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  • New Magazines, Simon

    New Mags 21/01/11

    21.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Mags 21/01/11

    There are loads of new magazines. Loads! One day they will be old magazines, and sold in the library booksale maybe.

    Transworld Skateboarding
    Feb 2011 – Began in 1983
    Australian Mad Magazine #463 –  Began  in 1952. In its ‘golden years’
    Creme April 2011 –  Began in 1999. Just a baby!
    Simpsons Comics #171 –  Born in 1993 and still going strong, evidently
    Entertainment Weekly #1143, #1144 – Started about 1144 weeks ago (obvs), in 1990
    Playstation Magazine March 2011 –  Either began in 1997 or 2007, depending on your perspective
    Official Australia and New Zealand XBox 360 #65 –  Appeared in 2001, if you’re still interested
    Dolly Magazine March 2011 – I guess with a name like ‘Dolly’ it sort of makes sense this magazine appeared in 1970
    Girlfriend March 2011 –  I don’t know. The early 90s maybe? Pfft.

  • Events, Isn't that cool?

    Get fit in the city

    21.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Get fit in the city


    Urban Survival Series

    Tuesday 22nd March Central Library  4-5pm

    The flying guy in this photo is from NZ Parkour, come and discover how you can get in on the action at this taster session.

    Recreation Wellington will be there with some fitness freebies, and as a bonus, you can tell them what you think they should be doing for young people in this city.

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    18.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    This week we’re fashion / music themed.


    Pink lipstick.
    Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday.
    Ariel Pink and pink jeans.


    Hmm, not sure about some of these outfits.  Am I just too old?  Awesome song though.

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

    Popular New Books!

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    Delirium, Lauren Oliver (441 pages) – It’s another Lauren book! says Lauren. What’s more dystopian than a world without love? Lena lives in a world where love is a disease (delirium), and without love life is predictable, orderly and safe. On your eighteenth birthday you get treatment to ensure you don’t become deliriously in love. But in the lead up to Lena’s eighteenth something happens…

    First sentence: It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.

    The Monstrumologist, Rick Yancey (454 pages) – “Monsters are real” says the back cover, and Will Henry is apprentice to a monstrumologist. When the body of a girl and a supposedly extinct headless monster show up, Will and the monstrumologist must race to get to the bottom of this mystery, and stop further deaths.

    First sentence: The director of facilities was a small man with ruddy cheeks and dark, deep-set eyes, his prominent forehead framed by an explosion of cottony white hair, thinning as it marched toward the back of his head, cowlicks rising from the mass like waves moving toward the slightly pink island of his bald spot.

    Prom and Prejudice, Elizabeth Eulberg (231 pages) – The inspiring Jane Austen! This one’s a reworking of Pride and Prejudice (as the title suggests), set in “the very prestigious Longbourn Academy”. Lizzie is a scholarship kid, her friend Jane is not. Jane is in love with Charles Bingley, which Lizzie is happy about. She’s less happy about Will Darcy, Charles’ snobbish friend… For Pride and Prejudice fans, but not purists who might get upset about revisionings.

    First sentence: It s a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.

    Romeo & Juliet & Vampires, Claudia Gabel (via William Shakespeare, 231 pages) – includes an excerpt from the upcoming Little Vampire Women, another in the mashups genre. This time the Montagues want to suck the Capulets’ blurd. New meaning to “blood feud” and all that. Romeo and Juliet fall in love, worryingly, and you kind of know how it’s going to end. Differently from Twilight, that is.

    First sentence of Chapter One (the prologue seemed to be all about Vlad the Impaler): Juliet sat on her bed and stared at her reflection in an ornate gilded mirror, which she held close to her face.

    Far From You, Lisa Schroeder (355 pages) – another novel in verse form from the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me. After the death of her mother, Ali reluctantly goes on a road trip with her new stepmother and her baby. Trapped by a snowstorm, Ali must confront her sense of loss, as well as look to the heavens for rescue.

    First verse: We’re alone / with only / the cold / and dark / to keep up / company.

    Blessed, Cynthia Leitich Smith (454 pages) – continuing from Tantalize and Eternal, with characters from both, Blessed follows Quincie as she comes to terms with her vampireness, and restaurateur-ness, and also tries to get Kieren (werewolf) off murder charges while stopping Bradley Sanguini (also a vampire) in his evil tracks. In order to help with this overload of work she hires Zachary (angel) as a waiter, which is probably a good move: can he help save Quincie’s soul?

    First sentence: Have you damned me? I wondered, staring over my shoulder at the lanky devil in dark formal-wear.

    Firelight, Sophie Jordan (323 pages) – Dragons! Jacinda is a draki, a dragon shapeshifter, Will is a hunter of  draki, star-crossed lovers of the most dangerous kind. “Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide,” says the book cover, nicely put.

    First sentence: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it.

    Vesper, Jeff Sampson (288 pages) – Emily is discovering that she and her classmates are genetically engineered and have powers that come into effect at night. They’re also being hunted by a murderer.

    First sentence: I was halfway out my bedroom window when my cell rang.

    A Love Story: Starring My Dead Best Friend, Emily Horner (259 pages) – Cass goes on the road trip she planned with her best friend Julia just before Julia was killed in a car crash, with a bicycle, and Julia’s ashes in a tupperware container. The adjectives on the back are good: poignant, life-affirming, tender, vibrant, plus there’s a “kookiest”.

    First sentence: I spent the summer with the smells of rain and grass and sky, and the horizon stretching out for ten miles in front of me.

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    11.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday


    The latest rounds of Fashion Weeks – Milan, Paris, London – have just wound up.

    (Fendi – fashiongonerogue)
    I’m totally digging the retro grandma vibe going on!  Longer length skirts, fur-trimmed coats, brightly coloured tights, wacky prints and colours and heels with socks.  Here’s some of my favourite looks.

    (Dries Van Noten – fashiongonerogue)

    (Jil Sander – fashiongonerogue)


    JORTS.  It’s time to pack away the jeans shorts, time to admit they’re over and to acknowledge that they’re actually a little tacky.  Its winter now – just say no!

  • cute animals awww, Prudence

    Slow Loris. Sloth.

    09.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Slow Loris. Sloth.

  • Events, Pencil it in your diaries, Urban Survival Series

    Events this month: Urban Survival Series

    07.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Events this month: Urban Survival Series


    Tuesday 22nd March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Get fit for free with Rec Welly and NZ Parkour. Find out about the free and five dollar deals in town and learn how to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

    We have some fitness freebies to give away at this session – thanks Rec Welly!

    Thursday 24th March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Afford toys and gadgets
    : BNZ, CAB and the Community Law Centre are here to show you how you can get the stuff you want, and what to do when that cell phone you just bought breaks down.

    Monday 28th March 4-5m at the Central Library:
    Plan your OE with STA travel and Volunteer Service Abroad. All the tips and tricks for having the most amazing experience ever.

    STA will be giving away a Lonely Planet guide book to one lucky person at this session.

    Wednesday 30th March 4-5pm at the Central Library:
    Get your music and art out there: The singer from Poppy Dust and the guys from OOsh Multimedia on how collaboration, thinking outside the square,  and following your dreams can get you, your art, your music, and your life where you want them to be.

  • Books, Horror, New, Simon

    Old Books

    04.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Old Books

    Just kidding! These are new books. Not to dismiss older books though! They’re still worth reading.

    Anyway, this week’s new books are serious, or grim, or thrilling, or kind of funny, or supernatural, romantic and also scary. Or a mixture of those!

    Dark Water Rising, by Marian Hale (233 pages) – In 1900 a hurricane hit Galveston, a city in Texas. It was the USA’s deadliest natural disaster. This is the story of Seth, a boy whose family has just moved to Galveston and will need to try to survive through the storm (which struck before hurricanes were given names).

    First line: ‘The train clicked on its rails, rumbling past cow pastures and summer-parched fields of grain and hay.

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King (326 pages) – Vera’s best friend, who she secretly loves, goes and dies shortly after betraying her in retaliation for something she didn’t actually do. She can clear his name, but only if she can forgive him.

    First line: ‘The pastor is saying something about how Charlie was a free spirit.

    Fall For Anything, by Courtney Summers (230 pages) – Eddie Reeves’ father was a successful photographer until he killed himself. Eddie needs to know why her father took his own life, and the mystery of his death deepens when she meets and falls for Culler Evans, an ex-student of her father’s.

    First lines: ‘My hands are dying. I keep trying to explain it to Milo, but he just looks at me like I’m crazy.

    The Last Ghost, by Helen Stringer (356 pages) – Belladonna Johnson can talk to ghosts, including those of her parents. When the spirits start to disappear, she and her pal Steve have to travel to the Other World to see what’s what in spirit land.

    First line: ‘It was Wednesday – the day of the week when it feels like Friday will never arrive.

    Sequins, Stars & Spotlights, by Sophia Bennett (327 pages) – This is the third book in the Threads series, about some friends in London who are getting their sequined? feet through the door of the fashion industry. In this, the final book of the series, the four chums are so close to beginning ‘glittering careers’ but! their ‘challenges suddenly seem so overwhelming.’

    First line: ‘I’m sitting in the back row of a mega-tent in Paris, surrounded by fashion students, buyers, editors and movie stars, and watching THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CATWALK SHOW I WILL EVER SEE IN MY LIFE.

    Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand (432 pages) – At the age of fourteen Clara learnt that she was part-angel. Now she is sixteen and she must complete a rite of passage – her purpose – that every part-angel must do. She soon finds that she is only a small part of some major celestial battle between angels and bad angels, the Black Wings. ‘Supernatural powers, forbidden romance’!

    First line: ‘In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees.

    Tyme’s End, by B. R. Collins (319 pages) – Bibi finds refuge in a deserted house called Tyme’s End. She bumps into its owner, who has been away for the past decade, and together they are pulled towards the ‘romantic, beguiling, sinister and malevolent’ house. Terror awaits them. And the reader!

    First lines: ‘I’ve had enough. There’s only so long anyone can stand being shouted at, and I’m way past it.’

    Entice, by Carrie Jones  (263 pages) – Evil pixies are kidnapping teens, Zara and her friends anticipate an all-out war. Zara’s soulmate, Nick, has been taken to Valhalla however, and the good guys need all the warriors they can get. BUT Zara gets pixie-kissed! So obviously that hampers things.

    First line: ‘“Am I really not allowed to complain about being here?” I ask as we enter Bedford High School about an hour late for the winter ball.

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    04.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday


    Let’s start with the NOTs this week, and the most obvious NOT of late would have to be the Christchurch earthquake wouldn’t it? Very sad indeed.

    If you’d like to donate money to help those affected by the earthquake you can pop along to any Glassons store and make a donation there – it goes toward the Christchurch Mayor’s Welfare Fund.  Go Glassons!

    Glasson’s distribution centre is in Christchurch (where they store their stock and distribute to their shops).  Let’s hope all their Christchurch staff are safe and sound!


    Now, back to the fashion and to Alexa Chung, the reigning queen of all things stylish. American Vogue voted her one of the best dressed women of 2010 and there’s no denying she’s one of  the more fashionable young ladies around. Anything she wears becomes highly covetable (hmm, coloured fur – got to get some!). And in fact you could say that even Glassons has come over all Alexa, with long pleated skirts, trenchcoats, fuzzy jumpers and brogues.

    Here she is talking about her love of vintage with style.com.

    And for those of you who are interested – here’s a link to the latest Lady Gaga brouhaha!

  • GLBT, Grimm, Top 10

    Top 10: Theatre

    04.03.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Top 10: Theatre

    There’s a fair amount of fiction about drama, acting and theatres, which kind of makes sense, since drama is what fiction is about, in some form of another.

    1. Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev. Very weird and well written. Bertie has grown up in the Theatre Illuminata, a sort of magical place where some of the great characters of the theatre are actually real, including the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peaseblossom and friends, and also the mysterious Ariel), and Nate the pirate-type (from The Little Mermaid I think?). Bertie is a bit accident prone, and also adventure prone, to the point where things get really out of control and the theatre is shaken to its foundations. Perchance to Dream, the sequel, is even more of a trip.
    2. Wondrous Strange, Lesley Livingston. The sequel is Darklight. Again there’s a sort of Midsummer Night’s Dream going on here. Kelley Winslow is a theatre actor who is about to have the faerie world unleashed on her (and vice versa), which involves having a horse hang out in her bath for several days, and meeting people like the mysterious Sonny Flannery, who guards the Samhain Gate behind which (and through which) bad things happen.
    3. Illyria, Elizabeth Hand. Yet more Shakespeare! This time cousins Madeleine and Rogan discover their acting talents in a production of Twelfth Night, as well as a problematic romance (they’re cousins). Narrated by Maddy as a reflection on the past, this was a winner of the World Fantasy Award. For older teens.
    4. The Jumbee, Pamela Keyes. A revisioning of The Phantom of the Opera, except where in Phantom it’s about the singing, here it’s all about the (Shakespearean) acting. After her father (who was a famous thespian) dies, Esti and her mother move to a Caribbean island where she attends a theatre school which appears to be haunted by a jumbee (ghost) with a gift for bringing Shakespeare alive and getting the best out of Esti’s talents.
    5. Cuckoo in the Nest, Michelle Magorian. Set in post World War II Britain. During the war Ralph received an education he otherwise wouldn’t have in his working class community, and develops a love for the theatre. When he returns to his family Ralph is caught between two worlds. He wants to become an actor, but this doesn’t sit well with his father at all, and Ralph must try and reconcile his background and his passion.
    6. Shakespeare’s Apprentice, Veronica Bennett. A historical love story of star crossed lovers (as in, like Romeo and Juliet). Sam is an actor in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a theatre group who performs (among other things) pieces written by the playwright William Shakespeare. Lucie is the niece of Lord Essex, and the two (most unsuitably) fall in love. Things get hairy when Lord Essex is convicted of treason.
    7. My Invented Life, Lauren Bjorkman. A comedy of errors (which Shakespeare was rather good at). Roz’s fantasy life sometimes gets in the way of reality. So, when she decides her sister Eva must be gay, she encourages her to come out by staging a (fake) coming out of her own. This sounds problematic already, but to make it more so, Roz has a large crush on Eva’s boyfriend Bryan. Oh the trials! The drama club’s production of As You Like It is the background for this one.
    8. Saving Juliet, Suzanne Selfors. Mimi is somewhat reluctantly performing as Juliet in her family’s Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet. On the final night, however, things get interesting when she and her leading man are transported to Verona (Shakespeare’s Verona, that is) and Mimi decides to help Juliet out a bit. But will she get back again.
    9. Malvolio’s Revenge, Sophie Masson. But wait, there’s more Twelfth Night, this time set in turn of the 20th century New Orleans. A group of travelling performers comes to New Orleans in the hope of staging their play, Malvolio’s Revenge, and stay at a plantation mansion called Illyria, the home of mysterious 17 year old Isabelle. Toby, the group’s young jack of all trades, “unravels the mysteries of Isabelle’s origins, [and] he begins to suspect something terrible will engulf them all.” (from goodreads.com)
    10. Talk, Kathe Koja. Kit is secretly gay, Lindsay is one of the popular crowd, and together they’re the stars of the school’s controversial play Talk. Lindsay falls for Kit, dumps her boyfriend, and therefore tests Kit’s real-life performance. The truth will out.

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