Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Classics Corner Review: Bambi by Felix Salten

BambiBambi by Felix Salten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know what you're thinking...Bambi, seriously? Yes, I've been on a kick of reading children's classics that are also Disney movies, in order to see how Disney ruined them or improved them.

First off, Bambi is a strange book. You could group it with other animals-with-human-characteristics books, such as Watership Down and The Rats of NIMH. But, unlike those books, which have a great-escape type plot, Bambi doesn't have much of a plot, it's simply the life of a deer, being born and growing old.

Disney made the film version very cutesy, however, Bambi as a book is very serious. There's no skunk named Flower, no Thumper (although there is a rabbit with a minor role), and no running around being "twitterpated". There's no comedy or laugh out loud cute moments. The film builds up to the potential-childhood-scarring-scence were Bambi's mother dies, making it the great tragedy of the cartoon. However, in Bambi the book, there is much more death.

Seeing as Bambi is probably not on a lot of people's "must read", I'll go ahead and ruin it for ya...animals with minor roles die (squirrel, rabbit, fox), Bambi's mother, Bambi's cousin, Bambi's father, and even one of the hunters dies in the forest. It's unclear if the hunter tripped and hit his head or killed himself with a gun or what since it's from Bambi's point-of-view, anyhow he's bleeding and dead.

One could argue that Bambi's doe, Faline, is dead at the end of the book, because there's a fawn running around looking for her mother that looks just like Faline. However, I just read that Felix Salten wrote a sequel with Faline as one of the characters, so I guess she's not dead. Although, if you didn't know that, you could interpret that way.

Anyhow, after reading the book, I really wish there was a film version that did the book justice. I think the essence of Bambi's story would fit in well with Hayao Miyazaki films such as Pom Poko and Princess Mononoke.

Overall, Salten did a good job in teaching the reader about a deer's life, but it's an odd book.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Jane-In-June Review: Pride & Prejudice and Kitties

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover's Romp through Jane Austen's ClassicPride and Prejudice and Kitties: A Cat-Lover's Romp through Jane Austen's Classic by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to hug the authors of this book! It combines two of my favorite things: Austen and cats! Seemingly, the much loved Pride & Prejudice characters are all cats who behave as regency humans. They enjoy balls, having a "Fancy feast," and activity seek a mate with good papers and comfortable satin pillows. Mr. Darcy is a fancy breed with 10,000 mice a year, while Lizzy is a country cat.

The book follows the spirit of P & P well, and also includes the original text. LOLcat-esque cat photos are also included in the chapters. Some are cute, some look strangely photoshopped.

But odd photos aside, it's a very cute book to add to your Austen collection.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

Ah, summertime when I dream of escaping to the beach, personally or vicariously through a good read!

1.) What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick - I've been so busy with classes and moving, I can't wait to finally sit down and read one of my most anticipated books of the year.

2.) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - I started this one back in December, but misplaced it as I was packing!! Thankfully, I've found it. Once I finish "Fangirl" (which I'm loving), I'm going to get back to this one.

 3.) Easy by Tammara Webber - Actually bought this one last summer and never got around to it. Let's lessen the TBR pile!

4.) How to Run With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper - When things get too hot here in the South, I'll cool down with this paranormal Alaskan romance.

5.) The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer - Being an Austen fan, I'm frequently recommended Heyer. I'm told The Grand Sophy is one of her best.

6.) Shrub Monkeys Vol. 1 by Katie & Shaggy Shanahan - If you're not familiar with Shrub Monkeys, trust me, you need to be! The hilarious webcomic is now in print. I'm looking forward to re-reading the awesomeness by the pool.

7.) Beauty by Robin McKinley - An oldie that has been highly recommended. Another I want to knock off the TBR pile!

8.) The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - Heard great things about this comic-strip style memoir that has been sitting on my shelf for a while.

9.) Number The Stars by Lois Lowry - I loved "The Giver" and with the movie buzz, I'm looking forward to reading more of Lowry's work.

10). A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson - Dunno how much hiking I'll get to do this summer, so maybe I'll just read in the woods instead!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jane-In-June Review: Cozy Classics Emma by Jack Wang, Holman Wang

Cozy Classics: EmmaCozy Classics: Emma by Jack Wang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cozy Classics: Emma is a sweet book full of pretty, friendly, soft-looking pictures.

At first I assumed that this would be a child's version of Emma. Much like the Great Illustrated Classic adaptations for kid's that I was familiar with, but in picture book form. However, I was wrong. This book is very much intended for babies, probably the 0 to 2 range. It only has 12 words. So, it doesn't have much use as a baby or toddler grows older, unless they simply like the soft, pretty pictures.

Overall, this book is as much for the parents as it is the baby. It's sorta a novelty item. Is mom crazy about Jane Austen? Is dad a lit nerd or English major? A tag line could read: Use this Cozy Classics to raise that baby right, in a long tradition of classic lit lovers!

But I'll be honest, I'd buy it for my baby. It would make a cute baby shower gift for a bookworm friend. Also collectible for the Austen nerd that has everything.

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