Category Archives: Bookish films

Gone, Baby, Gone (film)

I read Dennis Lehane’s mystery-thriller Gone, Baby, Gone back in 2004. I was on something of a Lehane kick that year: I read all four of his Kenzie-Gennaro private eye novels, plus his standalone novel Shutter Island. The books are … Continue reading

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About a Boy

This has to be the most light-hearted book about severe bullying, dysfunctional relationships, and suicidal depression I’ve ever read. You have to hand it to Nick Hornby. About a Boy reads as if he went out into the street in London … Continue reading

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The Tale of Despereaux

I got out of the habit of reading children’s books years ago, not because I decided I outgrew them or lost interest, but mostly because they weren’t on my radar. A children’s book would have to become a phenomenon for … Continue reading

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Bleak House (miniseries)

Even while I was reading Bleak House a couple of weeks ago, I found myself looking forward to watching the recent (2005) BBC adaptation of it. Several people had recommended it to me (including Teresa), and I had had a … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Now

Before last year, I’d never read anything by Daphne du Maurier except the ubiquitous (and wonderful) Rebecca, but I’d read that about ten times. (Really. At least.) In keeping with my recent tendency to choose new books over re-reading old … Continue reading

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Barchester Towers

It’s TrollopeFest here at Shelf Love! (Boy, that doesn’t sound as good as I’d hoped.) Teresa and I have had some near misses, reading the same books just a few months apart, and this time we have managed to read … Continue reading

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Coraline (film)

Sometimes you know you’re going to be disappointed by a book-to-movie translation, especially when you loved the book. I mean, let’s face it, that’s most of the time. The characters aren’t the way you imagined them (or sometimes they’re missing … Continue reading

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Our Mutual Friend (miniseries)

Our Mutual Friend is my very favorite of the Dickens novels I’ve read (and out of 19 of his complete novels, I’ve read eight.) It’s a tale of love, revenge, redemption, class struggle, hidden identity, and most of all, money: … Continue reading

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The Enchanted April

I watched Enchanted April sixteen years ago, when it first came out. I remember taking my father to see it for his birthday in November 1992. The weather was terrible: dreary and cold and refusing either to rain or snow. … Continue reading

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Kiss Me, Deadly (film)

Just a quick update: last night, I saw the film that was made from Kiss Me, Deadly, the Mickey Spillane novel I read a couple of weeks back. I’d heard that the two versions were quite different from one another, … Continue reading

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