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- Catalog of Games: Games on the RPG Board and Guidelines for starting or joining a game 01/01/2013 09:43:51 AM
- The Hunger Games - Catching Fire 28/11/2013 09:35:51 AM
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The Hunger Games - Catching Fire
Let's the honest, the first part of the series had pretty great world-building, albeit with a bit too much shaky cam, but suffered from a hardly believable, unspectacular and sometimes downright silly second half. So while it was easy for the audience to embrace the interesting dystopian future portrayed, the Hunger Games had yet to kick into gear.
The sequel gets rid of the dizzying cameras, decides to takes its time getting us back into Panem and gives this world even more depth, as the winners are on propaganda tour through the districts. That sets up the rising level of tension and drama of the second act really nicely.
The great news is: this time the games work too. By adding more characters that function as much more than victims and raising the stakes for Katniss and Peeta, the second half of the film is exciting, surprising, sometimes even wonderfully unpleasant, as should be. The new additions to the cast work great, especially Jena Malone, Sam Clafin and Philip Seymour Hoffman in roles that are not that easy to figure out. While Hutcherson manages to give his character much more heart and depth this time, this is still Lawrence ...
Wives and Daughters (Gaskell), NW (Zadie Smith) and The Moonstone (Collins)
I figured I'd refrain from spamming the board with three separate reviews, and try my hand at writing reviews that are actually (relatively) concise - not usually my strongest suit.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell is one of the many Victorian writers who remain popular to this day and whose works keep being turned into TV series or movies. I hadn't read anything by her yet, and figured I'd start with this one, possibly her best-known novel.
The novel is in many ways reminiscent of Jane Austen, in terms of setting and plot. Protagonist Molly ...
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
(This is a spoiler-free review of Neil Gaiman's new novel, released on June 18; only the most basic elements of the plot's setup are revealed.)
Once upon a time, when the world and I were younger, I read an entire novel in one day for the first time. I have never been a fast reader; I like to take my time with a story. So the fact that I devoured Neil Gaiman’s ...