Michelle Isenhoff

Movies from books

Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier

I’ve wanted to read Cold Mountain for a while, but I waited until I was finished with my Ella Wood trilogy so it wouldn’t be influenced by other works of Civil War fiction. Since I’m no longer concentrating solely on middle grade or young adult literature, I thought I’d throw it out here. It is the […]

The Hobbit

Now that I’ve seen the final Hobbit movie and laid Peter Jackson’s trilogy to rest, it’s time to return to the book review I wrote two years ago in anticipation of the first installment, which included a few predictions. Let’s see how I did… Bilbo Baggins was a respectable hobbit. He “never had any adventures […]

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne, 2006, Book Review

This is a startling look at the holocaust through the eyes of a nine-year-old German boy. Bruno is the son of a Nazi Commandant. As a result of a promotion, Bruno and his whole family leave their lovely home in Berlin and follow Father to his new assignment—head of Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno can see […]

The Hunger Games Movie

I saw the Hunger Games movie last night, and I have to admit I was pretty impressed. It was a very faithful rendering of the book. I only noticed minor changes that had very little effect on the total outcome. I was especially impressed with Josh Hutcherson’s portrayal of Peeta, and I thought Jennifer Lawrence […]

The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, 1936, Book Review

Bilbo Baggins was a respectable hobbit. He “never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.” Until the wizard Gandalf and an unexpected party of 13 dwarves arrived one day on his doorstep. Suddenly, he found himself off to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve the dwarves’ stolen treasure from Smaug the dragon. The Hobbit is a year-long […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

One year. That’s how long I have to wait for Peter Jackson’s new movie, The Hobbit. Like its sister, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I dearly love!), this will be a multi-part production, the first film being released in December 14, 2012, the second in December 13, 2013. [8/12 update: Yup, it’s now official; it’s […]

What's your favorite book turned movie?

My favorite book-turned-movie has to be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I loved all of Lewis’ Narnia books as a child (and I still do), but that first one especially resonated with me.  I was in sixth grade the first time I read it, and I ate up the magic.  I wanted to live there.  I wanted to […]

The Hunger Games Movie

This was originally posted for Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme sponsored by Breaking the Spine. Okay, okay, I diverted from the usual can’t-wait-for-it BOOK and substituted a movie.  But you’ll have to forgive me this once.  I loved The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Rarely do I see a movie before it hits DVD, but for this one, I’ll […]

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