Archive for April, 2008

“The Librarian”

Holy moly! Many moons ago, Ryan and I actually sat through the made-for-tv movie The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, which stars that cutie from ER, Noah Wyle. Of course I had to watch it—it’s about a librarian who saves the world, after all! How much more kick-butt could a librarian be?

One would think that, having sat through the original monstrosity, we would have learned our lesson and stayed clear of the sequel. But no. When The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines came on the other night, we willingly cozied up on the couch to watch. At 11:00, about an hour into it, we gave up and called it a night.

But now (and I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this) I kinda want to see the rest! It’s a weird phenomenon—while you’re actually watching, you know it’s cheesy and ridiculous, but upon reflection, you think you may have indeed enjoyed it.

(It’s probably just Noah’s adorable face that’s throwing off my judgment.)

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Roswell

I forgot to mention my love for the late, great television series Roswell. See, I do like some sci-fi! Before you make any snide comments such as, “that’s not real science fiction!” I would have to disagree. I mean, those teen aliens came from pods, man! Pods! And there was even an obelisk-type thing that could beam one into outer space, with the right crystal, of course.  Lots of cool super-alien-powers, too! The best is that Ryan owns the whole DVD set (thus, why I became a fan!)

I must ask—has anyone out there actually read the Roswell High series by Melinda Metz that this show was based on?  If so, what are your opinions?  It got lousy reviews…

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Giving Up on “Ender’s Game”

I’m by no means proud, but enough is enough. There are too many other books out there that I’d rather spend my time with. I know many readers—librarians, critics, teachers, and teens among them—will wholeheartedly disagree with my decision to quit. This is a Nebula and Hugo award winning book, after all! But it’s just not my cup of tea. (Serious, dry science fiction rarely is.)

I usually pride myself on having a wide interest range when it comes to the genre and style of my reading material; I also rarely quit a book midway through. Well, shame on me, I guess. At least I can say I’ve read enough of it to get a decent idea of which patrons I should or should not recommend Ender’s Game to.

Here are a few sci-fi books for young adults that I actually enjoyed reading:

Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

I’m also a huge fan of the late television series Firefly, as well as the old-school Star Wars trilogy. So I don’t despise all things science fiction—just, well, certain things!

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