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February 2012

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  • Books, Library Serf, New

    Waiting on Wednesday

    15.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Waiting on Wednesday

    Here’s a couple of titles that are on the horizon (esp. for Michael Grant (Gone series) and Vampire Diaries fans):

    BZRK, Michael Grant. A new series! “Noah and Sadie: newly initiated into an underground cell so covert they don’t even know each other’s real names. Trained for combat on the nano level, they are thrust into a war they can barely grasp. Vincent: feels nothing and cares for no one. He’s fighting a personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive. The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviors of humanity or authors of the darkest conspiracy in history? On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong’s Nexus Humanus. on the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK. This is twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity’s free will. It’s time to choose sides.” (amazon.com)

    The story comes complete with a prequel website (gobzrk) which you can follow on Twitter (@gobzrk). So interactive!

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Moonsong, L J Smith (although actually written by a ghostwriter). This is book 2 in The Hunters series, after Phantom. Elena has moved on to the exclusive Dalcrest College, where her parents met. And so has Stefan. And Damon. Things are going well with Stefan, and Damon is being nice (which, frankly, is much more dull than being nasty). Trouble is, students start disappearing from campus and it appears Elena is fated to be surrounded by danger and tragedy yet again: can she outrun them (danger and tragedy)?

    In the mean time you can keep up with Vampire Diaries news at L J Smith’s website.

  • Music, Synthesiser Patel

    Grammy winning CDs

    14.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Grammy winning CDs

    The 54th annual Grammy awards were held last night in Los Angeles, amongst the 78 winners (78! There used to be more, last year it was 109) were a few that can be found on the YA CD shelves. Read on…

    21 by Adele won six awards or something crazy like that, Album of the year is the most noteworthy. Confusingly, Rolling In The Deep won Record of the year and Song of the year, I couldn’t tell you the difference between those categories.

    Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters was another big winner, with four. They won awards in both the “Rock” and the “Hard rock/Metal” categories, so they are to be commended for being “genre-spanning”.

    Watch The Throne by Kanye West & Jay-Z features the song Otis which won an award for “Best rap performance”. Since it features an Otis Redding sample I suppose that kind of means he wins too. Well done, Otis!

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West won the other three rap categories. Well done to Kanye by keeping busy enough to release two albums this year, thus doubling his chances of winning Grammys. Shrewd move, Kanye, shrewd move indeed.

    Own The Night by Lady Antebellum won Best country album. In our catalogue it is under “Pop”, but that is probably just because we do not have a “Country” category in the YA section.

    Even though Taylor Swift’s Speak Now came out in 2010, the song Mean came out as a single in 2011, therefore it was eligible to win Best country song and Best solo country performance. Which it did. Grammy voters love Taylor Swift.

    Did any of your favourites win?

  • Grimm, News

    Super Sleuths

    14.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Super Sleuths

    The Edgar Awards are given annually for excellent pieces of fiction in the mystery genre. There’s a young adult category! So, if you like a good mystery, Edgar says these are top in 2012*:

    Shelter, Harlan Coben

    The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson

    The Silence of Murder, Dandi Daley Mackall

    The Girl is Murder, Kathryn Miller Haines

    Kill You Last, Todd Strasser

    * winners will be announced in April.

  • Library, Library Serf, New

    Hot New e-Books

    13.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Hot New e-Books

    Huzzah. Here’s a selection of e-book additions to the library collection:

    Drink, Slay, Love, Sarah Beth Durst

    Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey

    Crossed, Ally Condie

    Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare

    The Red Shoe, Ursula Dubosarsky

    Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson

    Note that the library e-books are available to borrow for two weeks, and you don’t have to worry about overdues (or losing them, obvs.). If you’re unsure what you need to do to start using the library’s e-book collection, then have a look at this step-by-step help guide (it should have all the answers).

    Additionally, we have some new downloadable audiobooks, for example:

    The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater

    Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson

    Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos

    Beads, Boys and Bangles, Sophia Bennett

    I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, Cora Harrison

    If you’re not sure you want to commit to an audiobook, you can test-drive it by listening to a sample, and if the title you want is not available, you can reserve it – you’ll get a notification by email when it’s ready to collect (note that you only have a couple of days to pick up your reserves).


  • Internet, Library, Library Serf

    What people are looking for

    10.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on What people are looking for

    Here’s a Top 10 list of the most popular searches on the library’s Easyfind catalogue in January 2012, followed by some examples of “when good searches go wrong” (don’t try those at home).

    Top 10 Easyfind Searches

    1. the hunger games
    2. hunger games
    3. harry potter
    4. tintin
    5. cherub
    6. downton abbey
    7. diary of a wimpy kid
    8. game of thrones
    9. geronimo stilton
    10. road code

    Other interesting popular searches include: Eragon, Glee, Robert Muchamore, Cassandra Clare, Naruto, and building android apps.

    Strays, Orphans and Waifs 🙁

    1. downtown abbey
    2. dairy of a wimpy kid
    3. the book theif
    4. kattyperry
    5. confessions of gerogia nicholson
    6. business inteligence
    7. blood promsie
    8. roald dahi
    9. fittle princesses fittle princsses fittl princsses
    10. the weeknd

    <3 typos

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    10.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    The video of the week (well, last week actually).

    Victoria Beckham + Fashion x Cats = awesome.

  • Flash games, Internet, Isn't that cool?

    Like this? Like that!

    09.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Like this? Like that!

    If you’re looking for readalike suggestions (or a way to waste much time), then try this. It’s a very cool home-made (by someone very clever) visual book-recommender thingy, based on Amazon’s large database of items. It uses the information Amazon gathers about customer purchases to create links (myriads of links!) between your favourite titles, and other similar ones.

    For example, here’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan using the gizmo. If you are using a mouse with a scroll button, scrolling will zoom in and out, revealing a really large web of possibilities. Another example: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

    Very cool.

    (found via mediabistro.com)

  • Grimm, Top 10

    Top 10: Victoriana

    04.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Top 10: Victoriana

    Queen VictoriaThe nineteenth century: mystery, adventure, magic, the supernatural, orphans, the industrial age of machinery and steam; all good stuff. Here’s a selection of fiction set in Victorian times (strictly speaking 1837 to 1901), mostly in London.

    1. The Hunchback Assignments, by Arthur Slade. Steampunk mystery! The catalogue says: “In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.”
    2. Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare. Speaking of steampunk, Cassandra Clare brings her world of shadowhunters and Magnus Bane to 19th century London, complete with automatons.
    3. The Agency series, Y S Lee. Speaking of mystery. Mary Quinn is an orphan rescued from death by hanging and set to work for a detective agency (masquerading as Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls) as an undercover agent, investigating mysterious deaths. Which is a much better fate.
    4. The Monstrumologist, Rick Yancey. The monstrumologist is Doctor Pellinore Warthrop, and 12 year old Will Henry is his apprentice. Together they hunt and study monsters, epic and mythic and horrible. The sequel is The Curse of the Wendigo and – stop press! – The Isle of Blood has recently arrived.
    5. Everlasting, Angie Frazier. Described as part romance, part adventure, Everlasting tells the story of Camille, who travels from San Francisco to Australia on her father’s ship, only to have the ship founder, and to discover a letter from her supposedly dead mother (complete with treasure map to a magic stone that holds the secret to immortality). The first mate is where the romance comes in.
    6. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray. A fantastical, magical adventure story (again, with some romance), in which Gemma Doyle arrives in England after the violent death of her mother in India, and becomes aware of a frightening and wonderful spiritual realm, and her own considerable magical power.
    7. Whisper My Name, Jane Eagland. Set in 1885, Whisper my name is a Victorian mystery with a backdrop of séances and mediums – the author says on her website: “A fascination with the world of Victorian spiritualism, the British in India, nineteenth century theatre and science all form part of the mix.”
    8. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens. It wouldn’t do not to include the king of Victorian fiction.
    9. Bewitching Season, Marissa Doyle. More intrigue: “In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.” (catalogue)
    10. Folly, Marthe Jocelyn. “In a parallel narrative set in late nineteenth-century England, teenaged country girl Mary Finn relates the unhappy conclusion to her experiences as a young servant in an aristocratic London household while, years later, young James Nelligan describes how he comes to leave his beloved foster family to live and be educated at London’s famous Foundling Hospital.” (catalogue)

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    03.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    Syndetics book coverDior couture / photographed by Patrick Demarchelier ; creative direction, Fabien Baron ; essay, Ingrid Sischy ; foreword, Jeff Koons.

    It’s movie awards season so lots of blah blah blahing about celebrities and what they wear on the red carpet, especially in the countdown to the Oscars.  New York’s The Cut wrote this interesting post about just how much it costs to dress a star for an awards ceremony.  They focus on this outfit worn by Charlize Theron to the Golden Globes – which ‘cost’ just over $8 million.   The lovely dress by Dior cost $30 thousand alone (hence, the link to the Dior Couture book, which we have in our collection – reserve here – and is lovely by the way).  YES that much money!
    BUT all on loan, not a cent actually paid for by the star – naturally.

    Who’s your favourite red carpet outfit / celebrity?

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