Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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…

Interstellar (♦♦♦♦)

Cooper is a former NASA pilot turned farmer in an Earth where resources are dwindling at a rapid pace. Dust storms have replaced rain, and epidemics have infected crops. Survival on Earth is becoming impossible.

When Cooper comes upon the coordinates of an underground base that turns out to be NASA's, he is presented with the opportunity to help his species from becoming extinct. The catch, of course, is to travel to Saturn's vicinity, with a team of fellow scientists, to traverse a wormhole that may make intergalactic travel a reality.

Interstellar is filmed in the tradition of Gravity and Europa Report and takes us on a VIP tour through the accomplishments and challenges of modern physics as Christopher Nolan has conditioned us to expect from him. He directed, co-wrote and co-produced this film.

Interstellar is not merely the survival saga of Gravity, or the pioneering trip to a potentially life-harboring satellite as in Europa Report. It is both, yet much more. In a similar narrative format to Inception, we get an interactive experience about wormholes, extra dimensions in space, warped time, and the Twin Paradox. The challenges of theories yet to be proved, are breeding ground for the unfolding and (why not?) a somewhat sentimental conclusion to the film.

A star-studded cast, aided by great photography, outstanding special effects, and atmospheric musical score that greatly enhances the tension of the movie, contribute to its general appeal.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, John Lithgow as Donald (Cooper's father), Michael Caine (a veteran of Nolan's films) as Dr. Brand (father), Anne Hathaway--another one of Nolan's previous collaborators-- as Dr. Brand (daughter), Jessica Chastain as Murphy Cooper (Cooper's adult daughter), Casey Affleck as Tom Cooper (Cooper's adult son), Mackenzie Foy--of the Breaking Dawn, part II fame--as child Murphy Cooper, and Matt Damon as Dr. Mann.

Have you seen Interstellar? What did you think of the film? How does it compare to other Christopher Nolan’s films or latest films in its genre?


  1. I haven't seen it, but I would like to.

    1. I thought it was very well made and helped visualize the latest theories in modern physics such as the possibility of extra dimensions in space. This one was a winner.

  2. Oh yes it's Quite Good. I liked it much better than Inception. It's a very thought-provoking space film. Here are more of my thoughts of it at

    1. I agree, Inception was more ambitious but felt like a lecture in which you had to keep up or you flunked.

  3. Sorry I haven't visited in a while. I see we have read some of the same books. I loved Interstellar! Happy Fall:)

    1. Hi, Judy,
      It's always a pleasure to have you visiting. I still keep up with your posts but I wished you became a regular again. I really miss you. Happy Fall to you too!


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