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  1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is so amazing. My two favorite songs:
  2. That's a really interesting point about the way the Japanese are depicted as the "good" Axis power. I wonder if the TV show holds onto that depiction, even if we generally are more aware of what was going on in Asia at the time. (Spoilers: turns out all humans have the capacity for evil, not just the Nazis)
  3. Anyone else really amused that Jake's terminator fan theory is essentially the ending of Mass Effect 3? Advanced civilizations continue to be wiped out by their creations after the creations inevitably achieve sentience.
  4. I've read Snow!! You're totally right that it also fits in.
  5. I should make clear that I think Silence is a great book and I'm really happy I read it. I just wish I'd read it before the movie, haha. I'm trying to think of other literature that deals with religion in such an introspective way that still leaves room for someone to retain their faith. As a lapsed Catholic, this book really speaks to the struggles I faced when I ultimately decided to move away from religion, and honestly makes me feel a little nostalgic for it. The closest literary example I can think of is The Grand Inquisitor from Brothers Karamazov, but I'm sure there are many, many others.
  6. Yeah, I agree that sometimes having a visual can help with your understanding of a book, especially with the examples you cited. Like I said on the Wuthering Heights cast, books written before the ascension of film have a much less literal prose, which can sometimes be confusing to modern readers who are more accustomed to visual storytelling. The BBC Pride and Prejudice series definitely helped me visualize scenes that the novel doesn't make super clear. Silence, however, was written in the 60s, so it comes from a film era. There's nothing in the book that the movie makes clearer, because the two are essentially identical. Not only is the plot the same, but the dialogue and internal narration is also directly lifted from the book. It's actually incredible how similar they are; I can't remember the last time a modern book was adapted into a film where nothing was changed. My problem was that it felt like I was rewatching the movie while reading the book.
  7. I 100% agree with Jaws being number one on this list.
  8. I had the exact opposite reaction to this book. Not because I thought it was bad, but because I happened to watch the movie first and the book and the movie are exactly the same. It made the book slow going for me because I already knew what was going to happen and what everyone's reaction to events would be. As always, seeing the movie first was a horrible mistake.
  9. I love that Coates gets indirectly called out in this book. Another really humorous observation that made me - a white person who enjoys Coates writing - feel uncomfortable at how spot on the observation was.
  10. Chris and I saw Nguyen speak last night in SF and got our copy of the Sympathizer signed. It was an amazing talk where Nguyen was brutally honest about the way (white) America deals with refugees in the present and the past. He also mentioned that the Sympathizer will be getting a sequel and hopefully be adapted into a movie or a TV show.
  11. Woah, I had no idea this was happening. I actually loved Arrival and am excited by the same director taking a stab at Dune. Although, I have a feeling the book would work way better as a tv show than a movie.
  12. Cribbed from wikipedia!
  13. Here is where you can discuss our February book, Silence, by Shūsaku Endō.
  14. I know when people call this book a romantic story, they're usually referring to Catherine and Heathcliff. (And I also suspect that they're thinking of movie versions of the book, which as far as I can tell do away with all of Heathcliff's domestic abuse). Reading this a second time though, I found that I was really drawn to the relationship of Cathy and Hareton. Their story ends on a romantic note, a welcome conclusion from the misery that the earlier parts of the book inflicts on the reader.
  15. What time do people want to meet up?