‘The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope’ – Book Review

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*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

If I cast my memory back, I believe it was during a local book store’s closing down sale that I first saw ‘The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope‘. The cover and title instantly caught my eye, and someone I knew it would be the mix between enthralling characters, great story, and weirdness – though maybe this is because I was instantly reminded of The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).

Once I read the synopsis on the back, I was hooked, and bought it. A myriad of factors got in the way, and it took probably over a year before I began page 1.

Rhonda Riley certainly has a talent for describing scenery and setting the scene. What first appears to be a normal story set in the Post-WW2 era, becomes a tale possibly from out of this world. After a violent rain storm, Evelyn discovers a person partly-buried in the field of the farm she has been left in-charge of. As she wipes the dirt away, it is clear this is not an ordinary person. There are no features, no hair, no clothes, and no gender markers.

Living all alone on the farm, Evelyn brings the stranger inside, and that is where their relationship takes off.

There are parts of the book that I found unnecessary; storylines that felt included for the sake of popularity with the current-ideals. Riley managed to make it work with the story and the evolution of the characters, but I did question whether to put the book down.

Boy am I glad I didn’t! I have just finished this book, and my eyes are still sore from crying. I’m not usually emotional over stories – and maybe I’m coming down with a cold or the flu – but the way Riley makes you feel for these characters and their loss is phenomenal. This family want answers just as badly as we do. They suffer with uncertainty. We all have fears about our own mortality, and for Evelyn and Adam (or A/Addie) this is definitely amplified.

I loved how the book covered such a large period of time, and I feel almost like Adam, remaining young as the characters I’ve grown attached to age and wither.

While I wouldn’t go searching this book for ideas on religion and answers about mortality, I would recommend it for someone who likes a good story.

3.5 out of 5 stars

ANGEL: Not Fade Away S5,E22 (spoiler)

Last chance, this DOES contain spoilers!

So it’s 2:30am and I’m tired and about to go to bed when the Whedonesque Facebook page decides to tear my heart in two.

For 11 years (I am truly gobsmacked it has been that long!) I have tried and failed to get over the character death that pained me the most:

Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Angel.

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I was never one to cry watching movies, that was my sister, Katie. I didn’t even know how much I loved Wesley, until that knife went in. All night we had been watching Katie, waiting for her to cry over a death; and suddenly I burst into tears. Of course I love the character of Wesley and I was saying goodbye to him and a brilliant TV show, but it was also the way Alexis Denisof made you believe you were truly watching someone die. Not only that, but you couldn’t help but feel such sorrow for his character, who had always tried to do what was right, no matter how many times he was knocked down.

Even now, watching fan videos of the event makes me teary. So obviously seeing this come up on my Facebook feed evoked a strong reaction.

Thankfully, Alexis has continued to bring other characters to life, playing Benedick in Joss Whedon‘s 2012 modernisation of Much Ado About Nothing, and currently starring in Finding Carter.

What character death has affected you the most?

Cop Car (2015) (contains minor spoilers)

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“A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.”

First film review!

I was so excited to find this film in a local shopping centre DVD rental kiosk. It was $3.50 for one night rental, but since I refuse to illegally download, and there are no affordable video stores near me, it would have to do.

I don’t remember how I came across the trailer on Youtube (here), but once I saw it, I just knew I would love it.

There are so many good things about this film, and the first thing I want to talk about is the acting. For the most part, we are led by two boys (Travis and Harrison). These young actors – James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford respectively – carried the movie brilliantly. They were both innocent and yet rebellious, and you couldn’t help but feel for them.

Kevin (Bacon) was his usual genius. It always amazes me when actors and actresses can so believably play both good and bad characters. Kevin is one of those that makes you completely forget about his previous roles, and just focus on this character.

Sometimes it felt a little slow, but then the action really ramped up. I think this really worked well for it, because it helped put you off-centre, so you didn’t know what was coming next.

The dialogue was funny and one of the only films or TV shows that realistically portrayed children. They weren’t too stupid (of course they were naive as they were only ten years old), and you saw how they grew more daring by the minute.

Please do note, this film is not suitable for all audiences. Some sites claim it is rated R, but the copy I got was only M. There wasn’t much gore, or gratuitous violence. There was some swearing though.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie. It was an odd and perfect mixture of quirky and serious, with action and plot turns you don’t see coming.

4 out of 5

Once More, With Feeling!

So it’s been brought to my attention that Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling episode is now 14 years old!! I thought I would do a quick little blog post about it, because it truly is amazing television. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

For those of you that don’t know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) is a show about a girl who has special abilities and fights vampires, demons, and all other monsters. In this particular episode, we are treated to a singing and dancing cast. With a dancing demon (“no, something isn’t right there”) bringing out all their unsaid words, the harmless spectacle turns deadly, as the power and emotion is too much to handle.

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It was through a Facebook post by Whedonesque that alerted me to the milestone. I can’t believe it has really been that long. I remember like it was only yesterday. Being in Australia, we probably got it a year after America, but we had avoided spoilers (not really much internet then), and all sat up late to watch it.

I remember by mum warning us beforehand not to sing along, to which we aptly replied that they were original songs and we would have no idea what the lyrics were.

The episode was everything that it was hyped to be, and we even got to see a Buffy/Spike kiss. The singing was as-expected, with many of the cast already professional singers, and no one let the rest down. The songs, however, have definitely stood the test of time. Even now, whenever I feel inclined to sing (usually in the shower), Once More, With Feeling songs are always the first I think of.

If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend it. Oh, and while I’m at it, there is also a musical episode of Sanctuary (2008-2011) that does it in a very different, but still very cool way.