Thursday, December 21, 2006

books for winter break

Ok, so I still need to work on the every 2 weeks posting thing.....but nevertheless here are a few new titles to look for while you're sitting around on winter break:

Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith This is one author I cannot ever forget since I love his work so much. He writes loads of adult fantasy but he has recently branched out to YA. (Here's your hint, if you've read all his books in the YA section & love his work, check out his other stuff in the regular SF area) Wintersmith continues the story begun in the WeeFree Men of Tiffany Aching young witch in training. Seems she accidentally entices the Wintersmith who controls winter (think of Jack Frost but funnier) and now she can't get rid of him. She goes back to Nanny Og who might be able to help her, and the little blue men are just waiting for any excuse to fight for her. If you like your fantasy with a slice of humor, you can't ever go wrong with Pratchett.

Endymion Spring reminded me a bit of Pullman's "His Dark Materials" but probably only because it also takes place in Oxford University. In this book a young man finds a book that has no words, at least at first, but then he starts to catch glimpses of .....something. Is it magic? Is this book dangerous? What is it? At the same time we learn the story of Endymion Spring who was around at the creation of the book. How the two stories tie together is great! It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but then I couldn't put it down. See what you think...

And now for something completely different......grapic novels....actually manga to be precise....

Fake is a fun story about 2 cops and their job fighting crime.....and how they get on each other's nerves....especially since one of them has a crush on the other one (and he's not sure how he feels)....

Death Note is a much darker tale but really cool. The premise of the story is that there are these creatures (kinda like weird trolls) who live off of humans and have the power to kill them at will. One of them gets bored and for a lark leaves his death book lying around to see what will happen to the human who finds it. The kid who finds it figures out that the book is real and proceeds to try & make the world a better place by killing off all the world's criminals. Can he manage to make the world a better place through killing? And can he avoid the investigators who are after the "serial killer" who is remotely killing all of these criminals?

That's it for now, I'll see what else comes across my desk and be back soon. New Year's resolution is to be much better at updating these......wish me luck!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

new books thanksgiving 2006

Sorry about the long lag....the theory was that loads of teens would be submitting items for the blog, but like a lot of theories, this one didn't work.....so it's back to you listening to what I'm reading.......

However, if anyone feels like emailing or dropping off some reviews or comments or whatever on books they've read please feel free!

Ok since it's been so long, I'll do a bunch.......then I'll attempt to remember to bring in some more titles after thanksgiving......ready? Here goes!

Between Mom and Jo is an awesome book about a guy with two moms. Unfortunately his non-birth mother never did anything legal about custody so when they separate he has to stay with his birth mother......and they don't get along very well. In fact they don't understand each other at all and now he's all alone and not allowed to see his other mom. He's just supposed to forget about her....but how do you forget about someone who's been a part of your life for 15 years?
This book will make you think (and cry) but it is so worth it.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a Very Hot (muy caliente) love story. Nick is a bass player in a band and when he sees his ex at a club, he is desperate to not seem so well, needy and desperate....so he casually asks a girl standing near him (Norah) if she would mind being his girlfriend for the next 5 minutes. And it goes from there......the book is written from both points of view and the whole story takes place over the course of one night....so it's very intense, very believable and WOW!!! Definitely NOT for Middle School!

Trollbridge is an adaptation of the three billy goats gruff. There is a dairy princess contest every year with 12 winners and every year they get a likeness of themselves out of butter that gets placed on a bridge to melt away and disappear. No one knows why and this year they aren't doing it because of environmental complaints and concerns. Then out of nowhere at a photo shoot with the dairy princesses a troll appears and takes them away.....and all but one are bespelled into unconsciousness. She has to try and save them with the help of 3 boys (members of a pop band that are world famous) that she doesn't know. This is a fun story for all ages.

The Named & The Riddle are parts one and two of a fantastic fantasy series. I don't know for sure how far they are going in number, but if you like fantasy adventures give this one a try. The main character starts off as a slave. She escapes with the help of a wandering bard and is trained as a bard (bards in this world being very magical and knowledgeable....sort of musical druids). Turns out she's part of a prophecy and she has to save the world......I know, you're thinking "I've read this a hundred times before" but trust me, this isn't another version of Tolkien or HP. It's a very well written (but very long...) fantasy tale that if you give it a chance will capture your imagination.

Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet is the story of a girl in India who is trying to figure out her place in the world. She's a rather dark complexion and has been told how unattractive it makes her. She's just met a new girl in school who doesn't seem to hold the same viewpoints she's been raised with.....and it's making her rethink everything. Could she be pretty? Is there more for her to look forward to then getting married and having babies? This was a very well written realistic story with characters who feel like friends. I didn't want the story to end, and I'm still wanting to see what's happened since I finished it.......does anyone have the phone number for fav fictional characters?

Finally, just so I don't leave anyone out.....some comics and/or manga......we got a new title in called Life which is the story of a young high school girl who is going through some rough patches and surviving them by cutting. It really is very realistic, not cutesy cartoony characters, so if you like a little realism in your manga try it!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Sword of truth

We're starting something new, our TSF group (or other interested parties) will be sending posts to me and I'll get them up.....Let's see what you're reading!

This one is from Jay Chen (gr.12)
The Sword of Truth series is the best fantasy series ever. A New York Times bestseller, this series is about the main character Richard and his love Kahlan who travel across a fantasy world together, finding adventure, enemies, friends, and etc along the way. There are magic, mystical creatures, and military conflicts in the book. I will get to the 10 individual books later. Currently, the author Terry Goodkind is still writing more but he will probably stop after a few more books to end the series. He does a good job creating excitement and suspense we need be. Everything is abstract but logical, an uncommon combination in many books these days. That's what separates him from other fantasy/science fiction writers.

Monday, August 14, 2006

8/14/06

Hiya!

Let's see what am I reading....well, I've been reading loads of graphic novels plus some other books......I'm in the middle of the Book Thief which is good but a very tough read (holocaust Germany never being fun) so I take a break and read something else......Beast of Noor was pretty good, very good fantasy/suspense/horror mix...it's about a kid whose family is said to have brought about the curse of the Beast which attacks people in the forest on the full moon (3 guesses what kind of creature it is and the first two don't count). The boy tries to break the curse but in stealing the information inadvertantly makes it worse, while his sister is only interested in saving her brother. He ends up in trouble in faery and she has to follow and save him.......if she can.

Graphic novels I've read recently are the new Alichino, Instant Teen (pretty cheesy but fun) and some of the adult titles (not for the faint of heart...but there's some really cool stuff over there if your parents don't mind you reading about sex and violence...Luckily I AM the parent and thus gave myself permission.....very handy that LOL :-)

Most of the really cool stuff is still in the back...we're short staffed to the max, but I'm working on it. If there's stuff you think I should read, definitely let me know.......maybe if there's enough call for it I could try and get an IM type conversation going so we could sit on x night and discuss y books......just a thought......see ya in the stacks!

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