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October 2009

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  • Books, Fantasy, Raewyn, Reviews

    Book Review

    13.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Book Review

    Raewyn’s latest book review!

    Devil’s Kiss, by Sarwat Chadda – A Knights Templar! Who would have guessed that she could be one of them? Billi had thought it was a wonderful thing to be chosen as one of this elite fighting group when she was only 10 but now at 15 she has bruises everywhere and her Ordeal is to kill a boy of 6! Well actually it is a demon inside the body of a 6 year old boy but you have to be up really close to tell that. Then her friend Kay returns from Jeruselem and she is having to learn a lot more about how much evil there is in the world. When Kay looks into the Cursed Mirror and opens a portal to the other side things start to get weird. But when she is asked out on a date with a handsome young man she starts to think about doing normal things for a change – or is this just the beginning of the end?

  • Events, Library Serf

    Beauty on a Budget this Thursday

    12.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Beauty on a Budget this Thursday

    Reminder: Beauty on a Budget is on this Thursday (15th) at Wadestown Library! Visit this post for more details (cost $5.00, but this includes a mini facial, so you’ll be beautiful without as well as within).

  • Events, Jack, Twilight Trivia Night

    Official Twilight Trivia Night Video

    09.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Official Twilight Trivia Night Video

    In keeping with my tradition (can one other time even be considered a tradition?) of making video ads for our upcoming teen events, here is the official Wellington City Libraries Twilight Trivia Night trailer:


    Thank you to Kristina and Matthew for starring.

    Remember everyone to register, it promises to be a fun night!

  • Events, Grimm, Twilight Trivia Night

    Register now for the Twilight Trivia Night!

    06.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Register now for the Twilight Trivia Night!

    Registrations are now open for the Twilight Trivia Night (Friday 30 October, 6.30pm, Central Library). Enter your team (or yourself) here for your chance at glory and prizes.

    What’s the Twilight Trivia Night? It’s like a pub quiz but without the pub, and focusing on facts and trivia to do with the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer (the books, the movies, the music, the hysteria, the sparkles). According to the posters it’s the quiz “you can really get your teeth into.” Ha ha ha. We know there are some Twilight experts out there and we want to find out who you are! Of course non-experts will have the opportunity to duke it out for a special tactical non-expert award, so don’t be put off! Register now!

    badgesizeBut wait, there’s more! If you send in a team image we’ll turn it into a team badge for you. Email your image to teenblog@wcl.govt.nz. The badges are round and 5.5cm across. Here’s a poor diagram to help you visualise it. Anything is fine, pretty much.

    See you there.

    Quick update: for ages 13 to 18 (inclusive).

  • Jack, Music, New

    These are some new CDs we have

    06.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on These are some new CDs we have

    maximo parkMaximo Park are a guitar driven angular pop quintet from the UK. They’ve gained quite a following in the wake of the post-punk revival of the mid decade and look to continue this form with Quicken The Heart, their third effort.

    Head Like A Hole, or HLAH, were one of the most popular and hard-rockin’ NZ bands of the 90s. They might not fit into those leather pants as easily as they did back then, but they’ve been touring of late and reports have been overwhelmingly positive. The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands documents these shows.

    dirty projectorsAlong with Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors are the crossover indie-darling success story of 2009. Bitte Orca marries sweet harmonies and bursts of atonal noise in the most beautiful way imaginable, highly recommended. 

    mgmtMGMT were last years crossove indie-darling success story and to tide everyone over until a new full-length arrives their 2005 ep, Time To Pretend has been re-released. It includes the original versions of Kids and Time To Pretend, along with 4 songs that didn’t make Oracular Spectacular. Managementbros rejoice.

    Hip Hop Anthology is a four disc, well, anthology of hip hop. It’s a pretty in depth collection that turns the focus on quality – not necessarily sales – and is to be praised for this, unlike so many other compilations out there. Features tracks from the 80’s to today.

    PNC is a local rapper who loves his home town of Palmerston North City so much he named himself after it. His last album Rookie Card won best Urban/Hip Hop album at the 2007 Vodafone Music Awards and his newest, Bazooka Kid, just might repeat the effort.

    Lastly, Eskimo Joe return with Inshalla. Fans of commercial rock groups like Nickelback might find something to enjoy on this one.


  • Events, Tess

    Beauty on a Budget – Workshop for Teenage Girls

    06.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Beauty on a Budget – Workshop for Teenage Girls

    Want some tips on hairstyling, make-up and accessories?  Then come along to a special Spring workshop to be held at Wadestown Library.

    Learn special tips and tricks from our Wellington beauty experts.
    Date: Thursday 15th October 2009
    Time: 6pm-7.30pm
    Place: Wadestown Community Space (inside Wadestown Library).
    Cost:  $5.00 each (includes a mini facial, hair styling tips and accessories demonstrations).

    Beauty products also available to purchase. Healthy snacks will be served. Limited places available so register now!

    Enquiries to Community Coordinator, Louise Davies – ph 499-1825 or email Louise.davies@ wcc.govt.nz

  • Adrienne, Comics, Manga

    Online DC comics

    06.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Online DC comics

    What is Zuda Comics? That’s a great question. The short answer is that it’s an all-new line of Web Comics. The longer answer is that Zuda Comics are whatever you make of them.

    Zuda Comics is the webcomics division of DC. You can design your own comic for entry into their monthly competition, vote for your favourite entry, or simply enjoy the ones already online.

    While we’re on the subject, you can find the DC comics website here, and don’t forget to check out our collection of them in your library branch.

  • Capt. Walker de Planck, Flash games

    Flash 5

    03.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Flash 5

    One more week of holidays, so why not spend it indoors in front of the computer, playing Flash games? Why not indeed. Here’s a list of some new games [we have older lists – Flash, Flash 2, Flash 3, Pew Pew Pew (which should be Flash 4, I guess)]

    Clockwords – type words to shoot down clockwork spiders. The longer the word, the more damage the spiders take. ADDICTIVE. And educational!
    Tetris Friends – Play Tetris competitively – you can send completed lines into someone else’s game. I’m not sure who I played but I won on my first attempt, which was nice.
    Canabalt – a parkour-style game. Run until you, er, fall to your death (I made 1794m on the first attempt. Not too shabby.). 
    Max Damage – Max is a kid who likes to break things with his ‘toy’ cannon. Uses real physics, so could be considered educational maybe.
    Tane – Tane is … Tane. It’s also an actual game, believe it or not.
    Pixel – Very cool. Can’t begin to describe it.
    Steamshovel Harry – Didn’t play this (I’m at work, you know) so who knows.
    How To Raise A Dragon – Didn’t play it either but comes recommended.


  • Books, Exclusive academies for rich kids who form cliques, Grimm, New, Sci Fi, Simon

    A Variety of New Books

    03.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on A Variety of New Books

    Here’s a small amount of new stuff (no book covers though, as the server’s currently down). The little hooks are how we rate the first sentence.

    Fade, by Lisa McMann (248 pages) – the sequel to Wake. Cassandra Clare calls the book “shuddersome”, which is kind of a cool word. The dream catchers Janie and Cabel must expose something horrid that’s going on at Fieldridge High.

    First sentence: Janie spirits through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house.

    Hate List, by Jennifer Brown (408 pages) – Val’s boyfriend, Nick, uses a list he and she created (of things and people they hate) to mow down their classmates in the cafeteria. The story is about Val coming to grips with her role in what has happened, the loss of her boyfriend, and how to move on.

    First sentence: The scene in the Garvin High School cafeteria, known as the Commons, is being described as “grim” by investigators who are working to identify the victims of a shooting spree that erupted Friday morning.

    Killer, by Sara Shepard (A Pretty Little Liars novel, 321 pages) – the sixth book in the series, the first paragraph on the dust jacket says it all: “In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystal. But pictures often lie – and so do Rosewood’s four prettiest girls.”

    First sentence: What if, all of a sudden, you could remember every single second of your entire life?

    When Irish Guys are Smiling, by Suzanne Supplee (211 pages), and The Great Call of China, by Cynthea Liu (246 pages) – these two titles are part of the series S.A.S.S., or Students Across the Seven Seas, about girls (mostly I think) who go on exchange, experience culture shock, learn about themselves, meet cute guys, and all the other things you’d expect.

    Ember Fury, by Cathy Brett (232 pages) – Ember Fury’s parents are celebrities, and they are more interested in their own rise to the top than they are in Ember. So Ember – who hates the whole celebrity world – is a pyromaniac.

    First sentence: ‘Fizzzzz … crack … whoosh … It was a tiny tongue at first, then it spread like a rippling, orange blanket over the floorboards and poured itself up the walls.’

    Brainjack, by Brian Falkner (438 pages) – Sam Wilson, brilliant teenage computer hacker, has a go at the computer systems of the White House. This reckless obsession leads Sam into a dangerous world of ‘espionage and intrigue; of cybercrime and imminent war.’ Dangerous, sure, but pretty exciting you must admit.

    First sentence: ‘On Friday, on his way to school, Sam Wilson brought the United States of America to its knees.

    Mwah Mwah, by Chloe Rayban (263 pages) – Hannah’s plans for the holidays are foiled by her mother, who sends her off to Paris for a fortnight. Hannah isn’t too happy as she will have to stay with the unpleasant Matthilde (although I think we’d all like to grin and bear it if it means a couple of weeks in Paris).

    First sentence: ‘”Mayjesweesewer. Annaseraravy! Weegrobeezoo. Abeeantow.”

    Swerve, by Phillip Gwynne (228 pages)
    Trashed (A Year in Girl Hell), by Meredith Costain (151 pages).

  • Grimm, New

    Zombie Killing Heroine

    02.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Zombie Killing Heroine

    strangeangelsStrange Angels, by Lili St Crow, aka Lili Crow or Lilith Saintcrow, is a kind of kickass type supernatural novel about Dru Anderson, a “strange” girl who travels around with her father, dealing to nasties (zombies, werwulfs and the like). Then her father is killed zombified, and she’s trapped, and there are two boys who are really keen to help her out, but can she trust them? There’s more information here (she’s already written a sequel called Betrayals). I’ll go out on a small limb here and say that these might be a bit like the Casssandra Clare books maybe (not that I judge books by their cover or anything? Or if you’re into Twilight you could check them out to see if the romance passes muster.

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