Monday, 28 July 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

I am excited about this one !!

A trailer has been released for
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing - English mathematician and logician, the father of modern day computing, and the man who cracked the German Enigma code during the war.

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, known for the crime thriller Headhunters, presents this true story of Turing and his team. In a race against time they work at Britain's top-secret code breaking centre during World War II to break the German Enigma Code. The film spans Turing's life from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school to the triumph of his secret wartime work, to his post-war life where he was the victim of persecution for a now outdated criminal offence.

'The Imitation Game' will be released in New Zealand cinemas on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

In the meantime check out these books we have on Alan Turing, he was a very interesting man! 

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age

Alan Turing and his Contemporaries: building the world's first computers

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Trailers, trailers, everywhere...

I seem to be stuck in trailer heaven... or maybe it's trailer hell.  I'm not that sure anymore because I've watched so many over the past few weeks.  And not just movie trailers but book trailers. Wonderful little snippets made by publishers and authors and the like, all in the name of reaching out and promoting their books.

They've come a long way in recent years.  No longer bland little ads that really didn't tell you much , they are now professional mini movies with special effects, celebrity cameos and so much more.

And they're marvellous   And also highly addictive.  Which of course meant that I just had to share. Because like all new addictions I've just got pass it on to others.

The following are just a few of the trailers I've found and enjoyed.  Most strangely enough are for books I had never thought of reading until I saw these trailers.  And now I am madly adding to my ever increasing holds list.  As you do.

The one flaw with some of these trailers and a great many others out there are the voice overs.  Seriously someone somewhere could make a really good living out of doing decent voice overs for book trailers.  Sadly it doesn't seem to be a career choice for anyone... yet.   Personally I can't wait for someone like Richard Armitage (he of Hobbit and Spooks fame) to become involved.  Of course if he or someone with an equally swoon worthy voice did start to book trailers I'm might never stop watching them...

One More thing by B J Novak

I have to admit I'll probably won't read the book.  But I just love this trailer anyway.  It's just so French and quirky and French and charming and French... did I mention French.  Oh good I did.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I so want to read the book after watching this creepy trailer.

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

I kinda wish that this was a TV show.  Because it certainly plays out like a TV show trailer.  Like I said book trailers have come a long way

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Weirdly enough I had trouble putting this trailer in my blog post.  I blame Youtube.  Or maybe Blogger.  Either way I got it in the end.  Take that.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Annoying voice over aside I am tempted to read this because hey awesome special effects.

I'll be honest.  This is kinda badly made.  Annoying voice over, amateur movie making and yet I still want to read the book.  Sometimes bad can work.

This might win my award for the most annoying voice over.  In fact it has two annoying voice overs.  Which is even worse  Still dragons.  As people.  So yeah I'm hooked.

This trailer rocks.  Like seriously.  Great soundtrack and great voice over.  Now this is how to do a book trailer.  Great ending too.

A celebrity trailer.  Starring not only James Franco who also happens to be the author but a handful of other actors.  I just love some of the sights.  Awesome stuff.

I love and adore Neil Gaiman so I just had to include this.  Because Neil is in it.  Talking about his book.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Chelsea Handler is coming to NZ !

“I've decided to go on tour and support my new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. I think we all know how much I love the sound of my own voice." - Chelsea Handler

That's right, Chelsea Handler, comedian, talk show host and author is heading to little ol' NZ in November for the first time evaaaa as part of her new stand-up comedy tour Uganda Be Kidding Me. Handler will be performing at the ASB Theatre in Auckland on Sat 29th November ! 

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during an exclusive pre-sale beginning 9am on Wednesday July 23rd until 5pm Thursday July 24th. For complete details visit Live Nation !

Check out the libraries' Chelsea Handler collection below:
Uganda Be Kidding Me 

Lies that Chelsea Handler told me / by Chelsea's family, friends, and other victims 

Chelsea Chelsea bang bang

Are you there vodka? It's me, Chelsea
eAudiobook: Are you there vodka? It's me, Chelsea

My horizontal life : a collection of one-night stands
eAudiobook: My Horizontal Life: a collection of one-night stands

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final

I'm a bit late to the game with this, and many of you have probably seen it already BUT!!! It is VERY exciting in my eyes.

J.K. Rowling has added another installment into the world of Harry Potter. This time it is a Daily Prophet news article written by the infamous gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, who spots Potter, friends, and family at the Quidditch World Cup Final.

Rowling released this on her site Pottermore, which I would Highly Recommend that you sign up to right now, if you haven't already! You get to go through and answer questions, and then get sorted into a house; the questions are designed by Rowling herself!

Have a read of the article below:

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Read the book, watch the movie... eat the pie?

It will probably come as no surprise that I am addicted to trailers.  I adore them x1000.  In fact in some ways they are often better than the movie.

And isn't that a sad state of affairs.

The following trailers though only make me want to see the movie even more.  Which is exactly what a trailer should do.  Hopefully they will also make you want to read the book.  Because yes, all these trailers are based on books.

So why not check them all out.  While you do that I'll be watching even more trailers.  All in the name of work.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

"With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turning on him.  Then again is he as innocent as he seems..."

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

"Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep.  In an effort to jog her memory she starts a journal but one day a terrifying truth emerges, forcing her to question everything she has been told."

The Giver by Lois Lowry

"Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives."

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

"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."

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

"When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to returned to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with various family members and friends.  Sometimes there can be too much closeness..."

A Walk Among The Tombstones by Lawrence Block

"Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and killed his wife."

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard Morais

"An Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by the indomitable Madame Mallory."

Monday, 7 July 2014

Dance Moms

Ever since watching (and subsequently getting addicted to) the Sia video clip for Chandelier - watch below! - I have been also addicted to Dance Moms.

Dance Moms is a reality TV show which the girl from the video clip is in. It follows a group of young dancers (the oldest is 13 and the youngest is 6) attending the dance school of the infamously tyrannical Abby Lee Miller. In the show you get to see the girls dance and that's great (Maddie, from the Sia video, is so very amazingly talented), but the main drawcard are the Dance Moms. They are hilarious and crazy and passionate and I love them! I'm not usually a reality TV fan, but this show has me hooked.

Here are the links to the Dance Mom related items we have in the catalogue and the video clip in question!
I've also included a couple of other songs she performed on Jimmy Kimmel recently to promote the release of her new album 1000 Forms of Fear - request your copy now!

Dance Moms Season 1

Dance Moms Season 2

Everything I Learnt About Life, I Learnt in Dance Class

Friday, 4 July 2014

Game of Thrones as VHS

I just saw this video and needed to share it - Game of Thrones fans from the pre-DVD age will appreciate it!

Whoever made this really got every part right. I love it!