Category Archive – Randomness

Rebel Genius

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Written by the co – creator of Avatar the Last Airbender: Michael Dante DiMartino, Rebel Genius takes you on an adventure into a fantasy world of art and friendship.

In a world where art and Geniuses, magical creatures born from artists’ creative spirit, are banned under the rule of the cruel empress. Twelve year-old Giacomo, an orphaned artist living in the sewers suddenly finds himself with his very own Genius. Having a Genius is punishable by death but luckily, Giacomo is brought to a secret studio by young artists where he is protected and trained in sacred geometry. There, Giacomo makes new friends and unlocks his hidden abilities. Life is safe and peaceful until a murderous artist and his Tulpa, a living sculpture, goes after the Sacred Tools that will grant them power to destroy the world. Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to find the tools first or face destruction. On this dangerous adventure, lives are lost and Giacomo discovers a secret about himself that nobody ever expected.

This was a good book, telling an artful story of survival, friendship and magic. It also contains quite impressive drawings and a good dose of mystery. This is a middle grade novel but still worth the read!

Week of Geek: The Best in Mindless Entertainment?

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Wazzup Geeklings?  How’s the new year treating you so far?

Well, I thought I would do something kinda public service-y this week.  I’ve mentioned before how I’m a bit on the anxious side as far as mental health goes, and right around the new year I ended up feeling SUPER anxious.  Thankfully it’s more or less passed (as it does) but when I’m feeling that way I run into a bit of a problem; what to watch on TV.

Not a very big problem, but still.  It also applies to movies and things to read.

When I’m feeling really anxious, what I expose myself to can end up making things worse.  Anything that has a whole lot of angst or grown-up problems or is dark and dour… just nope.  While normally I’m fine watching that kind of thing (and actually like it), when I’m feeling like everything is wrong those kinds of things just reinforce that feeling.  So what to watch?

Well, I discovered something that, I have to say, was pretty much what the doctor ordered.  It’s fun, wacky, has no serious qualities what so ever and has short episodes.

May I present Teen Titans Go!

To all the fans of the original Teen Titans series, I know, I know, you miss it.  I understand.  From what I saw and from what I’ve heard it was a great show, and a lot of the hardcore fans are not thrilled with this new, goofier take.

Having said that, I like Go!  It’s just fun and it requires no thought whatsoever.  The gist is that you have 5 teen superheroes living in their headquarters with no adult supervision.  There’s Robin, Batman’s original sidekick.  Beast Boy, who can turn into any animal.  Cyborg, who’s part robot.  Starfire, a princess from another planet who blasts lasers.  And Raven (my favorite) who’s a magical half-demon goth.  Other well-known DC characters pop up from time to time.

Here’s a few snippets.

So from getting really silly about pizza or making songs about books, there’s something for everyone.

What do you guys think?  Is there a show you like to watch when you’re feeling discombobulated?  A movie or book you like to read when you’re feeling off?  Post away!

For anyone feeling wiggy, wonky or wrong, we’ve got things to help with that.  From a YA booklist on mental health to links from community services to books like this one, we’ve got resources galore.  Check ’em out, watch something silly, and until next time, End of Line.

 

Week of Geek: Your Burger of the Day

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Hello again Geeklings

How we doin’?  How’s the weather?  We got our first taste of winter this week.  We liking it?  Not really?

I’ll admit, it’s been kinda ‘blah’ the last few days.  I understand that’s kind of typical for November, but still there’s ‘blah’ and then there’s ‘blah’, and this is ‘blah’.

So, as a public service from a public librarian, allow me to suggest my new favorite thing that may help keep the blahs away.  Some of you may already be familiar, some of you may not, but it may be worth a try.  I give you… Bob’s Burgers.

An animated half-hour comedy in the same vein as The Simpsons or Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers follows the adventures of the Belcher Family, who live above the burger restaurant they run in a fictional New Jersey shore town.  Patriarch Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, who also plays the title character in Archer), who cooks the burgers, is the most down-to-earth of the bunch, but if you rub him the wrong way you get some interesting reactions.  Though not great with business, he knows his way around a burger and a pun (see the Burger of the Day written in chalk in the restaurant each episode).  His wife Linda is loud and nasal but cheery with Broadway aspirations.  They have three children; Tina, Gene and Louise, ages 13, 11 and 9 respectively.  Middle child and only boy Gene has a sunny disposition much like his mother and is a bonafide showman, taking the opportunity to use his keyboard whenever possible.  Youngest daughter Louise is… interesting.  Smart but manipulative and aggressive with a dark sense of humor, Louise is a bit of a criminal mastermind but also has a soft spot that shows up every now and then (also, she’s voiced by Kristin Schaal, who I adore and who also plays Mabel on Gravity Falls).

My favorite is Tina.  The oldest Belcher child, she is the quirky, awkward, weird, nerdy teen girl in all of us.  And she’s voiced by a guy, who uses a low monotone, and it’s hilarious.

(BTW, Linda is also voiced by a man.  Louise is the only member of the family voiced by a woman)

Though the show had a couple of uneven first seasons it’s only gotten better with time (it’s now airing it’s seventh season).  Fair warning; it can get pretty gross at times.  I almost wrote the show off entirely after watching the pilot episode because it was just disgusting, and have only recently given the whole series another shot.  But if you can get past the occasional grossness, the writing is sharp, the characters are endearing and the voice acting is top-notch.  Here’s a few clips to give you a taste.

So place holds on our DVD copies here.  We’ve also got some graphic novels and a cookbook.

Hang in there Geeklings, the holidays are coming, and until next time, End of Line.

The Secret Garden

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cover imageThe Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is about a young girl named Mary Lennox, who is orphaned after her parents die of cholera in India. Mary is, understandably, very unhappy for most of her childhood. She is described by most people as “disagreeable-looking,” partially because while living India, Mary was prone to illness. After the first foster family she lives with dismisses her, Mary finds herself in Yorkshire, where she is to stay with her uncle Archibald.

Uncle Archibald Craven lives in a Misselthwaite Manor with his gardener Ben, his maid Martha, and his young son Colin. Archibald is almost always alone, as he has been grieving the death of his wife for more than a decade. His grief is so potent, that he refuses to look at anything that reminds him of his wife, including his own son. One of the main things that Archibald associates with his wife, is the garden that she maintained while she was alive. The biggest plot point in the story, occurs when Mary discovers the key to this abandoned garden. Exposure to the garden begins to heal Mary, both emotionally and physically. And when she starts to share her garden with the other residents at Misselthwaite, they all discover the healing power of both the garden, and of companionship.

The Secret Garden is about the importance of reaching out to other people in times of sadness, which is a great lesson that isn’t talked about as much as it should be. The ways in which Mary, Colin and Archibald grow and change, are so inspiring and uplifting. They are all such great characters, and it’s impossible to dislike them. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a story that’s both comforting and encouraging.

 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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cover imageThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, tells the story of a woman named Ava, who is looking back on the misfortunes that her, her mother, and her grandmother underwent at the hands of a magic curse. We first learn about Ava’s grandparents, who move from France to America with their children. After a tragic accident occurs in the family, Ava’s grandmother slowly starts to disappear. But that isn’t the only strange occurrence in the Lavender family. One member of the family turns into a bird after another similar incident. The curse on the Lavender family dooms all of it’s members to what Ava calls “foolish love.” No relationship in the Lavender family ever ends up working out, and on top of that, some of them end up undergoing odd magical transformations.

Ava herself is born with wings, similar to those of an angel. Unfortunately for Ava, a boy named Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her for just that. He ends developing an unhealthy infatuation with her, which unfortunately, is destined to end poorly for the both of them.

The amazing thing about this story, was it’s use of tone and language. Reading this book felt like reading a poem. The language was so beautiful, that even if you don’t like romance novels, I would recommend this book to you just for it’s prose. The use of magic in this book was also a nice touch. Most books that involve the use of magic, are quite sensational and over the top. This one on the other hand, was a lot more rooted in reality. As you might have been able to guess from the title, this is a very tragic and emotional book, and I would not recommend it to readers who are a bit more on the sensitive side.