Friday, June 19, 2009

Magician by Raymond E. Fiest

Reviewed by Josh Russell (Year 13)

Magician follows the story of Pug as he goes from adolescent to young man. The story is set in a world with magic, dragons, elves and interplanetary travel. The time it is set in is a medieval era in which there is a war with another planet occuring. The magic is seperated into two paths, and instead of being big glowing fruits of magic they affect the nature of things. This is the first of three books in the Riftwar Saga and you can get them all at the library, although they are often issued even though there are lots of copies. I recommend you reserve a copy for yourself.

I really like this book. It is one of the bost epic fantasy novels ever written. I have read a lot of fantasy novels - almost all of the ones in our library and a lot of the Public Library ones and this is one of my real favourites. I recommend it to everyone.

Visit the website of Raymond E. Feist and look at the other books he has written. After you read this series you will probably need to read more!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

After Twilight

Students are always asking for a book which is like Twilight so I thought I would put a small list on here of some reading suggestions for them.

If you liked Twilight you might like (and we have all these in the library):

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The Night Watch trilogy by Sergei Lukyanenko
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Cirque du freak by Darren Shan (and the rest of the series)
Uglies (and series) by Scott Westerfield
Thirsty by M.T. Anderson
Peeps by Scott Westerfield
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Vampire Beach (and series) by Alex Duval

New Moon - The Movie

Waiting lists for Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse are still really long here at King's. A deputation of Year 13 students have just visited the library just now, and insisted that I put the trailer for New Moon which is their favourite book, onto the blog. It is about to be released as a movie, and they are very excited.

So here is the official trailer for New Moon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Information Literacy - Google's hidden stuff

The Library is the Information Hub of the school, as such I spend a lot of time helping students find information on the internet.
Here is a video of some of the features in Google that you might not know about, it takes about 7 minutes to run all the way through:

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is my book of the year so far! Set in the future in a world not unlike ours except the political environment is totally different.

Imagine a reality tv show called The Hunger Games, where representatives of the various districts of a country must send 2 competitors to fight to the death. Imagine these competitors were aged between the ages of 12 and 18 and it is compulsory for the whole country to watch them and compulsory for people to enter the games.

This is the story of Katniss a girl of 16. She is used to hunting and making sure her family are fed by hunting and gathering food for them. Her home life is challenging, her mother has never recovered from her father's death and she has a little sister who she loves a lot. Katniss ends up competing in the Hunger Games.

This story is really fast paced. It was so exciting that I did very little this weekend except read this book. I think that people who have liked the Noughts and Crosses books will really like it. It is the first book in this series and having been to the website - don't do that until you have finished the book because the characters on the website didn't look anything like I had imagined them when I was reading. Next book due out in October and I can't wait.

The Silence of Fear by Denis Martin

Reviewed by Jake Massih (Year 9) 50 Book Challenger

Greg, Pip and Rickers decide they feel like some late night antics by stealing a dingy. When they return the dingy and see a robbery in action. They decide to keep quiet until another painfully sinimar robbery takes place and an innocent man is killed. There is lots of action in this book.

What did I like most? Denis Martin built up the tension until the last moment, then he threw in a groundbreaking twist!

What didn't I like? It was slow in places, but it was really about 80% great! Goodness that means it was really great!


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