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    They Filmed The Book: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Part 3 of 3)

    As we end the series that was based on the wonderful book by Susanna Clark, we see the action pick up pace.  After the altercations between Norrell and Strange over Strange’s book, we find that the Gentleman (the faerie Norrell unleashed) is causing chaos of his own.  Strange explores the limits of his power and encounters the Gentlemen in his homeworld (Lost Hope), which infuriates the faerie. Strange is cursed by the Gentleman and is returned to our world but anywhere he goes a whirlwind of shadow follows that is slowly draining Strange’s life.  Meanwhile, Lady Pole is able to communicate the she and Mrs. Strange have been held captive…

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    They Filmed The Book: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Part 2 of 3)

    As we continue on in the series we see the action starting to pick up.  Again, there will be spoilers and vagaries ahead so if you haven’t read the book or seen the show, but want to, please be aware. Now, as Jonathan Strange begins to increase in his knowledge of magic, thanks in part to his own skill, Mr. Norrell, and Mr. Norrell’s books, he is called to serve England in their war against France.  Strange has to work hard to win the trust and admiration of the soldiers and the commanders but soon finds ways to make himself of use to the cause and is welcomed by the…

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    They Filmed The Book: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Part 1 of 3)

    I really enjoyed the fantastic Susanna Clarke novel that allowed for this show to find a home on the BBC.  The show does a fantastic job of capturing the stories and the characters in the novel and I have to say, for me, this was one of those shows/movies where I really enjoyed it just as much as I did the book.  There are a number of interesting characters throughout, the use of magic as a profession in 19th century England is unique and the story that these people follow is intriguing and nuanced to the point where it’s one you can watch multiple times without seeing it run stale.…

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    They Filmed The Book-Murder on the Orient Express

    The classic by Agatha Christie featuring detective Hercule Poirot is a novel that has been read by countless folks over the years and is a unique “who-done-it” novel with a bit of a surprise ending.  While the book was one I really enjoyed, I’m typically more critical of movies as I do tend to be one of those “the book was better” people. Apologies. However, I think this movie stayed pretty true to the novel in a way that made it exciting but also brought the book’s pages to the screen.  I find it difficult to decide how I feel about such situations. For one, I like when a movie…

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    They Filmed The Book-A Wrinkle in Time

    For a Young Adult book, I thought A Wrinkle in Time was a nice little read.  It isn’t my favorite but I enjoyed in and think younger me might have been taken in by the imagery it produced.  However, the film wasn’t one I’d ever want to see again and I don’t think it worked in the slightest. I’m aware Brie Larson recently said she didn’t need …”a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time” and I get what she’s saying in that respect.  I say this as a white dude and understand that I wasn’t the target audience for the film. Yet,…