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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: The Dark is Rising Reply with quote

the dark is rising sequence by Susan Cooper.

at times they can be a bit...easy and childish, but I think it deals with a popular mythology pretty well, and the world is believable and engaging. The characters are young, but dealing with a subject that is very old.

I've probably read all the books at least six or seven times, because there is so much that sometimes you forget. They are pretty short (compared to say...Harry Potter), but I think worth the read. There are five of them: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree. The second book, the Dark is Rising, is being made into a movie (the preview was before HP) and for once I am actually NOT dreading its release, just because even with the changes they have to make I think the shortness of the stories is relatively translatable. Although, I dont think they take place in Britain, and if they make the rest that will make things quite unbelievable, but oh well.

this is not as concise as I wanted it to be, but I am sort of overcome with excitement about this. I dont even care if they screw things up, thats how excited.

so yea, check them out.

I used to be a huge Arthurian mythology geek, so this series appealed to me in soooo many ways.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the words "The Dark is Rising" and realised that I'd seen these books somewhere. It was this odd feeling, and it's right. I've seen Greenwitch at least 5 times in the past year but I've never picked any of these up to read them.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Over Sea, Under Stone - which I am currently reading right now. I actually read chapter sixteen (I think) of The Dark Is Rising three years ago... I didn't think much of it. I really like Over Sea, Under Stone though; it's got that charming, childish thing to it like The Famous Five, the early Harry Potter books and The Magician's Nephew.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is one of the few series I really do re-read frequently, because I never get bored of the mythology, or that childish feeling of excitement.

I'm glad you're enjoying it. For some reason the book is good regardless of its predictability or even silliness. I haven't figured out why the series works so well, but maybe that's why I keep reading.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's got the same feeling that The Book of Lies by James Moloney has.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

All-time favorite book ever. Period.

Not only is it scary accurate about how teenage minds work during that first meet/first look/first kiss/dear-god-maybe-this-is-it moments, but the story itself creates its own music in all the songs and moments it talks about. I've never been to NYC, but I feel like I have. I've been to tons of shows and concerts and random underground venues and seen amazing bands - this felt like high school to me. It was perfect and adorable and real. There's so much to quote about it that I practically pencil-underlined the entire book.

Maybe it's because in a non-romantic way, I'm Norah (just got out of a relationship with a "controlling f---face" who turned her frigid), and my friend Jason is Nick (just got out of a relationship with a cheating whore) and we totally have bonded over music recently, just like they did. The other night me and him were talking and I said I hadn't found any music that fit how I was feeling right now, and he just looks at me and says "Because you were waiting for the book to find you instead." It was awesome.

Just as a warning for those who mind it, there's a lot of swearing and gay boys - but it's all good. The movie is not going to be as good, but I'll be so happy just to see Nick and Norah in "life" that it won't matter. The story could be totally different but as long as the soundtrack is amazing, who cares?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure why this belongs in this thread, but OH MY GOD, YES. I love this book. It's not my favourite book ever, but I'll be damned if it isn't up there on the list. One of the things I loved about it was the strong music focus. It was amazing, and music plays this huge role in my life, so I... connected, I'd say. The characters are instantly likeable, and so realistic. Rachel and David have such a good grasp of the teenage years. The chemistry of the entire novel is fantastic.

As for the movie, I'm pretty excited. If it's got Michael Cera, then you can automatically count me in, and I'm interested to see whether Kat Dennings can do it. I think she can.
But you're right. The soundtrack better be AMAZING. I'm smiling like a maniac in anticipation.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering why this wasn't in the random books thread. SA went crazy and stole it over here. I'll change it when I have time...

but yea, the movie is pretty much made for me because of Michael Cera, haha.

guh. I went out and danced in the rain last night because of that book!
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