dun tells the story of two friends, Zanna and Deeba, who are drawn through a series of strange events occuring in the real, present day London to an alternate world – – essentially another version of London, but, much different than the non-Muggle world of Harry Potter’s London. What is Un Lun Dun? From the book jacket: “It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle.”

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Let the Reading Be Done…

harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows1.jpgDon’t want to ruin it for anyone else, but… well, you’ll just have to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for yourself. So we wouldn’t spoil it for each other by accident, my son and I decided we would read the last chapter of the book together. I had a lot of catching up to do as I hadn’t read book 6 yet when we picked up our copy of Book 7 last week. I finished Book 6 and was close to page 200 on the 7th book by Friday night. Sharing the same copy, my son reached the last chapter of Book 7 by late Saturday night, and, I could tell he was sort of regretting our “agreement”. So, when I woke up at 5:00 a.m. yesterday, I grabbed the book and started reading. Stopping only for the necessary household chores, I reached the final chapter by a little after supper last night. Then, we sat down, and silently, as he is apparently too old to be read to out loud, read the final pages of the final book of the Harry Potter saga.

So, now it’s all over….

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Let the Reading Begin…

harrypotterThe Harry Potter evening at Assiniboine Park was fun, but, very crowded. Some people ended up lining up right at 10 p.m. to get their books which were handed out at midnight, so, not sure how they had much fun.It was a beautiful night – – lots of music, fire baton twirling, juggling, telescopes to see the stars, a magic show, cool experiments, snakes, Diagon Alley, Forbidden Forest, fortunes read, and, those funny tasting beans. Alas, however, they ran out of chocolate frogs.

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