Sunday book review

Zomburbia / Adam Gallardo

“Welcome To Zomburbia. My name is Courtney Hart, and I’m here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meatheads I go to school with? I think I’d actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains. I’ve noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that’s even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing


When  I picked  this  up , I  though it  might be a  fun, silly read .   Maybe  even  one  of the stupid  books – you  know the ones  that were fun, but not really  anything you  are going to want to talk about it.   It wasn’t .  It was really  excellent.  If you  live  in a small, dead ( pun intended) town,  how  far would you  go  to  get  out?   What if  your  friends couldn’t  follow you?  Who  are  you  friends/  What are  you  willing to lose or sacrifice?

I’m looking forward  to  the second  book

Ages  15+

sunday book review

The darkest part of the forest / by Holly Black

Holly  Black  is  one  of  my  favorite authors,  she  writes  gritty  fantasy  novels .  Her  newest  includes  a prince asleep  in  glass  coffin.  Here is  the summary  from  our  catalog:

In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king

What are your pick for the top 10 summer movies?

These  are  from  the screen  junkies:

Sunday book Review

The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim / E. K. Johnston

Summary  from  the catalog :
In an alternate world where industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slayer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobahn, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada

Somehow,  that  just  doesn’t  do it  justice.

summary  from  Amazon :

“Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds—armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that…

That’s  better.  Really  well  written , believable  characters exciting  story.   Time period  Current -but  in a  world  where dragons  have existed .   It  was  much better  than  I  expected.   Age  14+

Summer Movies

This  makes  me feel  like  summer  has  begun

movies about poetry and poems

April is National Poetry month and here are a list of movies about poetry,poets, or based on poems.
Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming “Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm–changing their lives forever

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano is a brilliant but hideously ugly poet, trying to get his true love, Roxanne

Il Postino The postman

The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice

Blue Car

A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest.

O Brother Where Art Thou

Loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey”, this is the story of three convicts– escapees from a prison farm in Mississippi– and their adventure as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it’s lost forever in a flood


In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beast’s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonate throughout the ages

love the song – this video make it more fun


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