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  • Books, Internet, Nostalgia

    Joyeux anniversaire!

    12.01.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Joyeux anniversaire!

    It was Tintin’s 80th birthday on Saturday. Yet he looks so young! Happy birthday, Tintin.

    Here’s our collection of Tintin books.

  • Classic novels, Edna Welthorpe, Happenings, Internet, Nostalgia

    Gran of Green Gables

    30.07.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Gran of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables turns one hundred this year, and to celebrate an extensive website has been put together. It has an introduction to Anne, a list of Anne books (and there are lots), and an Anne quiz. If you’re new to the Anne of Green Gables books you will want to read from the beginning, which the library – believe it or not – has for you. If you don’t want to read it, you can always watch the television series (and two sequels).

    An Anne book was written and published this year; Before Green Gables, a prequel to the original book.

    Anne is also very popular in Japan.

    For more links and news, check out Blogging Anne of Green Gables.

  • Classic novels, Nostalgia, Prudence

    The Classic Novel List

    04.07.08 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    The Classic Book list (written in Haiku) has been transferred from the old Teen webpages, and will soon be updated. We enjoy writing Haiku, and we enjoy reading classic novels – it only made good sense to combine our two interests.

    Classic novels is one of the SubText genres this year, so if you want to enter the draw to win a spot-prize and get an extra shot at the main prize, then read and review one of these.

  • Grimm, Music, Nostalgia, Top 10

    Top 10: YA CDs old enough to have a YA card

    07.04.08 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    The Young Adult CD collection is, on the whole, about what’s hot in the popular music world. However, CDs that are just about ready to sit NCEA exams shouldn’t necessarily be sniffed at as something only your parents would bother listening to; some of them are pretty special really.

    1. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991). When Nirvana released ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (their first commercial hit) they created a stir that hasn’t really been seen since. The song even made a weird, cabaret-style guest starring appearance on Moulin Rouge!, the movie, in 2001. But never mind ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’; there’s also ‘Come as You Are’, ‘Lithium’… Nevermind is a truly classic rock album.
    2. Massive Attack, Blue lines (1991). The first hip hop masterpiece. Massive Attack was cutting edge and they’ve been hugely influential in the hip hop, dance, electronica, dub scene.
    3. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine (1992). Critics say this is their best. It’s got ‘Killing in the Name’, which is what Rage is best known for… Zack de la Rocha sounding really annoyed and Tom Morello doing weird things with his guitar without – he is quick to point out – pedals and stuff like that.
    4. Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots (1994). ‘Vasoline’ and ‘Interstate Love Song’ are awesome – Allmusic.com calls ‘Interstate Love Song’ “a concise epic as alluring as the open highway”. Scott Weiland’s got a great rock voice, which you can also hear in Velvet Revolver, the band he formed with the Guns n’ Roses musicians.
    5. Soundgarden, Superunknown (1994). You can’t beat Soundgarden; shame about the break up. Soundgarden fans must despair of Chris Cornell doing things like the movie theme for Casino Royale (the Bond movie with Daniel Craig). “How can you sing that after stuff like ‘Spoonman’, ‘The Day I Tried to Live’, ‘Fell on Black Days’ and ‘Black Hole Sun’?” they must ask while crying into their Starbucks coffees and wiping their noses on their plaid shirt sleeves.
    6. Blur, Parklife (1994). ‘Parklife’ the song was really incredibly irritating, because a lot of marginal Blur fans liked to sing it and the only words they knew were ‘Parklife’… over and over… The album is about British life in the early 1990s, so maybe in a couple of years it’ll be a set text for History courses.
    7. The Cranberries, No need to argue (1994). Had to put this one in because it has a girl singer! So, there’s no need to argue…
    8. Shihad, Killjoy (1995). Will be getting its YA card some time this year. Go Wellington music!
    9. Green Day, Insomniac (1995). I was going to put Dookie but someone lost the young adult copy… for shame! Dookie has ‘When I Come Around’ on it of course, but Insomniac is also pretty good. You’ll know Green Day for songs like ‘American Idiot’ and ‘When September Ends’ on the American Idiot album (2004).
    10. Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon collie and the infinite sadness (1995). I could have put Gish here (1991), and critics think that Siamese Dream is their best (1993), but Mellon Collie’s got ‘Tonight, Tonight’ on it, one of my favourite songs ever, and this is my list! It’s a double album with a gazillion songs on it, including ‘1979’ and ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ to name the other well known ones.

    So that’s my list. You should check them out, for an education if nothing else.

  • Books, Internet, Nostalgia, Simon

    Sweet Valley High Strikes Back

    01.04.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Sweet Valley High Strikes Back

    The Sweet Valley High series is to be reprinted and – since it originally came out in the 80s – it will be updated to reflect changes in things like technology and fashion. So instead of the girls writing diaries, phoning one another and wearing pastel leg-warmers, they will write blogs, IM and text, and wear footless tights.

    (We still have many of the original SVH books in the library, if you’re keen.) 

  • Comics, Edna Welthorpe, Nostalgia

    Elfquest for free!

    25.03.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Elfquest for free!

    Elfquest was a comic series that began in the late 70s, and it is still being published today. We have several graphic novels in the library. But! Like all good things, it can be found for free on the Internet. Each week several issues are added to the archives at the Elfquest website – eventually all 6000 pages (!) will be available.


  • Classic novels, cute animals awww, Horror, Nostalgia, Simon

    The Terror From the Deep

    11.02.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Terror From the Deep

    The population of the world’s deadliest creature – the box jellyfish – is increasing. These are very different to the jellyfish we find washed up on the beach; these things have four brains, 24 eyes, and 8 foot long tentacles of death. And they swim around in massive packs. Packs of death.

    If you like the idea of oceanic horrors, you may like the classic stories of H. P. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu tales have been influencing popular culture for decades (Hellboy, for example, or maybe Cloverfield). They were written in the early part of last century but still frighten.

  • Games, Internet, Nostalgia, Simon

    You are never too old* …

    29.01.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on You are never too old* …

    Lego celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday. See how Lego is made! (By cool robots!) Why not get out your Lego bricks and build something? 

     *(Proof that you can never be to old for Lego.) 

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