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Two Challenge Wrap-Ups

December 18, 2007

Despite my forswearing of challenges, I still feel that I should wrap up the ones that I ended up completing, either because the deadline has arrived or inadverently through my reading selections. :)

First up: the Book to Movie Challenge.
I completed two of my choices,
Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen and

The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie, although I only reviewed the former. I also began, and discussed, my third choice, Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, but didn’t finish it by the end of November.
The best book: Of the two I completed, Mariette, but I suspect Daniel will hold his own!
What book could I have done without? I didn’t think The Mirror Crack’d was the strongest Miss Marple, but I didn’t really hate it
Any new authors? Ron Hansen
Books I did not finish: Poor, neglected Daniel. I haven’t given up though!
What did I learn from this challenge? How awesome Ron Hansen is! Also, that perhaps movies based on books aren’t the spawn of satan, as I tend to regard them. Perhaps.

Then, there’s one I finished! Yay. :) Joy’s
2nds Challenge. I read
Kissing The Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell, having already read From Doon With Death (I think I switched out the title from my original choice, but kept the same author)
The Little Country by Charles de Lint, having loved Widdershins, and
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, after my earlier reread of The Eyre Affair. So far, I’ve only reviewed this last one, but I intend to review the others shortly. (so behind on reviews)

The best book: A tie between the de Lint and the Fforde.
What book could I have done without? None!
Any new authors? nope-wouldn’t have fit with the challenge. :)
Books I did not finish: None!
What did I learn from this challenge? It’s good to follow up with authors. And that I worship Charles de Lint. And that Ruth Rendell is much better than the impression I gathered from From Doon With Death. Lots of lessons here. :D
As always, thanks to Nyssaneala for the idea to have questions.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2007 3:11 pm

    I can’t wait to read The Little Country! I have it on my bookshelf and I’ve heard nothing but good about that one! I love de Lint…his books are always great!

  2. December 18, 2007 3:56 pm

    I’d like to follow up with more authors — I tend to want to try new ones, but reading deeper in someone’s work is surely rewarding.

  3. December 20, 2007 11:36 am

    Chris, I was shocked at how good it was, although I shouldn’t have been since de Lint is a master!

    Dorothy, I’m always torn as well. :) Before blogging, I tended to read more works by the same author. It is rewarding!

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