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About Ilona

  • Rank
    Settling In
  • Birthday 01/25/1993

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  • Reading now?
    The Elements of Style
  • Gender
  • Location:
    Earth (specifically California)
  • Interests
    Reading (surprising, no?), sometimes writing, horseback riding, hiking, travel, filling my brain with KNOWLEDGE, Tarot, music, baking, animals, losing my soul by way of internet addiction, video games, language, plotting eventual world domination
  1. Neil Gaiman

    Ah, I see. I think I'll give it a watch sometime then. Hope you enjoy Sandman!
  2. Markus Zusak

    The Book Thief was fantastic - I loved how it portrayed living in Germany during WWII, and of course the narrative voice (and choice of narrator) was very creative and added a great dimension to the story. It's one of those books I could not put down, and I ended up pulling an all-nighter to finish it. I liked I Am the Messenger as well, though I agree that in comparison it wasn't quite as masterful as The Book Thief. Considering it on its own though, I thought the story was quite inventive, and some scenes ended up resonating with me rather a lot. I haven't read his Wolfe Brothers series. How does it compare to Book Thief & Messenger?
  3. Neil Gaiman

    (Wow, been quite a while since I was last here. Hello all!) I loved Good Omens (co-written with Terry Pratchett), and it has slowly become my goal in life to recommend it to everyone I meet haha. I liked what I've read of Stardust, but I got halfway through it when life happened and I haven't gotten back to it yet. Mostly I've read his Sandman stuff, which is a great series in my opinion. I love Gaiman's world-building, and I think he has a great style for writing about fantastical elements. I like the fairy-tale sort of voice he often uses. I also read a short story he did based on Snow White called Snow, Glass, Apple a while back. It was a sort of Wicked-esque story from the Queen's point of view, except a lot darker. It was pretty interesting. Anyone seen some of his work in other media? I liked the film he made with Dave McKean called MirrorMask, even if it was a bit flawed. I think there was also a TV version of Neverwhere before he wrote the book, but I don't know much about it. Personally I really enjoy Sandman, even though I've taken some issue with the art style as well. I've liked the style of some artists that worked on the series, but they change their artists around so often that there've also been styles that bugged me. It's set in a fascinating world, and I really like what Gaiman does with his idea of the 'Endless'. It's a fairly long series, so some parts of it aren't quite as good as others, but it has had some brilliant story archs. Also, whatever the art style of a particular issue, the overall composition tends to flow very well visually, so it isn't usually too bothersome.
  4. I finally put my finger on what exactly I don't like about this film: Burton is making it too much like some typical fantasy story. What was great about Carroll's book was that it had this surreal and almost dream-like atmosphere, coupled with elements of insanity and nonsense in the story line. Burton has pretty much just scooped that out of his adaptation and dumbed down the story so he can sell it to the mainstream audience. His film looks more like Narnia with Wonderland aspects pasted over it. (Nothing against Narnia - it's just not Wonderland.)
  5. Oh, I'm sorry! I thought you were replying to my comment on Palahniuk's Haunted. Yeah, I really loved IT as well - the structure of the story was extremely well done. The book was great all throughout except for that one scene.
  6. Douglas Adams

    Wow, that sounds like it could be decent or really bad... I'll have to look into that.
  7. Well, I personally kind of enjoyed the book, for some reason. I can see what you mean, though. Still, I think that part of his intent with this book was to try and create horror stories out of normal, normally non-threatening objects in everyday life, instead of with supernatural creatures. So that may somewhat explain its disturbing qualities.
  8. Douglas Adams

    I read the first two books of the Hitchhiker series, but sadly was sidetracked and didn't finish it. I swear, I will finish that series before I die! I WANT TO KNOW THE QUESTION TO THE ULTIMATE ANSWER OF THE UNIVERSE. ahem.
  9. If anything disturbed me in IT, it was the scene. That just came out of the blue imo and wasn't needed. Otherwise I love the book, particularly its style. It didn't scar me for life, but it certainly was unsettling as I read through it. For those looking for a book that will disturb them, I definitely suggest Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. If that one doesn't at least get to you, I don't know what will.
  10. Just finished Watchmen. God, I haven't finished a book in forever. I feel accomplished.
  11. ^ That's a good deal. Man, you can't even get one book for that at most bookstores nowadays. Been reading Watchmen by Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons, and I plan on finishing it tonight. I love Moore's writing style...
  12. Chuck Palahniuk

    Yes, I would agree that he isn't really a horror writer. While there are elements to his story that are disturbing and possibly unsettling, he doesn't write to scare his readers. I would suggest starting with Fight Club - it's one of his best, and it's easier to get into the flow of this story than his others. I think it's a good introduction to his style.
  13. I plan on finishing many books that I started but never finished. However, I didn't leave them unfinished because I didn't enjoy them - I've just been too easily distracted. I usually won't finish a book if I think it's bad/don't enjoy reading it.
  14. The last DVD you watched? (Cont..)

    Moon. I was surpised by how much I liked it, actually.
  15. What are you listening to?

    Nations of the World - Animaniacs