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"For a brief time, I was here; and, for a brief time, I mattered." –Harlan Ellison Science fiction lost another influential writer when Ellison passed away on June 28 at the age of 84. Although he bristled at being pigeonholed, Ellison was recognized as a Grand Master of the genre... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
Cinematic stuff! Saoirse Ronan as Aloha, Vincent Kartheiser as Walter?
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Black Panther has leaped to the top of the international box office in a single bound! The hotly anticipated superhero adventure is a landmark in what is already a milestone year for the lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it a vibranium anniversary and not an aluminum one if we’re celebrating... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
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Book lovers mourn every time a bookstore closes its doors, whether it was part of a retail chain or an independent shop. It was a sad day for many people when the Chapters location at the Bayview Village Shopping Centre shut down at the end of 2017, after almost two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at The Buzz...About Books
This subgenre is my jam! Hercule Poirot's Christmas is the perfect holiday murder mystery. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM1569602&R=1569602 The only problem is that it's more fun to forget whodunit before a reread... Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty has a really neat sci-fi take on the format: a closed circle mystery, in space! A bunch of clones wake up and discover that their starship is adrift and their previous selves have all been murdered. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3495660&R=3495660
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Withered leaves are crumbling underfoot and watchful pumpkins with carved smiles are standing sentinel outside shops and homes. It's trick-or-treating season, and as much as you may love candy corn and chocolate bars paired with "Stranger Things", there's no treat quite like reading a book somewhere warm and safe, while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Canada's biggest fair has opened its gates! Make the most of the summer home stretch during these 18 days of excitement, entertainment and extravagant eats. Before you hop on a streetcar destined for Exhibition Place, take a look at the schedule and see if there are any special events you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Daenerys Targaryen finally returns to Westeros on Sunday, but Season Seven's late premiere date means that Game of Thrones missed the deadline for this year's Emmy Awards. The silver lining is that the fantasy drama, having set a record last year for the most Emmys won by a series, can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Buffy Summers and Daria Morgendorffer are turning 20! Fictional characters don't age like we do, so it may be slightly surreal to learn about the milestone birthdays of these two iconic teenage heroines. Fun fact: their TV shows premiered in 1997 within a week of each other — Daria first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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Just when you thought we've played all the hunger games, run through all the mazes and mapped all divergent paths, dystopian and apocalyptic futures are trendy again! But they never really go out of style – in 1826, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man, envisioning the end of the 21st... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
Thanks, Marie! I couldn't get Castle out of my head for days. And very interesting observation about the cover!
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It is blisteringly icy outside, which means 'tis the season to curl up with a hot drink and a book. Looking for a different type of chills and shivers than the ones offered by the wintry weather? Alternatively, would you like to be warmed by the unexpected domestic comfort of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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On Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to our veterans in different ways, reflecting on the lives lost and sacrifices made in times of war and treasuring what peace can be found during these sobering days. It is especially important that the stories of women dedicated to serving their country are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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The literary world is agog at the unmasking of Elena Ferrante, the mysterious author of the internationally popular Neapolitan Novels. Using financial records and real estate documents, an investigative journalist traced the true identity of the writer behind the pseudonym and published the results of his detective work in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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National treasure Margaret Atwood will be attending Fan Expo Canada on Saturday, September 3 to launch her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird. The book kicks off a planned trilogy about a part bird, part cat superhero who gains his powers after a lab accident, as one does in comics. Atwood... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? :) http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM147854&R=147854
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Earlier this week, a cherubic spiky-haired robot named Ludwig made his debut at a Toronto retirement home. Designed by a team of U of T researchers, he can carry conversations and analyze speech patterns to help detect Alzheimer's disease. Ludwig's creators are hopeful that after a trial period, the artificial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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It's been a tough month for Peggy Carter. The intrepid secret agent has never backed down from a challenge: she fought beside Captain America during the Second World War, continued to fight nefarious cabals and workplace sexism through two seasons of her own television show, and eventually became one of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the nuclear power plant in Pripyat exploded, spreading radioactive material across Ukraine and the rest of the continent, the effects and ramifications of which are still plainly seen and keenly felt. A great deal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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The second season of Marvel's Daredevil drops on Netflix today. If you're reading this just after emerging from your binge-watching rabbit hole, you should probably get some sleep. Luke Cage doesn't premiere until September, so you have time to train for your next superhero-streaming marathon! If you're new to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Looking to curl up with a classic somewhere out of the bitter cold? Don’t have time to drop by your local branch before closing time? Celebrate love and family in faraway lands and times with these always available electronic titles. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton eAudiobook Craving a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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"They may be minor characters, but they are major characters in my heart!" This sentiment may strike a chord with you if you've ever found yourself wanting to know more about a character in a book or TV show or movie, and yet the writers have different ideas. Judging from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at The Buzz...About Books
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Picking up from where we left off last week, here is a selection of books for the spookiest season of the year: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson eAudiobook eBook Large Print The shadow of Hill House looms large over all the other haunted buildings in the genre.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at The Buzz...About Books
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Looking for an unsettling book to curl up with during the waning of the year? Come browse the secret stacks of The Library at Mount Char! First-time novelist Scott Hawkins was partly inspired by a librarian friend who was tired of the stereotypes surrounding portrayals of her profession. Just once,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at The Buzz...About Books