Before Lara Croft and all the Tomb Raider stuff there was Indiana Jones. Way smarter and, well, cooler than Lara, Indy liberated ancient artifacts and restored them to their rightful resting places (museums, according to him (but that’s debatable)) in three movies in the 1980s. We haven’t seen him since The Last Crusade in 1989, so the news that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will be making its way to a theatre near you on the 22nd of May is worth a mention.
TV3, conveniently, is playing all three movies to date on Saturday nights, beginning this week with the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark, so you’ve got the perfect opportunity to become an Indiana Jones expert and check out the moves that action heroes have been imitating for the last 20+ years.
And if you think Harrison Ford is too old to be hot, go see The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for Shia LaBeouf because, you know, he’s such a great actor.
The giant squid that was caught last year is currently being defrosted at Te Papa. Excitingly, you can watch it defrost in real-time here from cameras in the ‘tank and dissection room’. There is also a blog detailing the event. Eventually the squid will be put on display. Awesome.
The Telegraph has a list of 50 cult books! Several of them are, indeed, available in the teens’ section of the library’s collection – I Capture the Castle, The Beauty Myth, The Catcher in the Rye, some of the Dune books, the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, and To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s difficult to explain what makes a book a ‘cult book’ - the article does say that you know them when you see them, and their appeal doesn’t necessarily lie in any literary merit.
Do you have a favourite, ‘cult’ book that means more to you than it probably should?
Theme: It is about life in a town in war-time Britain called Dover during World War 2. It shows how the people coped with the food restrictions, the death of loved ones, and constant bombing from the Germans.
Recommend?: I would recommend this book to mainly girls because I think it will be what girls like: the lives/relationships of other people. I thought this book was about the action of war, instead of the effects of war, which is what this book is about.
Favourite Character: : This book is about the lives of many people so there wasn’t exactly a main character. But this was based on kind of true events so there are some things to learn from it. I’ve learnt that both the English and the German army forces showed very good sportmanship through the war.
Favourite Scene: : My favourite scene was when the commandos stormed the beaches of France to destroy the coastal guns. I liked it because it was one of the few action-packed scenes in the book though I was slightly disappointed because of the lack of detail and action.
Score: 3 stars
Probably that getting published was going to be very hard, and that it would take a lot of work, a lot of rejection and a lot of repeated attempts. That way you go in knowing what it will take, and there’s more chance that you’ll appreciate it if you’re one of the lucky ones.
He also spends five hours each morning writing! Read on …
Writing is interesting… one person’s meat is another person’s poison. At one end of the spectrum you can have people saying your book’s the best to come out since Pride and Prejudice (or whatever), and at the other, people lining you up for a book burning. So what’s a reader supposed to think? Here are some authors who have been showered with both roses and triffids (sometimes simultaneously, for the same book)…
It was a big ask. I crashed and burned trying to come up with 10 in one go. Will keep thinking and add a couple more if I become more enlightened.
The Perks of being a Wallflower
Theme: Adolescence, its hardships, and growing up.
Recommend?: It’s a book that many people — teenagers as well as adults — can relate to.
Favourite Character: : My favourite character was the narrator, Charlie, because he is someone who people can relate to. He is an innocent adolescent who only watches from the sidelines — like a wallflower — but later becomes a man of action.
Favourite Scene: : My favourite scene was the one in which Charlie, Patrick and Sam drive through the tunnel and they feel “infinite”… it gave me a sense of joy and excitement.
Score: 4 stars
Some libraries in Los Angeles are having gaming nights - Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, and other console games. While we don’t have anything like that here – yet! – there will be a gaming night during this year’s SubText08. Wicked.
What does your writing space – assuming you have one – look like?
I wish mine had Alain de Botton’s chair.
A stack of new comics have arrived and are available to you all. We have:
There’s a lot more, inside … Read more…