The Magic Returns with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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potterYou’ve probably heard by now that the new Potter-esque play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be opening on the London’s West End stage on July 30th 2016. So you should know that on the next day, Potter’s birthday by no stretch of chance, at the stroke of midnight the compilation of the two scripts will be launched world-wide as a bound volume.

Translation: ANOTHER MIDNIGHT RELEASE OF A HARRY POTTER BOOK!!!!!!!! (More about this in a later post so stay tuned)

An official eighth instalment of the Harry Potter series set nineteen years later will be published nineteen years since the first Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The premise seems to stem from the very last chapter of the last Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where readers will get a first hand look at an over-worked Harry as a father of three dealing with some serious grown-up “adulting” issues while his youngest son Albus Severus has to contend with the enormity of living in his father’s massive and far-reaching shadow.

So now we begin with the questions. Will the story kick off from that heart-felt moment where Harry sees his youngest off to the Hogwarts Express for the first time? What will the Sorting Hat will have to say about matters? Slytherin? Gryffindor? Or something else entirely? What about the original characters that grew up with Harry? All the new Weasley kids? Teddy Lupin? What about young Scorpius Malfoy? Will Herbology Professor Neville Longbottom be making a joyful appearance with his full-grown Mimbulus Mimbletonia occupying one of the Green Houses? So many possibilities but we are going to have to wait until midsummer to have them answered.

One thing I do know down to my bones is that none of this is by mere chance. Jo Rowling never leaves anything to coincidence. A new story set nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, which would actually take place this year (2016) in Real Time exactly nineteen years since Potter was first published?

She had it all planned from the beginning.

Rowling. You genius.

(whips off hat and bows in respect)
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DR DOG – decidedly uncool

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DR DOG PSYCHEDELIC SWAMPSometimes we all have to embrace that which we love, but just seems so uncool to pretty much everybody else.

I’ve become a serious champion for the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr Dog (I’m practically evangelical about it). I think they’re just so fabulous and no else I know seems to agree.

I don’t understand it. Yes, yes – Dr Dog sometimes crosses into jam-band territory (a genre I don’t see as cool) and yes, Dr Dog borrow (rip off) lots from 60s  and 70s power pop.

But they do it so well! I just love this band. And I like The Psychedelic Swamp, this “new” album; it’s a re-imaging / rerecording of Dr Dog’s first unreleased demo album. They’re looking back at where they were and where they are now. It is good stuff and I hope more people get into Dr Dog.

Perhaps I’ll feel less uncool.

Pleasant Ridge Teen Book Club Recommends…

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We had a hilarious discussion about Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging this week. To tell you the truth it got a little deep talking about Georgia’s portrayal of males in the book. Anyway as always the group came with amazing recommendations for you! Next month’s book is Nation by Terry Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal SnoggingPrachett. Come and get yourself a copy and join book club.Nation by Terry Prachett

ParallelTheepa recommends : The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis



Katia recommends: P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han
Dina recommends: Parallel by Lauren Miller
Taisia recommends: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Anthony recommends: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Elizabeth recommends: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Paula recommends: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Star Wars: Lost StarsTalia recommends: We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Shruthi recommends: Everything that Makes You by Moriah McStay

I recommend: A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Joyce

Next meeting is February 29th at 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

SHEARWATER – 80s music today

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Jet Plane and OxbowI find myself surprised that I am listening the stuffing out of this new Shearwater album Jet Plane and Oxbow. A side-project for members of Okkervil River and Kingfisher, Shearwater specializes in thoughtful, catchy indie-pop. I’m surprised because I’ve liked Shearwater enough, but never loved them.

I’m surprised too, because this new Shearwater filters a bunch of 80s music. But it’s a mainstream 80s sound that I don’t normally love. Yeah sure, I hear some straight-yet-cool influences, like Tears for Fears or the Waterboys. I also hear, however, some New Romantic touches (like Spandau Ballet who I kinda, sorta like) and I swear that I hear pure 80s pop Air Supply in the mix too. Never would I have thought, “hey man …listen to this! It’s great. YOU CAN REALLY HEAR THE AIR SUPPLY”.

But here we are. Jet Plane and Oxbow – today’s source for 80s cool. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

A Wonderful Place

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You know that special feeling that you get whenever you find yourself surrounded by books? It’s kind of a mixture of hushed expectations, hidden excitement, and a dash of the unexpected. Also there is that special book smell. You know what I’m talking about. New books have a fresh pulpy ink smell to them while old books have what is the equivalent to that “new car smell” to a bibliophile. So many stories, so little time. Where to begin?

Well, how about at the start of this interesting little video….

If you’re ever in the mood to lose yourself between the stacks I can assure you that the Vaughan Public Libraries have a wonderful collection of all sorts of titles for anyone who ever went looking for something. And who knows what you may find waiting for you amidst the shelves? After all, the most wonderful of places are where books tend dwell.