Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Oh Captain! My Captain!

Yesterday a wonderful actor and comedian died. Robin Williams filled my childhood with such joy and laughter and I want to share with you a few of my favourite movies that he brought to life ! Here are clips from some of my (to this day!) favourite films, featuring Robin Williams.

 Aladdin - Genie

Ferngully - Batty (apologies for the quality!)

I couldn't find the right clip, but I'd strongly suggest that you all go and watch Hook again (or for the first time) too, it's absolutely worth it.

Farewell, O Captain, my Captain. 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Homeland Season 4 teaser

Homeland is returning for its fourth season in October with a huge reboot since the departure of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis).

This season will be largely set in Afghanistan and Pakistan where CIA officer Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) works to maintain stability in the region after US forces pull out. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

All Things Bookish...

I love books.  I also love bookish things.  And believe me there is a wide range of bookish things out there.  From movies about books to book trailers to books about books and everything in-between.

So if you've ever struggled with trying to find a gift for a bookie family member or friend or, if we're being honest, yourself, then why not check out some, if not all, of the things below.

I'm already writing up my Christmas wish list...


You can never have enough mugs.  There is something comforting about the feel of a mug.  Even the word mug sounds solid and steady.

Happiness Is...

I kind of want this mug.  And I don't even drink coffee.  Weird or what?  Don't answer that.

Okay, Okay

If you've read John Green then you'll recognise this mug straightway.  Then again John Green is kind of awesome.
Banned Books

Educational and inspiring too.  What better mug can you ask for.
Writers Mug

A mug designed especially for me.
Things to wear, things to carry

Of course if you've got the mug why not have the clothing.

Library Stamp t-shirt

Well I am a Librarian.  So I just had to include this t-shirt.  Because how could I not.  I also highly recommend that you check out the rest of Outofrprintclothing because their stuff is just awesome.

Pride and Prejudice Bag
I just love this bag.  It's pretty and girly and kind of perfect.

Of course if you've got the t-shirt and the bag you just have to have the tights.  I'm just a little bit in love with them.
I carry your heart...

Romantic that I am it probably comes as no surprise that I've included this bracelet.  It is all kinds of lovely.  A perfect gift really.

Around the House

Okay I'd probably wouldn't go quite so far as to furnish my house with bookish things... then again...

Bath set

Yeah bookie things even make it to the bathroom.  Just be grateful I didn't post the link to the bookish toilet paper.

Bookworm Pillow

You've got the book and the bookish mug and you're ready to lean back and read so why not have a bookish pillow to lean on.
Literary Candles

Reading by candlelight.  Probably not that good for the eyes.  Still the candles are pretty.
Novel Tea

You just know they had to do it.

I just had to include some comic related stuff because awesome!  Like seriously.  I'm  this close to buying that Marvel bag.  Because how cool would that be.

Wonder Woman Sneakers

What every woman should have in their wardrobe.  A pair of Wonder Woman sneakers.
Comic Graphic Leggings

I wish I could wear leggings.  Because if I could I would be madly buying all the pairs because there are some amazing leggings and tights out there.  Sadly  my legs just look like a sausage about to explode.  Tragic really...

Comic Shoes

These shoes rock, lethal looking as they are.

Gym Bag

I want.  And that's all I have to say really.

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.