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  • Library Serf, Movies, News, Trailers

    Breaking Dawn Part 2 Trailer

    12.09.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Breaking Dawn Part 2 Trailer

    Let the other games begin!

    Breaking Dawn Part 2, in which Bella leaps tall pine trees in a single bound, and in which the big show down between the Cullens and the Volturi finally takes place, has a trailer:

    The film is out on November 16th. Read the book to refresh your memory before then! Also, watch Part 1 on DVD (80c on a young adult card).

  • Library Serf, News

    Some Miscellaneous News

    31.08.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some Miscellaneous News

    In time for the weekend.

    Mermaids. Some people think that “mermaids are the new vampire”. We’re not sure (they said that about angels and werewolves and things), but here are a couple of articles that elaborate:

    • io9 on upcoming Mermaid novels
    • The Independent, taking up io9’s idea and running with it in music and fashion.

    (Here are the mermaid books we’ve got in the library at the moment)

    Movie castings. We hear that Magnus Bane has been cast and will be played by Godfrey Gao. This has been met with cheers from various parts of the virtual world, including Cassandra Clare’s blog (she says he’s the hottest man in the world), and others interested in casting multi-cultural characters, for example thinkprogress. On a similar subject, Finnick Odair was unveiled as Sam Claflin earlier this month (Entertainment Weekly talks about it here).

    The Mortal Instruments on Facebook. Relatedly, the Facebook page for the City of Bones movie was launched on the 23rd of August. It promises photos (“production stills of the Mortal Instruments talent and crew”), so you can like it and keep up with the MI news.

    Neil Gaiman: advance advance notification. Neil Gaiman announced earlier this month that his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is due to be published in the middle of next year. So you’ve got about a year to speculate!

  • Books, Library Serf, News

    Horror Thriller Wins an Award!

    07.08.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Horror Thriller Wins an Award!

    Pyre of Queens by David Hair has won the Young Adult category of the LIANZA Book Awards, announced last night. “Mandore, India, 769 AD: An evil sorcerer king has devised a deadly secret ritual: he and his seven queens will burn on his funeral pyre and he will rise again with the powers of the demon king, Ravana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of the court poet.

    “Jodhphur, India, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, four teenagers meet and realise that the deathless king and his ghostly brides are hunting them down. As vicious forces from the past come alive, they need to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries and fight an ancient battle… one more time.” (catalogue description)

    This is the first in the Return of Ravana series. Here’s the book trailer:

    Congratulations to all winners! More information is on the LIANZA website here.

  • Internet, Interview, Library Serf, News, Sport

    Some Links

    26.07.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some Links

    If you’re a Jodi Picoult fan, and you’re interested in Between the Lines, the new novel she has written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, then here’s a Radio New Zealand interview they did together today, talking about the inspiration for stories, who to cast in the movie, and other such writerly things.

    Here’s a lovely salute to Margaret Mahy by American author Kristin Cashore, focussing on the many reasons why MM’s young adult writing is so wonderful, and so deservedly award-winning.

    If you are interested in the Olympic Games and statistics, the New York Times has a map of medals won by country from 1896 to 2008. It is pretty cool (if you’re not into stats) and very interesting (if you are). In 1984 New Zealand won enough medals for “New Zealand” to appear on its circle.

    NPR.com (National Public Radio, I believe) in the US is compiling a list of the best young adult novels ever. You can vote for your favourites (a bit of good taste from New Zealand won’t hurt).

  • Books, Library Serf, News

    Farewell to Margaret Mahy

    24.07.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Farewell to Margaret Mahy

    We are very sad this morning to hear that Margaret Mahy, queen of magical story and rumbustification, has died.

    Some links:

    The Margaret Mahy pages at Christchurch City Libraries

    TVNZ news tribute

    Beattie’s Book Blog post

    All her books at Wellington City Libraries

  • Facebook, Jack, News

    Big Announcement! Hunger Games Quiz!

    29.05.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Big Announcement! Hunger Games Quiz!

    We’re very excited to bring you a Hunger Games quiz via our Facebook page and even more excited to give away a $100 iTunes voucher for the winner!


    Correctly answer the questions carefully compiled by the Teen Blog Quiz Committee, supply your name, YA library card number and email address and you go into the draw. Tell your friends to enter too. Tell them to like the page as well, ok?

    You’ve got until 5:30 pm on Monday June 18 to submit your answers. The draw will take place on Tuesday June 19 and we’ll let you know as soon as we can after that who the winner is!

    Good luck!

  • Books, Library Serf, News

    Jack Lasenby Wins an Award

    17.05.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Jack Lasenby Wins an Award

    Wellington writer Jack Lasenby has won the Young Adult category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards, announced last night.

    Calling the Gods is a futuristicky, action-packed story of survival: “Banishment is the cruellest punishment, and Selene is being driven out unjustly by her own people. A story of violence, love and courage, of leadership and betrayal, a tale of a young woman’s heroic persistence against impossible odds.” (catalogue)

    Read a review of Calling the Gods at the National Library’s Create Readers Blog.

    The Bridge by Jane Higgins received the Honour Award.

    Congratulations to everyone!

  • Events, Library Serf, News

    Christopher Paolini in Wellington in June

    23.04.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Christopher Paolini in Wellington in June

    The writer of the enormously popular Inheritance books is going to be in town on Thursday June the 28th!

    Tickets for the event will cost $5.00 (bargain!) and will be sold through the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, but you can register your interest now if you’re keen: just email them – you can find their contact details and more information on their website right here.

    Also, if you haven’t yet read Inheritance (the final book in the series) and you’ve been waiting for the reserve queue at the library to calm down, now’s your chance!

    Mr Paolini is also tweeting about his book touring adventures, and other interesting stuff.

  • Horror, Library Serf, News


    26.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Intersections

    If you’re learning to drive at the moment you’ll know all about giving way to your left, and sitting and thinking about whether you’re the top of the T.

    The New Zealand Road Code, in print form, has not caught up with these rule changes yet, but the online version has.

    If you want to try out your intersection skills, here’s a cool interactive test: watch out for cyclists.

  • Jack, Movies, News, Social Networking

    Some people were at the premiere of ‘The Hunger Games’ and then tweeted out what they thought

    14.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some people were at the premiere of ‘The Hunger Games’ and then tweeted out what they thought

    Are you getting excited about the prospect of seeing The Hunger Games on the silver screen? We are. It premiered in Los Angeles last night, and now that everyone in the world is on Twitter and we all tweet about everything we do and see, it’s easy to find out what the people that were lucky enough to be there thought of it. The Huffington Post handily collected some tweets in a slideshow, here. By all (of these) accounts, Suzanne Collins will be very pleased with the adaptation.

    Oh, and if you need to read the book first to compare them, do so here.

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