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Vale, 2009 - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
normandie_m
normandie_m
Vale, 2009
Pleased to say that most of my Christmas haul were books, so I've got the following titles to add to my already-bulging bookshelf:

The Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (I've never read any Crichton before, sorry to say- certain irony in that this is his last novel and it's a posthumous release)
Captain Blood and Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
The Sun Over Breda by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Lots of swashbuckling titles there!

And then there was also the dvd box set of Brideshead Revisited (the good 1982 version, obviously!) and some rather cute bookmarks from a friend of mine whose sister sells on Etsy. And a JB Hi-Fi gift card, which I'm going to have to take a moment to consider what I'll buy with it.

Went and saw Sherlock Holmes on Monday, and went in with absolutely no expectations.



Oh God, I actually kind of loved it. I really didn't want to because it was really quite all over the place with regard to continuity in the Holmesian canon, but in the end I was kind of like 'Dammit, this is actually quite good.'. I'm sure the ~hardcore~ Holmes fans are up in arms, but for a casual fan like me, it still managed to embody everything awesome about Sherlock Holmes. Rather impressed with Guy Ritchie, considering I usually avoid his films like the plague (well, saw Lock, Stock and the violence was enough to put me off seeing his subsequent movies).

Have to say that it does rather enforce the point that Holmes/Watson is the greatest bromance in the literary canon. RDJ is damn good (flawless accent), but isn't my favourite Holmes- I still love Jeremy Brett and out of the more recent adaptations, Richard Roxburgh (quite keen to see what The Moff and Mark Gatiss will do with the upcoming BBC adaptation too!). Did love Jude Law as Watson though, thought he was very true to the books. Heck, I even liked Rachel McAdams as Adler, and I was sure that the writers were going to destroy her completely! I'll probably see the sequel if they make it (and it's pretty much a sure bet)- obviously a sequel would feature Moriarty, though I'm also rather keen to see how Ritchie would tackle the Sherlock/Mycroft sibling relationship, and who they could cast as the Mycroft in this sort of adaptation- given how the other characters have changed, I can't imagine a corpulent Mycroft in this version of Holmes...



Oh, and 2009 is just about over, isn't it? I'm rather looking forward to 2010, if only because I've been going crazy without any academic work to do. I kind of fell into a post-thesis depression in the first three months of this year, and while going to Japan and work gave me some purpose and distraction, I'm more than ready to go back to St. Lucia and begin work on the next magnum opus.

This time ten years ago, I was preparing myself to leave home for the first time and go into boarding school in January. Quite scary that all that time has passed, really. D:

Current Mood: thankful thankful
Current Music: Coldplay- Violet Hill

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katernater From: katernater Date: December 31st, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be curious to know what you think about Pirate Latitudes. My dad and I have been talking about that book since we started seeing it appear on bookshelves.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: January 1st, 2010 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll make sure to post a review for you when I've read it. :)
dives From: dives Date: December 31st, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

BUT HOLMES ISN'T TALLER THAN WATSONASPFOSJAPWOEPJOAFEWJFF

is what I imagine the purists to be saying! That or being offended by all the sexual tension between Holmes and Adler (HOLMES FEELS NO SILLY EMOTIONS LIKE LOVE HE IS A REASONING MACHINE).

What I enjoyed about it was that It felt like what I imagine reading the Holmes stories was like for people in the late 1800s. Exciting adventures, psuedoscience and trickery explained and all that. Which I thought was a nice way of truly updating the stories, instead of most updates, which are just like MOAR GUNZ AND SEX0RS.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: January 1st, 2010 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: BUT HOLMES ISN'T TALLER THAN WATSONASPFOSJAPWOEPJOAFEWJFF

What I enjoyed about it was that It felt like what I imagine reading the Holmes stories was like for people in the late 1800s. Exciting adventures, psuedoscience and trickery explained and all that. Which I thought was a nice way of truly updating the stories, instead of most updates, which are just like MOAR GUNZ AND SEX0RS.

This. Obviously they had to sex things up a wee bit for modern audiences and box office dollars, but I loved that what they did add wasn't too anvilicious in that respect.
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