Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Half-Blood Prince

I'm not going to make a formal review out of it, but I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (again) late last night. I put Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows already on my "What I'm Reading" box on the side there, but I haven't technically started it. It's going to take my fiction reading slot, though.

I went to the library last night with the family, and came back with two audiobooks on CD; another YA book that---because according to previews has been adapted into a movie due this February---I decided I wanted to read called Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I also got Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road which has been described to me as a kind of historical fictional version of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. From what I could tell, it also sounded similar to the old Louis L'Amour book, The Walking Drum. I'm interested in seeing what Chabon is made of; he's been highly lauded as an author, but I haven't read anything of his yet (I did see Spider-man 2 of course, a draft of which he wrote.) He's been tapped to revise and polish the screenplay for the upcoming John Carter of Mars, a movie that will be based on what is probably my favorite book ever (after Lord of the Rings), A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. So I admit that I'm approaching my Chabon experience with a critical eye, to see if he looks like the kind of writer that can do one of my favorite books justice when translating it to the silver screen.

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