Recent Posts by florencemcc

Book vs Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

By Wednesday, April 25, 2018 0 , , , , Permalink 0

I hadn't heard of Howl's Moving Castle until just recently when the book, written by Diana Wynne Jones, appeared on the reading list for my course on fairy tales and fantasies.Hayao Miyazaki's movie version came out in Japan in 2004 and North America the year after with all the voices dubbed in English. I watched it soon after ...

Judge the book cover: The Stranger

Depending on where you're from, the English title of Albert Camus' 1942 French novel L’Étranger will either be The Stranger (US) or The Outsider (UK). Why two different titles, you ask? There's actually an interesting article about that in The Guardian, but basically, it was sort of an accident. Regardless of the title, ...

Spring to-read list

By Tuesday, March 20, 2018 0 , , Permalink 0

I don't know about you but where I live, spring doesn't look very springlike yet. I'm hopeful that the change will happen soon, mostly because I'm tired of wearing my winter coat and I'd like to put my boots away for the season. But despite my eagerness for winter to end, spring isn't my favourite season. ...

Finnegan’s Awake

By Tuesday, March 6, 2018 0 , , , Permalink 0

I used to read a lot more. Before my puppy, that is. Before Finnegan arrived in my home and took over. Before his razor-sharp teeth left scars on my legs and threatened to destroy everything in their path. The days of lazing around on the couch with a coffee and book became a distant memory. The ...

Book vs Movie: Gerald’s Game

By Thursday, February 22, 2018 0 , , , , Permalink 0

I'm just going to put this out there: Stephen King is a brave son-of-a-bitch for writing a novel where essentially everything takes place in the main character's head. That takes guts, not to mention talent. The novel I'm talking about is Gerald's Game. It's a story about Jessie Burlingame and her husband, Gerald, married for a long time and looking to ...

Writing advice from Judy Blume

Judy Blume is turning 80 next week. Not impressed? How about this: Judy Blume has been writing and publishing books since the 1960s. There are probably very few people you know who have never read something she's written. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Blubber. Superfudge. Or my favourite, Just As Long As We're Together. ...