Apr 29, 2012

Did you notice...

... how the Harry Potter books get thicker and thicker with each new volume?

Harry Potter - Labour Day Fun

In January this year, I changed house and I found this snug little studio right by a park. And I don't think I have to tell you what a miracle it is to live in a capitol city and have a view of trees instead of a busy avenue or just lame gray buildings.

I have been wishing to go spend afternoons in the park ever since it started getting warmer, but you know the deal, I usually waste daylight at work.

However, today, just like yesterday, I took advantage of an extended Labour Day weekend, courstesy of our Labour Ministery and my employer. Yesterday, I took my book and headed for a bench in the park. Spent 4 hours there and finished Harry Potter 3 - Prisoner of Azkaban. Today, in about 6 hours, on  a blanket, by the lake, I finished The Goblet of Fire.

In a rather poor Romanian translation, unfortunately... Took me 100 pages to realize that Cercetasii (Literally- boy/girl scouts) was the lame translation for the House of Gryffindor... and that  Ravenclaw had magically transformed to Hawkeye (Ochi de soim).

Having myself spent months of my university translating literarature I find this appaling. In a hurry to release the Romanian translation as soon as possible after the original version, they've made some huge errors, I mean, come on, the text wasn't even proofread properly. The name of Cornelius Fudge appears at least in 5 different versions of CRONELIUS, Cornwlius... and so on... Disappointing translation, but I still prefer the books over the movies, which seem to me to have no plot whatsoever...

Before reading the books, a few years ago, I had a Harry Potter movie marathon, when I saw the first 5 movies of the series in one night. The other 3 hadn't been released yet. OK, special effects, I myself have a weak spot for fantasy and all, but I hated the plot, couldn't make heads or tails of it... Disappointing, rather. But the kids I teach kept bugging me about Harry Potter so I said I would give it one more chance and read the books.

So, after I got my Kindle I started reading...

For whoever needs this, the books of the series are:

1. The Philosopher's Stone - Read in English on my Kindle
2. The Chamber of Secrets - read in English on my Kindle
3. The Prisoner of Azkaban - Romanian paperback
4. The Goblet of Fire - Romanian hardcover
5. Order of the Phoenix - still reading......Finished on May 4th 2012

6. The Half-Blooded Prince - In progress...  Finished, May 15th
7. Deathly Hollows - in progress...  Finshed !!!

When I finish the series, which I hope will happen in the following week, I'll tell you my conclusions. :)
Tonight, Order of the Phoenix.

Apr 24, 2012

Just finished reading...

... Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Everytime I think of Willy Wonka, I see this guy*

... and not Johnny Depp. Sorry, guys!

(*Gene Wilder, from the first musical film adaptation of the novel, made in 1971, which was called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

Apr 20, 2012

It was bound to happen...

Hi, I am Daiana and I am a bookaholic.

Welcome to my Magic Bookshelf!
This is a blog that I vowed to myself to open in a very long time, advertising my unmeasurable love for the written word.
I am a reader and a writer. Me and my Kindle have a special love affair with violent episodes that extend long into the night.
This is the space where I decided to "share the love" with you, mortals, and I won't waste a long time explaining what I mean to do, but rather jump right to it. You'll get it on the way.
Some of the titles you'll be reading about are Le Petit Prince by Saint-Exupery, The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and I will be transferring also some other short articles I've written before on my other blogs.

But, before I leave you, I wish to share my New Year Resolution with you. After years of promissing myself I would lose weight or save money, this year I decided to keep it simple and have only wished to read the Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  So far, I have managed to get through about 70% of it and when I finish, I'll let you know.

Wish me luck and hop along !