Friday, August 28, 2009

Dragonlance: The Annotated Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

e Review by Josh Russell (Year 13)  

Warning! Complicated fantasy speak ahead!

Dragonlance:  The annotated chrocicles is the complation of 3 books that make the first Krynn Trilogy.  Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning.
In Dragons of Autunm Twilight we start in Solace the cillage where most of our group of heroes come from.  Here we meet the staplesof AD&D stories, the Mage: Raistlin, Cleric: Goldmoon, Helf-Elf: Tanis, Thief: Tasselhoff, Warrior: Curamon, Barbarian: Riverwind, Paladin: Sturm and of course the Dwarf: Flint.

After the events that occur in Solace the goup make an epic journey in which they encounter their enemy the Darconins, dragonmen are given the guest to travel to Xak Tsaroth and get the disks of Mishakal.
The seond book Dragons of Winter Night, is just after the events in Xak Tsaroth and the gaining of the Disks, also the battle of Tharses.  The main group is now joined by 3 others Laurana and Elf and her brother Gilfhanus and Elven warrior and Elistan a Cleric of Paladen.  This book is about the development of certain characters we watch Tanis struggle with his contradicting beliefs, his human and elven side, and his love of Kitrara and Laurana.  All this comes to a head in the third book. The 3rd book is a culmination of everything that has happened.  Tanis must choose between his humanity and Elvenness, Kitara and Laurana, good, evil or chaos, also the ancient Gods fully return.

If you like Lord of the Rings you will like this series, as it is like that - but with dragons and more magic.

I rate this highly as it is one of the best books I've ever read. 5 out of 5 stars.

Here is a link the the Dragonlance movie site:  this is the movie of the first book.  (Josh says it's really bad!)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oxford Art Online - part of the Epic Databases

I am going to periodically profile the databases available on Epic. This one, Oxford Art Online is very useful for art students. If you are looking for :
  • examples of an artists work 
  • an explanation of an art term,
  • fashion, 
  • design 
  • architecture
  • artist biographies and
heaps more arty information this is a great place to look.

Log on is available from Ms Schaumann or on the tear-off sheets in the library.

Oxford Art Online (including Grove Art)

The Oxford Art Online gateway provides access not only to Grove Art Online, including the full text of the 34-volume print edition of The Dictionary of Art, but to:
  • The Oxford Companion to Western art
  • The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • Over 2,000 additional colour images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Images for College Teaching, and 500 new images of modern and contemporary art, embedded in the text of articles.
World Art Timelines and Learning Resources, as well as links to other subject specific online resources, provide support for students and teachers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
(image from

This is the story of one long, crazy, night in the lives of a bass playing guy and the girl he meets and asks "Would you mind being my girlfriend for the next 5 minutes?" Nick has just seen his ex girlfriend, who broke his heart, walk into the club with another guy, where he is playing in his band. The girl is not a fan of his ex, signals her agreement by kissing him. So begins the night of their lives, a night of taxi drivers who are wise, dancing, all night cafes, falling in and out of love, music, laughter, heartache, embarrasment and night in Manhattan.

This book has become a classic and the movie is about to be released. Those of us who have read the book are really looking forward to the movie. Hope they don't change too much though.

This novel is only available in the senior school due to the 'bold' language used.

Skeleton coast by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul

Reviewed by Nathaniel Parsons (Year 11)

Skeleton Coast is about a ship called the Oregon. It's run by an ex-military guy, working for a coporation, trhying to stop eco-terorists and hired mercenaries unleashing a hurricane that would kill millions of people causing worldwide havoc. The Oregon is called to the rescue but this rescue is full of danger for the crew and all on board. There is lots of action, it's a real adventure and I like all of the Clive Cussler books. I really like the way it constantly re-introduces action into the book all the way along. The only thing I didn't like was that it took a while to get going.


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