Oct. 20th, 2007

orangerful: (h/hr icon // faeriesfolly)
[livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 posted this on her lj, but I had to re-post here.

Rowling says Dumbledore is Gay

This apparently happened on Tuesday. I'm shocked I hadn't heard about it until now. As [livejournal.com profile] blu_harvest said to me, it's like the idea of your parents having sex. I never really thought about it either way (To paraphrase Buffy - he's old, it's gross!).

Still, kudos to Rowling for just saying it and not being all coy or clever or winking and nudging.

I guess if there was going to be fall out, it would have happened by now. Perhaps no one cares anymore. I know my interest in HP has dropped since I finished the 7th book...
orangerful: (dexter shhh // orangerful)
At the center of any good, truly disturbing horror book is the frailties of human nature. It doesn't matter how many monsters jump out of the closets or serial killers lurk around the corner - it only feels real, and therefore truly scary, when you identify with the same weaknesses and fears of the main characters.

If you want a creepy read for the week before Halloween, Scott Smith's "The Ruins" will keep you on the edge of your seat. The paperback was almost 500 pages, but that didn't stop me from tearing through it in less than a weak! (Though, word of warning, if you plan on traveling to South America any time soon, you might want to save this for the return flight!)

'Ruins' is the story of 4 friends. 2 young couples, actually, on vacation in Mexico, enjoying the sand and surf and drink and mixing with the other tourists. They befriend a German man who tells them his brother has gone missing, left with a woman and gone to some archaelogical dig in the jungle. The friends offer to help (well, truly the ONE friend offers to help, the boy scout of the group, the other 3 just follow along for the fun of it) and soon they find themselves in the jungle...and in trouble.

Smith tells the story in third person limited omniscient, switching between our 4 friends, each with their own very distinct personalities. I really enjoyed this style of storytelling, especially once the characters began to get separated a bit (by space and by inner motives) and it really built the tension as you changed from one to the other.

I don't want to spoil any of the story for you. I didn't know anything about the book when I picked it up. All I knew was it was a bestseller and had a Stephen King blurb on the front. Plus, it was a paperback so perfect for taking with me on the plane. But what a TREAT!

So, if you're in the mood for something tense and well-written, you will enjoy Scott Smith's "The Ruins".

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