January 23rd, 2006

20111112, Marilee

Outlaw School by Rebecca Ore

This was our SF discussion group book for the month. I'd read it before and pretty much had the same impression. I think the book was longer and someone told her to make it shorter, so the second half has an accelerated pace. There's a lot of telling. It's a story of someone who doesn't conform in a very regimented caste society. Ore stacks the decks, though, in the way she makes the society; the most unrealistic part being that there was no state religion. Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale also stacks the deck, but much more realistically.

I normally enjoy non-conformity stories, but this one was set-up too heavily to work. Nobody in our group liked it, and fewer than half of us finished it.

(I love Ore's Becoming Alien, Being Alien, and Human to Human series, but I don't like a lot of her newer books.)
20111112, Marilee

The Forgotten

The disc contained the theatrical version of this "psychological thriller" as well as an extended version with alternate ending. It's the story of a near future where children are taken and their parents (I assume friends, etc.) are made to forget them. One woman can't forget and she gets someone else to remember, too. This is a visually dark movie with scary music, probably because there isn't really too much suspense. When they find out who's been taking the kids and making people forget, the versions diverge very slightly for one scene and again very slightly for the ending. I'm not sure why they bothered, both versions are stupid.