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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 5 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Practical Magic

Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman

I saw the film of Practical Magic, which was made, I think, in 1998, years ago, and it's a fun movie.  It is, however, rather different from the novel, and I can see why. 


Both the title and set-up are solid movie material (there are witches among us, and one of them has a very nasty ex-boyfriend, who causes trouble from the grave, is what Hollywood concentrated on - concepts ripe for film storytelling, particularly when you cast Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) but the novel itself is very different.  It is dreamy, mystical, fluid, sometimes languid, with more magical realism than straight-out "magic."


The book works well as a book, and the movie is a fun picture, and I'd recommend either to anyone in the right mood.