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New, like, SVH books?

There is some good news for people (who are probably no longer teens) who grew up reading the Sweet Valley High series of books. (If you read all 150+ of them this will be very good news.) New books in the series are due out of Francine Pascal’s well-used word processor next year, and the Wakefield twins have now grown up and moved to New York. There they become besties with Serena van der Woodson and together they become vampires (just kidding around).

Also, Diably “Juno” Cody is to write and produce a Sweet Valley High film. How about that?


… At Karori library there will be a teen-only event. Are you a teenager? Then you can go! Are you not a teenager? That is a pity! You will not be able to go, sorry! There will be free food, free internet on all PCs, and free console gaming. Free entry. You won’t need to spend a cent.

It begins at 6.30pm and finishes at 9pm.

New Mags 8/10/10

It is almost the 10th day of the 10th month, 2010! Or 10/10/10! But that’s a Sunday, and the new magazines must go out today.

Teen Vogue October 2010 – Bieber Fever! | Bieber is on the cover! | Not this Justin Bieber! | Also, celebs are wearing ‘slimmed-down cargo jeans’
Creme November 2010 – Paramore (“your fave band”) is on the cover! | Behind the scenes with Justin Bieber! | ‘Hugs for ChCh’ | Paramore word search
Girlfriend October 2010 – Cody Simpson (the Australian Bieber!) | BFF vs. BF | Paramore | Boy Body Hang-ups | Pick ‘n’ Mix Spring Trends (denim! noooo)

New Music, New Haiku

linkin park

Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns

Not even the light
from a thousand suns can pierce
maturities’ gloom


Shihad – Ignite

Stalwarts of local
scene truck on, introduce new
colours to palette


Kelis – Flesh Tone

Being overlooked
results in a move to the
dancefloor it would seem

scott pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim vs. the world : original motion picture soundtrack

Graphic novel as
film offers up better sounds
than most of its ilk.


Interpol – Interpol

Self-titled release
indicates return to roots,
results may vary

Animals, Sport and Music

Some new documentaries on DVD!

Best of Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr

“Reptile agent Dr. Brady Barr has spent his entire career studying some of the world’s most amazing and deadliest animals. In the hit series Dangerous Encounters, Barr travels around the globe on a series of death-defying, hair-raising expeditions to study reptiles and other wildlife in their native habitats. His main goal is to study these animals before their habitat is destroyed to better understand what they need to survive in the wild. Best of Dangerous Encounters features Barr’s most dangerous moments with some of the planet’s most unapproachable animals, including his headline-making bite from a 12-foot reticulated python” (cover)

2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa : The Final, Netherlands vs Spain

“Every four years the world stops to watch football’s best of the best. Over a billion people tuned in to see if the Netherlands or Spain would be the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions. Neither country had ever won the cup, so it would be a first for one of them. Here is the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final from start to finish including the presentations – an unforgettable souvenir for every fan of the beautiful game” (cover) 

2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa : The Highlights

“Here are the highlights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup including all the action from each group – A through to H, Round 16, the quarter finals, semi-finals, and the final itself. The goals, the drama, interviews and excitement – all the highlights are here, followed by the final summary from SBS special commentators Les Murray and Craig Foster” (cover)

2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa : New Zealand

Features all three matches played by the New Zealand team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but the All Whites ended the tournament as the only undefeated team. Relive the magic.

Crusty Demons, the 7th Mission

A group of men, set out on their seventh motorbike adventure together. Then they jump all their bikes of big cliffs and things and they crash, breaking bones and causing fleshwounds while Papa Roach, Powerman 5000, White Zombie etc. shout things. Mission accomplished?

Nirvana : Unplugged in New York

An acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993 for the television series MTV Unplugged. Features two songs not originally broadcast plus five previously unreleased rehearsal performances.

Awesome; I… Shot That!

“On October 9, 2004, at a sold-out performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden, longtime rap superstars the Beastie Boys revolutionized the formula for concert films by distributing cameras to fifty audience members and encouraging them to shoot their own footage of the musical performance. Capturing the event in a completely fresh and prismatic way, these fifty filmmakers used their diverse points-of-view to bring to life the total experience of a Beastie Boys concert, from the stage to the back rows, from the performers to the adoring fans.” (cover)

Across the universe

The Scale of the Universe – from the very largest (i.e the universe) to the very smallest (Quantum foam! for real!). Presented so that you get a sense of scale. We are so small. So very, very small.

What isn’t depicted is the resulting existential void you may find yourself in. See you there!

Television and Movies

New movies and an awful lot of Doctor Who on DVD! Also The O.C.!

Letters To Juliet.

In Verona, Italy – the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet – there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It’s there that aspiring writer Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets of on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter’s author, Claire, now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson, all three will discover that sometimes the greatest story ever told is your own. (cover)

Doctor Who : The Complete Second Series

Originally released for television in 2006, this is the second season with Billie Piper who older readers might remember for this. Included are 6 discs with more than 18 (!) hours of dalek thwarting shenanigans for fans of the Doctor and sci-fi in general.

Doctor Who. The creature from the pit

This is a selection of Doctor Who from the Tom Baker years (back in the late 70s). The back cover promises regtag groups of bandits, giant eggshells, some things called Wolfweeds and somewhat mysteriously, soething only described as very large with a terrible secret. Also included are a generous selction of special features.

Doctor Who. Spearhead from space

This is from the early 70s, also known to Doctor Who afficianados as the John Pertwee years. Expect mysterious meteorites, people going missing, a man with two hearts, faceless creatures and other irregular happenings. Time is raced against whilst the earth is saved.

Doctor Who. The tomb of the Cybermen

This time from the Patrick Troughton starring 1960s, our Doctor saves the day in black and white. It appears that the Cybermen are all dead, but then it appears that they aren’t. Chaos ensues.  If you watched all the new Doctor Who this week it would probably take an entire day. Think about that.

Doctor Who Series 5, Volume 3

More Doctor Who if you can believe it. This is the newest Doctor, Matt Smith. Once again the world, and universe (I assume), is in danger and only Doctor Who can put things right. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but everything works out just fine.

The O.C. Season Two

The romances of Ryan-and-Marissa and Seth-and-Summer go from very over to very on, Sandy and Kirsten face choices that could trainwreck their 20-year marriage, felon (and Ryan’s brother) Trey gives Newport Beach living a try, Julie’s past comes back to haunt her and others with shady pasts and shaky futures join the scene (cover)


The comic story of a dodgeball championship. Under the painful tutelage of legendary ADAA champ Patches O’Houlihan, Peter LaFleur and his Average Joes take on the Purple Cobras, led by egomaniacal fitness guru White Goodman.

Just Married

Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy take the cake in this outrageous hit comedy! Sarah (Murphy) is a happy-go-lucky rich girl whose meddling family is as snobbish as it is wealthy. Tom (Kutcher) is a hope-I-get-lucky party guy who prefers sports bars over fancy cars. But opposites attract sidesplitting fun when these two young newlyweds embark on their perfectly planned European honeymoon with disastrous – and hilarious results! (cover)

New Books

Here they are! Some new books! Yay!

Numbers 2 : The Chaos, by Rachel Ward (345 pages) – Adam has inherited his mother’s gift; he can see the date of a person’s death in their eyes.  In an especially interesting twist (I think!) everyone’s death date is the first of January, 2027.This is the sequel to the thriller, Numbers.

First line: ‘June 2026: The knock on the door comes early in the morning, just as it’s getting light.

Closer, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (508 pages) – This is the fourth book in the Tunnels series. Each volume is massive! Lots of reading. Basically, it’s about a fifteen-year-old boy who discovers a city in the middle of the earth ruled by the nasty, expansionist Styx. But one sentence can not adequately encapsulate 2,000 pages!

First lines: ‘Waves of flame, red through white. Hair singes, skin contracts.

Spirit Hunter, by Katy Moran (279 pages) – Shaolin assassins, the Empress of China, the Silk Road, Horse Tribe shamans, war and bloodshed. This is the third book in the Bloodline series, a Google search informs me.

First line: ‘Chang’an, capital of the T’ang Empire, around AD 665: Swiftarrow knelt at the Empress’s feet, bowing low.

Darkwater, by Georgia Blain (278 pages) – Grim! It’s 1973, and a school girl has been found dead by a river. Fifteen-year-old Winter, who knew the girl, investigates and discovers that the ‘answers she is looking for are closer than she ever wanted to believe.’

First lines: ‘I’m not sure who found Amanda Clarke’s body. I think it was her mother, but I may be wrong.

Jekel Loves Hyde, by Beth Fantaskey (282 pages) – Jill Jekel and the ‘gorgeous, brooding’ Tristen Hyde get together to recreate the experiments from the classic novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, who certainly didn’t love one another but goodness what an interesting book that would be. Anyway! Jill tries some of the formula and it unleashes her ‘darkest nature’, risking everything (esp. Tristan’s love).

First line: ‘I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday.

White Crow, by Marcus Sedgwick (265 pages) – This book has a very interesting trailer! ‘There are still gothic elements to White Crow, but this feels like something of a new direction for Sedgwick. This is essentially a contemporary tale of two girls’ friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. It is an original and exceptional novel of tragedy, angels, devils and friendship’ (yoinked from The Bookseller via Amazon.co.uk.)

First lines: ‘She could have been anyone. She could have been any girl who arrived in Winterfold that summer.

Dead is So Last Year, by Marlene Perez (192 pages) – ‘Smart pyschic teens’, the Giordano sisters, solve mysteries in the ‘notoriously spooky’ town of Nightshade, California. This is the third in a series about the sassy psychic sisters surmounting supernatural strangeness.

First line: ‘“Daisy, you’re back!” Chief Mendez saud when he answered the front door.’

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee : Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay, by L. A. Meyer (554 pages) – Jacky is rich! And so goes to London, thinking that she’s no longer wanted by the crown. She lands, is arrested, and promptly shipped off to the convict settlements in Botany Bay, Oz.

First line (of chapter 2): ‘The final carpentry changes to the Lorelei Lee being completed, Amy and I are off in the Morning Star for a weekend at Dovecote.

New Digital Audiobooks

If you like listening to books then you’ll be keen to see what’s new in the digital audiobook collection: a couple of princesses, some vampires, a high school student who can travel through spacetime to distant territories, and something for Glee fans.

The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor – “Princess Alyss Heart is brutally cast out of Wonderland by her vicious Aunt Redd, who beheads Alyss’ mother (Off with her head, she cries!) and begins to rule over Wonderland with an iron fist.” (Overdrive catalogue)

Princess Ben, Catherine Gilbert Murdock – “With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire…” (Overdrive catalogue)

Also new to Overdrive are: The Strange Power and The Possessed, L J Smith, books one and two of the Dark Visions series, and also all eight books in the Pendragon series by D J McHale. Finally for Glee fans you can listen to the first spin-off book, Glee: The Beginning by Sophia Lowell.

You can browse the Overdrive collection: have a look at the young adult collection, and also the children’s fiction collection: start here.

What’s Overdrive? It’s a collection of digital audiobooks that’s available to you for free if you have a WCL library card. It’s easy to use: just download the Overdrive media console (kind of like an iTunes equivalent), browse for books and start downloading (each catalogue record will tell you about format and compatibility).

Most Wanted: October 2010

Let us take you back to 1993: the 20th Century. Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Jurassic Park hit movie screens around the world (and Fresh and Fruity yoghurt pottles), Radiohead released their first major album (Pablo Honey), Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch called it quits (you knew Mark Wahlberg had a funky bunch?), the Lions toured New Zealand, and John Marsden published Tomorrow When the War Began. That is to say, Tomorrow When the War Began is seventeen years old this year! And it’s made it into our Most Wanted list, in a solid second place (see also Dead of the Night at number 6). It must be the excellent movie (and the dude from Home and Away?). So there you go, they’re still a crazy popular read.

1. Shadow Wave, Robert Muchamore [no change]
2. Tomorrow When the War Began, John Marsden [newandshiny]
3. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
4. Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare [down 1]
5. Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead [down 1]
6. Dead of the Night, John Marsden [newandshiny]
7. Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick [down 1]
8. Torment, Lauren Kate [new and on order]
9. Brigands M. C., Robert Muchamore [up 1]
10. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer [down 3]
10. Teenage Dream, Katy Perry CD [new]

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