Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

18 November 2010

I have been so excited to see this has been coming up – and now we only have a few hours to wait until the new Harry Potter Movie is on the big screens.  Are you as excited as I am? 

With the movie being released and the second part of the movie opening next year… we are heading towards the end of an era.  The Harry Potter era. 

So my question for today is (and in honour of the movie it is a two-part question!):

1. Will you see the last two movies on the big screen?…. and

2. Do you actually prefer the books rather than the movies (where your imagination can run wild)?

Sam – THE INTERVIEW

20 April 2010

Yay – We have a crossover!!  Sam, one of our fantastic librarians, also posts regularly on our adult readers blog book coasters.  That blog is also an online book club so that people can discuss various books they have read.  I wonder if any have read Twilight??

Anyway, Sam answered my questions for me today – so a big shout-out to Sam!  I might even see if I can entice Sam to write a post or two here… we love it when we get reader’s posts!!! 🙂

Enjoy the answers! 

If you ruled the world for one day what would you do? Pass on the duty to someone way more suited to the job!

Favourite jellybean flavour? Pink one..

Favourite book as a child? Winnie the Pooh

Favourite dance move? I don’t dance

Favourite book as an adult? I like to read biographies

Favourite area to browse in the library? Dvd’s

List your top 3 hobbies. 1 – Yoga 2. – TV 3. – Walking

Favourite food for the movies? Don’t take food in

Favourite character in a book or movie? Piglet from Winnie the Pooh

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)? Mint

Favourite subject at school? English

Favourite fizzy drink? Lemonade

Favourite tv series? So many !! Monk, House, Medium, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist (I could go on and on…)

Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place? Coochiemudlo Island

Favourite band/group? Empire of the Sun, Savage Garden when they were together

Favourite sports star? The Brisbane Broncos – GO BOYS!!!

What do you like to do on your holidays? Sleep

What is your favourite Easter memory? Mum making white chocolate treats using moulds and hiding them throughout the house for me and my brother to find

Who is your hero or role model? Real life people who have overcome adversity and/or hard times in their lives (positive and happy people)

Adventure and Spy series

4 March 2010

If you are  looking for a series of spy and adventure novels  try The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.  There are eight stories in the series:  Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Eagle Strike, Skeleton Key, Scorpia, Snake Head and  Ark Angel.  Three of these book Stormbreaker, Point Blanc and Skeleton Key are also published as graphic novels

Stormbreaker was made into a movie in 2006

 Other series to try are  “Fearless” and “Fearless FBI”  by Francine Pascal.

Special Agents by Sam Hutton and Spy High by A. J. Butcher

Kate – THE INTERVIEW!!

16 January 2010

 In honour of Kate, our lovely blogger, who we don’t get to see to often now… I bring you her interview!  Thanks Kate for keeping us amused with all your techno anecdotes, and keep blogging with us!! I know we would enjoy it

If you ruled the world for one day what would you do?!!Hmmm. Tricky! There are so many things that need doing. I reckon it would be something around access to the Internet. Give a laptop to every kid in the world, complete with limitless free wifi, maybe?

Favourite jellybean flavour?Lemon.

Favourite book as a child?I have two: one as a smaller child (Boris and Borsch by Anne Klein) and one as an early teen (Rilla of Ingleside, the last book in the Anne of Green Gables series). Oh, oh! And the whole Tomorrow series.

Favourite dance move?The invisibility move – the one that lets me dance, but no one see (because I am baaaad!).

Favourite book as an adult?Two again: The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery (yep, I still love it, and reread it at least once a year – I even bought my self a second copy cause my old one was falling apart). This is a tricky question though, because as I answer it, I think of all the others I love: Persuasion (Jane Austen), Tirra Lirra by the River (Jessica Anderson), True History of the Kelly Gang (Peter Carey), Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyer – for shame!), Drowning Ruth (Christina Schwarz)… and the list goes on (I have a degree in literary studies – I read a LOT at uni!)

Favourite area to browse in the library?The picture book collection – I find stuff to take home and ready to my baby niece and nephew.

List your top 3 hobbies.Urmm. This is going to make me sound really lame! Sleeping in. Shopping. Aimlessly and endlessly trawling the web (especially good if it involves shopping).

Favourite food for the movies?Oooh, I love to go to the Gold Class cinemas and eat potato wedges.

Favourite character in a book or movie? (Why)Henry DeTamble in The Time Traveller’s Wife (the book). He’s a time travelling, super cool librarian. Need I say more?!

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)?I’m boring. Vanilla – but preferably mixed up with strawberry topping.

Favourite fizzy drink?Coke. Oh how I love coke. In fact, I think I am somewhat addicted, and have been working very hard to change this.

Favourite tv series?So many! I am a pop culture princess! Right now, I’m watching (or eagerly awaiting the return of) Glee, Private Practice, Grey’s, Love My Way, Criminal Minds, Numbers, The Mentalist. Then there’s the reality tv (you’ve got me started now!): MasterChef, Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Wife Swap USA (I know, I know). And oh, how I miss Big Brother!

Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place?Melbourne! Shoe shopping! Weeeee!

Favourite band/group?A solo act for me, and it’s a toss up between Alicia Keys and Sarah McLachlan.

Favourite sports star?Ew. Sport?! I am a very half-hearted Gold Coast United fan – I say half-hearted because I support them in principle, and if I had to watch sport, it would be football, but I’m really not that into it.

What do you like to do on your holidays?Catch up on what I don’t get time to do the rest of the time: read, cook gourmet meals, catch up with friends. I’d love to travel more, but the reality is I usually end up doing these things instead. A trip to Europe would be nice, though…

What is your favourite Christmas memory?My grandfather falling asleep, every year, the moment lunch was over, while the rest of us did the dishes. He ALWAYS woke up and offered to help about five minutes after we finished!

Who is your hero or role model?My sister. She is an amazing person. Plus, we share the same opinion on almost everything, which makes her perfect. 😉

Thanks Kate and visit us soon!!!

Happy Holidays!

25 December 2009

We hope you are enjoying the festive season this year and are spending lots of time with family and friends.  Remember we have different opening hours over the next week… click here to make sure you know when you can drop by and pick up some more dvds or swap some books over.

While you are at the library, check out when our activities and events are planned for the rest of the holidays!

Have a great holiday from the blogging librarians!!

The Prince of Nowhere

22 July 2009

I’ve been reading the graphic novel series Courtney Crumrin for little while now and have really enjoyed some of the stories and all of the artwork involved.  Written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh (who also worked on the acclaimed Gloomcookie – it’s on the must read list), the Courtney Crumrin stories follow Courtney and the adventures she has while living with her slightly creepy and magical Uncle Aloysius.  I really enjoyed the early stories like Courtney Crumrin and the night things, or Courtney Crumrin and the Twilight Kingdom.  The second most recent story I encountered in the Library was Courtney Crumrin and the fire thief’s tale which was an interesting read. 

But where am I going with this? Well, last night I finally read the latest installment Courtney Crumrin and the Prince of Nowhere . . . and I was a little disappointed.  Although the pictures were beautiful as always, it felt like some of the story was missing.  At one point I even checked to see if I’d missed pages.  The storyline moves too fast, seems to skip bits and unlike the previous efforts doesn’t always add much more depth to the characters.  I felt like I’d only been given two thirds of the scenes and was expected to guess the character development from them.

So what does this mean?  I know I’ll keep reading more Courtney Crumrin stories because I like the characters and the artwork but I might not be so eager in the future to get my hands on a new copy.  What about you, ever started reading a series and later felt let down? Let me know which ones to avoid.

Looking for mystery this winter?

24 June 2009

Skeleton CreekI found an interesting book yesterday called Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman.  I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but the premise is intriguing.  Written in dual formats, the actual book portrays only half of the mystery and the clues to solve it.  The rest can be found online in the form of video diaries made by Sarah, one of the story’s main characters. 

The book follows Ryan and the records he keeps in his diary while the videos are made by Sarah as they try to solve the mystery at the heart of the book.  I’ve seen some positive reviews online and am keen to have read and watch the videos.  There are a few websites dedicated to the mystery that I’ll need to check out too.  The second book in the series is set to be published in October 2009 for those not satisfied with the book’s apparently cliffhanger ending.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for good reads this Winter?

Ink Exchanges and Good Neighbours

10 June 2009

In Ink Exchange the companion novel to Wicked Lovely (and its sequel Fragile Eternity), author Melissa Marr continues to explore the interactions between mortals and Fey, or faeries.  Leslie is traumatised after a run in with dealers and feels compelled to have a tattoo inked.  When she discovers a design of two eyes flanked by wings, Leslie has it tattooed on her back.  What she doesn’t know is that the tattoo is part of an ink exchange, a faery bond feeding off mortal emotions allowing Irial, King of the Dark Court, to feed his people. 

Billed as urban fantasy, I’ve always liked these kind of stories where the layers of the everyday mundane world are stripped away to reveal otherworldly dealings.  I also recently read the graphic novel The Good Neighbours: Kin by Holly Black and enjoyed it immensely.  Its storyline also explores the fine line between the mortal world and that of the Fey.  The artwork was done by Ted Naifeh (Gloomcookie, Courtney Crumrin).

BookBoy’s “must-reads” (part 2)

6 June 2009

Following from my previous post… This list is books that I am particularly looking forward to reading. Some are not out yet, some I just haven’t got to.

Sacred scars, by Kathleen Duey. This is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Skin hunger, mentioned in my previous post. I have been hanging out for this one big time and can’t wait for it’s August release date.

Monster Blood Tattoo book 3, by D. M. Cornish. Another selection that continues a series from my previous post. When I finished Lamplighter, I was dead keen to keep going with the story as some interesting possibilities about Rossamund’s background and his frowned-upon sympathy for monsters were developing.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I have liked everything of Westerfeld’s so fully expect Leviathan to be a fantastic series. It is set in an alternate World War I era with living airships and other amazing things. I have read a preview of the first couple of chapters and it looks good so far.

Genesis by Bernard Beckett. As far as I can tell, a futuristic tale about a world ravaged by war and plague which questions what it means to be human.

One for sorrow by Christopher Barzak. A story about the friendship between a boy and the ghost of his murdered classmate. Apparently it is dark and morbid, but somewhat heart-warming and beautiful.

The forest of hands and teeth by Carrie Ryan. Living in a small village governed by the overbearing sisterhood and their archaic rules must be bad enough without the surrounding forest being full of zombies. A story about one girl’s decision to think about what lays beyond the forest.

Jonathan / bookboy.net

BookBoy’s “must-reads” (part 1)

3 June 2009

I’ve been asked to post a list of my “must-reads” for teens. Like LibrarianIdol before me I will split this into two lists: today’s list is the books I have read recently that I am most likely to recommend. In the next few days I will post my personal “must-read” list of books I have to read this year.

My teen years

LibrarianIdol started by listing some of his favourite classics. I didn’t actually read a whole lot in my teen years and I couldn’t tell you what specifically teen books existed in the eighties. However for what it’s worth, I went through three reading phases in that time:

1. The Alistair MacLean and Wilbur Smith phase. You’ll find these in the adult collection of your library. I don’t remember much about them but I’m pretty sure there was action involved. Probably guns and stuff too.

2. The epic sci-fi series phase. Also known as the Frank Herbert’s Dune and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation phase. I really got into both of these series. They each contain enough books to keep you going for ages.

3. The Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett phase (which has continued well past my teen years). Two very funny writers. If you haven’t read either of them, worth a look for a quirky view of the world.

Recent must-reads

Anything by John Green. Like the majority of other youth services librarians at the moment I have a bit of a John Green crush. Read any of his books. Looking for Alaska is my fave, but Paper towns, and An abundance of Katherines are both great too. They tend to feature somewhat geeky guys and enigmatic, troubled girls.

Monster blood tattoo series by D. M. Cornish. There are two books in this series so far: Foundling and Lamplighter, with a third on its way. They are set in a world where people and monsters do constant battle, where the oceans are acidic, and some machines are made of flesh and muscle. The story centres around Rossamund, a young orphan who becomes an apprentice Lamplighter, lighting lamps on the highways to make them slightly safer from monsters after dark. The level of detail in the world Cornish has created is immense and each book includes a large appendix with all manner of extra information. They are not short books, but I found the story very engaging.

Little brother by Cory Doctorow. After a terrorist attack in San Francisco, Marcus in locked up and questioned by the Department of Homeland Security. When he is finally released he discovers that the world has changed as anti-terrorist security measures deprive everybody of their freedom. Marcus,  a computer nut who made a hobby out of circumventing the his school’s security system now decides to take on the DHS and their security technology. This story is fast paced, fun and exciting. It’s got lots of tech angles, action, and also politics, but most of all, it’s a rollicking good story.

Town by James Roy. A collection of thirteen connected short stories. All set in the same country town. All told from the perspective of different people. There are bits of overlap with central characters from one story popping up in another and Roy varies the voice of the character narrating each story. Evocative and engaging. Well worth reading, especially if you like short stories and even if you don’t.

Before I die by Jenny Downham. This book made me cry. Not many books have done that. What would you put on a list if you knew you were going to die? What would be most important to you? A sad and moving story about a girl preparing to die and the impact this has on the people in her life.

Skin hunger, by Kathleen Duey. This was my favourite book from last year. The story is told from the perspectives of two characters in alternating chapters. Sadima lives in a world in which magic has become outlawed, although some are working to restore it. She meets Franklin who recognises a gift that Sadima possesses and promises her the opportunity to develop it. Sadima is then drawn into the lives of Franklin and his cold, harsh companion Somiss and the task to which they have dedicated themselves. The alternate chapters are set several hundred years later. The world of magic has been restored and those who can afford it use magic as a regular part of life. Potential magicians are sent to a cold, brutal, and life threatening Academy of Magic. Hahp is one of them. The only disappointment with this book was that it ended and book 2 is still not out.

Jonathan / bookboy.net