Bookish Topic Tuesday – Book To TV

Bookish Topic Tuesday

Book to TV

I do apologise firstly for the lack of these posts for the last few months, didn’t quite get organised as I thought I might, and these will probably be infrequent into the future as well.

Inspired by GoT (Game of Thrones for those outside the loop) I thought I would discuss TV today and those books which have graced the small screen. Of course the screens aren’t that small any more, and I think that TV is having a renaissance. Well, I’m not sure about actual viewing of TV, but TV programs have certainly become more popular, GoT is case in point, along with the likes of Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead etc. Three out of four of those I just listed are based on a book of some sort, and I think that book to TV has started being more commonplace. And I’m happy with that. I’ve discussed Book to Film previously.

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Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card

If you take a look at Goodreads you’ll either find a whole heap of 1-2 star ratings or 4-5 star ratings (well the ones that Goodreads deem to be popular, the actual breakdown isn’t that bad). It’s a divisive book, just like Xenocide is, and probably with good reason. Just like Xenocide this book again dares to go quite philosophical, and it’s really, really different to the first book. I recently watched the movie version of Ender’s Game and while a heck of a lot of stuff was left out, it really reminded me of the joy and fun that was in that book (yes there was lots of bad stuff too, but stuff like the battle games were really exciting and enjoyable to read). The three other books in this ‘series’ (which has so many more books to it, and I’m thinking that maybe it’s become a flogged horse), well they have such a different tone that I’m definitely not surprised that some people haven’t embraced them. Personally, I have liked the three books, they’ve been thought provoking, and exciting (in a different way), and this book was a really good way for the series to be brought to a close. Of course, there’s like 10 more books…. Continue reading

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Part Three

Onto part three (apologies for the lack of a post last week, exams got the better of me)! This time the quote is “Maybe one day it will be cheering even to remember these things.” Which is again from Virgil’s Aeneid. It seems like a strange quote, and yet quite profound in that given some time/perspective something that once was thought terrible or not that grand, will be remembered quite fondly. Not sure of the relevance of the quote yet again, but it’s nice enough. This part is just building us up, not all that much action.
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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Part Two

Part Two

So this has been a really long time coming! But I’ve finally got around to reading this again, and with good timing, since the sequel, The Silkworm has just come out. A quick recap on what’s happened so far, a murder (or was it suicide) of Lula Landry, a world famous model, who was adopted into a rich white family, and now her brother is asking ex-military detective Coroman Strike to investigate. Meanwhile Robin has been asked to be his assistant.

Again we start with another quote: “No stranger to trouble myself, I am learning to care for the unhappy.” I always wonder how much analysis or thought should be given to these little quotes, did JK purposely put this one here, or did she just like this one, or wasn’t it her at all?

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

I first heard about HeLa in biology like many other students of the last few decades. But unlike many who may have just seen the name HeLa around, or even that they came from Henrietta Lacks, we were told to write a response to the ethical issues of taking her cells without her consent or knowledge. But it wasn’t this first exposure which made me curious about it, I heard about the book via a YouTube video or perhaps it was from someone else saying online that they had read it, but sure enough I wanted to read the book. Just something about the story intrigued me, and the book didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

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Xenocide – Ender’s Saga

In the third book of the Ender’s Saga, things get pretty philosophical, more so than I thought it would. Having rebelled against the Starways Congress, the people of Lusitania are under threat of the approaching fleet which has been sent to destroy them. Not only that, but the descolada virus is causing all manner of havoc, Jane’s existence is unlikely to remain secret for much longer, and on another world people are being spoken to by gods. And we start thinking about the meaning of life, the origin of the universe, continue thinking about what is intelligence, and our heads start to hurt a bit from thinking about philotes and quantum physics.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

This is, just like Nineteen Eighty-Four, a book I studied in depth last year for English. I hadn’t heard about the book before reading it, and it was a strange experience. The book, written by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men) has won a Pulitzer prize (making it only the second Pulitzer prize winning book I have read, the other being To Kill a Mockingbird), as well as being featured on Oprah (not sure which achievement is greater…). It has great literary acclaim, and for once, despite it being literature, I didn’t mind it!

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The Speaker for the Dead – Ender’s Saga

This is the second book in the Ender’s Saga, and thankfully I think it’s just as good as the first one. It has some very different themes to the original but it’s still really interesting. In fact, this is actually set 3000 years into the future, and thanks to the wonders of near-lightspeed travel, Ender and Valentine have managed to escape death, and are still alive. But the really interesting thing is, that humanity has found another sentient lifeform, and hoping that they don’t screw up like they did with the Buggers, humans have tried to limit their contact with them. But things happen, and Ender journeys to visit this new world and see what he can learn from the third ‘ramen’ species.

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