The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has been on my reading list for several years, but I finally got around to reading it last winter. Shortly after which, we curled up with a bowl of popcorn and watched the film, starring Elizabeth Taylor – a woman with a wicked temper she feels no need for a man, letting her poor father know it. Shakespeare’s writings have always enthralled me and The Taming of the Shrew was one that not only captured my full attention but tickled my funny bone with humor as I followed this young feisty woman through a world of male domination and female suppression while she fought to maintain her independence.

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The Taming Of The Shrew (1967) – Trailer

A clip from The Taming of the Shrew Promo

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yes I know it’s a classic, but I am not fond of the genre – thus, the lower rating. I tried several times to get through this book, until recently when I admitted to myself that I don’t like sci-fi reading. Call me a realist, sure, but don’t say I didn’t try to enjoy it because I did. For those who have a greater appreciation of the genre, you’re likely to enjoy this book completely. Even so, there have been several great stories stemming from The Time Machine, as well as films.

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The Time Machine (1960)

“The Time Machine (2002)” Theatrical Trailer

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

The Swiss Family RobinsonThe Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Offering both inspirations to writers everywhere and moviemakers alike, this Swiss Family has only two things on their mind; survival and family. Wyss was a genius in his day when it comes to writing great books, and this story has been reworked several times to create films the whole family can enjoy. Adventure, struggles, laughter … a family that works together, survives together. A wonderful family read.

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Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Trailer

The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson – Official Trailer (HD)

The Incredible Journey (Homeward Bound) by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible JourneyThe Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Popular Canada wide, this story brings the reader directly into the rugged terrain of this fine country of ours. Teamwork is a much-needed effort for these house pets and a wonderful lesson for all youngsters. A touching and heart-warming tale as these three unlikely tails wag across the country, braving the elements, to return to their humans. An adventure for certain, this book will have your child turning pages, but do afford them the opportunity to read the book before watching the movie.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Myth, legend, tales from the dark side, or is this Headless Horseman a natural phenomenon? It appears that (in the movie) a young detective (played by Johnny Depp) is about to uncover the reality of the community’s terror, and it’s meaning, first hand. Graphically displayed is the book, yet intense is the film. A fascinating read, but do keep your head on your shoulders, you’re going to need it.

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The Man in the Iron Mask by Randall Wallace

The Man in the Iron MaskThe Man in the Iron Mask by Randall Wallace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twin Princes – one good-hearted, yet unknowing of the whole truth, and the other, takes the position of the king, yet he knows nothing of his ill-treated brother – but fate and destiny have their cards to play. The ‘Iron Mask’ a horrid thing, but from one brother to the next, the truth is revealed and good shall rule. Again, Randall Wallace writes with a fine pen; treachery, betrayal, tyranny, history, justice, and devotion to good. A great read, and a great film.

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