Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Favorite Movie Librarians

The Huffington Post created a slideshow about librarians in movies.  I can't help but share the link.  It features two of my favorite movie librarian: Evelyn from The Mummy (1999) and Flynn from one of the best TV movies ever, The Librarian: Quest For The Spear (2004).

Librarians Save The Day! 11 Great Movies In Which They Star  

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from The Mummy:
Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I... am a librarian. 

Check out the 11th picture...the one for The Librarian: Quest For The SpearIt's the wrong movie!  This picture is from the second Librarian installment, Return to King Solomon's Mines from 2006 with Emily Davenport. OK, maybe you didn't get the same kick out of that as I did...but I think it's hilarious they used the wrong one.

There are a handful of movies I haven't even heard of before. Cool...more to add to my Netflix queue.

Who's your favorite movie librarian?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Tunes For Bears To Dance To by Robert Cormier

Tunes for Bears to Dance to
by Robert Cormier
Publisher: Laurel Leaf, Mass Market Paperback, 1994, 101 pages

Description on the book:

After his brother's death, Henry moves with his parents to a new town, where he meets and befriends Mr. Levine, an elderly survivor of the Holocaust who spends his days carving a replica of his childhood village.

Enter Mr. Hairston, who holds power over Henry's life. He is a man of glittering promises, but he exacts a terrible price from Henry that involves the boy's friendship with Mr. Levine.

All Henry has to do is...
My Review:

Wow! Robert Cormier is a remarkable author. This is another riveting example of Cormier's mastery of powerful realistic fiction.

Tunes For Bears To Dance To is about a young boy Henry who recently lost his older brother in an accident.  Even though his family moved to a new town to escape the memories of his brother, Henry's father is still stuck in a dark depression and his mother is struggling to support the family during the post-WWII era. To help out, Henry works at a local general store for a bigoted owner who is nice to customers while in his store but says some really nasty stuff once they leave.

One day, Henry follows an old man whom he sees every day walking back and forth from the psychiatric hospital next door. Henry soon befriends the old man, Mr. Levine, and the learns about his past as a Holocaust survivor and why he's staying at the "crazy house". Then Henry is blindsided when he's given a terrible ultimatum. Henry is stuck in the middle of a moral dilemma and has very little time to decide what to do.

Just over 100 pages, this book is a short, fast read. Henry is genuine and you can't help but feel sorry for his situation (and cheer him on despite it).  I'm the type of reader who gets emotionally involved while reading and I found myself gasping and getting teary-eyed at several points. Tunes For Bears To Dance To is not a happy read. It confronts some uncomfortable topics and situations dealing with mental health, prejudice, and the concept of evil. But it's another Cormier tale that will stay with you long after you finish it. I love Cormier's powerful yet simple and effective writing.

My Rating: 5 out of 5! Couldn't put it down.

I also recommend Cormier's Heroes, a startling book about a young disfigured WWII veteran who plans on killing the man that inspired him to enlist. Surprisingly, I haven't read "The Chocolate War" or "I am the Cheese" yet. But they're on my TBR list now.

Monday, August 2, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey Through A World of Books to share what you've read in the last week and plan to read this week.

This is my first time participating in this meme. I'm hoping that it will inspire me to get through books faster since I'm sharing my progress with other bloggers.

Tokyo Mew Mew (vol. 1) by Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida
Crescent Moon (vol. 1) by Haruko Iida
I'm starting to read manga, so I'll throw a few volumes in between reading books from my TBR pile.

The King's Mistress by Emma Campion
I haven't read romance/suspense historical fiction in a long time and I'm really enjoying this book.

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
This one is a BookCrossing bookray so I need to read it next and to keep it moving.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren to share books bought, borrowed from the library, received for review or won.  Enjoy!

This is my first In My Mailbox post!  Here are the books I received in the last week:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
I won this ARC in a giveaway from Steph Su Reads.  It turns out that Steph lives real close to me so we met up last weekend for lunch. I had a great time and I'm so psyched that such an awesome blogger lives in the next town over. Can't wait to hang out again!  Nightshade releases on October 19...hey, that's my birthday! :)

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (ARC for review, releases on August 10).
Deja at first sight...I'm so excited to read this one!

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (ARC for review, releases on September 14)

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
ARC, released in July 2007.  This is a BookCrossing bookray. You sign up for bookrays with your BC account, eventually get the book in the mail (the order usually based on shipping preference), read it, and then mail it to the next person on the bookray list.  The last person tends to continue the ray or send it to someone wishing for it as a RABCK (Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness). I'm 23rd on the list, so it's traveled pretty Canada, Portugal, UK, South Africa, Finland, awesome is that?!?  It's next on my TBR list and when I'm done it's going to Washington state next (then it'll continue on to Japan...gotta love bookrays).

Wait For Dusk (Dark Days, book 5) by Jocelynn Drake
I finished book 4, Pray For Dawn, last week. Jocelynn Drake was in Maryland last month for a signing at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland. I really wanted to go and meet her, but it's over 3 hours away and the road trip didn't work out. However, you could purchase signed (and personalized) copies online. YAY! Here's my signed copy that arrived in the mail last week:

"Michelle, The wait was too long. J Drake"

That's it for now. Have a great week!