Tom Recommends: Harry Potter (The Books)

Gabbing Geek Tom Recommends v2I’ve been a little hard lately on some prominent YA franchises.  I gave the last Hunger Games movie a so-so review, and really haven’t had a kind word to say about Divergent at all.  Heck, I’d never even heard of supposed best-seller The 5th Wave until that silly-looking trailer came out.

But I actually do like some YA books and movies, so long as they are actually, you know, good.  That’s one of the big strengths of the 800 pound gorilla in the library, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

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Geek Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two


The third Hunger Games movie seemed a wee bit…uneventful.  That’s what happens when moviemakers take a book that wasn’t any longer than the previous two and splits it into two movies.  Stuff needs to be added to justify spreading things out that much.

The result is the second part of what should have been one movie had all the resolution set up by a largely actionless movie where the two most exciting things to occur were a  bombing campaign on a hospital and Peeta thrashing on a bed.  How did the series resolve all this?  SPOILER-free review after the cut.

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Does The Last Hunger Games Movie Change The Ending?


The final Hunger Games movie opens in less than a month and the marketing blitz is about to begin. It seems an odd thing to market–if you read the books or saw the first three movies of course you’ll see the final film. Even if the third film wasn’t so great. But the recent round of content has me wonderinf if perhaps the movie has a surprise in store and will change the ending from the books. Read after the break to explore this theory.


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