The Golden Compass

Caught an advance screening with fosteronfilm of The Golden Compass over the weekend. I’m not sure if it’s because I read the book so recently or whether it’s a reflection of the movie, but it felt cursory, full of narrative intrusion and lacking the depth of worldbuilding that the story has. Still, it was a beautiful film, and I enjoyed it, especially the daemons—also my favorite part of the books*—which were fabulously executed. The filmmakers managed to convey a rich expressiveness of the CGI critters through facial expressions and body language, doing total justice to the visual medium. The acting was solid, too. I was especially impressed by the lead, Dakota Blue Richards. Shiny.

(fosteronfilm wrote a more complete review for anyone interested in his take—also, he hasn’t read the book.)


*I haven’t read the third book yet, so please no spoilers!
   

Writing Stuff

Received:
• Payment from Cricket for “The Tanuki Kettle.”
• Note from basletum inviting me to contribute a nonfiction article to the book on writing he’s putting together for Double-Edged Publishing, Perspectives on Writing. Of course, I said I would.

New Words:
• 1300 words on WiP, “Morozko” (2335/3500). It’s chugging along nicely, although my day job folks keep wanting me to do work . . . sheesh, the nerve . So I haven’t had as much writing time as I expected.

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18 Responses to The Golden Compass

  1. gardenwaltz says:

    Congrats on the payment on Tanuki Kettle. I remember reading that ages ago on Critters. It’s nice to see that it has found a good home. I cannot wait until Sylvia is old enough to read the actual Cricket magazine. She is on Ladybug now and is working her way slowly up the chain.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks! Yah, I wrote “The Tanuki-Kettle” with Cricket in mind. I loved the magazine when I was a little girl, and I always get a thrill when they publish something of mine.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks! Yah, I wrote “The Tanuki-Kettle” with Cricket in mind. I loved the magazine when I was a little girl, and I always get a thrill when they publish something of mine.

  2. gardenwaltz says:

    Congrats on the payment on Tanuki Kettle. I remember reading that ages ago on Critters. It’s nice to see that it has found a good home. I cannot wait until Sylvia is old enough to read the actual Cricket magazine. She is on Ladybug now and is working her way slowly up the chain.

  3. ecmyers says:

    When does the issue with “The Tanuki Kettle” appear? I’d like to read it! I love tanukis, thanks to Super Mario Bros. 3 and Pom Poko :)

  4. ecmyers says:

    When does the issue with “The Tanuki Kettle” appear? I’d like to read it! I love tanukis, thanks to Super Mario Bros. 3 and Pom Poko :)

  5. dude_the says:

    Amber Spyglass

    Since you have my other two, would you like me to ship down book 3? ;)

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Amber Spyglass

      Thank you, yes ! I was going to wait to see if I got it for Christmas, and if I didn’t, I was planning to ask you to bring it with you when you came down for the Superbowl. But I’d much rather read it now . . .

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Amber Spyglass

      Thank you, yes ! I was going to wait to see if I got it for Christmas, and if I didn’t, I was planning to ask you to bring it with you when you came down for the Superbowl. But I’d much rather read it now . . .

  6. dude_the says:

    Amber Spyglass

    Since you have my other two, would you like me to ship down book 3? ;)

  7. “It’s chugging along nicely, although my day job folks keep wanting me to do work . . . sheesh, the nerve .”

    Do they think the session is just around the corner or something? Sheesh!

  8. “It’s chugging along nicely, although my day job folks keep wanting me to do work . . . sheesh, the nerve .”

    Do they think the session is just around the corner or something? Sheesh!

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