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  • Music, Sci Fi, Simon, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Reviews of the Week 4 & 5

    08.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Reviews of the Week 4 & 5

    Waiting for the Weekend : Vol 2
    Various artists

    Contains many cruisy songs that are great (as the cover suggests) for the weekend. Relaxing songs you can just shill out to as it contains a range of recent famous singers, usually played on the radio. Suprisingly I found, they were mainly male artists which was a shame because as a female, it’s nice to hear some female artists too. Didn’t know that many songs when I looked at the playlist at the back but it was ok.

    ~ Jessica (17)

    Pegasus in Space, by Anne McCaffrey

    This story was a really good read and I am giving it 5 stars. This story revolves arround Peter, a Kinetic who is also a Paraplegic. At the beginning of the book he moved his body with Kinesis and by the end he could walk normally thank to a Micro-Talent Amariayah. I recommend anyone to read this book.

    ~ Zach (15)

  • Music, Simon, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Review of the Week 3

    08.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Review of the Week 3

    This isn’t a review of a CD but it’s topical nonetheless!

    Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

    This is an amazing author, she knows exactly what people want from a book and she gives it, and more! Her books are about romance. And not the kind of puppy love that you get in high school and can’t even remember the name of when you’re older. This is the kind of love that exists until the end of time, that renders both parties useless and unable to survive without the other. Everyone who I have talked to has read this book and absolutely loved it, because it’s not just about vampires that only fantasy lovers read. This is a book everyone loves because although it’s about the supernatural it’s so completely human that it makes you want to cry. This is a truly amazing end to a mystical, magical spell-binding series about true love that conquers everything.

    ~ Alex (15)

  • Simon, Subtext, Subtext Quiz

    Week four theme: Classics

    08.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Week four theme: Classics

    Next week’s theme for reviews is classics. This is a broad category, covering literature that has withstood the test of time. (We have a page for the classics here, in fact.) Many of you may have read a classic novel (or play) for school, so you should have something to review!

    And here’s the classic-themed quiz! Do it and receive an extra chance to win – get it all right and you get another chance to win.

    And it’s not too late to register – do so if you want your quiz to count!
    Exclamation mark!

  • Edna Welthorpe, Subtext, Subtext Events

    Subtext news

    05.08.08 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    The second weekly SubText draw was done by the lovely Andree and Prince Caspian, who is unfortunately a little too small to see in the picture. The winner of the $40 book voucher was D. J. – congrats, matey!

    Here are some photos from the Subtext games night at Karori on Friday. Braving the awful weather and missing the final episode of America’s Next Top Model (I can’t believe Heather didn’t win), Subtexters enjoyed Wii, Guitar Hero, and eating pizza. Two of you won a prize which should turn up in the mail today.

    The next event, Teen Idol, will be at Newtown library on the 15th of August.

  • Music, Simon, Subtext, Subtext Quiz

    Week three theme: Music/CDS

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Week three theme: Music/CDS

    Next week’s theme for reviews is music and CDs. Send us in a review of a CD and you will get a bonus chance to win a prize or two.

    There is also a new quiz! It asks tough questions about music and musicians. It is the Kim Hill of music quizzes. Here it is!

    (Don’t forget that you can still do the first two quizzes if you haven’t already.)

  • Edna Welthorpe, Library, Subtext, Subtext Events

    SubText Event tonight at Karori

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on SubText Event tonight at Karori

    Don’t forget that tonight at Karori library is the annual SubText games night. It starts at 6pm, and there will be lots to do and food to eat. The library will be closed to the public so you will have the place to yourselves. At last – an opportunity to run around and eat junk food in a library! A dream fulfilled for many of us.

    Interesting facts about Karori; the name possibly comes from a Maori word relating to ‘snare’, or trap. Karori became part of Wellington in 1920, and has one of the largest cemeteries in New Zealand.

  • Books, Simon, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Review of the Week IV

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Review of the Week IV

    This is the fourth Review of the Week for this, er, week. There were other reviews that have been awarded a bonus draw for the final prize. The quality of all the reviews has been outstanding; thanks to all of you!

    Coming Back, by David Hill

    When Ryan’s car hits Tara and sends her flying, the world falls out from under both their feet. In the confusion that follows, both must find a way of coming back.

    David Hill’s writing is honest, often blunt; the voice of an utterly convincing teen. He explores concepts such as guilt, love, and determination. I recommend that you read this book at least once – I’ve lost count of the times I have.

    ~ Mereana (13)

  • Books, Simon, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Review of the week III

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Review of the week III

    See Ya Simon, by David Hill

    See Ya Simon is an emotional book about a young boy, Simon, with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and his best friend, Nathan. It is told in first person by Nathan, as he tells the story of the last year of Simon’s life. David Hill cleverly enters the mind of a young teenage boy dealing with his best friends illness. By having Nathan narrate the story Simon is presented as a brave and fun boy without it revealing his inner worries about his impending death.

    Being a person who knows someone with MD, this story was extremely touching and gave a great, realistic look at the illness.

    This story teaches you a lot about MD, and I strongly recommend it to everyone because of the characters, jokes and writing.

    ~ Emma (16)

  • Books, Grimm, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Review of the Week II

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Review of the Week II

    Another New Zealand book that might grab your fancy, reviewed with flair…

    Tanith by Sherryl Jordan

    Full of suspision and anger at the girl that their Chief brought home one night, the villagers took it out on Tanith. Calling her “wolf-woman” and generally being mean to her, Tanith finds solace with a pack of wolves. The villagers find more and more reason to suspect Tanith of witch craft when a pledge son comes to love her. To destroy her “power” the villagers kill the pack of wolves. I really got into Tanith and just had to read it in a day, but unfortunately night came all to soon and I had to put it down just to continue it the next day! The only thing I didn’t like was the ending… Tanith should have gone with the wolves, and the pledge son should have gone with her. My favourite character would have to be the wolf cubs, they just sounded sooooo adorable. Over all a good book.

    ~ Ana (15)

  • Books, Grimm, Subtext, Subtext Review

    Review of the Week I

    01.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Review of the Week I

    Thanks to everyone who submitted reviews this week – you’re in with the chance to win (the draw will be on Monday)! If you reviewed a New Zealand book then you have an extra chance: quite a number of you did (it’s good to see you reading New Zealand stuff). Here’s the first of our highlighted reviews for this week:

    Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox

    This was my second attempt to read this book, and I was surprised at how easily I got through it this time. With the main character in hiding at the start, and everyone feeling confused and annoyed after the events at the end of the previous book, the start possibly wasn’t the most grabbing. But once the story got away from its prequel and started into its own, things became more interesting. Laura, the heroine, slowly slips back into society, along with her father who had become a fugitive from the Dream Regulatory Body, who control the dreamhunters (people who can enter the mysterious Place and catch dreams to perform for others).

    Laura knows that Cas Doran, head of the regulatory body, is up to something, which she doesn’t discover until she journeys deep into the Place. This discovery sets off a chain of events that ends with discovering the true nature of the Place.

    Also, Laura falls in love with another dreamhunter called Sandy, and is pregnant at the end of the book. It’s very sweet.

    ~ Sylvia (14)

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