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SusannaG

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

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 23 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 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.