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Some more books I've finished in the past few weeks

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Actually had a storyline in this book.  Their journey from Wisconsin to Oklahoma and their settlement there.  Silly that the TV series of the same name was actually set in Wisconsin..  Quite enjoyed this book.  Although sad for them at the end, it all seemed like such a waste of effort.  It's kinda funny too being told from the point of view of a young child.  It seems like they stop completely at random to settle where they did.  But presumably there must have been some sort of deal that they had to set up a house there.

The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Never read any Terry Pratchett before, so DC lent me this.  I liked his sort of "silly" writing style.. but only as far as sentence structure.  The story was just too all over the place to be enjoyable.  In fact I had to go back a few times to earlier bits to figure out what was going on, and multiples times was left wondering how they got to a particular point from wherever they were last.  Bit lame.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - William Kotzwinkle
Lovely book.  Adds a whole new richness to what you know about the movie.  For the first chunk of the book it seems like the mother is the star/centre of the whole story ..!  Quite a few little differences, like dropping Lance and his story completely from the book in the movie.  One of the better movie tie-ins I've read.

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Gary LaPointe said:

It's been many years, but I remember that from the book too.

A little alien stalker with a thing for the mother. Okay, I'm way exaggerating, but compared to the movie...

And M&M's in the book instead of Reese's Pieces; big marketing mistake for M&M's.

October 25, 2009 1:05 PM

   

Gary LaPointe said:

Ooh, and his heightened senses. At least the vision in particular I remember, I'd assume some others too...

October 25, 2009 1:08 PM

   

Kazza the Blank One said:

Yes!! All those things and more!
I always wondered how a creature that was meant to be a botanist knew so much about electronics. It's *kinda* explained in the book.. the fact that he's supposed to be ten million years old and he could *see* the electronics made it make more sense..
They changed the timing of his beer scene too - was much earlier on in the movie.
And timing was a lot more condensed in the movie - it looks like they setup the transmitter and had the response overnight, whereas in the book it's weeks later.

October 25, 2009 4:47 PM

   

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