Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Fables Vol 2: Animal Farm by Bill WillinghamIn this second volume of Fables, Snow White and her sister Red Rose goes to visit Animal Farm, a place where all the fables that don’t pass as humans live. It’s interesting to see all the non-human creatures take the stage this time, but I didn’t get how some of them live there, like the woman with many kids living in a big shoe (aren’t they from Mother Goose?).

On the first night the sisters stay, Colin Piggy, the youngest of the three pigs gets killed. That’s gruesome. It is somehow disturbing to see one your fairy tale character gets killed, and for not a very good reason too in my opinion. They’re supposed to be immortal. But in Fables apparently they can die.

So Snow is forced to investigate and we are introduced to the rebellious force in the farm. Of course, at the end justice is served and the fables seem to be able to sort things out once again. Like the first volume, it’s pretty good introduction to the world of fables.

Some new fairy tale characters that make appearances are the ones from Three Little Pigs, Jungle Book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and random giants. Does anyone know from which story Little Boy Blue comes from? (Okay I just searched Wiki and he’s apparently from some obscure nursery rhyme.)

4 stars
2003, 128 pp

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My other reviews of Fables series: Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile and Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Sunday Salon: Still Reading and Harry Potter the Movie

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Hullo all. It’s all cloudy and rainy today in Sydney, and I’m snuggling with my new brown Snuggie on the couch, though still feel extremely cold since my house is just the perfect absorbant of cold and we don’t have good heating. (The Snuggie I got from a discount shop for $12, not from TV for $40 — somehow that made me better) I can’t wait for the winter to pass!

I’ve been working at my new workplace for a full 4 weeks now and just started to feel settled and less nervous (I hope). I also just got my first salary and went to cut my hair yesterday after what felt like a hundred months. A new me, yay! Hubby was being so sweet yesterday, accompanying me around to buy random things and waiting for my haircut. We also went to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the movie in the afternoon.

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Some thoughts about the movie: Again, Harry Potter movies never really made me go ‘Wow’. It’s good eye-candy and it’s fun for people that have read the book to see how the producers visualize the story. This movie is actually the first HP movie that I watched after reading the book. I read all HP books in between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the movie and the Half-Blood Prince. So I was watching the first 5 movies not really understanding the plot. This time I had the plot clear in mind.

I was always dissappointed of how they cut a lot of things from the books, but hey, it’s tough cut. The movie’s already 2.5 hours long. I told hubby about the details that were missing from the movie. One that I really missed was Dumbledore’s funeral. It was just really sad not having the memorial service. They ended it far too quick at the end.

ps: Is it just me, or Harry looks quite short compared to the others in the movie?

Book-wise, I’m currently reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’m a third way through. I’m going at a pretty slow pace (about 3 weeks now) but it’s been an interesting journey so far. I’ve decided that it’s okay for me to read slow. It doesn’t always have to be a race to finish books and tick them off my lists.

I also got sick last week — cough, flu and had to have a day off work even because I felt so horrible. And during that entire week I didn’t feel like doing anything — not reading or writing, hence the lack of posts (on top of the daily busyness of course).

I’m still reading everyone’s blogs and enjoying the book talks and recommendations, but I probably have been a bad commenter in the past few weeks. I’m trying hard I am! Hope you have a good reading week ahead (or just good week in general :)!

Book Awards Challenge III

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1 July 2009 – 1 December 2009

5 months. 5 awards.

Book Awards Challenge III has started and I’m on my way with the first book. Woohoo! This time I’m also going to count nominees (longlist or shortlist) so it might help me to knock down my personal challenges with Booker, Orange, or Pulitzer prizes. But I haven’t decided what to read yet, so it could be from completely different award lists.

Books I read:

  1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (finished 08/09, 5 stars)
    2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (nominee)
  2. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (finished 08/09, 3 stars)
    2009 Orange Prize for Fiction (shortlist)
  3. Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara (finished 08/09, 3 stars)
    2003 Akutagawa Prize
  4. Strangers by Taichi Yamada (finished 09/09, 2.5 stars)
    1987 Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize
  5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (finished 10/09, 4 stars)
    2007 Printz, 2007 Eisner – Best New Graphic Album, finalist for 2006 National Book Award

July/August reviews | Sep/Oct/Nov reviews

Sunday Salon: Kind of Away But Not Really

The Sunday Salon.comI just started working again last week after 9 months of off time. While it’s good to be able to earn some money again, I practically have no time to do the little things that I enjoyed doing when I was.., you know, unemployed =P

My current working hour is 10 hours a day and it takes me 1.5 hour each way to travel to work. So that’s 13 hours outside home. If I sleep around 7-8 hours a day and spend around an hour to get ready for work and around an hour to wind down after work… well… you do the math. That’s about an hour left to do my own stuff.

I can still read during my travel to and from work, so it’s not so bad in that regard. But I literally have very little (or no) blogging time now. I’m gonna try to still post something midweek. The bad thing is it just seems that I have to choose between blog-writing or blog-reading. I have to cut a lot of my blog-reading and visiting time if I want to post something at all. *sigh*

I’d like to apologize in advance if I can no longer catch up with the blogging community. I do hope to visit some blogs in the weekend, or more if I can steal some minutes midweek. I will really miss you all! (Gosh I sound like I’m going away for good.)

Going back to books, I finally compiled my challenge pages for Booker, Orange, and Pulitzer (they’re on the side bar under Perpetual Challenges). I would like to read one book each year from the list of winner OR shortlist OR longlist (because, let’s admit it, the winner isn’t always the best of the lot). Now that I have the lists here I can keep track of them better and hopefully have more nagging feeling to read more from these prize lists.

Have a nice and productive week everyone!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsReading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is like talking to one of your unnaturally geeky friends. Sometimes they go off at a tangent that you wish they would come back to earth and stop being so confusing. Sometimes they blurt out things so absurd and hilarious that only geniuses like they are could even think about it.

It’s like talking to a person out of this world — wacky, interesting and unpredictable. The book takes you to journey you’d never guess (and probably shouldn’t try to). It’s fun. I’m sure you’d laugh a lot along the way. I did.

“They’ve got as much sex appeal as a road accident.” ~ Ford, p60

Douglas Adams

Note: I just knew that the term Babel Fish came from this book. Cool. (Babel Fish is a small yellow fish that you put in your ears to translate. Of course there’s a “scientific” explanation for it in the book. Today, Babel Fish is a translation engine.)

Note 2: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a trilogy that consists of 5 books. Eoin Colfer (of Artemis Fowl) is writing the 6th book (titled And Another Thing…) which will be out in October 2009.

4.5 stars
1979, 224 pp

First line
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Last line
‘We’ll take in a quick bite at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.’

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