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I'm a little late posting today because I have been totally engrossed in Gloria Oliver's Cross-Eyed Dragon Troubles. I have read all but one of Gloria's books, and really enjoyed them all. Her In the Service of Samurai is one of the most unusual fantasies I have ever read, and ranks among my favorites. But there is something about Cross-Eyed Dragon Troubles that trumps them all. I didn't intend to get so caught up in the story. I honestly didn't think it would be something I really clicked with. But she proved me wrong.

15 year old Talia finds herself apprenticed to the Dragon Knight Guild. She always expected to be apprenticed, but the quirky school on the mesa is nothing like what she had in mind. From her first encounter with Clarence, the dragon of the title, and Kel, his rider, her life gets complicated. Learning to deal with magic, keeping up with her studies, and making a life for herself in the Guild, Talia has her hands full. And to top it all off, there is the irritating and yet intriguing Kel to deal with.

The action is fast-paced and non-stop. Day to day life in the Guild is anything but boring. The secondary characters are detailed and three-dimensional with enough hidden in their pasts to fuel another volume or two at least. The world is solid in its geography and strong in culture. You find yourself immersed in the story without being distracted by unknown languages or unexplained activities or items.

I really loved this story. I hope that eventually, as in other magical schools in other magical worlds, we will get to see what happens to Talia in Year Two.

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One of the few first run movies we have seen in a long time is Bedtime Stories. I became intrigued by the trailers, and really wanted to see this one. I am a big Adam Sandler fan anyway. It isn't a real thought-provoking story, but I thought it had heart and a neat message underneath the silliness.

Sandler is a maintenance man for the hotel his father once owned. Not much in his life is great, but then, not much is terrible either. It's mostly just life. When his father sold the hotel, it was on the condition that Skeeter (Sandler) would run it someday. But somehow that day keeps getting postponed further and further. Just when Skeeter has had enough, his sister asks him to baby-sit her kids while she goes out of state for a job interview. The bedtime stories he comes up with to entertain them start to come to life...and change his.

When we came out of the theater, a couple who had seen it with us were complaining that the plot was slim at best, and the movie felt like a series of Disney special-effect set pieces. Some of that might be true. If you are looking for a deep, thought-provoking film, this isn't it. But if you just want a bit of feel-good escapism, I recommend it. It was fun.

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ext_153983
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
"a couple who had seen it with us were complaining"
That's a fact of life.....

When we went to see "No Country for Old Men", the neighbors who saw it with us were disappointed because "the bad guy wasn't caught", which, in my opinion, misses the point of the movie altogether.

We all have our opinions. Recently I read a list of comments about "Gran Torino", which I thought was a truly great movie. The amateur critics panned it with gusto! I reserve my God given right to my own opinion!

Willie C
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