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  • Movies, New, Violet Beauregarde

    TWTWB

    08.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on TWTWB

    John Marsden’s ever-popular Tomorrow, When the War Began (see also our Top 10 Books with Death and Destruction), is being made into a movie. Yes! That’s right! And the trailer has been released.  You can watch it in HD on the official site, at this link. Or just watch this non-HD embedded clip.

    It stars Lincoln Lewis, who was? is? in Home and Away, and is perhaps an Australian Taylor Lautner. He is interviewed here.


  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Short Descriptions Of New Sounds

    07.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Short Descriptions Of New Sounds

    robin thickeR&B man Robin Thicke returns to library shelves with Sex Therapy: The Session. It was released a few months before Tiger Woods was in therapy, which makes him either cutting-edge or prescient. It’s more of what we’ve come to expect from Thicke, syrupy sweet ballads mixed with more “banger-y” numbers.

    cheryl coleFormer Girl Aloud Cheryl Cole has an album out called 3 Words. The title is a reference to her marriage break-up with English footballer, Ashley Cole (trust me, I read her wikipedia page and carefully deduced it so). Will.I.Am appears on four tracks, so it’s a welcome bonus for fans of holographic political pundits.

    Local indie-rappers Bandicoot have an ep on the shelves entitled Jurassic Warfare. On the back cover is a picture of a Triceratops shooting lasers out of its horns. Lasers out of its horns. I realise that doesn’t have anything to do with the music therein, which is a lot of rockin’ good fun, but dinosaurs and lasers should be enough, right?

    justin bieberCandian heart-throb Justin Bieber’s My World makes a long overdue appearance on the catalogue this week. From uploading his bedroom performances of Usher’s songs to youtube, to working with Usher and having his face adorn the bedroom walls across the tween demographic, it’s been a meteoric rise to fame for the youngster. Coming soon, My World 2.0?

    Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars released the Tiger-covered This Is War last year to much fawning over sculpted cheekbones and immaculate fringes. They’ve stepped sideways from the screamo of works previous and adopted The Edge’s guitar sound, whilst never losing sight of their grand, stadium-packing vision. Try if you enjoy Muse, The Killers and My Chemical Romance.

    One of my favourites, Connan Mockasin, dropped his solo debut, Please Turn Me Into The Snat a few weeks ago. Just trust me when I say it’s well worth a listen and is surely one of the best New Zealand albums of the year. Previous ep Uuu It’s Teasy is excellent also.

    Fans of YA music should watch this space in the coming weeks, a large shopping bag was filled with CDs recently…


  • Exclusive academies for rich kids who form cliques, Fantasy, Grimm, Horror, New

    Yet More New Books

    07.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Yet More New Books

    Another large load from the new book factory.

    Meridian, Amber Kizer (305 pages) – “dark, lovely and lushly romantic” says the cover. Meridian is half human, half angel and she’s packed off to her great aunt’s to come to terms with this fact. Here she must learn how to be who she is, work out how to use her gifts, and deal with the ever-present dark danger of the Aternocti. If you like books like Hush, Hush you might be interested?

    First sentence: The first creatures to see me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning after they brought me home from the hospital.

    The Mark, Jen Nadol (228 pages) – Cassandra can tell when people are about to die (there’s a glow like candlelight that only she can see). After coming to terms with this fact she sets about working out what this means, and whether she can influence fate.

    First sentence: There is nothing like the gut-hollowing experience of watching someone die, especially when you know it’s coming.

    The Orange Houses, Paul Griffin (147 pages) – Three outsiders – Mik, who is hearing impared; Jimmi, a street poet; and Fatima, a refugee – form a tight friendship and “set off an explosive chain of events that will alter the course of each of their lives.”

    First sentence: Everybody’s eyes were like, Say what?

    The Lonely Hearts Club, Elizabeth Fulberg (285 pages) – Penny swears off boys and forms The Lonely Hearts Club which becomes super popular, which is only bad when the founding member of said club finds a boy she kind of likes…

    First sentence: I, Penny Lane Bloom, do solemnly swear to never date another boy for as long as I shall live.

    Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials, Rosalind Wiseman (279 pages) – Charlie is trying to lay low in high school, since middle school ended up getting a bit ugly, but then her old best friend, Will, arrives back in town and he’s super popular on account of being hot, and Charlie ends up in the thick of things again, which turns “near deadly”. A story of friendship and what happens when you try too hard to fit in.

    First sentence: Here’s the deal.

    Hold Still, Nina LaCour (229 pages) – Caitlin’s friend Ingrid committed suicide, leaving behind her journal of writings and illustrations, which Caitlin reads and processes in the subsequent year.

    First sentence: I watch drops of water fall from the ends of my hair.

    The Vinyl Princess, Yvonne Prinz (313 pages) – Allie’s into vinyl and works at a record shop – bliss if you’re really into music. In this environment she works on her Vinyl Princess persona, publishing her first zine, blogging, and finding the true music geeks she knows must be out there. A story riding the Zeitgeist.

    First sentence: I sense him in my midst.

    The Life of Glass, Jillian Cantor (340 pages) – Melissa is coming to terms with the loss of her much-loved father, and with what it means to be beautiful, on the inside and the outside.

    First sentence: The last thing my father ever told me was that it takes glass a million years to decay.

    Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Saenz (239 pages) – Zach is eighteen and in rehab, suffering from amnesia induced by alcohol and depression. With help he can (we hope!) work through it all toward a better life.

    First sentence: I want to gather up all the words in the world and write them down on little pieces of paper – then throw them in the air.

    Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers (247 pages) – Reese is in juvy and wants to get out as soon as possible, but his friend Toon is getting a hard time and it’s hard being squeaky clean when people want to push you around.

    First sentence: “I hope you mess this up!”

    Undead Much?, Stacey Jay (306 pages) – zombies running amok again at school, with Megan Berry having to sort out the undead mess, which is hard when one of the undead might be even hotter than your hot boyfriend (and psychic too – how can you be psychic though if you don’t have a brain?).

    First sentence: Okay, this was it.

    A Voice of Her Own, Barbara Dana (343 pages) – subtitled “Becoming Emily Dickinson”. Emily Dickinson is one of America’s pre-eminent 19th Century poets, an unusual character known for her poems about death (‘Because I would not stop for death he kindly stopped for me’ etc), and who wore only white and refused to conform to society’s expectations. A Voice of Her Own brings to life her childhood and her unique voice.

    First sentence: It was too dreary, the last of our family’s possessions piled by the side of the road as if Gypsies had relinquished squatter’s rights and were moving on to points unknown.

    A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, Ying Chang Compestine (176 pages) – the cover says “A collection of deliciously frightening tales”. Chinese ghosts, apparently, are a bit of a nightmare unless you offer them some tempting food. Lucky, then, that this collection of short stories also contains recipes.

    First sentence (from ‘Steamed Dumplings’): Long ago, in 200 B.C.E., there was a small village called Bright Stars situated in the northern mountains of China, along the midsection of the Great Wall.

    Nothing, Janne Teller (227 pages) – translated from the Danish and described as ‘A Lord of the Flies for the twenty-first century’. Pierre Anthon climbs a plum tree and doesn’t come down because life is worth nothing. His friends are, unsurprisingly, concerned for him, so set about proving there is meaning in life by creating a “pile of meaning” in a sawmill, an exercise which sounds pretty cool on face value, but becomes sinister as the friends push each other beyond the limit.

    First sentence: Nothing matters.

    The Billionaire’s Curse, Richard Newsome (355 pages) – Gerald is a billionaire at thirteen, which sounds pretty cool, but his new status as a billionaire means he must solve a murder, with the help of his friends, because his life is in imminent danger.

    First sentence: The clock on the wall chimed twice.

    Drama Girl, Carmen Reid (Secrets at St Jude’s, 287 pages) – Gina, Niffy and Amy discover that mixing their home friends and their school friends can be problematic. Drama ensues.

    First sentence: ‘Mom!’ Gina Peterson exclaimed, holding her arms wide for a hug.


  • Grimm, New

    Some New Books

    06.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some New Books

    There’s a fair bit of ghosty historical stuff in this batch, plus some spies and intrigue.

    This Full House, Virginia Euwer Wolff (476 pages) – a novel in verse form, and the final book in the Make Lemonade trilogy (which is a great name for a trilogy). In which LaVaughn is in her senior year at high school, with the glimmer of hope of college at the end, but events during the year challenge what she thinks she knows about life and love.

    First sentence: I could not have known.

    Magic Under Glass, Jaclyn Dolamore (225 pages) – the cover says this is a story for fans of Libba Bray and Charlotte Bronte. Nimira works as a show girl in a music hall. When Hollin Parry, wealthy sorcerer, hires her to perform for him on his estate she thinks life is looking up, but then there are rumours of ghosts and madwomen, and her performing partner, an automaton that plays the piano, seems too real to be mechanical…

    First sentence: The audience didn’t understand a word we sang.

    The Shadow Project, Herbie Brennan (352 pages) – Danny accidentally attempts to rob the headquarters of The Shadow Project, which uses teen spies to astrally (is that a word?) project on missions around the world. He’s captured and then identified as gifted and soon finds himself caught up in a world of danger and supernatural intrigue.

    First sentence: Danny would never have noticed the door that night if it hadn’t opened a crack.

    Voices of Dragons, Carrie Vaughn (309 pages) – While rock climbing on the border between the modern and ancient worlds Kay Wyatt falls and is saved by the dragon Artegal, and a friendship develops between them. But human/dragon relations are strained and war is brewing: can their friendship stop the inevitable?

    First sentence: Her parents were going to kill her for this.

    Woods Runner, Gary Paulsen (164 pages) – Samuel knows how to take care of himself in the wilderness, and when his parents are captured by the British during the American Revolution, Samuel takes off in pursuit, all the way to New York City.

    First sentence: He was not sure exactly when he became a child of the forest.

    Ruined, Paula Morris (309 pages) – Rebecca moves to an exclusive academy in New Orleans where she is snobbed by her classmates (except for the lovely Anton (but why?)), but then she meets Lisette, who’s keen to be her friend. Trouble is, she’s also a ghost on a mission. Hurricane Katrina also stars.

    First sentence: Torrential rain was pouring the afternoon Rebecca Brown arrived in New Orleans.

    All Unquiet Things, Anna Jarzab (337 pages) – Audrey and Neily try to find out who killed Carly (friend and ex-girlfriend respectively): it’s got something to do with Brighton Day School’s dark underbelly.

    First sentence: It was the end of summer, when the hills were bone dry and brown; the sun beating down and shimmering up off the pavement was enough to give you heatstroke.

    The Long Way Home, Andrew Klavan (345 pages) – action and thrills a-plenty. Charlie West wakes up one day to find that terrorists want to kill him, the police want to arrest him (they say he’s killed his friend), and he must return home to find some answers and, hopefully, dig himself out of this big mess. The back cover says, winningly, that this is “like a teenage version of 24“.

    First sentence: The man with the knife was a stranger.

    Heist Society, Ally Carter (287 pages) – another punny title from the Gallagher Girls creator. Kat has been trying to leave her family business (being one of jewel heists and scams), but when a noted mobster’s art collection is stolen and her father ends up being suspect number 1 Kat must find who is really responsible, and keep one step ahead of Interpol and the mob.

    First sentence: No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Colgan School.

    Plus we’ve also got:

    Fade Out (Morganville Vampires), Rachel Caine

    Falling Hook, Line and Sinker (An Electra Brown book), Helen Bailey

    The Den of Shadows Quartet, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (this is In the Forests of the Night, Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror and Midnight Predator in one volume).


  • Library Serf, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: April 2010

    01.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: April 2010

    A tie for first this month, between the extremely popular spy and supernatural romance genres. Actually, the Most Wanted list this month is a sort of spy/supernatural palindrome, with a bit of Glee in the middle and an Australian World War II interloper (Markus Zusak), oh, and Push. It’s almost symmetry, which I am told is more visually interesting.

    1. Crocodile Tears, Anthony Horowitz [no change] = Fallen, Lauren Kate [up 1]
    2. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer [up 5]
    3. Brigands M. C., Robert Muchamore [down 1]
    4. Glee : The Music Volume 2 [no change]
    5. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl [up 4]
    6. Glee : The Music Volume 1 [no change] = Push, Sapphire [no change]
    7. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer [down 1]
    8. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer [no change] = The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [up 1]
    9. Secret Army, Robert Muchamore [new]
    10. Hourglass, Claudia Gray [new]

    It’s all about series (apart from the Australian World War II interloper, oh, and Push): Fallen is being followed by Torment in October this year; Hourglass is the latest in the Evernight series, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be producing Beautiful Darkness, also in October 2010, Robert Muchamore and Stephenie Meyer are the king and queen of YA series, and, as you will see in the post below, Stephenie Meyer is even producing a novella about Bree soon. Phew.


  • Books, Internet, Simon

    More Meyer

    01.04.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on More Meyer

    Stephenie Meyer’s newest book – a novella (a small novel!) – is due to be released in June this year. It will be called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Bree is one of the characters from Eclipse I think? Anyway, to thank the masses of people who have bought the Twilight books and made Meyer very rich indeed, this book will be available for free online at www.breetanner.com. For a month only!



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