6 August 2004
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The thought of taking two weeks off just broke our editor's heart. So
here's a very short and wee mini-update to keep you going 'til the
honeymoon is over. Yes, it's short, but it's quality material! And
don't forget, there was an extra-BIG edition on July 31, so if you
haven't perused it all yet, just scroll on down!
Now, where did I leave that tux...?
Smoky Finish orders everyone to Clear This Planet ... Immediately with
"rock 'n' reel" album of clever arrangements and heightened emotion,
Tom Knapp says. "A fine Scotch whisky is often described as having a
'smoky finish.' Likewise, this band is a pure, concentrated dose that
goes down smooth and just might leave you reeling in the aftermath."
The Spiderwick Chronicles conclude with The Wrath of Mulgarath, and
authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black don't let the story slacken for
even a moment. "This is no lark of a summer's day adventure; the Graces
face real dangers and suffer real losses as they match wits and
youthful courage against terrible odds," Tom says. "While not
appropriate for the very youngest of children, who might be disturbed
by images of ogres and goblins, this series will be loved by children
and young adults, standing on a par with Harry Potter without the same
time commitment needed to wade through such weighty tomes."
Benjamin Franklin's more surprising thoughts are collected by Carl
Japikse in Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read
in School. Kate Danemark explains why it's sometimes best to keep a bit
of mystery around beloved historical figures. "I don't like this guy,"
she sadly explains. "He's misogynistic, classist and long-winded. He
clearly finds himself very amusing and tends to explain at great length
to the rest of us just why that is so."
The new movie De-Lovely fails to live up to its name, says Chet
Williamson. "Five minutes into it my wife and I looked at each other as
though to reassure ourselves that the movie theatre we were in was
indeed part of reality, and we had not slipped into some Bizarro world
of alternate movie musicals," he says. "A weak, schizophrenic script
and a collection of what may be the worst performances ever of a great
songwriter's oeuvre sink this poor tub before it's even christened."
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