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It's Finally Over!!!!11

I finally finished Anna Karenina last night.

::breaks out the champagne and Chambord::

The idiot in me is wondering if I should try picking up a copy of War and Peace one of these days. Yeah, that's right, the poster-child for incredibly long (and boring?) books! Because to be fair, it's not like I didn't care for Anna Karenina--I thought the parts that didn't involve Levin obsessing over agriculture and the nature of his own soul were fascinating. I think that the subject matter of War and Peace seems interesting enough (now I can hear a whole chorus of people laughing at me back there). Ah, who knows. My journey into the land of classic adult literature continues.

I'm taking a reprieve right now to reread my copy of The Marvelous Land of Oz, the second book in L. Frank Baum's series. I picked up that one because the Wonderful Wizard of Oz anime that's been showing on ThisTV has reached that point in the series. The anime has been basically faithful, the most glaring difference being that in the books Dorothy didn't come back into the picture until after Ozma returned. I was really interested in how the anime would portray General Jinjur, my favorite of the "obscure" Oz characters.

And....they made Jinjur a scrawny, butt-ugly redhead. I have no idea why--the descriptions of her in the book and the illustrations made it clear that she was supposed to be pretty. An interesting thing to note is that in the English dubbed version her motivation seems different that it was in the book (spreading doom and gloom versus rebelling against masculine authority)....but in the bits of the Japanese-language version I've seen on the internet, Jinjur's dialogue is word-for-word the same as in the book. I wonder why they changed it for the English dub?

I like what they did with Ozma in the anime, but really....Jinjur's character design is too much!

On the gaming front, I'm attempting to play Final Fantasy X for the first time. I picked up a copy two years ago in an effort to reach some common ground with my brother after he broke his leg. The last FF game I played was VII...I thought it was good for the first five hours, until the point where you leave Midgar for the great beyond. :O I might go back to it later, but right now, the game seems to me to be a mediocre piece of...whatever.

My first impressions of FFX have been pretty positive. I hope it stays that way!


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Jul. 18th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
For a minute, I thought you were talking about that Western "manga" with the gothic lolita....:O

The sample pages of Gormenghast on Amazon made my head spin like crazy (honestly, the language makes Tolstoy look easy), but I have to admit I'm intrigued by the setting...

When it comes to food, my eyes are often bigger than my stomach. I think that with books, my eyes are often bigger than my brain!
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