[Reading] The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, coverThis is the story of a man who ages backwards.

I saw the movie some time ago already. The idea was indeed curious and so I went ahead and watched it as soon as I could. And I liked it.

Yesterday, I was browsing through a second-hand books shop and I saw this particular cover. I liked it very much and ended up buying it. I just couldn’t let go of a cover that looked like it.

But that’s not the sole reason why I bought this book. It was what was written in the back.

Today, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his novels, but in his lifetime, his fame stemmed from his prolific achievement as one of America’s most gifted story writers. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a witty and fantastical satire about aging, is one of his most memorable stories.

In 1860 Benjamin Button is born an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life — he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.

This strange and haunting story embodies the sharp social insight that has made Fitzgerald one of the great voices in the history of American literature.

It’s so different from what I saw in the movie that I really wanted to read the original. I am yet to judge which one I’d like better. But don’t they always say, “The book was better.”?

Did you seen the movie? Have you read the book? What do you think of it?

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The Goblet of Fire, now in Pottermore.com

Yup, you read it right!

The first installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is now available to explore.

What are you waiting for still being here? You know you want to see it already. Go now: Pottermore.com!

New stuff in this update:

  • Quidditch World Cup
  • Listen to the first ever Pottermore.com audio entry from J.K. Rowling as she reveals the story of the most notorious Floo Network mishap
  • The Dark Mark in the sky
  • A Chudley Cannons badge in Ron’s bedroom at The Burrow

new features, Pottermore.com

If you are ever around, add me in: I’m there as MidnightRook19579. (I know. I personally think that my username is quite cool and epic.)

How far are you in there?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opening really soon!

How excited are you?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, advance tickets now on sale

I’ve read all three books already so I already know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to put in a spoiler so I’m just going to say… Still, I want to see the movie.

I am really interested to see how they will do the new outfits for Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

One thing I want to say to Mr. Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, The Heroes of Olympus, The Mark of AthenaI just finished reading The Mark of Athena, Book Three in the Heroes of Olympus series, and I read something of someone else’s Facebook page and I just had to agree.

Yeah, why did Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase had to fall down a chasm leading straight to Tartarus, the darkest depths of Greek and Roman hell? Why?

Although, I have to say, at least that gives Daedalus’s laptop a chance at retrieval. It would really be quite a waste to lose something so awesome.

Rick Riordan, The Heroes of Olympus, The House of HadesRick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles, The Red PyramidI don’t have House of Hades just yet. So, I started with the first book of The Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid. I like the fact that there is quite a familiar air to everything in the book. I’ll be reading the series while waiting for when I can get my hands on Book Four of the Heroes of Olympus series.

Now, this is what I want to say to Mr. Rick Riordan:

Can you Norse mythology, please? Loki… Thor… The Valkyrie… Ragnarök… Valhalla? That’d be really cool, thanks.

Or you could do Filipino mythology. We’ve got a whole slew of monsters just waiting for heroes armed with ancient magic to come by.

It’d be really interesting to read how he would weave Norse (or Filipino) mythology into everything he has already written.

I should say, whatever epicness Percy Jackson and his friends have brought, is bringing, and will bring, Maximum Ride will still be my most favorite series. I have a special kind of attachment to it.

That is, next to The Chronicles of Narnia. Then again, Narnia is in an altogether different list so Maximum Ride can remain at the top.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut!

More Harry Potter, anyone?

cover of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemYes, yes, yes, of course. So, that’s exactly what Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are giving us with the upcoming film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find featuring Newt Scamander, the supposed author of the aforementioned textbook of Harry Potter. This film series will be penned for the silver screen by J.K. Rowling herself.

That is to say, this is authentic Harry Potter.

I could never say it better myself so here‘s what J.K. Rowling has to say about it:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

“As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

“I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I couldn’t say it better myself so here’s J.K. Rowling’s statement:

Aren’t you glad about this?