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  • GLBT, Graphic Novels, Great Reads, Horror, Librarian's Choice, Nicola, Reviews

    Nik’s picks: Graphic Novels

    10.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Nik’s picks: Graphic Novels

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsIn 2011, DC comics announced a massive overhaul of its superhero titles. All existing titles were cancelled, and 52 new titles were announced This was a controversial move, for many reasons, which you can read about on the wikipedia page. I’m hoping I’ll be able to take you through the continuity changes of both the Marvel and DC universes this year, but to start out, I’ll be discussing a few standalone titles that don’t require you to have extensive knowledge of the Marvel or the DC universes to enjoy. First up: The Demon Knights series, which was started by Paul Cornell. There are three volumes in the series; sadly it was cancelled in 2013. Smaller titles like this one often have a hard time reaching the sales numbers of the “classics” like Batman and Superman. That doesn’t mean that it’s not worth picking up!

    The heart of the “Demon Knights” is the character of Jason Blood AND the demon Etrigan. Two separate men, bound together by the great wizard Merlin to contain the latter’s infernal power. They, along with six other characters, ranging from an Amazonian fighter to a barbarian to a Knight of Camelot, are called together to protect a small village that stands in the way of an evil horde’s path.

    What I like about this title is that the “heroes” all have to face the consequences of their actions; the damage they do to the people of this new land is not brushed aside. They often struggle against the differences between their “home” worlds and the new land in which they find themselves, as well as cultural differences between them. These are not the shining, pure heroes of much of the DC universe; the characters have done truly evil things and the question of redemption hangs over their heads. Are they better than those they are fighting? There are no easy answers. Definitely worth picking up if you see it in our graphic novel collection. It’s in DC under “other”.


  • Adrienne, Competition, Movies, Trailers

    #TheFaultInOurStars Giveaway

    05.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on #TheFaultInOurStars Giveaway


    To celebrate the cinematic release of the much anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s celebrated book Wellington City Libraries in association with 20th Century Fox New Zealand are giving away 10 double passes to The Fault In Our Stars. To enter click here.

    Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. The Fault In Our Stars, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    John Green is the bestselling author of many titles including Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, and Paper Towns.


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: June 2014

    04.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: June 2014

    The Fault in our Stars excitement is here for real and John Green is at the top of the most wanted again. We’re super excited to see Eleanor & Park on the list as this is one of our librarian’s choicest choices too.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
    2. Divergent,Veronica Roth [down 1]
    3. City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare [up 1]
    4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak [down 1]
    5. Minecraft: construction handbook [up 4]
    6. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
    7. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [down 1]
    8. Minecraft: combat handbook [new]
    9. The One, Kiera Cass [down 2]
    10. Eleanor & Park , Rainbow Rowell [new]


  • Movies, Pencil it in your diaries, Rachel, Trailers

    TFIOS is nearly here!

    03.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on TFIOS is nearly here!

    The wait is nearly over!! The Fault In Our Stars movie comes out on Thursday! That’s just TWO DAYS away! And we even get it before the USA does. Time differences rule sometimes. I’ve collected together some TFIOS facts for all you excited people out there across the interwebs – have you got anything interesting to add to this list?

    1. John Green was trying to get an international release date for TFIOS so that all his fans would be able to see it at the same time. It kind of worked – NZ, Australia and the Netherlands are the first to be able to see it on June 5th, it comes out in the USA on June 6th and the UK gets in on June 19th. Amazingly we are one of the first to see it instead of having to wait a few months after the USA release!

    2. The TFIOS trailer had over 3 million views on it just 24 hours after it was released.

    3. Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Gus) already appeared in the Divergent movie together earlier this year, and in it they played siblings. Hmm.

    4. TFIOS is the 4th solo novel by John Green.

    5. John and his brother Hank run a Youtube channel called vlogbrothers where they upload videos three times a week.

    6. John Green took the time to cast all the character of TFIOS as US presidents.

    And just in case you forgot, here’s the trailer again:

    Aaaaaand the special extended trailer as well:

    So who’s coming to the see it with me on Thursday? Or do I have to go and bawl my eyes out in the cinema alone? Let us know your thoughts on the movie down in the comments!



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