Posted on 22-Jul-16 08:41
Festina Lente! This Latin phrase is something you will come to be familiar with if you read Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. It translates roughly to “hasten slowly,” a contradictory expression that means to move quickly, but carefully – a great way to summarize this book with a plot that moves fast but is easy to digest, and manages to touch on a few different themes and genres along the way. Inside the world of Mr. Penumbra, protagonist Clay Jannon takes a part-time job at San Francisco’s strangest bookstore, and first hears the phrase used as a greeting between patrons of the store’s mysterious “wayback list.” The book centers on Clay and his mysterious boss, the eponymous Mr. Penumbra, then ‘hastens slowly’ to adventures with secret societies, giant computers, replica cities, and some very litigious owners of a font you’ll never find on Microsoft Word.
Posted on 22-Jul-16 08:19
I started Blogging with the library when I was 12 years old, and now that I’m 17 I feel like I can say a little something about blogging for the library. I had so much fun with it as being a library blogger meant I could write reviews of my favourite books. After all, I am a book-crazed girl who can’t get her hands on enough books, so being a blogger for the library felt just right. I came up with the idea of asking authors for online interviews and the library even brought them to us in person through our local branches! It was fantastic to talk to the creators of so many books that we bloggers read and loved. However, our blogging didn’t stop with reviews and interviews...
Posted on 12-Jul-16 15:04
One of my absolute favourite summer reads is definitely Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, ever since I picked it up on a whim this time last year. It's certainly not one of my typical reads; it isn't packed with dramatic action scenes, evil villains, heroic main characters. Instead, it’s set in Texas, 1987, and follows two aging boys. This novel is a sweet, slow burn of a romantic coming-of-age story. A good comparison, perhaps, would be swimming in honey—sweet and heavy; some parts are light, some parts are dark. I'd imagine it quite difficult to claw your way out of a pool of honey, not unlike the difficulty of getting out of this book. Personally, I found Aristotle and Dante to be a refreshing change from the typical boy-meets-girl, insta-love story that frequents young adult contemporary fiction. Between the poetically beautiful writing, the honest and real characters, and the numerous issues they're faced with, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel to remember for years to come.
Posted on 08-Jul-16 14:16
I have never been so intrigued in my life. Magic has always been a concept which twists one’s thoughts and thinking process to enhance the illusion taking place and to “wow” the audience. It never ceases to amaze anyone because of how ludicrous the whole idea is. I’m not talking about your basic “abracadabra” or “hocus pocus” but rather the real thing: illusionism, hypnotism, mentalism, etc. Real tricks that anyone with the capacity and willingness can master. Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier is a must watch.
Posted on 05-Jul-16 11:40
The snowball effect is one that gets larger and larger as a result of the actions of others and how you react to those reactions but most of all, this effect can be deadly. Hannah Baker understood just how well the snowball effect affected herself and everyone around her. With one conflict came another and then another and another, like a giant snowball, until the madness overwhelmed the person at the center of the conflict and they chose to put an end to their suffering. As one who could relate to how Hannah felt in the midst of all this drama, the novel hit a little too close to home. But, as a result, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher turned into a life-changing novel which inspired me to take a different path than the one Hannah Baker chose...