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Latest Sounds

clubbers guide spring 2010

Clubbers Guide, Spring 2010
If you are aware
of Ministry of Sound you
know what to expect

far east movement

Free Wired – Far East Movement
Does electro-hop
sound like something you would be
interested in?

black eyed peas

The Beginning (deluxe edition) – The Black Eyed Peas
The hologram man
includes some of the end with
the beginning

bring me the horizon

There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let’s Keep It A Secret – Bring Me The Horizon
When Death Metal and
Emo collide, it seems that
long titles result

mumford & sons

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
Neatly attired folk
singers nominated for
Grammy with this one

the script

Science & Faith – The Script
Celtic soul trio
get their Maroon 5 on with
the soft rock numbers

Aotearoa Dubsteb Allstarz
Optimus Gryme has
collected New Zealand’s
finest dubsteppers

iGoogle Catalogue Search Tool

Do you have an iGoogle homepage? Sure you do! There’s now an official Wellington City Libraries Catalogue search gadget you can add to your homepage that will effortlessly allow you to find whatever you’re looking for. Get it here (and give us feedback about it why don’t you).

New Magazines 16/02/2011

What’s new in the world of teen magazines at the library this week? Well.

Creme March 2011 – My horoscope says ‘all is well’, which is nice.
Teen Vogue March 2011 – ‘Are you a Facebook stalker?’ I hope not.
Playstation Magazine January 2011 – HOW ROBOTS ARE REPLACING YOU
Entertainment Weekly #1134/1135 and #1139 – Best and worst of 2010
Simpsons Comics Special Editions #50 – An 84-page extravaganza
Simpsons Comics Jam-Packed JamboreeOutdoor Simpson hilarity

Download e-books to your nifty device

If you have an e-book reading device such as an iPod Touch or an iPhone*, you can download e-books for free using your library card. All you need to do is search for “Overdrive Media Console” in the Apple App store, download said media console and then browse the library’s growing collection of e-books.

Here are some new YA e-book titles:

* This is also true of other e-book readers, like the Sony Reader, the Kobo (but sadly not the Kindle). For a complete list and more info go here.

Trailer Tuesday

Hey you guys, last week there was the awards ceremony by the Visual Effects Society for visual effects. Which makes sense! While mainly for film and television and ads, there were awards given to game trailers. We don’t carry games at the library, but a trailer is a trailer so you can watch the winners here if you like!

Alex Flinn, reteller of folk stories and author of Beastly, about a hot guy who learns that beauty is on the inside, has a new book out called Cloaked, a ‘melange of several fairy stories’ set in the present. Here’s the official trailer. (Also, watch (if you haven’t already) the trailer to the film version of Beastly which is due out in March.)

And finally, here is a trailer for the YA fantasy book called Children of the Elementi. It is an independently published book, and you can get it as an ebook via the author’s website no worries. Digital books for a digital era!

Two Great Reads by David Almond

Syndetics book cover

Clay / David Almond – I have enjoyed David Almond’s books such as Skellig and Kit’s Wilderness because the stories and characters are so gripping and Clay was no exception. The story is told by Davie, a teenage boy. Davie is an altar boy, along with his best mate Geordie, and they make money at funerals and hang out together in their hideout plotting out the next attack on a rival gang of boys.  Apart from the threat of Mouldy, the leader of the rival gang of boys, (a boy as big as a man and often reeking of beer who seems to take their battles too far) theirs seems a comfortable, naive existence.

Then Stephen Rose moves in with his aunt “Crazy Mary”. Stephen Rose was sent away to train as a priest at 11 years old but was thrown out and returned to his parents. Shortly afterwards his mother father died and his mother went mad.

Davie’s mum and the priest encourage him to make friends with this lonely boy who has come to the village in such tragic circumstances. Stephen has a gift for making beautiful creatures out of clay.  He loves clay because it is “alive” –  it’s the material from which God shaped Adam and the silky suppleness of wet clay is malleable like the human skin.

This book, like the others, is grounded in the real world. Because the world and the relationships between the characters and everything is so real it is easy to enter fully and I think it is the whole-hearted acceptance of the world which makes the supernatural events as they emerge (so slowly like a dripping tap) so unsettling.

The story is interesting for the dynamics of the relationships between all the characters and the movement from innocence to terrible knowledge. The book explores ideas of  power of creation, the right of creation, good and evil, revenge …

I would recommend this book to: people who like realism with a bit of the fantastical (but incredibly believable) thrown in and also books like the Robert Cormier’s  The Chocolate War which explore the dynamics of human relationships and power struggles.

The main characters in the book are boys but I think it is suitable for girls as well.

I would also recommend this as something different to try for people who like gritty books like Precious as I think, although it enters into fantasy, it carries the same intensity and delves similarly into human relationships and power struggles. I would also potentially recommend it to vampire book lovers because Stephen Rose definitely has the makings of an undead hero.  I think people who enjoyed Abssynia and The Red Shoes etc. by Ursuala Dubosarsky would enjoy these.

My name is Mina / David Almond – This is a new book by David Almond.  It is a diary by Mina, a strange and creative girl who doesn’t quite fit in with school and other kids. The book has a bold format which is part of the storytelling style.  It was more difficult to just lose myself in this story compared to other books written by David Almond because the character,rather than the narrative, is given central stage. Also perhaps this story is less about relationships between people than it is about what is going inside the head of one central character.  This, however, is just because of my personal preference of how to enjoy a story; I’m not that great at reading graphic novels and I’m not a patient reader so I don’t enjoy picking and piecing out all the bits and pieces of a story. At the same time the story has stuck with me and I keep going back and puzzling over bits I didn’t quite understand.

What I didn’t realize until I read someone else’s review of this book, which is pretty obvious (except I’m no good at remembering character names) that this is Mina from Skellig before she meets Michael (she meets him right at the end of the book, he is the new boy who has moved in next door so this is a prequel to Skellig)

Because this is a very visual book I would recommend this to people who like reading graphic novels (although it plays more with font rather than illustration) and also books like Shaun Tan’s The Arrival. I would also recommend it to people who enjoyed Sophie’s World because of the slightly disjointed way the story is put forward – you sort of need to piece it together – and also the way philosophical thought and ideas are explored in the book.  Maybe also people who enjoy reading diary formats.  Also I think again readers of Ursuala Dubosarsky’s books and particularly people who enjoyed Abyssinia would enjoy this book.

Fashion Friday


Let’s fully immerse ourselves in the world of fashion for a moment by watching some videos. Seems making a video is THE way to create a mood and truly capture the theme of your latest collection. These two were released in the last couple of weeks and I thought they were really rather cool.

Firstly Prada, which I know is High Fashion and therefore unattainable, but this clip is fun.  (And didn’t Hailee Steinfeld look cute in their dress?)

Next is Topshop – I LOVE Topshop. Talk about moody. 


Speaking of advertising – um, yeah Celine. Mums with skateboards?

This pantsuit is ugly no matter what.

And some more new books

Big River, Little Fish, Belinda Jeffrey (263 pages) – Set in South Australia in the 1950s (during the Murray River flood in 1956), this is a coming of age story with a pleasing twist.

First sentence: Tom Downs was a small five pounder when he came out backwards on the sand at Big Bend; a place on the Murray River halfway between the towns of Swan Reach and Nildottie in South Australia.

Embrace, Jessica Shirvington (382 pages) – Violet’s friend (she wishes he was more) drops an outrageous secret on her; that he is a Grigori, part human, part angel. Oh, and she’s his eternal partner. Quite understandably, this takes a bit of getting used to, and while she’s processing this there’s Phoenix (all angel), and the eternal battle between darkness and light. People who enjoy angel fiction have reviewed this favourably, so fans of Fallen and Halo (for example) might like this.

First sentence: Birthdays aren’t my thing.

Swoon, Nina Malkin (421 pages) – the back cover says “Sin is coming… prepare to swoon.” Sin is short for Sinclair, a spirit who in a tricksy fashion gets Dice (Short for Candice) to give him human form. Havoc ensues in Swoon, Connecticut: can Dice sort the mess out, or will she also be engulfed?

First sentence: Love at first sight must be glorious.

Bright Young Things, Anna Godbersen (389 pages) – The creator of The Luxe turns her attention to the 1920s and 30s. Cordelia and Letty arrive in New York, Letty in search of fame and Cordelia in search of her unknown father. Secrets, lies, murder, intrigue, scandal, glamour, jazz: just about everything!

First sentence: It is easy to foget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.

To Die For, Christopher Pike (408 pages) – Two thrillers in one volume – Slumber Party (first published in 1985) and Weekend (first published in 1986) – with very different settings, the first a ski resort and the second a remote beach. Read them and see if you can guess who done it.

First sentence: Dana Miller’s downshifting, as they rounded the tight mountain turn, was like a kick in the seat of the pants.

Red is for Remembrance, White is for Magic and Silver is for Secrets, Laurie Faria Stolarz – More in the series about Stacey Brown (see here), a witch who must try and prevent her nightmares from coming true.

Trailer Tuesday

The Superbowl – America’s premier lawn bowls championship playoff thing – was yesterday, and during the ads many new film trailers were screened for films that we can not wait to see! (And subsequently stock in the library, of course.)

Here, we’ve embedded some. The first two are superheroes; Captain America and Thor. I suspect they’re leading up to the eventual Avengers film (this won’t make any sense to anyone not familiar with Marvel comics).


Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Seas, the fourth film in the series based on a theme park ride, has a new trailer. Pirates! Zombies! The usual! No Jack Davenport though! :`(

Here’s one for a film called Super 8 which is maybe about aliens? I’ve not done much research.

Transformers : Dark Side of the Moon has a new trailer! (Hopefully it is better than the last one, frankly.)

Battle LA seems to be a mixture of the last two films, in so far as mass destruction by aliens goes. Which is all the way to the bank!

Cowboys & Aliens. Sure, why not? The title is pretty literal. It is what it says on the label.

The End.

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