May 4, 2012
There are a lot of great books that have been made into equally excellent TV series and movies. Some of these adaptations have cool music, too. One thing that I found recently, however, is that DJ’s are remixing various musical themes. Here’s a few theme mash ups that I enjoyed. I hope you find a few you like, too!
One of my favorite books and TV adaptations is the Game of Thrones. The TV series is based on a series of books by George R. R. Martin which you can find at our library. You can also check out the first season of the TV show on DVD at the public libraries. The series has a very cool opening song and I found a few good remixes.
Casterly Rocking out
8-bit Nintendo-style remix
Metal guitar remix
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling changed children’s book writing forever. For the first time, kids demonstrated how happy they were to tackle long, intricate stories that had characters they loved. Much of the music from the movie series is also very memorable. Here are a few remixes for Muggles.
Harry Potter Techno Remix
Hedwig’s Theme Dubstep Remix
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has been one of the hottest reads this year. Remixes for this series are a little harder to find because it’s so new, but I enjoyed this dubstep remix based on Rue’s whistle from the movie. Check out the video below.
If you find any excellent remixes from series that are based on books, comment below!
February 24, 2012
We’re nearing the end of the February Black History month celebration, so I’d like to highlight one of my favorite books that features an incredible glimpse into life for African Americans during the great depression. The story is by Christopher Pual Curtis: Bud, Not Buddy.
This story is written for a younger audience, but is a great read for just about anyone. It’s a two-time award winner, receiving the 2000 Newbery Medal and the 2000 Coretta Scott King Award. Ten year old Bud is the main character in the story. The most important person in his life, his mother has died, and he has been living in the Home (an orphanage) since he was 6 years old. After some bad experiences in the orphanage and in his last foster home, Bud decides he’ll strike out on his own to find his father.
Bud believes he knows who and where his father is and tries to find him in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but his only clues to finding his dad are memories from his mother, a bag of rocks and fliers he thinks are from his father’s band. As Bud travels looking for his dad, he meets different people, has adventures and lets his rules for living guide him. Everywhere he goes, he takes his suitcase which contains not only secrets of the past, but also hold clues for his future. Set in the Depression era, the story is upbeat rather than sad. Bud’s cheerful attitude and his determination keep him going through all of his adventures.
I loved Bud! He’s funny, fierce and completely lovable. Even if you don’t think historical fiction is your “cup of tea,” you’ll probably love Bud Not Buddy. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Especially funny are Bud’s rules for living. Check them out!
You can find Bud Not Buddy at your library! Check for availability and to place requests online at the El Paso Public Library catalog. You can also check availability on the Community College Catalog.
February 10, 2012
Valentine’s Day is coming up and while we most often associate the holiday with Romantic love, we know that there are actually many other kinds of love. In How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu explores the love in families, especially love between a father and son. Charles (of Mirror Universe 31), has been barely living since his father time-traveled out of his life. Charles feels that he has disappointed his father, and while they had always had trouble communicating, Charles badly wants to reconnect.
The problem is that Charles isn’t going anywhere. He’s a time-machine technician and he’s given up on his own life. He has no motivation. It isn’t until Charles’ future self appears and a panicked present-Charles shoots himself in the stomach that his life finally starts to move forward–even if it’s into a time loop. The journey Charles takes pulls him backwards in time where he can watch him and his father working on time-machines together. Charles travels many places and through both past and present, but it’s a puzzle to figure out what happened to short-circuit his relationship with his dad (and his mom) and where his dad is hiding out now.
The story never takes itself too seriously, even though the breakdown of a family is serious business. Charles is accompanied on his journey by Ed, a dog that doesn’t exist, TAMMY, a computer program with self-esteem issues and a book that he apparently wrote in the future, or is writing now…
For sci-fi lovers, this book is heartily recommended in time for Valentine’s Day. Read and reconnect with your family!
This book can be downloaded from the El Paso Public Library’s eBook Library. Have your library card and PIN ready.