Into the Arena: the Hunger Games


After seeing the review of the book by Geek Crash Course,  I decided to investigate.  As usual, it was a priority to read the book before I went to see the movie.  With not a lot  of downtime between school, work and homework, and the fact that I like my sleep, it took me a bit longer than usual to finish.

As it stands, it’s totally worth it, both reading the book and seeing the movie.

First the Book:

The dystopian dictatorship taking place after a rebellion that engulfed and essentially, destroyed the United States, and probably Canada and Mexico, to the point where the borders have fallen, and the resulting nation of Panem spans North America.  Introduced to the hardship of the average person, we are enthralled with this image of ourselves, that if an uprising of the masses, would not only not fix the problems we have, but make them worse, is a startling, and shuddering realism about the underbelly that exists within our country.  We are forced to face a situation that has not arisen in this country, but is seen in others.

Katniss is a reliable narrator, a 16-year old girl forced to grow up before her time, making her cynical and jaded, past the point of the loss of innocence in the story, essentially taking over as breadwinner and head of household after her father died.  Her journey through the Hunger Games, is both heartening and terrifying, bloody and brutal.  I can’t wait to pick up the other two books.

Second the Movie:

Nicely stylized, but nicely adapted.  The script was nicely cut  to movie format, probably because the author of the book was deeply entrenched with the writing conversion, so there was no Percy Jackson Syndrome here.  The director walked a very fine line between the violence of the book, and the PG-13 rating of the movie, forcing fast cuts, possibly providing some people with motion sickness, due to the constant movement and whipping around in order to not have to focus to closely on the bloodier, more violent deaths in the story.

Overall, still enjoyable and authentic to the source material, but probably not a movie for small children, considering the violence of the plot.  I would definitely go see it again, But I would still recommend reading the book first, as there were things cut from the movie that might leave viewers a little confused.

HP: Book 3 Poetic Narrative

A bloated aunt with unhidden scorn

Innocence from him is torn

A Knight transport does he see

A Black heart unwittingly free

Hidden truths and soulless wraith

Betrayals that fill him full of hate

Humans hiding in animal form

A fugitive sequestered in his dorm

Fear formed from unconscious mind

Laughter a weapon to use in kind

Vendettas from years before

A severe teacher tries to settle the score

Flighty teacher envisions doom

Events home to head in shrieking room

Truths revealed far too late

Resigning the just to an unjust fate

Prisoners freed when time is turned

An innocent man on innocent bird

Moon haunted teacher is revealed

Mischief managed becomes unsealed

As his year comes to an end

Back to his reviled kin they must send

Harry Potter Book 2 Poem

The house no better than when he left
He feels abandoned and bereft
Their fear of him keep them at bay
They won’t let his bird fly away
Lack of correspondence fills him with dread
An elf’s warnings of danger ahead
Caged in his room, his dreams go far
His comrades rescue him in a flying car
A magical home, in which he will stay
A peacock with his notoriety will play
A scarlett bullet to bring him home
They miss it because of a solid tome
Flying, falling, a hitting tree
Almost banished from where he wants to be
A hidden Chamber taking life
Spreading mistrust and strife
A serpent speaker he has become
Thought to be the descendent of one
A petrified friend, a memory written
An eight-legged nightmare has almost bitten
For a past crime, a friend is taken
For the present he is again forsaken
A sister stolen to die in vain
So his enemy may live again
A giant serpent he must fight
Death for those who looks in its sight
A fiery bird with healing tears
Destroying a living book, allaying his fears
A mindless man, once their teacher
A fraudulant, conniving, greedy, creature
A sevant freed from his master’s pain
Promised never to save his life again

Harry Potter Book 1 Poetic Narrative

The equal of darkness has been marked
As the Boy of the Living spark
An orphan from the age of one
Two fighters’ one and only son
A bearded wise man and a giant heart
And a catty teacher give a new start
A prophecy that told before
How he would even up the score
At eleven his magic grows
His guardians’ hatred clearly shows
Brought back to a world unknown
Magic is real, he’s truthfully shown
A new friend and foe on the first day
A burning in his head that won’t go away
Famous almost from his birth
A savior for the unknowing Earth
A nervous man, two-faced in truth
A harbor for the most uncouth
A beast with breath grossly hot
Keys on wings determined to not be caught
An ensnaring devil plant to bring death
Strategic soldiers with swords in sheath
A brutal sacrifice so he can pass
He faces with his true foe at last
A precious gem given to those who seek
Not to use, but only to keep
Destroying the harbor, the foe has run
Now he tries the hero to stun
To awake with answers he must know
The wise man gives on little to go
Leaving his home to return to Hell
His life now in a better spell

Mommie Darkest: Public Enemy #1

Or Hit List: An Anita Blake Novel review.

Having finished the book this morning before my rendezvous with the big screen, I was tempted to post my thoughts earlier, but  I decided to let the book settle and sink into my psyche.  That and I was strapped for time, and Anita always deserves my full attention.

And now on with the show.

Anita’s latest adventure is full-length, something I’m grateful for after having two shortened books.  Catching Anita a month after Bullet takes place, Anita’s still reeling from the ramifications of the events.  I’m not a spoiler, so you’ll get nothing from me.  I started this series out of order, but got caught up years ago, so I know the chronology.  And Anita always works better as a series of unfortunate events.  Seeing how far she’s come from the first book, what effects her, what doesn’t, and might be in store for her, I’m ecstatic that Laurell K. Hamilton didn’t give into the pressure she was surely feeling from the fans after all the speculation about the gap between books.  She dedicated her time and energy to making Anita as real as she always is.  And when the next one comes, I won’t be surprised if I decide to reread the series(for the eighth time) in anticipation.

Until next time.

Where Are You on the Hit List?

Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter

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I wait with bated breath, and an empty wallet, for the release of Hit List, the next book in the series created by Laurell K. Hamilton.  I had the misfortune to start reading the series out of sequence.  I think I started with Narcissus in Chains, and I was hooked from the word go, but was very confused at some of the references to the other books.  One Borders trip later, and I was sucked into the world a petite, snarky, trigger-happy animator whose life was suffering from the old Chinese curse.

For those that don’t know what it is: “May you live in interesting times.”

Doubtful she thought her life would be this interesting.  In the beginning, it was dead bodies left and right, and a dead man trying to get into her pants.  Now she has powers she’s learning to control, a harem of men most straight women and gay men would kill for, and the biggest monster of all on her ass.  I don’t know about you, but I’d call that interesting.

Maybe I should go back and reread the series, and by the time I’m done, I can buy the book.  Or just ask for it for my birthday.  Whichever comes first.