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The idea of this post came from this article (which I recommend you read, I’ll wait) which lists “the [10] series that could occupy the Hollywood throne that King Harry [Potter] just vacated”. While I agree wholeheartedly with nos. 2, 5 and 7 on the list (haven’t read the rest), there are a few more book series I would love to see in movie or TV series format.

To start with, here are few of my picks:

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Sherlock Holmes poster As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I was justifiably scared about watching the movie based on what the trailer promised (at least, that’s how I am justifying me watching the movie so late). Then again, as a fan, I could hardly stay away from the movie, can I?

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the-men-who-stare-at-goats-book If ever there was a book which personified conspiracy theory version of Poe’s law, “The Men Who Stare at Goats ” by Jon Ronson is it. The history of PsyOps in American security forces often stretches credulity.

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starshiptroopers Once you get past the main action (Denise Richards and Dina Meyer) you start getting a distinctive “1984” feeling about the whole proceedings, especially about the newscasts. Which is why I was curious to read the actual book, Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, on which the iconic movie is based.

And unexpectedly different as it was after the movie, the book was interesting in its own way.

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HBP So, I finally went ahead and did the fanboy thing. Grabbed my cloak, tucked in my wand (not in my jeans back pocket, I am safety conscious), and Continuing the tradition started with “Order of the Phoenix”, I went ahead and watched the “Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince” almost a day before it is released everywhere. And since it is hard to review a film like this for me, here are just some of the thoughts, fresh from watching the movie (maybe a long one).

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andromeda_strain Perhaps it is the indication of how little known Michael Crichton’s first novel (as Michael Crichton) “The Andromeda Strain ” is – the 2-part A&E TV miniseries came and went without making much of a splash. Although, there may be other reasons for that (see below).

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angels--demons-movie-poster Once again, it’s time for lost religious treasures, Secret Societies and Harvard Symbologist Prof. Robert Langdon to the rescue.

Personally, I think “Angels and Demons”, the book is much better than “Da Vinci Code”, the book. The same holds true for the movies, if you ask me.

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