If you’re a fan of lighter fantasy with a romantic slant for younger adults, you might enjoy these five books:
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First ye need to pick up one of me favorite books, How I Became A Pirate by the lovely Melinda Long. This tale will bring a tear to ye eyes, as well as a grand sense adventure. Perfect for yer little ones, and ye'll be yammerin' like a pirate in no time.
Fer the teens (and adults if they like), Pirates! : the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, is a true tale about women with pirattitude!
I then whole heartedly demand that ye get yer family together and watch The Pirates!: Band of Misfits. Done by arrrmazing folks at Aardman Animations, this film will make pirates of all ages roar with laughter. Have yer own ham night and feast like a pirate!
There ye go! Ye now have what ye need to walk, talk, and eat like a pirate! But most importantly, have fun! Pirates are all about havin' fun. And if ye be needing more, check out the endless treasure trove of pirate bounty at ye public library. Yarrrrrr!
It's been six months since the season 3 premier of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, and everyone still can't stop talking about it! Are you already planning your season 4 premier party for next spring, or still considering checking out the series?
Getting HBO programming before it airs has never been easier, just visit your local library! Game of Thrones is based off of the popular book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Begin your trip to Westeros with A Game of Thrones, book one of the series.
If getting through 800 pages seems a bit daunting, check out A Game of Thrones audio book and listen to this epic story while you multitask.
For those who want to dive into the show, check out Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season and you will be hooked.
For those who are caught up with the first 2 seasons on dvd, the season 3 will be released February 18, 2014. While that does seem like a long wait, fans can pass the time by checking out some other Game of Thrones related books:
Shot in several countries and one of the biggest budgeted programs currently on television, Game of Thrones is one of the best looking shows on TV. Inside HBO's Game of Thrones gives you an in-depth behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring the worlds of Westeros to life.
And for those who want to dine like a king, check out A Feast of Ice and Fire. This cookbook has many recipes featured and inspired by the books.
Last week, HBO released the second season of their massively popular and critically acclaimed series Game of Thrones on DVD and Blu-ray. And if you have HBO, you probably already know that the third season will premiere on the strategically chosen date of 3-31-13.
If you haven’t already seen it, or want to watch it again, you can check out Season 1 from your nearest location. San José Public Library has ordered several copies of Season 2 and they should be appearing on the shelves soon!
The award-winning television show, a surprisingly faithful adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, premiered in 2011 and quickly gathered a mass following that swelled the ranks of already ardent fans of the books.
The first five books of the planned seven-volume series are currently available. The epic fantasy has been praised for its realism, depiction of political intrigue, morally ambiguous characters, and unpredictability among other things. Just a warning: Don’t get too attached to any one character. No character is safe from being killed off, but the series is so good you will just dry your tears and read on. You can pick up or download any of the five books at SJPL.
If you have already read the books, you can check out the graphic novel, the soundtrack, and the official or unofficial cookbook. There’s even a book focusing on philosophical issues in the series called Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords.
Whether you choose to watch, read, or listen, enjoy immersing yourself in the world of Westeros!
The first part of the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Journey", opens this Friday in theaters. No surprise - interest in the book has increased as evidenced by the amount of hold requests on our library copies (check out this edition if you still need a copy). So, let's say you've read both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and you want more Middle Earth. What's next?
Tolkien spent most of his career as a writer refining the mythology that would become the "back story" to the published "Rings" era (the Third Age) but these tales only saw publication following his death in the form of The Silmarillion. This is very much "The Bible" of Middle Earth in both content and narrative approach. It tells the epic history of the world from its very creation to the end of the First Age as Elves (and later, Men) struggle against the evil forces of Morgoth (the Lucifer figure) and attempt to regain the three holy jewels, the Silmarils, he stole from them.
Despite its beautiful and ambitious scope, readers familiar with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can sometimes find The Silmarillion a bit hard to get into. Because it covers a millennia or so, there is less dialogue, characters are less defined, and events are concise and compressed. The narrative approach is rather similar to the historical Appendices at the end of The Lord of the Rings (you didn't skip those, right?). The Silmarillion is also lacking a single overall protagonist; instead, characters come and go between chapters as they fall victim to the passage of time and frequent tragic deaths. There are also no familiar cross-over characters or places from the Rings books (except briefly for Galadriel, and a small role for Sauron); in fact, most of the lands of The Silmarillion no longer exist by the time of The Lord of the Rings.
Tolkien does a lot of "name-dropping", and since everyone and everything tends to have multiple names, I found it useful on my first reading to constantly be double-checking every name reference in a companion book such as The Complete Guide to Middle Earth. Yes, you get some spoilers, but it also helps keep you focused on the big picture - where things are going and which details you should pay attention to.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by The Silmarillion and want an experience closer to The Lord of the Rings, try the recently released The Children of Hurin. This takes the Tale of Turin Turambar, a 28 page chapter in The Silmarillion, and expands it to a 200+ page novel (with big print, for a change). Hot-headed Turin battles Morgoth's forces but is cursed to unintentionally carry out Morgoth's will, leading to the destruction of one of the three hidden kingdoms of the Elves and Turin's own tragic fate. The story is self-contained enough that it can be enjoyed without knowledge of its place in the greater scheme of events told in The Silmarillion. Tolkien often attempted to tell stories of the First Age in longer formats like this, but The Children of Hurin is the only one that was complete enough to stand on its own, with a bit of patching. (You can see the original version with holes intact in Unfinished Tales)
Stay tuned for more highlights of the First Age from Tolkien's incomplete and miscellaneous writings...
Alchemists Ed and Alphonse Elric are “Alchemists,” magicians with the ability to use the magic of equivalent exchange to transform raw matter. They can turn lead into gold, rebuild buildings from rubble, and turn scrap metal into deadly weaponry. Despite all their power, no alchemist can bring the dead to life. Trying it quite literally costs Ed an arm and a leg (which he replaces with mechanical contraptions) and costs Alphonse even more. Now they are on the hunt to find the mythical “philosopher’s stone” the only thing said to be able to restore their missing limbs. Their quest puts them at odds with an outrageous and deadly array of enemies and brings them face to face with a conspiracy at the very heart of their nation.
If you like a compelling story with plenty action and comedy, you should definitely check out Full Metal Alchemist, even if you’ve never touched a Japanese comic in your life. It is not only one of the best but also one of the most accessible manga I have read. Hiromu Arakawa brings her characters to life, both through the dialogue and her distinct character designs. In addition, the series’ setting (a sort of early 1900s steam punk America or Europe) lacks many of the Japanese manga tropes and conventions that prove most confusing to American readers. Finally the fight scenes are exciting and use “alchemy” in incredibly creative ways, though definitely violent enough to justify its “teen” rating.
Let me know what you think of Full Metal Alchemist, and leave me a comment about any other series you think deserve to be called great.
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