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Library Ladies: Liked the movie? You'll love the book

Enjoyed a great book? Or an engaging film? Try some of our favorite books-into-movies this week. Curious about other choices? Consult Enser's "Filmed Books and Plays," available in the reference collection at Prescott Public Library. The Internet Movie Database ( is another treasure-trove of information. Search a movie title, and if it was originally a book, the book title, date and cover appear at the beginning of the movie's listing. A search in the Yavapai Library Network shows more than 20,000 DVD titles, from documentaries to televisions series to classic and popular films.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl. Grades 3 and up. 1970.

Mr. Fox supports his family by stealing from nearby farms. Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean are crooked and colorfully horrible as only Dahl villains can be. They set out to stop Mr. Fox from helping himself to their produce, and a darkly comic war ensues. A film adaptation is set for release this November, featuring stop-motion animation and George Clooney as the voice of Mr. Fox. If past film versions of Dahl stories are any indication, this one may just turn out to be a classic. - Amadee Ricketts

"Get Shorty" by Elmore Leonard. 1995.

If you like "Get Shorty" with John Travolta, then you'll love the book by Elmore Leonard, and the follow-up book and film "Be Cool," featuring the charming, pragmatic rogue Chili Palmer. As a matter of fact, Elmore Leonard has had more than 40 of his stories spun into film over the years, including "3:10 to Yuma," "Killshot," and the soon-to-be-released "Freaky Deaky." Gritty, quick-paced and fresh dialogue is a hallmark of Leonard's always surprising and quirky tales of avarice, malice, and redemption. Hopefully his "Pagan Babies" will someday see the silver screen. - Russell Miller

"Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris. 2001.

For those frustrated by the cliffhanger ending of HBO's "TrueBlood," Harris' Southern vampire series is available at the library. For those unaware, here's the buzz from book one. Some people think Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic barmaid in small-town Bon Temps, La., isn't very bright. But she isn't dumb; she just has to spend a lot of energy blocking out others' thoughts. When she meets Bill, a tall dark and deadly vampire, Sookie can't deny the attraction. But when a coworker is killed, it does put a damper on things. Fast-paced and engaging. - Margaret Espinoza

"A Room With A View" by E.M. Forster. 1908.

What a delight to revisit both this remarkable novel and the lush film from Merchant Ivory Productions (1986). Forster's characters are true to type - just this side of caricatures - in this romance and social commentary. With tongue firmly in cheek, the author follows the ingenuous Miss Honeychurch, her chaperone Miss Bartlett, the eccentric Miss Lavish and the suspect Mr. Emerson from their Italian pensione back to Miss Honeychurch's home in England. All's well that ends well, and Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham-Carter and Denholm Elliott bring the story brilliantly to life in the film. - Sharon Seymour

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