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Book to Movie Mondays

I hope to make this at least a monthly post in 2014. First, a few items in Books to Movies (or TV) news: I saw this item here about CBS ordering a miniseries based on Alice Hoffman’s novel The Dovekeepers, about ancient Israel and the fight between the Jews and Romans at Masada (on my…

What Makes a Good Book Review?

I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a good review.  I’ve been writing this blog for 3 and a half years now, and while I love writing reviews, I always want to get better at it.  It starts to feel a little routine after a while. I expect most bloggers follow a pattern when they…

How Mary Poppins was turned into a Disney movie

If you love children’s books the way I do, especially classic children’s fantasy, you’ll be interested in this movie trailer: http://io9.com/if-youve-ever-hated-the-movie-version-of-a-book-watch-747675200 Emma Thompson plays the fantastic P.L. Travers in this true (or mostly true) story about how the movie Mary Poppins was made.  So you know, Mary Poppins is very high on my list of…

Review of The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain might not be my favorite T.C. Boyle, but like his others it poses interesting issues, great writing that blends emotion and sarcasm, and even though it was written in 1995 every issue it raises is meaningful today. Curtain takes place in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon.  It’s a story of contrasts, between an…