Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Hi readers!

Hope you've all still been tuning in here on Quicksand, there's been a lot of great posts in the last few months!
Last night I finished reading Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline', which I discovered after reading his latest book, The Graveyard Book (see review Jan 7th '09).

Coraline is a young girl who lives with her busy parents in a big old house, the type that has been separated into 4 or 5 smaller units. She is bored. School isn't due to go back yet, and her parents are too busy to entertain her. Mrs Spink and Miss Forcible, the two retired actors who live in the house below don't have enough entertaining stories to keep a young girl occupied. The crazy old man upstairs is preoccupied with his Mouse Circus, and also...well he IS crazy.
Then, Coraline discovers a hidden world behind the locked door in the drawing room. A strange, and eerily similar world to her own, and in that world are another set of her parents. However, nothing in this world is quite right, and she soon finds out that her 'other mother' wants to keep her forever in the strange world behind the locked door.

Coraline is a strange story, at first I thought it was a bit basic, maybe a bit too young for me, but after you get past the first couple of chapters, the real intrigue begins!
Definitely worth a read, and available in graphic novel, or novel formats!


Monday, 18 May 2009

How to ditch your fairy

'How to ditch your fairy' by Justine Larbalestier is a witty and magical novel that I can highly recommend to teenage readers.

The setting is New Avalon, where nearly everyone has a personal (and invisible) fairy.

Fourteen year old Charlie, however, is not satisfied with her annoying parking fairy. Charlie is constantly pestered by those around her to travel with them purely so they can find a parking spot. She longs for a more desireable fairy, such as a boy-attracting fairy for instance.

Charlie attends New Avalon Sports High; a bizarre school for elite sportsmen and women.

Demerits are awarded at the drop of a hat for seemingly nonsensical misdemeanours, and Charlie racks up an alarming number which she has to work off by completing public service at the local cemetery.

A humourous type of slang exists in new Avalon that adds to the cleverness of the dialogue. For instance, the book begins with Charlie discussing her 'spoffs'. To find out what she's talking about you'll have to read the book!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Star Trek 11 and the Trekker.

Ok Kate so you've had your turn..now it's the "old" Trekkers turn.

So I admit I've always loved Star Trek. In fact I even used to buy Star trek novels and I'm not talking about Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager or Enterprise - I'm talking the original series. Yes the series that premiered in the United States on September 8, 1966. The series that even though it only lasted 3 seasons has managed to lead on to 4 follow on series and 11 movies. The original series that became more popular in reruns and lead to a huge cult following.

So when I saw the new movie I was a little bit nervous...Would they muck it up? Would the characters be true to the original? Would it have the same humour as the original? Would I like it?
Well the answers are No! Yes! Yes!and definitely Yes! I loved Star Trek 11. I loved the actors, I loved the characters, I loved the humour and I loved the action. I loved the noise and the clever use of silences. I loved the ending...how everything ties together - the old and the new. I loved the shiver down my spine at the end. I won't give the end away...but old fans will love it!

So I guess you get that i loved the new Star Trek movie. Be good...take your parents for a blast from the past that you can all enjoy!
If you want to see how special effects have changed check out clip below...

Monday, 11 May 2009

Star Trek 11

Star Trek::::::: from a non trekker perspective::
Space. The Final Frontier.

Amazing special effects, music, story and hot guys to boot! Romance, comedy, action, lotsa stuff blowing up (i love that!) this movie has it all! Whether you're a trekker (a Star Trek fan, like of the other movies) or not you can be sure to be amazed by the eleventh movie/prequel in a series of equally amazing films. Chris Pine does well as a young Captain James T. Kirk,and Zachary Quinto (Sylar,from Heroes, and don't worry, no brain eating here) as Spock. Their performances should make William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy ( who also has a role in the movie) proud. With an all star cast (with the likes of Winona Ryder, Simon Pegg, Eric Bana, John Cho, and even House's Jennifer Morrison and Home and Away's Chris Hemsworth making appearances) this does the other movies justice. The movie is great for everyone! and Chris Pine takes his shirt off, so that was a highlight for me.....
Age 15

Thanks Kate. As a Trekker myself i might wait a day or two to give my opinion. is there anyone out there who might want to tell Kate what you thought???
Here's Kate's choice - a clip from Saturday Night Live with the stars of the new Star Trek and a surprise!

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