Friday, May 06, 2011

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

I read this book at Christmas, but at the time I did not want to write about it, or anything really. It was a dry period for my blogging, but it seems that I am starting to come back. But, this is about this wonderful book, and not about my non-writing periods.

This is one of the best books I have read up to now. This book describes a dystopia, one based on Christianity. Women made slaves to their womb, made to serve only one purpose: make babies. Their rights are taken away, their spirits crushed, girls as young as 14 made to marry in order to make babies. Books and knowledge are forbidden, people are kept ignorant.

This book after so many months still haunts me. I still think about this book, about the empty and lost time, that woman had to endure. To stay in an empty room with nothing to do, just waiting... The description of the ceremony, the description of the life of these women, the description of the Aunts and their practices, of how those women were made slaves to their womb. It is a nightmare scenario, but not as fictional as some might think. Just read the Bible, and you will see how misogynistic that book is. Read Paul's epistles and what he thinks of women. I cannot believe that that misogynist is worshiped as a saint by Christians!

Once I started it, and got into it, I could not put it down. I am going to put it in to my list of books that everyone should read.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


I saw it last night in 3D. You do not need to know anything about the old comic books to see this, as it introduces the character from the beginning.

I was impressed with the stunning visuals of Asgard. I loved the city of Asgard, as it is seen in this movie.One of the most beautiful sights, is when it shows the stars and nebulas over the city of Asgard, the colours of the cosmic dust... That sky was quite impressive. All the special effects were well made, and the 3D was nicely done.

As for characters, Tom Hiddleston as Loki really wins the day with the performance he gives, and I expect him to return for the sequel. The whole cast is good, and the female audience will appreciate Chris Hemworth (Thor). The rest of the cast is also impressive: Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster... There is not much that you can say about actors of that caliber.

The story is more than enjoyable and interesting, despite being predictable. It had the right dose of humour, at the right places, and at no point did it become boring. I also liked the fact that there was no melodrama, despite there being a love story in there. In short, the script was solid, without any holes in the story, or becoming boring to the viewers.

THOR is one of the best fantasy movies of the last couple of years. I enjoyed it, I had fun with it, I forgot myself with this movie. What else can someone ask from an action movie?