Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

The Switch (♦♦♦½)

Kassie (Jennifer Aniston, Derailed) is still single and getting old, so she decides to have a child on her own. Wally (Jason Bateman, Juno) is Kassie’s best friend, forever in love with her but unable to tell her. Kassie tells Wally that she wants to get pregnant and starts searching for a sperm donor. She meets a good looking one in Roland (Patrick Wilson, Hard Candy), a married professor whose wife agrees to the donation. During Kassie’s impregnation party, Wally “hijacks” Roland’s sperm and switches it for his.

I have to say I liked this movie more than I expected. I enjoyed more the screen time shared by Jason Bateman and the kid than Aniston’s lines. I laughed out loud in several occasions and chuckled as well. There is good chemistry between Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston; he is so believable that I felt sorry for the guy having a hard time admitting that he was in love with his best friend.

It was overall a very pleasant movie experience.

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