The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”
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Do you ever start reading a book by an author you normally like a lot, but then you get about 30 pages in and you find that you’re not really concentrating on it as much as you should, and it’s not a bad book, but you realize you’re just really not in the mood for that particular author’s shit today?
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Started reading All You Need Is Kill. Still haven’t decided whether I’m gonna shell out the cash to go see the movie while it’s still in theaters. (Unusually enough, I’ve heard from several people whose movie opinions I trust that the movie is better than the book…)
I FOUND THIS ON MY BOOKSHELF JUST NOW I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT IT
I totally had this book, too. And the Master Blaster one. And I’m pretty sure I had Bionic Commando and Ninja Gaiden. They might still be in storage, somewhere…
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I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.
I don’t even know who’ll read this. I guess someone will find it eventually. Maybe a hundred years from now.
For the record… I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.”
And it’ll be right, probably. ‘Cause I’ll surely die here. Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.
Let’s see… where to begin?
The Ares program. Mankind reaching out to Mars to send people to another planet for the very first time and expand the horizons of humanity blah, blah, blah. The Ares 1 crew did their thing and came back heroes. They got the parades and fame and love of the world.
Ares 2 did the same thing, in a different location on Mars. They got a firm handshake and a hot cup of coffee when they got home.
Ares 3. Well, that was my mission. Okay, not mine per se. Commander Lewis was in charge. I was just one of her crew. Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” of the mission if I were the only remaining person.
What do you know? I’m in command.
I wonder if this log will be recovered before the rest of the crew dies of old age. I presume they got back to Earth all right. Guys, if you’re reading this: It wasn’t your fault. You did what you had to do. In your position I would have done the same thing. I don’t blame you, and I’m glad you survived.
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etheria said: do you like Kim Stanley Robinson?
I honestly can’t remember whether or not I’ve read anything by Kim Stanley Robinson. So it’s probable that I haven’t… yet. What do you recommend?
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paulidus said: I’m about halfway through Dust, looking forward to see how it ends. I was a bit disappointed with Shift, apart from Donald’s section it didn’t reveal much.
Yeah, Shift kind of meandered and didn’t really feel like it went anywhere specific. Honestly, while I liked the series as a whole, I felt like the ending was kind of anticlimactic. Like, you already kind of know where everything is going, even if you don’t know exactly how all the pieces are going to fall. Although, weirdly, it felt less anticlimactic somehow when I reminded myself that the series was originally self-published as a series of novellas. If that makes sense. It was like remembering it retroactively calmed down some of the buildup towards the end, in my memory, or something. Haha.
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Getting off the computer early tonight and trying to figure out what I’m going to read next. Just finished the WOOL books. I got the first book of the Southern Reach trilogy, but I know the others are coming out in May and September, so I might wait until I have the whole thing. Possibly starting On Such A Full Sea. Or re-reading House Of Leaves again, like I’ve been threatening to do. Hmmm…
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