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The Four Feathers is pretty amazing. You should read it.  It is the story of Harry Feversham, who leaves  the army right before his regiment gets shipped to war.  Consequently, people in his regiment send him feathers, which is the symbol of cowardice.  Harry doesn’t really like that, so he goes to the Soudan anyway to prove his friends wrong. That’s the story in a nutshell.

These camels always take naps at the most inopportune times!

My favorite thing about this novel is the exploration of fear as a theme.  Harry is afraid to go to war; but he shows repeatedly that once he is in a dangerous situation, he isn’t afraid. He is, in essence, afraid of being afraid; which is not quite the same thing.

This is a great war novel as well, but oddly enough, there aren’t a lot of war scenes. It is mostly intrigue and mystery about where Harry is, what he is doing, and how different characters change their perception of him. A.E.W. Mason was a great writer, and his 1902 novel The Four Feathers still stands up as a great adventure tale. The movie with Heath Ledger is pretty good, too. Check it out!

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Touted as “one of the greatest monster movies ever made” by New York Magazine, The Host turned out to be pretty good. I was quite surprised. Usually when I find a monster movie on Netflix that isn’t a spoof, it turns out to be horrible. But oddly enough, The Host was worth watching if you don’t mind reading your movie and like monster movies.

The Calamari is mad we keep eating its children!

Basically a gigantic fish-monster is created by the government and terrorizes everyone, capturing a little girl. The girl’s family decides to hunt down the creature and get her back. Matters are made more complicated by the government, which is trying to quarantine everyone because of a new virus, which they say is hosted by the monster.

I would describe this movie as a gritty Godzilla that is a bit easier to believe. The effects are pretty decent, and except for the head doctor, most of the characters are pretty believable, too.  The most unbelievable thing in this movie is the way the government behaves; which becomes a big theme in this film.

At the end, we are left wondering just who the monster is. Is the monster the government, who created the creature, or the creature itself? The film strongly pushes for the former. All in all, however, if you like creature features, check this movie out!