Servant of the Secret Fire

Random thoughts on books and life in the reality-based community

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The name I've chosen comes from "Lord of the Rings," when Gandalf faces down the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. My Hebrew name is Esther (which is related to the word for "hidden" or "secret") Serafina (which means "burning"). This seems appropriate because although I don't usually put myself forward, I do care very passionately about a lot of things. Maybe through these blogs I can share some of these passions, as well as less weighty ideas and opinions, with others.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yippee!


My copy of The Golden Compass has arrived from Amazon! I'm not sure why I'm so excited, since I had kind of a mixed reaction to the movie, but it was beautifully filmed, for all the violence I felt they did to the story, and the girl who played Lyra was spot on. I have to disagree with Philip Pullman on Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter, although I guess the director got what he wanted, which was an "ice queen." She was utterly cold and you can never imagine her doing something reckless like embarking on an affair with Lord Asriel, but the feeling that I always got about her from the book was of barely suppressed passion. Someone cold might be able to watch torture unmoved, but Mrs. C. actually enjoys it.

Unfortunately things aren't looking very good for the sequel, in which case they should have added the original ending back on, but as far as I know they didn't.

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