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30 August 2007

Just Like Clockwork...

I just finished reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick on an overcast Thursday afternoon. This book actually belongs to Shreyas Krishnan, who unlike me, prefers to BUY books and treasure them rather than devour them sneakily in the store itself

The Invention... is a thoroughly mesmerising read as it brings together the best things about pictures and words and neither of the two are given the short end. I just love it when an author is able to blend together fact, fiction, images, words, history, cinema, characters, mystery, story, print with a dash of poignancy and make all these gears work like...

...well, clockwork!

Then again, this is probably the first time I've experienced it.

9 August 2007

I've been SIMPSONIZED!!!

The Fountain

A brand new Landmark Bookstore has just opened in the outskirts of Ahmedabad in ISCON mall. My favorite thing about Landmark is the graphic novel section. My usual mission is to get in; read a book; finish before anyone wants to leave. It's very satisfying to get to read great work without having to pay for it!

Speaking of great work, yesterday I read the graphic novel version of The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky and Kent Williams. As most of you might now, I've been looking forward to the film version for a long time. But sadly, I haven't been able to see it. I did absolutely love the trailer though.

The book is great, if simply for the fact that visually it doesn't try to ape the movie. That is of course probably because they were both made parallel to each other. This is a pleasant change from the cheap comic book adaptations of movies that you usually see (most often they are comic book adaptations of movie adaptations of comics!).

The story here is being marketed as the Ultimate Director's Cut. Well, I don't know about that. But it's definitely worth a read!