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Upcoming Movies Based on Books

Enders-Game-Movie-PosterEnder’s Game
In Theaters November 1 2013
It’s taken almost 30 years but Orson Scott Card’s bestselling science fiction novel has finally made it to the big screen.
“The Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. Among the elite recruits Ender proves himself to be a genius among geniuses. He excels in simulated war games. But is the pressure and loneliness taking its toll on Ender? Simulations are one thing. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn’t it?” — Publisher

movies-the-book-thief-posterThe Book Thief
In Theaters November 8 2013
This award winning novel by Australian author Markus Zusak has a rather  unusual narrator: Death.
“Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.” — Publisher

Catching Fire
In Theaters November 22, 2013
The  sequel to The Hunger Games takes us back to Suzanne Collins’ dystopian future as Katniss and Peeta are forced to fight for their lives once again.
“By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.” –Publisher

Vampire Academy
In Theaters 2014
The first installment in the popular young adult series by Richelle Mead:
“Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.” –Publisher

The Maze Runner
In Theaters 2014
The first book in James Dashner’s science fiction series… How can you go wring with a subject heading like “Teenage amnesiacs”?
“Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.” –Publisher


In Theaters 2014
Young adult dystopian trilogies are all the rage!
“In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.” –Publisher


Release date unknown
Yes, that is Daniel Radcliffe, photographed while shooting the film adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2010 horror novel, Horns.
“After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him,
Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance.” — Publisher

Happy New RAHAAR!

HABZBZRA NHAMNM RAHAAR” is Zombish for Happy New Year, and what better way to start off the New Year than with zombies!

Come get your fix at the library, where we have all your zombie needs!


Did you know that The Walking Dead started out as a graphic novel series first? Check out “The Walking Dead: Compendium One” and compare the show you love to this fast paced graphic novel that will keep you up all night!


And if you haven’t seen The Walking Dead yet, why not try it out! Mark off that New Year’s resolution to watch great TV by checking out both seasons. You won’t be able to stop at just one episode!


And if you are like me and need something to fill the void until the season starts back up again in February, you might want to try “The Road to Woodbury” and “Rise of the Governor.” Both are novels written by the creator to The Walking Dead and will open your eyes to just another side of the story.

So has the Walking Dead piqued your interest in the living dead and want to find more things like it? Well, we have plenty! Come on in and we will be happy to help you discover your new favorites like “Shaun of the Dead”, “I am Legend”, and the classic “Night of the Living Dead”! We also have a great collection of fiction, non-fiction, teen and children’s books for the little zombies too!

Because it’s Tuesday

Here’s another roundup of cool articles for lovers of literature…

via BoingBoing:  Someone found and scanned a great vintage ad on how to write with style featuring Kurt Vonnegut, plus a gallery of other ads in the series.

via Flavorwire: Check out this gallery of artwork inspired by 20th century American novels.

via io9: Is it true that the best tv shows are made from books?

via Neatorama: celebrate William Faulkner’s birthday with some life advice from the man himself.

Happy 115th Mr. Faulkner!

This Then That: Downton Abbey & The Forsyte Saga

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Count yourself among the millions of viewers that fell under the spell of the Downton Abbey? Well you’ll have a bit of a wait until the 3rd season premieres in January, so why not occupy your time with another sweeping English melodrama featuring an ensemble cast?

Based on a series of novels by John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga (2002) chronicles the trials and tribulations of a wealthy family in 19th century England.  The story unfolds with the marriage of the rigid Soames Forsyte to the beautiful and idealistic Irene Heron.  What follows are decades of  intrigue, forbidden romance, and family feuds.  Both miniseries were produced by Masterpiece Classic, so expect the same production values (lush period costumes and sets) present in Downton Abbey.

The Library has the entire Forsyte Saga miniseries in our collection, along with a collected volume of Galsworthy’s Forsyte novels.  And you can always get your Downton Abbey fix at the Library as well, in preparation for the new season.

Ugh, is it January yet?

Book vs. Movie: The Thin Man

 The Movie: Starring Myrna Loy and William Powell (1934)

I’m starting with the movie because, like so many of these pairings, that’s what I fell in love with first.  How much do I love this movie (and all of its sequels)?  I own the box set.  I’ve watched it more times than I can count.  I love it so much that when rumors started circulating that there was going to be a remake with Johnny Depp I was filled with a righteous indignation that anyone would dare tamper with my beloved Nick and Nora.

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Book vs. Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

The Book: 1986

This children’s book by Diana Wynne Jones was published in the 1980s when I would have been part of its target audience, but I didn’t discover it until the 2000s.  Nonetheless it quickly became one of my all time favorites.  I don’t think there is an age limit for appreciating Howl’s Moving Castle – it’s one of those books that I turn to when I want something comforting, satisfying, and entertaining, and I always enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve read it before.

Sophie, our heroine, is a timid and rather bored young woman who bemoans her fate as an eldest sister, because in a land where fairy-tales are everyday realities, everyone knows that only younger sisters lead lives of adventure and romance.  But Sophie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste and finds herself magically transformed into an old woman.  Not wanting to face the shock and sympathy of her family, she runs (or rather hobbles) away, determined to seek her fortune and break the curse.  In doing so, she finds herself teeming up with the infamous Wizard Howl whose magical moving castle has been terrifying the inhabitants of her village.

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Book vs. Movie Review: The Hunger Games

The Book: 2008

I jumped on the Hunger Games Bandwagon shortly after the final book was published.  At first I was resistant to the hype because I’ve been burned before (I’m looking at you, Twilight) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I love science fiction, and this book is science fiction that manages to be highly accessible –  no spaceships or aliens, simply a fascinating dark vision of a future American society, adventure, action, and characters that immediately draw you in.

This story reminded me of other literature that I have loved and that’s definitely not a bad thing.  There’s a little bit of Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery, and definitely some Lord of the Flies.  There are many parallels with Battle Royale of course, and all with a modern twist that seems the logical development of our culture’s obsession with reality TV.

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Book vs Movie Review: The Big Sleep

The Book: 1939

I think it took me this long to get around to reading this book because I have never been a mystery fan.  However, after finishing I immediately embarked on a quest to read every single one of Chandler’s books, and when I finished that I started on Dashiell Hammett because I suddenly could not get enough of those hard-boiled detectives.

The Big Sleep introduces Philip Marlowe, Chandler’s iconic detective. The Thrilling Detective sums him up pretty well:  “Philip Marlowe, for better or worse, is the archetypical private eye….He runs a single man operation out of the Cahuenga Building in Los Angeles… he likes liquor, women, reading, chess and working alone… He used to work for the district attorney, but was fired for insubordination, thus starting a cliche that still hasn’t run out of steam.” 

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