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  • Books, Grimm, Movies, New Zealand

    The Changeover

    20.09.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Changeover

    The Changeover, the movie, opens in cinemas next week! It stars great New Zealand actors Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless, and also the super-creepy (in a good way… we think) Timothy Spall, and features Erana James as Laura Chant, and Nicholas Galitzine as Sorry (more information at IMDB here).

    We’re super excited! Being librarians, to celebrate we suggest you read the fantastic novel by Margaret Mahy. We’ve got lots of copies, and we love the cover of this new edition.

    If you prefer to listen, Radio NZ is also doing readings of The Changeover, narrated by Miranda Harcourt (another great New Zealand actor). The first episode is here.

    Enjoy!


  • Books, Grimm, Movies, Sci Fi

    The 5th Wave

    06.01.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on The 5th Wave

    Is coming to a movie theatre near you very soon! We’ve just ordered extra copies of the book by Rick Yancey. ‘Mindblowing,’ people say. ‘Unputdownable.’ We shall read it and see!

    If you want to get ahead, the second book is called The Infinite Sea. The third instalment will be out in May, so we’ll be ordering this soon and we’ll let you know when you can reserve it.

    Mean time, the movie website is quite cool and features pictures of Chloe Grace Moretz looking like ‘huh?’ a lot.


  • Comics, DVDs, Sci Fi, William

    Have you seen the latest Star Wars footage?

    26.11.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Have you seen the latest Star Wars footage?

    The Official trailer was released six weeks ago, but it looks like there has now been a new “TV Spot” (a fancy word for an ad) with some brand new footage in it.

     

    If you are someone like me who flicks through our Star Wars encyclopaedias, and hasn’t watched the movies in years, we have them all if you need to catch up.

    Or maybe you have already seen those 100 times, and want to delve deeper into the Star Wars galaxy? We have plenty of comic books detailing all sorts of backstories and side stories.

    I think that Star Wars : Darth Vader and the ghost prison by Blackman and Alessio sounds great: “Darth Vader and a crippled young Lieutenant must uncover secrets from Anakin Skywalker’s Jedi past in order to save the Emperor and defeat a coup from within the Empire’s own ranks.” (Syndetics)

    Am I missing any other great Star Wars resources? Let us know if there is something we have (or should have) that you really enjoy!


  • Books, Grimm, Movies, New

    Reserve a book!

    09.07.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Reserve a book!

    Last week I mentioned new fiction we were looking forward to ordering. Well, you can now reserve:

    Winter, Marissa Meyer

    Another Day, David Levithan

    The Heart of Betrayal, Mary E. Pearson

    We also have recently got extra copies of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This is getting the movie treatment, which we’re excited about. September, it is, which is the same month as The Scorch Trials. Incidentally, Paper Towns opens next week!


  • Classic novels, dystopia, Movies, Rachel

    Coming (not very) soon to a cinema near you

    21.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Coming (not very) soon to a cinema near you

    A bunch of movies have been announced for release next year, but some aren’t to be seen until the year after! So we’ll be waiting a while. But here are some of the book to movie adaptations we are excited to hear about, no matter how far away they are:

    Cover courtesy of SyndeticsPaper Towns (by John Green)

    There is no news on this yet – no cast or director announced – but it has a release date already! July 31, 2015. They had better get onto it then, that’s not even very far away!

    Pan (based on Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)

    Starring Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, this sounds like it will be amazing (although Rooney Mara’s casting as Native American Tiger-Lily is questionable). It’s directed by Joe Wright (who also directed Hanna, Atonement, Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley), Anna Karenina… With few exceptions, he sure does seem to direct a lot of adaptations of classic novels.
    According to ScreenRant: “The story not only reveals how young Peter found his way to Neverland, but also how be initially befriended the pirate James Bartholomew Hook – in the days before the latter’s surname became quite literal, after he lost one of his hands, replaced it a hook, and become Pan’s sworn enemy.” Sounds interesting!

    Cover courtesy of SyndeticsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (by Ransom Riggs)

    All we know is it stars Eva Green and will be directed by Tim Burton. We’re sold. (We also have the book as a graphic novel, if you want a peek into the potential visuals.)

    And then there a whole bunch of extremely exciting ones which we have zero details on, aside from the fact that they’re a happening thing:

    Cover courtesy of SyndeticsA Great and Terrible Beauty (by Libba Bray)
    Wicked Lovely (by Melissa Marr)
    The Scorpio Races (by Maggie Stiefvater)
    Wither (by Lauren DeStefano)
    The Diviners (also by Libba Bray)
    The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern)
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone (by Laini Taylor)
    Matched (by Ally Condie)

    We are waiting anxiously to see all of these! What are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen?


  • Books, Grimm, Movies

    Waiting to read The Maze Runner?

    15.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Waiting to read The Maze Runner?

    I’ve seen The Maze Runner. After I climbed out from under my seat (not great with tight, enclosed, shrinking spaces or giant spiders) I decided it was excellent. So have lots of people, judging by just how many reserves are being placed on the series of books by James Dashner. We’re busy buying more copies, but in the mean time here are some ideas for alternatives, which don’t necessarily have enclosed spaces or giant spiders, but, you know:

    The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness. If you like the roller-coaster aspect of The Maze Runner then Patrick Ness is your man. All three books in the Chaos Walking trilogy (The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first) are the reading equivalent of an express train. Gripping, scary, sad, mad, plus with a talking dog.

    Lockdown, Alexander Gordon Smith. This is the first in the Escape from Furnace series. Furnace is a prison, where Alex is, having been framed for murder. Frankly, things look a bit grim for Alex, but! We know he can do it.

    Variant, Robison Wells. Another prison, maybe. Benson Fisher applies to Maxfield Academy in an effort at self-improvement, but when he gets there he finds that Maxfield Academy is not exactly what it seemed.

    Legend, Marie Lu. Fast-paced dystopian action again. Day is the legend, a mysterious outlaw in the western Republic of what used to be the United States. June is the Republic’s prodigy, a fifteen-year-old special forces / secret agent type who is set the task of finding and catching Day. This is the first in a popular trilogy.

    Plus there’s our list of dystopian / futuristic / speculative fiction here.


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: October 2014

    02.10.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: October 2014

    The Maze Runner recently opened at a movie theatre near you, and it’s currently the second most requested young adult title at Wellington City Libraries. Reserve it now if you haven’t already! Other recent movies include The Giver and If I Stay. We also have a huge collection of books that aren’t movies… yet 😉 Have a look at our new books displays the next time you’re in the library these holidays, or browse through our new books blog posts.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
    2. The Maze Runner, James Dashner [new and yet oldish]
    3. Minecraft: construction handbook [down 1]
    4. The Revenge of Seven, Pittacus Lore [up 2]
    5. Minecraft: combat handbook [down 1]
    6=. Four: a Divergent Collection, Veronica Roth [down 3]
    6=. If I Stay, Gayle Forman [down 1]
    8. The Giver, Lois Lowry [up 2]
    9. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [down 1]
    10. Divergent, Veronica Roth [down 3]


  • Books, Grimm, Movies

    The Giver

    05.09.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Giver

    The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift, opens at the movies next Thursday the 11th. We have the book by Lois Lowry at the library (currently there’s a bit of a queue, on account of the movie). We also have The Giver‘s companions available, so this is a rundown of which is what and what happens when:

    The Giver (published 1993) – Winner of the Newbery Medal (rather prestigious). “Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.” (goodreads.com)

    Gathering Blue (published 2000) – companion to The Giver, rather than a sequel, in that although it is set after The Giver, it’s dealing with a different set of characters. Therefore technically you could read this first, possibly. “Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.” (goodreads.com)

    Messenger (2004) – A companion/sequel to The Giver. You might get some resolution from the end of The Giver but I wouldn’t want to give away too much. “Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.” (goodreads.com)

    Son (2012) – Read this one last. It wraps up the stories from the other three and (hopefully) makes sense of everything. “They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.” (goodreads.com)

    There is more information on Lois Lowry’s website.


  • anime, Movies, Rachel, Science!, Trailers

    New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 Trailer Tuesday

    08.07.14 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    The Wellington NZIFF programme launched a couple of weeks ago and there are so many to choose from – nearly 150 films are in the programme so it is absolutely chocka. Having given it some thought, I’ve picked out some I think will be hits! Check out my list and let me know what you’re excited for in the comments!

    The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (3D)

    From the director of Amelie comes a tale of a prodigious young inventor of completely zany and fascinating products. His perpetual motion machine comes to the attention of the Smithsonian institute and they invite T.S. to Washington, unaware he is just 10 years old. Determined to respond to the invitation, T.S. sets out alone one night on a cross-country adventure to collect his reward for his brilliance.

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The newest film from Studio Ghibli (The Wind Rises) and eight years in the making, Princess Kaguya is a retelling of a traditional Japanese folk tale. A humble bamboo-cutter stumbles upon a tiny princess-like doll hidden in a bamboo shoot. He takes it home, and he and his wife are shocked when the doll turns into a wailing baby. When gifts of gold and silks continue to appear, the bamboo-cutter and his wife decide to abandon their humble lifestyle to raise the girl as a proper princess.

    We Are The Best!

    We Are The Best! is the story of 3 young misfits growing up in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1980s. Klara and Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no particular musical talents, they channel their efforts into forming an all-girl punk band and enlist their shy, guitar-playing classmate Hedvig to join them. The story is based on a graphic novel by the director’s wife Coco Moodysson and fully embodies the DIY spirit of the punk movement.

    Patema Inverted

    Another exciting anime film, Patema Inverted is the story of young and inquisitive Patema who lives in a post-disaster underground world. While exploring one day she falls into a deep pit, but mysteriously finds herself falling upward to the Earth’s surface. However it is an upside-down surface – surface dwellers live by the opposite gravity to Patema. She is helped by a surface boy called Age, who explains that in his world “inverted” people like Patema are considered unholy sinners and she soon finds herself being pursued by secret police. Together Age and Patema must uncover the dark conspiracy lurking behind their inverted worlds.

    Particle Fever

    This is a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and the first proton-smashing experiments conducted there. It also follows closely the thrilling search for the Higgs boson, the particle that gives mass to other particles. It is a fascinating insight into the world of physics and discovering our own universe and looks to be extremely exciting!

    The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    This documentary follows Hayao Miyazaki and visits Studio Ghibli, which in itself looks like a Miyazaki movie. Miyazaki is working on his allegedly final film The Wind Rises, working by hand in a cluttered workspace filled with old technologies. Meanwhile, Ghibli’s other maestro Takahata Isao is working on Princess Kaguya (see above) across town in a completely different working environment. Ghibli producer and co-founder Suzuki Toshio shuttles between the two, managing their differing approaches with love and appreciation for the different challenges each film faces.


  • Library Serf, Movies, Social Networking

    Over on the Tumblr: New Mockingjay trailer!

    26.06.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Over on the Tumblr: New Mockingjay trailer!

    Yes, the first trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has appeared, guest-starring on the library tumblr. Note also the truly amazing print ads for each district – you can see them on the official Capitol website.


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