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Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I write stories in my head all the time.  I see a leaf of odd colors and I make up a story about the leaf.  I see a house that doesn’t quite fit the neighborhood and I make up a story about the occupants. If I were a writer, this is the book I would write.  I would have this type of storyline, in this type of setting, with these characters saying most of these same things. 

I believe this is her first nationally (internationally?) published book, and really what a promising start!  The story is a cross between Practical Magic and a Mary Stewart short novel.  One specifically springs to mind.  A couple of times the story went to a predictable point but I can forgive that.  This is a fast read, with characters you’ll know quickly.  Light and easy with nothing to offend.  I can’t wait to get my hands on her second book. 

 

Twilight – the movie.

My sister and I went to see this today.  All of you who didn’t fall prey to the phenom go ahead and get your guffaws out of the way now.  I really enjoyed the books, and so I was scared to see the movie.  Even more so after I saw the Today show interview with the two stars who played Bella and Edward.  They were gawky and uninspiring to say the least.  Then to see the pipe toking actress a few days later just about did me in.  I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get over the image of that and be able to suspend reality and enjoy the movie.  I’m happy to say I was wrong.  I enjoyed the movie!  It had a great feel.  Sort of like the book I just read, not to heavy, but enough story to keep you interested.  I think the casting was spot on.  I’ll be waiting patiently for the next one!

I don’t know if I would bother if you’re not a fan of the books, or a young girl.  I’m just not sure it will have the same impact.

Comments on: "More opinions than you really need." (0)

  1. I loved Practical Magic – it was one of my dad’s favorite books.  I have his copy.There was quite a scene at my local mall due to that young man in the movie.  I’m glad you were surprised and pleased by the movie.Hugs!

  2. Anonymous said:

    There have been a lot of tourists comign through this little town I lvie in going to Firks, where the movei was filmed, to get a look at the scenery.

  3. I so do that too…actually he and I will sit in a restaurant and by the time we pay the bill, we have concocted a whole story about a couple either that or we try with our might to figure out if they are friends, relatives, relatives on his side or hers…yadda yadda..I have always thought I had a novel bouncing around in my brain.

  4. Maybe treat us to one of your stories?

  5. You are a very good writer.The stories you’ve posted have been so good, you should do it more often!

  6. I never wanted to read the books.  I may get into them this winter depending on what other books (and thesis stuff) jump onto my plate. 

  7. wow… this is certainly popular!  Have a great week!

  8. RYC:  Movie you ‘caught’ your hubby watching?!?  It’s snowing here again, but not sticking.  I think you are a writer at heart!!!  Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Carry a little notebook or one of those cheesy tape recorders – 2 for only $9.99…I’ve heard good things about the movie, I enjoyed the books.Abuelo’s Piscada Guerrero, if you need a place to go tonight.  YUMMO (especially with a glass of grigio)  Cilantro heavy salsa, different, but good.  Damn, I’m talking about food again. 

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