Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

El Alquimista (The Alchemist) by Paulo Coelho (♦♦♦♦)

A young shepherd from Andalucía, Spain, has a twice-recurring dream. He dreams that he travels to the Pyramids of Egypt where a treasure is supposedly waiting for him. A gypsy confirms that he should go to Egypt. An encounter with a centuries-old king puts him on the path of realizing his dreams, but as you can guess, it is anything but easy.

The first time I read El Alquimista my reaction was wow! What a book! Every time I needed to know there’s magic in life I picked up the book and read it again. This time I didn’t feel the same way, but I assigned the rating for old time’s sake.

El Alquimista (The Alchemist) is a very easy read; I read it last night in a few hours. It is a profoundly beautiful reflection on the mission of each and every being on Earth. It is a philosophical story that it’s anything but preachy. Great storytelling and the roundness quality of its ending, a-la classical myths, make this book a contemporary classic.