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Kdrama: Faith [Feb. 2nd, 2013|09:58 pm]
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I bought this drama more by chance, I wanted to buy another one and then suddenly I saw this one and decided to give it a try! And I have to say it has quickly become one of my favorite kdramas so far. It’s a time-traveling story of a modern doctor who is abducted by a warrior out of the past (Goryeo Dynasty) to save the King’s wife, who had been hurt in an attack. I’m normally not so much into romantic love stories, but I simply loved how the relationship between the warrior and the doctor evolved. What I like so much about this drama is how the characters develop. So for example at first I didn’t like the modern doctor at all, but she really matured over the episodes and became quite sympathetic to me. The same about the king, who seemed so insecure and annoying at first but became one of my favorite characters throughout the drama. The growing relationship between him and the queen was also heartwarming. There are so many interesting and likeable characters in here, not only among the protagonists.

And then I also found all those intrigues at court interesting and liked that some of the characters have magical skills, and I loved the music a lot, too. An interesting fact is that some of the characters really existed in Korean history and also some of the events depicted in the drama are part of Korean history. I’m not going to write more in detail so I won’t spoil it for anyone, just to say that I absolutely loved this kdrama a lot and that it made me feel very touched and moved by the story :-)
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Emma Donoghue: Room [Feb. 2nd, 2013|07:48 pm]
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tindomerel

Wow! This was one hell of a book. Brilliant, interesting and fresh. I don't want to tell you anything about the plot because I don't want to give out any spoilers. Very unique and great book, beautifully written and upsetting in a beautifully humane way. Go read it now! It's a masterpiece.
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Alan Hollinghurst: The Stranger's Child [Feb. 2nd, 2013|10:36 am]
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tindomerel

What can I say about this book? It is historical fiction and an episode story about an early 20th century gay poet and how he affected on people around him even decades later.

The changing point of view is probably the thing that was most annoying about this book because just as you started to like a character you had to give up on him/her (sort of). And yet, I found Alan Hollinghurst's writing style so captivating and wonderful that I kept reading no matter what. I bet some people would find this book utterly boring but I think it was a treat.
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Ransom Riggs: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [Feb. 2nd, 2013|10:26 am]
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tindomerel

It took more than 6 months to get this book from the library as it's very popular at the moment. I wonder if it was really worth waiting for yet there is a lot to like about this book. All in all it is beautifully made, full of old peculiar photographs and a nice layout but I did not know it is just the first part of a story and thus ends in a cliffhanger. This book was like one of the best (creepiest) Dr. Who episodes with a spooky historical setting, time loops and scary monsters. The book is actually based on vintage photographs and there's lots of them added all over the story but alas at times they seem a bit forced. As a vintage photo lover I do not mind that much but the story lover in me felt it wasn't always that fluent.

Anyway, an interesting and original book with lots of gloominess. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Onmyoji 1 & 2 [Nov. 5th, 2012|03:52 pm]
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tindomerel


Two films set in the Heian era in Japan both capturing haunting and mythological stories about demons and ghosts and the yin yang master (Buddhist magician) Abe no Seimei and his friend Minamoto no Hiromasa. I really love these films as they are full of interesting magic and lovable characters. Some of the special effects are a bit silly but all in all the films are fascinating.

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Youkai Ningen Bem [Sep. 28th, 2012|04:10 pm]
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tindomerel


Yokai Ningen Bem is a lovely jdorama about three monsters who want to become human beings. They help to solve and prevent crimes while they are looking for the truth of their existence. Despised and feared by all who have seen their true form, the monsters are very careful in their approach on human beings. Bem is reserved and quiet but wants to believe in human kindness, Bela is more cynical but has a good heart and Belo is childlike and playful. What i like so much is the friendship that forms between Bem and detective Natsume and his family.

The show is a bit silly as it's based on a comic but it deals with interesting themes like what it means to be a human and how evil or meanness is part of humanity. And I can't help loving Kame as Bem. He is so expressive without saying too many lines but you can read such a diversity of emotions and thoughts from his face only.
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Dark Shadows [Sep. 22nd, 2012|09:45 pm]
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tindomerel


I finally saw this film and I was very positively surprised by it. I am a big fan of Tim Burton but the movie trailer of Dark Shadows did not seem so interesting with all the silliness and haste. The film itself was funny but not in the way the trailer makes you assume. The general atmosphere is dark and fairly quiet with Tim Burton like goth romantic elements and the film is not as pretentious and lame as the trailer makes you think. It's not the best Tim Burton film but pretty good nevertheless.
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Moonrise Kingdom [Sep. 21st, 2012|04:12 pm]
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tindomerel


I've pretty much liked Wes Anderson's films before but I think Moonrise Kingdom was the best of them. Really awesome, feel good movie about childhood in the 60's. The cast has many of my favourite actors & actresses and yet the young main characters really steal the whole show. They are brilliant! I really loved this film. :)
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Grimm [Sep. 9th, 2012|05:30 pm]
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tindomerel


Okay, I admit it, I'm quite addicted by now! I've watched the first season and some of the second and I'm ready to join a new fandom. :)
The basic idea of Grimm is a bit silly and there are certain part of the show that I find a bit awkward (like all the German talking and all the crimes being creature related) but I can't help liking the people quite a bit. Especially Monroe of course. He's just awesome and I would not mind if the whole show became all about him. ;) But well, I like Nick too and Hank and pretty much everyone is quite interesting. We'll see how the story develops but as long as there's going to be lots of character chemistry I can forgive all the awkward and silly stuff about the plot. Yeah. :)
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Ali Shaw: The Girl With Glass Feet [Sep. 9th, 2012|04:50 pm]
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tindomerel


This book is a fairytale retelling situated in the modern world but I can't say I'm familiar with the original story so I can't really say how this book works as a retelling. However, it is a beautiful and thought provoking piece of literature. It is about accepting loss and living up your life. It is some kind of magical realism with a haunting world of wonders that aren't just beautiful and strange but also quite frightening and painful. And they may be more metaphor than real. I liked this book, maybe not as much as I should have but well enough to understand its merits.

It is a lovestory between a boy behind the camera and a girl whose feet are turning into glass. It is situated somewhere in the snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land and it has the right feeling in it. I don't know what else I can say. Good book, maybe not for everyone but interesting and original nevertheless.
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