Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Host, Unstrung Zither and the War Games

I haven't been keeping up with my updates for this challenge. Instead, I've been having fun reading and writing reviews for it. In the last week or so I've written three reviews.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer
In 1955 The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney was published. A year later Invasion of the Body Snatchers hit movie theaters. In 1978 Finney rewrote the novel and fleshed it out from novella length to a full length novel. There have been a number of film versions and homages. The most recent take on the story is The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Read the rest of the post.

Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
In the introduction before the story, Gordon Van Gelder explains that Yoon Ha Lee lists Anne McCaffrey and Orson Scott Card as two influences in in her writing (p. 40). Having not read any of Card I can't speak to his influences but I can see McCaffrey in the music and dragons of "Unstrung Zither." Read the rest of the post.

Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Doctor Who and the War Games is a novelization of the last ten episode serial of "The War Games"(1969) to be filmed in black and white and the last regular appearance of the second Doctor. The novel takes about 250 minutes worth of story and boils it down to 143 pages. What's left is a quick but thought provoking look at war while providing some glimpses at the truth behind the Doctor. Read the rest of the post.

These three posts bring my total up to 11. Only 31 to go!