Monday, September 26, 2005

October YA Events!

Monday, October 3rd @ 4pm: Reading Group – Graphic Novels “East vs. West” Kare Kano by Masami Tsuda & Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi What’s the difference between Japanese-style (a.k.a. manga) and Western graphic novels? Join us for a lively discussion on two very different formats & styles. From the East – Kare Kano is the story of a high school girl who’s perfect grades, looks, and admiration of her peers is in jeopardy by the new boy on campus. And from Europe, Persepolis promises to provide plenty of discussion around what is was like to grow up during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Open to ages 13-17.

Monday, October 17th @ 4pm: Reading Group – “The Color of Water” by James McBride “The Color of Water is James McBride’s tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother…” who was born in Poland and raised in the South by an Orthodox Jewish family. As an adult, she left her parents to marry a black man, live in Harlem, and found a Baptist church. This is an inspiring tale of a family that will move readers of all colors and faiths. Open to ages 13-17.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 3pm: DIY @ Your Library – Zine Party @ Your Library This is your chance to get published! Join other individuals from around Palm Beach County as we create a zine that is made entirely by you! Bring your art supplies – each participant will be given one sheet of white paper in which they can express themselves in any way they’re moved! Enjoy music and the company as others as we explore the limitless opportunities of what this zine can be? Don’t know what a zine is? Check this out! Open to all ages.

Saturday, October 29th @ 3pm: FEAR FACTOR - Get your Halloween on!
Rat fur special, blood milkshakes & chocolate sardines – Get your Halloween on with the Delray Beach Public Library as we find out who can stomach some of these delectable delights. Look for more info on these gross stunts and more in the future! Open to K-12.

Monday, September 19, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - Speaker For the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead. New York, NY : A Tor Book, c1986.

First and foremost, Hello again everyone! College=Good, and I just finished re-reading Speaker for the Dead, and thought I would post a review.

So... On to that review-y thing-y.

Speaker for the Dead is technically a sequal to Ender's Game, Card's first novel. While I personally love Ender's Game, it is less uniqe and stands out less from the SciFi crowd than Speaker. Also, Speaker takes place thousands of years later.... so....yeah.
The novel begins fairly slowly, and starts as very much a SciFi novel - but after the first couple of chapters, it becomes quite the page turner. It is a mystery and a character novel and a cautionary tale all rolled up into one big SciFi package.
In other words, definitely a book worth reading even if - especially if - you aren't a fan of SciFi. Actually, this book could open your eyes to the good SciFi that's out there (buried as it is underneth space opera Timothy Zahn crap (...I know, I read his books too, and they were fun... but crap)). You don't need to read Ender's Game to understand Speaker or to like it, although I just realized that my screen-name gives away my opinion of the whole series.

I guess it is important to note that Card's novels center around beliefs, decisions, and interaction. These are the threads that bind his works together despite their differences - Because, again, the sequal to Speaker, Xenocide, takes a different turn. There is much more metaphysical speculation amidst the mad dash for survival.

Anywho... read the series, but especially Speaker for the Dead. In my opinion, it's the best of a good lot.

Monday, September 12, 2005

BOOK REVIEW - Eldest & Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005.
YA Paolini.

Paolini, Christopher. Eldest. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c2005.
YA Paolini.

I'm not a big fantasy fan. I know why people love fantasy novels so much, but I have a really hard time keeping track of so many characters and settings that I end up missing out on the magic of the novel. Eragon, however, changed this for me.

I picked up this novel for two reasons: 1) I needed a little magic in my life; and 2) It's the rage with all of the kids, and I gotta know what they're reading. Thus started my new literary adventure.

From the prologue I was hooked. Elves, shades, and Urgal attacks don't exist in non-fiction (which is what I'm used to reading), but they do in Eragon & Eldest. Both are part of the Inheritence Trilogy that takes place in a faraway land where dragons used to live, elves are in hiding, dwarves keep to themselves, and just about everyone lives under the rule of the evil Galbatorix.

The revolves around Eragon, an orphaned farmboy, who, on a hunting mission, finds a beautiful blue stone. After unsuccessfully trying to sell it off for much needed food for him and his family, Eragon lays it to rest in his room. Everything changes in the middle of the night, when the stone turns out to be a dragon's egg and Eragon learns that he's a dragon rider!

The adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira take the reader on a journey through cities, deserts, elf forests, and dwarf mountains. This is a great read for anybody -- young or old -- who needs a little magic in their life, and is prepared to take an adventure that they will never forget!

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