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1. Before seeing Harry Potter 3, I decided to kill some time and wander around the Borders next to the theater. Bad idea. I ended up buying a TON of books. Witness:
  • Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah, Stephen King (I'm a fiend for the DT books, and I had no idea it was out)


  • Oblivion, David Foster Wallace (Well, duh. DFW's my all-time fave.)


  • Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (I've been meaning to get this for a long time; thanks to Oprah, it's now on sale!)


  • Naked

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Rather than spending $25 on the brand new Sedaris, I figured I ought to at least own my own copies of his other stuff. Yes, I'm very, very compulsive.)


  • The Escapist, inspired by Michael Chabon's "Adventures of Kavalier & Klay". (Yes, this is a collection of Escapist comic books by a whole bunch of people who wanted to create comic books based off of the novel's creation. Yes, I'm fucking stoked for it.))


  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon. (I'd heard of this book a long time ago and couldn't find it anywhere; last night, it was right there on the front shelf.)


  • and finally,

  • The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Zafon. (Never heard of it, but the book jacket caught my eye. Which is funny, because that's sort of what the book is about. I decided to read this one first, and so far it's fucking incredible. Apparently, Zafonmania is sweeping over Europe. And I'm not making "Zafonmania" up, either - it's on the back cover of the book, twice.)


2. Harry Potter 3 is easily my favorite of the three. First of all, my boy David Thewlis fucking rocked. Second of all, Emma Thomson rocked, even if she had nothing to do. Thirdly, Alan Rickman. Fourthly, Gary Oldman. (The scene near the end where Thewlis, Rickman AND Oldman are facing off was nearly pornographic.) Fifthly, the cinematography was fantastic. Lastly, it just FELT better than the previous 2. Harry, Herm and Ron felt like friends, finally. Sure, they can't really act well, but the director at least got them to feel relaxed around each other. Very, very enjoyable.
Yeah. I saw it and couldn't quite believe it. But there it is. Chabon wrote a forward for it, although I don't know exactly how involved he got in it.
Holy shit, I didn't know Song of Susannah was out either. Let me know what you think of it when you've finished it, I'm interested to see how he gets out of the hole he dug in the last one.