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The Clockwork Angel Book Trailer

Today is the official publication date for The Clockwork Angel, the first in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (author of the Mortal Instruments series), and here is the official book trailer:

book cover courtesy of AmazonI wonder about book trailers and whether they’re a good idea – do you want to see what the characters and landscapes look like in a book trailer before reading? Hm. Anyway, the library copies will be ready for borrowing soon (they need library-proofing and cataloguing and whatnot first). If you haven’t reserved it yet and you’re interested in reading it you can do it now!

Reviews As Haikus


Kele – The Boxer

Bloc Party frontman
releases solo debut,
the indie kids dance.


Moby – Go, the best of Moby

Outspoken vegan
makes enough singles to just-
-ify a best of.


Various Artists – Stroke: songs for Chris Knox

Tributes for legends
should all be as good as this.
Get well soon, Chris Knox.

marina and the diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds – The Family Jewels

“I’m from Ancient Greece”
– Marina Diamandis
That’s a weird claim, huh?

groove armada

Groove Armada – Black Light

It’s the “dark album”
hi-NRG synth-pop tunes
abound on their sixth

as i am

Alicia Keys – As I am : the super edition

What makes it super?
The DVD probably.
Soulful as usual.

basement jaxx

Basement Jaxx – Singles

Another dance group
collects songs and puts them on
a disc. Repackage.


Sia – We are born

Sunshine pop from a
blonde-haired, blue-eyed lady from
the antipodes.

Nesian Mystik – 99AD

The Nesian Mystiks
return, Scribe shows up, so does
a guy called Wise. Chur.


More DVDs Than I Can Believe

The Last Song

last songSeventeen, angry, and alienated from her estranged father, Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life gets turned inside out when her mother forces her to spend the summer with him in the small Georgia beach town where he lives. Here, Ronnie finds salvation, friendship, second chances, and first love. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel and starring Miley Cyrus.

Animal Farm

animal farmIn 1954, a revolutionary animated feature hit screens across the world. George Orwell’s Animal farm told the story of animals staging a coup, taking over the land from their tyrannical master Farmer Jones and discovering the pitfalls of social order. Led by Snowball and Napoleon, the two most intelligent pigs on Manor Farm; the animals set out to create a life of equality, harmony and prosperity. Life runs smoothly at first but gradually Napoleon sees the chance to seize power above and beyond the others. He orchestrates the removal of the altruistic Snowball and assumes control of the farm. “Pig rule” is established with the animals finding themselves exploited once again. They dimly remember under the revolution that “all animals are equal”– though some obviously more so than others. – Cover

Racing Stripes and The Adventures Of Milo And Otis (double feature)

“Racing stripes” – During a fierce thunderstorm in rural Kentucky, a young zebra is accidentally left behind by a travelling circus. He is found by former champion horse trainer Nolan Walsh and ‘Stripes’ is quickly adopted as a favourite pet by his daughter Channing.

“The adventures of Milo and Otis” – Join a curious kitten named Milo and his inseparable buddy, a pug nosed pup named Otis, as the fall, frolic, scramble, glide and tumble through one exciting escapade after another in this acclaimed live action movie adventure narrated by comedian Dudley Moore.

Futurama : Season One

futuramaFry, a pizza guy is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year’s Eve 2999. Shenanigans ensue in a crazy future you’ve never imagined… Unless you’ve imagined booze-powered robots, foxy cyclopses and semi-literate lobsters that is. The Emmy award winning animated comedy from Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins

scooby doo“What brings best friends together? For Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy and Shaggy’s spunky pup Scooby-Doo, it’s a mystery! The feature-length live-action Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Begins original movie takes you back to when four teenage sleuths (plus one dog detective) first met. Unjustly accused of staging a spooky practical joke complete with ghosts, the kids are suspended from Coolsville High. To clear their names, they team to solve the supernatural mystery– and head straight into nonstop laughs and adventure. Special fun, special friends and extra-special effects make this “how-it-all-began” story – from boy-meets-dog to the first trip in the Mystery Machine and more – a doggone great time!” – Cover

Barbershop 2 : Back In Business

barbershop 2When slick new hairdressers Nappy Cutz opens across the road from his barbershop, Calvin and his haircutters must make a stand to save the shop from bankruptcy, and the neighbourhood from a shady development deal. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and Queen Latifah.

The Princess Diaries and The Ice Princess (double feature)

“The princess diaries” – A hilarious, hip and heart-warming modern day Cinderella story. Mia, a shy and gawky teenager who survives each school day with minimum attention, discovers the shocking news that she’s a real life princess.

“Ice princess” – Though she longs to become a graceful figure skater, gawky Casey Carlyle is only a brainy misfit with a strong willed mother pushing her towards a top university. But when Casey uses her head and follows her heart, she’ll find herself transformed beyond her wildest dreams.

Sorority Boys, My Boss’s Daughter and 10 Things I Hate About You (triple feature)

“Sorority boys” – “When three broke playboy chauvinists are thrown out of their college fraternity, they find themselves drawn to one last desperate hope for free room and board – the D.O.G. house, the Delta Omicron Gamma sorority. With a little makeup and some pantyhose, our heroes go undercover in ‘enemy’ camp while they try to figure out how to get back in the fraternity” – Cover

“My boss’s daughter” – “When ambitious junior executive Tom Stansfield accepts an invitation to the stately home of his grouchy boss, he thinks it’s for a big date with his boss’s sexy daughter. But Tom instead gets a big surprise when he’s expected to house-sit! And while he’s left to hold down the fort, Tom’s out-of-control coworkers begin showing up ready to party!” – Cover

“10 things I hate about you” – “On the first day at his new school, Cameron falls for Bianca, the gorgeous girl of his dreams! The only problem is that Bianca is forbidden to date– until her ill-tempered, completely un-dateable older sister Kat goes out too! In an attempt to solve his problem, Cameron singles out the only guy who could possibly be a match for Kat: a mysterious bad-boy with a nasty reputation of his own!” – Cover

Planet Of The Apes : Definitive Edition

“In the year 2029, interstellar reconnaissance missions are relegated to chimpanzee pilots from the space station Oberon in deep space. On one mission, a chimp loses communication and vanishes from the radar. Fearless astronaut Leo Davidson launches a rescue mission and lands on a jungle-like planet not unlike the earth. To Leo’s astonishment, English-speaking apes and primitive humans inhabit the planet. Following his capture by the apes and subsequent escape, Leo leads a rebellion against an overpowering ape force that will result in freedom or complete annihilation” – Cover

Lord Of The Flies

“When a plane carrying several dozen English schoolboys crashes on an uninhabited tropical island, the children are left to fend for themselves. Leadership is left to two very different boys – the charismatic and dependable Ralph, and the macho, wild Jack. Soon the island becomes split between Ralph’s sensible followers and Jack’s violence “hunters”, and the true nature of humanity is revealed as the film reaches its electrifying and disturbing climax” – Cover

Resident Evil : Apocalypse

Heroine Alice is thrust back into the war against the bloodthirsty undead and the fight against the powerful Umbrella Corporation, and is pitted against a super-human super-weapon, who has been unleashed to destroy her. Starring Milla Jovovich.

The Cake Eaters

Easy Kimbrough is the patriarch of the family and the local butcher. He is grieving over the recent loss of his wife, Ceci. He hides his secret ongoing affair. Beagle is his youngest son who was left to care for his ailing mother. He works in the local high school cafeteria by day but wants to paint street signs. Guy is the oldest son who has been away from the family for years while pursuing his rock star dreams. He learns of his mother’s passing, but misses the funeral. When Guy returns home, the family begins to unravel. Beagle’s pent up emotions connect with Georgia Kaminski, a terminally ill teenage girl wanting to experience love before it’s too late. Easy’s long time affair with Marg, Georgia’s eccentric grandmother, is finally exposed to Beagle and Guy. Guy discovers that while he was gone, his high school sweetheart has started a family of her own. Through it all, the Kimbrough’s and Kaminski’s manage to establish a new beginning in the face of their greatest fears.

Turn It Loose

Sixteen of the world’s best B-Boys battle one on one in a disused power station in the heart of Soweto, South Africa, to determine who will be the next world champion. TURN IT LOOSE is a film about the ‘BC One’ competition. Through the eyes of six competitors we leave behind any preconceived notions of what breakdance used to represent, and as the film digs deep, we discover an extraordinary form of non-contact combat that has evolved over 30 years to become a truly global 21st century phenomenon.

The Mummy Trilogy

“Brendan Fraser is the intrepid Rick O’Connell, braving supernatural danger and battling legions of undead Mummies across the world, from the burning desert sands of Egypt to the freezing Himalayas and the Great Wall of China. See the entire Mummy trilogy unfold with deadly enemies like the Dragon Emperor, fearsome monsters and spectacular white knuckle adventure!” – Cover

Watch Suzanne Collins read the first chapter of Mockingjay

Mockingjay has now officially been released to the world (we don’t quite have it yet but soon), which means there are finally sneaky peaks to be had on the internet (there were strict rules about this), for example this one: Suzanne Collins reading the first chapter of the book –

So what’s Mockingjay then and why all the hype? If you’ve been too busy with vampires you might not have read The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, which we recommend (some of us have put a Librarian’s Choice sticker on it). The Hunger Games takes its inspiration from reality TV shows, the ancient gladiator culture, and Greek mythology. In a dystopic future America which is controlled by the Capitol and the slimy President Snow, teenagers and children are annually thrown into an arena in a fight to the death (last one alive wins). Catching Fire was the second (we do strongly recommend you read them in order).

A few new books and a few new magazines

That’s right; only a few books. But there were an awful lot the other day, so we can’t be too sad.

Addicted to Her, by Janet Nichols Lynch (220 pages) – Rafael falls obsessively in love with Monique, whose attentions require that he must choose between her, and his family and his responsibilities.

First lines: ‘Monique! She’s everything I could ever want.

The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa (201 pages) – this is the sequel to The Melancholy of Hurahi Suzimiya. Which I can only recommend! Hurahi Suzimiya is the creator of the SOS club, and now she wants to create a film. She is also a goddess who can destroy the world (she doesn’t know this).

First line: ‘The sole worry of Haruhi, who looked like she didn’t have a worry in the world, could be summed up with the words “the world was too normal.”

Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto (484 pages) – The first in a series, I think. It is about angels – check the cover! One of them, Bethany, falls in love with the ‘handsome school captain,’ Xavier, in a wee town they – the angels – are protecting from the forces of evil led by a suave demon named Jake.

First lines: ‘Our arrival didn’t exactly go as planned. I remember it was almost dawn when we landed because the streetlights were still on.

And here are the magazines. They’ve built up! I have been on holiday.

Teen Vogue September 2010 – Get perfect skin | Read Lady Gaga’s self-confidence secrets | See the latest fashions | Flick past ads for those weird ‘shaping’ shoes
Simpsons Comics #164 – quite funny!
Entertainment Weekly #1113 – ‘The secrets of Inception‘ 
Entertainment Weekly #1114 – Eat Pray Love
White Dwarf
August 2010 – DAEMONS
Australian Mad Magazine #458
Dolly August 2010 – ‘Dating mini dramas sorted!’ | Bigorexia | “I have the most Youtube subscribers in Australia”

House of Night: Awakened

The eighth book in the House of Night series by P C and Kristin Cast, Awakened, is due to be published in January next year. If you’re a fan of the series you can reserve it now.

Read about what happens here.

The Newest DVDs

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

sounds lie teen spiritFollow the journey of four aspiring artists as they showcase their talents in Europe’s largest child song-writing contest: the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Be touched by the candid stories and insights from 10-year-old Giorgos from Cyprus, 13-year-old Mariam from Georgia, 14-year-old Marina from Bulgaria and 15-year-old Laurens from Belgium.

Bring It On : Fight To The Finish

bring it onChristina Milian stars as sassy cheer captain Lina Cruz, whose world is turned upside-down when her family moves from the urban streets of East Los Angeles to the sunny beach town of Malibu. At her new school, Lina clashes with Avery, the ultra-competitive all-star cheer captain, while also falling for Avery’s super-cute brother, Evan. Lina’s always been able to rise to a challenge, but can she create a new all-star squad, beat Avery at the Spirit Championships and still keep her romance with Evan?

The Sarah Jane Adventures : The Complete First Series

sarah janeThis dramatic complete first series is set to excite and thrill as Sarah Jane and her trusted teenage companions, Luke, Clyde and Maria, battle against Slitheens, Gorgons and sometimes the people they trust!

Sharing the same writers as Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures has the energy and drama to leave you wanting more!

Cirque Du Freak : The Vampire’s Assistant

cirque du freakFrom the best-selling books comes this unstoppable fantasy adventure. Visiting a travelling freak show, 16-year-old Darren is bitten by a vampire (John C. Reilly). Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak and descends into a fantastic life with a sideshow of fabulous freaks, including Salma Hayek and Willem Defoe. As war looms between the vampires and their evil counterparts, one boy’s bravery will become humanity’s last hope.

The American Mall

american mallFrom the executive producers of High School Musical, The American Mall is about Ally, a hardworking young woman whose mum owns a shop that’s the soul of the mall. Ally’s singer/songwriter ambitions start to blossom when she meets Joey, a musician moonlighting as a janitor at the mall to support his own rock star dreams. While Joey understands her songs (and heart) like no one else, Ally’s happiness and the fate of the store are threatened when the mall owner’s spoiled, driven daughter Madison gets involve. It’s high drama that rocks full on through song and dance. And at The American Mall you can fall in love, live your dreams and have the time of your life.

The Newest Music

eminemI seem to remember Eminem retiring for a while back there, but he’s now on to “comeback album” number two. I guess he wasn’t all that serious about moving to Florida, taking up golf and enjoying earlybird specials after all. So it’s back to the tried and true, rhyming about his troubled past and taking pot-shots at celebrities. Recovery will be a welcome addition to any Eminem fans’ reserve queue.

metricCanadian indie-rockers Metric’s third album, Fantasies came out late last year and signalled the band’s intentions to make the step up from underground favourites to overground rock stars. So it’s pretty much the same catchy rock formula, but with extra polish. This gives the songs a shine they lacked previously, kind of like how in every single teen movie when the previously nerdy girl removes her glasses for the prom – nothing’s really changed, but more people like it.

crystal castlesMore from Canada, this time electro, with Crystal Castles self-titled debut. The Toronto based duo make confrontational punk rock, but with synths in place of guitars. It was a favourite in Teen Blog Towers back in 2008 and nearly made our end of year best of list, until we decided we couldn’t really justify the inclusion of an album that wasn’t in our collection. It’s here now though, can something released in 2008 be considered for a 2010 list?

placeboVeteran glam-rockers Placebo collected together all their singles up until 2004 for Once more with feelings : singles 1996-2004. It’s a good entry point for new listeners unfamiliar with the band’s pre-emo (premo?) riffage and nasally anthems. All the big hits are present, including Nancy Boy, Pure Morning, Every You Every Me and Taste In Men.

dum dum girlsNoise rock pin-up girl Dee Dee Penny and her Dum Dum Girls have released their debut full length I Will Be on the back of several killer, buzzworthy singles and it is a real treat. Classic pop sensibilities covered in layers of feedback and sass, completely deserving of the blog-hype and message board anticipation. It’s Synthesiser Patel’s pick of the week!

glee regionalsGlee : the music : journey to regionals needs no introduction, it is after all the fifth (fifth!) Glee soundtrack on the shelves. Judging from the title, I’d say it’s the musical chronicle of the Glee crew’s eventful journey to the regional finals of the big glee-club-offs. Includes these songs Faithfully, Any way you want it ; Lovin’ touchin’ squeezin’, Don’t stop believin’ (regionals version), Bohemian rhapsody,  To sir, with love, Over the rainbow. Yup.

Local drum and bass/dubstep-er, Bulletproof, has released the loftily titled, Soundtrack To Forever. It features a wide array of guests including Tiki Taane, Boh Runga, Isaac Aesili, Deva Mahal, PNC, David Dallas, Milon Williams and Evan Kiljoy. If you’re digging on the New Zealand dance scene, this is a must have.

What happens to Banquo’s son?

He wins an award!

Have you read/watched and loved Macbeth? If yes (and what’s not to love: ghosts, witches, mad people, lots of murderous treachery, swords, deaths, and lines like “out, damned spot”) then you’ll be interested to hear that Macbeth was the inspiration behind the inaugural winner of the LIANZA Young Adult Book Award: Banquo’s Son by Tania Roxborogh.

A fantastic idea for a story (so much so I wish it were mine!), Banquo’s son Fleance gets a very, very short walk on (or run off?) part in Macbeth, when he’s told by his father, “Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! / Thou mayst revenge” (Act 3, Scene 3). Macbeth kills Banquo and Fleance flees south – according to Tania Roxborogh’s story – to England, where he’s taken in by a family, raised as their son. Ten-ish years later, Fleance’s destiny is to avenge his father’s murder…

If you like Shakespearean adaptations then read this. You’ll be pleased to hear it’s the first in a trilogy (Bloodlines will be published in September this year), and there is, I think, also a film in the works. See more information on the trilogy on the blog (Fleance, being Web 2.0, has one).

A Top 100 YA Fiction List: From Persnickety Snark

Persnickety Snark, an Australian YA review blogger, recently conducted a thorough poll of her readers and fellow bloggers and such, asking them what their favourite YA books were. She’s carefully collated the results, and counted down the results in a Top 100 for 2010. Number 1 is, interestingly, The Hunger Games, with the first in the Harry Potter series coming in second. I’ll summaries the top 10 for you here, so you could have a browse through the results and read stuff you like the look of (if you haven’t already).

  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J K Rowling
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  4. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
  6. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
  7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  8. The Outsiders, S E Hinton
  9. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
  10. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen

It looks a pretty good list (especially if you love Sarah Dessen).

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