I participate each Tuesday in book blogging meme activities:
First up, It’s Tuesday … Where are You as hosted by raidergirl3:
This Tuesday, I’m at Hazelmoor in England with Major Barnaby in Agatha Christie’s Murder at Hazelmoor (aka as The Sittaford Mystery). I’m reading this as part of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge hosted by Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise.
I also am in New York City with George “Clay” Clayton as he hunts down the killer of Mavis St. Paul or as his boss, Ed Ganolese, calls the killer The Cutie who framed one of his underlings.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, with the rules pretty simple: Grab your current read, open to a random page, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!), and then share the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Outside was the city, and it had halitosis. The air was hot and damp, and breathing was a conscious matter.
Next up, I’m combining Library Loot hosted by Eva and Marg and Friday Finds also hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The first focuses on books that you’ve checked out from the library; the second, books that you’ve come across that you want to read. As usual, I’m cheating this week as again I haven’t returned to the library since I had quite a booty last time I was there.
The three authors, this time, are at the suggestion of a friend, John, who rarely has steered me wrong with his recommendations.
- John Dickson Carr, who was popular during the Golden Age of Mysteries
- James T. Farrell, who wrote the Studs Lonigan series
- Simon Brett, who wrote the Charles Paris series.
I’m not sure exactly how in the course of our conversation we came across the three. I think, though, for Carr, we might have been talking about Agatha Christie and for Brett, I mentioned Jasper Fforde, about whom I wrote last week.
Last but not least is this week’s Weekly Geeks, which since it was one I posted I better answer:
…what are some of your favorite movie adaptations of books? Include trailers or scenes from Youtube if you’d like.
Also along with that question, or instead of that question, what book or series would you like to see be made into a movie or movies? Tell us why you think it or they would work as a movie. If the book already has a book trailer, include that, to help make your point.
Among my favorites are the following five (with a favorite, a trailer or, in one case, how the movie should have ended):
Lord of the Rings (of course):
The Shawshank Redemption based off the short story by Stephen King (liked the movie better):
O Brother Where Art Thou based off The Odyssey (love this part for Ralph Stanley’s singing not because I’m a lover of the Klan):
Stardust based off the Neil Gaiman novel (liked the movie better mainly because of Robert DeNiro’s character):
Field of Dreams, much better than the book on which it was based Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella:
As for the second part of the question, I’d have to say C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy: Out of The Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength. I’d just like to see any attempt a director could make to bring this complex science fiction trilogy to the screen.