Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 2009 Books and Movies

Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

This is one of the best stories I have ever read. Not the most spectacularly written book, but the content makes you forget about it. Mortenson's story is so inspiring, it made me what to think about how I could bring about the same kind of change. Essentially, he tries to climb K2, gets lost and almost dies, stumbling into a little village in Northern Pakistan, in an area called Baltistan. The Balti people in that small town of Korphe nurse him back to health and he promises to come back and build them a school. From that small beginning, he now runs a not for profit organization building schools all over Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. He worked in these regions prior, during and after 9/11, firmly believing that one must fight terror by providing non biased education to all, especially girls. I hope that many read this book, and are inspired to help out anywhere they can. You can click here for more information.

Star Trek

As a life long Trekker, I was so glad to see that they didn't make a mess of this movie. Great special effects, well cast, lots of clever dialogue, throw back references to other movies in the ST universe, Leonard Nimoy sewed up this neat little package. My favorites were definitely Chekov (I have a super huge celeb crush on Anton Yelchin :0) and Scotty. Really looking forward to the next installments of this franchise, but am a little freaked out by the "new" Star Trek universe. Go see it to find out what I'm talking about!

Q & A
Vikas Swarup

This book was even better than the film, and Slumdog Millionaire was really amazing. The questions were totally different, the story behind how Ram Mohammed Thomas knows the answer were completely different. Each episode was riveting, yet with a common thread that makes this book a pleasure to read. What a brilliant first novel, I'm looking forward to another outing.

Christopher Moore

Hmmm, well, it's not one of Moore's best, but still pretty funny. I think that's the mark of a good writer, that even is "bad" books aren't that bad. Pocket is a good character, and the ending is peachy. It stays pretty close to the Lear plot as well. Some of it is a little dry though. It's a weird departure for him, but I guess with Lamb, that was pretty out there too. Anyway, it doesn't matter, I'll still read anything with his name attached to it!

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