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Another early edition for Thanksgiving...

I've returned to Devil in the White City, which I'm actually starting to enjoy. It took me a while to really get into it, but now that I 'get' the writing style and the overall flow of the text, it's a much more interesting read. It's a slow build, though.

Of course we went to see Harry Potter 4, and this will be the last time I mention it for a while. This was my favorite book, though I found Half-Blood Prince to be excellent as well. Anyway, the movie is as good as it can be given how much they had to pick and choose what would make it to the screen. There are a lot more special effects and while the actors have certainly matured in their craft, the character depth that makes the books so interesting is not as apparent as it could have been. The movie centers around the action of the Tri-Wizard tournament and sometimes the cast's personality complexities get lost in the shuffle of CGI. Ralph Fiennes is an excellent Voldemort. And I hadn't noticed until seeing the movie that Fleur Decoleur was a bad representative for her school. She put up a horrible showing the whole tournament.

I enjoy The Decemberists' Castaways and Cutouts.

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