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What if YOU were in the Hunger Games?

August 18, 2012 | James M. | Comments (4)

Hunger Games

What would you bring to the arena?

One of my favourite television shows when I was a teen was Survivor, a program which revolutionized reality television and began the trend of giving average joes staring roles in prime time television. After over 20 seasons now, I'm a tiny bit embarassed to admit that I still tune in every week to see the drama unfold when ordinary people are thrust into a situation where they must harness their available resources to survive, while using their minds to propel them to the top of a game designed to have a sole victor.

To keep it intriguing, the show has re-invented itself over the years with both minor and radical alterations. In the very beginning contestants were permitted to bring one luxury item from home. Items were selected for a variety of reasons including personal comfort, sentimentality and of course, survival.

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Hot Summer Read: This Dark Endeavour

August 13, 2012 | Alice | Comments (0)

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by Kenneth Oppel

Konrad and Viktor are twins, living a charmed life at the Frankenstein family chateau in Geneva. Their days are full of fun and adventure until one day, they stumble upon the family's secret library, the Biblioteka Obscura, filled with dark, mysterious books. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Viktor is impatient with the doctors' feeble efforts and anxiously returns to the dark texts of the secret library, where he discovers a formula for the elixir of life. On a quest to save his twin, Viktor and his friends Elizabeth and Henry set out to find a mysterious and powerful alchemist, and risk their own lives to find a way to turn back death. Kenneth Oppel delivers with this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

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Hot Summer Read: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

August 3, 2012 | James M. | Comments (0)

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by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop, best known as the girl who robbed the greatest museum in the world, is back for her second adventure. She is tasked with stealing the infamous Cleopatra Emerald. But this heist is going to be even more challenging, for three reasons. All Katarina has to do is overcome the most secure auction house in the world, steal an emerald that no on keeps for long and contend with the fact that the emerald is cursed. So Katarina and her team jump into action imploring the same tricks and cons that have worked in the past, only to realize they will have be a lot more innovative if they are going to succeed. 


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amazing Nalo Hopkinson at Parkdale!

July 24, 2012 | Ray | Comments (1)

The-chaos_nalo-hopkinson_book1Nalo Hopkinson is pretty darn awesome.  Ever wonder why you're able to write epic stories, but can't make a to-do list? In the video clip below, Nalo poignantly talks about her own different learn-ability how that affects everyday things: 

Meet Nalo at: Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West), Wed. July 25th, 6pm

She'll be sharing her new sci-fi/dystopian book, The Chaos, and it promises to be an awesome event!

A boarding school murder

July 21, 2012 | Paula | Comments (0)

I'm pretty wimpy when it comes to blood. And I definitely don't like books where characters meet gruesome deaths. But who isn't fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case? By the sheer number of articles, books and TV movies of the 1888 murders, it's obvious the story never gets old.

Maureen Johnson's The name of the starThe Name of the Star makes the Ripper tale fresh and fun again.  Rory Deveaux, a Louisiana teenager, goes to study in a London boarding school located near the site of the original Ripper murders. When someone brutally mutilates a woman on August 31, the anniversary of the first Ripper murder, the hunt begins for a serial killer who can murder in plain sight of security cameras and not be seen.

Rory isn't interested in all the hype surrounding the murders, but is soon pulled into the investigation when she spots a man at the place of the third murder - a man no one can see but her. The police promise to protect her, but how can anyone stop her from being the fourth and final victim of this Ripper copycat.

This fast paced, fun read is made all the more enjoyable by the quirkiness of the main character who like all real Southerners, knows how to tell a good story.

Hot Summer Read: Anna Dressed in Blood

July 20, 2012 | Cameron | Comments (0)

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Kendare Blake

Cas Lowood is a young man with a truly unusual profession, he is a ghost hunter who kills the dead who are harmful to the living. This career is part of his lineage and a job that he has no choice but to engage in. His father was recently murdered by a ghost he was trying to kill. Cas moves all over the world with his mother (a white witch of sorts) and he is supported by an entire team of crypto zoologists (mainly via the internet) that assist him. When he arrives in Thunder Bay he assumes that the local legends of "Anna" are just really elaborate myths until he meets her himself. Anna was murdered in 1958 and anyone who enters her house never comes out.

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Q&A with How They Croaked author Georgia Bragg

July 14, 2012 | Catnip | Comments (0)

How They Croaked index.aspxGeorgia Bragg comes from a family of artists and is an artist herself.  On her website, she says she has changed careers five times - among other things she has been a printmaker, a painter and a storyboard artist.  Georgia is now an author and talks about her non-fiction book How They Croaked - The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous  below!  Here's more about the fascinating Georgia.

We asked Georgia some questions, here are her interesting answers! 

How long did it take you to write this book? 

It took eons. Just the proposal and the first three sample chapters took over a year and a half. Idea to finished product took about three years. Getting the right tone for the subject matter was challenging. It was hard to know if I was

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Audio exclusive! Q&A with Tempest author Julie Cross

July 10, 2012 | Catnip | Comments (4)

Tempest index.aspxWhen I picked up Tempest several months ago, I enjoyed one of my delicious 'lost weekends' when I do nothing but read - I barely put the book down until I was finished!  So I was absolutely THRILLED when I contacted Julie Cross and she enthusiastically agreed to be part of Word Out.  

If you love Tempest visit Julie's blog and check out the Tempest playlist.  And now - ENJOY!!  

Play audio for:

Question #1

Where did you get the idea for Tempest?

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Hot Summer Reads: Tempest by Julie Cross

July 9, 2012 | Catnip | Comments (2)

This is definitely not Shakespeare’s Tempest Tempest index.aspx!  Nineteen year old Jackson’s newly discovered and relatively unexplored time-travel abilities hurl him into the past seconds after his girlfriend is fatally shot.  

As Jackson desperately struggles to manipulate his past to save his girlfriend, he realizes he must unravel the truth about himself, his family and everyone he thought he could trust.  Caution – this is the first of a trilogy!

Also available as e-audiobook and audiobook 




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So You Want To Watch Kung Fu...

July 8, 2012 | Alice | Comments (0)

Medallion jackie chan... and you've seen the complete works of the guys who made big names in Hollywood? If Jackie Chan and Jet Li are old hat for you, and you've seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon more times than you can count, you might want to take a look at the library catalogue! True story. You could start with searching a few other big names: Chow Yun-Fat, perhaps.

But sometimes the simple solution will turn up some great stuff. In this case, searching under "kung fu" and narrowing down your list from there to adult DVDs turns up a whole bunch of goodies.  Who knew, right? About 2/3 of them are in chinese, but if you just want the action and don't care about understanding the dialogue, this is what you want, right here.

Shaolin soccerYou can dig a little deeper by searching for subsets of kung fu. Shaolin? Turns up a nice little list, including some of the same titles as above, and some new ones, nearly all in chinese, again, and some of it nicely obscure for those connaisseurs among you - and also, of course, the more Hollywood Shaolin Soccer.

Happy hunting - and to help spread the love for good action flicks, share your favourites in comments for someone who may have missed out on them!



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