Monthly Archives: January 2015

Three in Love – high school threesomes?!

Three in loveTitle: Three In Love

Author: Shioko Mizuki

Summary: High school threesome

Gut reaction: We’re allowed to have polygamy in media now? Why wasn’t I told before?

Why: The story is actually pretty tame and simple, but I do like it. The main girl, Machiru, and her love rival decide to date their love interest together and Machiru is really fond of the other girl as well. Unexpectedly, the characters are deep and complex, insofar as shoujo goes, and the story isn’t predictable or boring. A grounded shoujo is so rare these days that upon discovery I become inconsolably happy.

Who would like this book: Shoujo fans, manga fans in general, people in threesomes? I’m happy and will follow it until it ends.

Lexie, West Seattle

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Hamlet – interesting and slightly strange

a7c25bb8144b76673d27593d8bf8081bI finished Hamlet, a classic by Shakespeare as well as an interesting and slightly strange story. This story stars Hamlet, a son to a king who recently passed away deals with his ghost. Hamlet’s father’s ghost reveals to being poisoned by his brother, and makes Hamlet promise to kill his brother. Hamlet, under immense pressure, vows to avenge his father. While also feeling betrayed by his mother, the queen who marrys the deceased kings brother, Hamlet struggles with trust. In the end Hamlet does succeed in killing his once uncle now father/king.

This play was interesting to read- challenging but intriguing.

There was great mystery within this story- the ghost of the king Hamlet, was he real? Or was Hamlet simply imagining his father?

The writing of Shakespeare is simply incredible- the wording, grammar, provides the flow of the story while keeping the plot under control even with the insane things taking place. I would not say this was my favorite piece by Shakespeare but I do recommend it.

–Sophie, Columbia, Teen Blogger

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Celebrate Blue Friday @ Beacon Hill!

SeahawksIt is Blue Friday!  Enjoy arts, crafts, coloring as well as watching highlights of past games at Beacon Hill on Friday from 1 – 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the Seattle Seahawks! Share your stories and meet other 12s! This is a family-friendly event open to all ages.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Registration not required.

For more information call Beacon Hill @ 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian!

Go ‘Hawks!

 

Bombay Blues – Dimple travels to Bombay, experiences life

Bombay BluesTitle:  Bombay Blues

Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier

Six Word Review: Dimple travels to Bombay, experiences life.

Summary: Dimple Lala is a college student and avid photographer living in New York City, with her boyfriend Karsh.  She travels to Bombay with Karsh to celebrate her cousin’s wedding.  Together they also plan to explore their homeland, each in search of questions about their heritage and themselves.  Dimple encounters many things during her summer in Bombay—most of which she was not expecting.  Karsh distances himself and her family is topsy-turvy with the wedding plans.  Dimple realizes she must explore Bombay on her own and she finds out more than she ever imagined about her culture, her family and love.

I started reading because: The cover looked really interesting (admit it, you judge books by their covers, too) and the first few pages were engaging.

I kept reading because: I hate to leave books unfinished.

I would give this book 5/10 stars, because the poetic, stream-of-consciousness writing style got monotonous halfway through, the plot didn’t seem to be going anywhere, and the dreamy quality of the storyline made it hard to follow.  However, I liked Dimple’s charming, determined and inquisitive personality.

I loved the detailed descriptions of Dimple’s family and life in colorful, exciting Bombay.

I hated the descriptions of everything when they became excessive and the stream-of-consciousness style.  The poetic style seemed more suited to a shorter story.

If the lead character Dimple were stuck on a deserted island, she would take pictures of everything because she sees the world through the eyes of her precious film camera.

Anything else we should know? This book is loooooooooong. It’s 550 pages of poetic rambling, which didn’t really work for me, but maybe it’s your thing.  If it is, you will really enjoy this book!  Also, dialogue is denoted by dashes, instead of the usual quotation marks, which can be confusing at first, but I got used to it.

–Gabriella, Ballard, Teen Blogger

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Terrier: Most Likely to Catch a Crime Lord

TerrierTitle: Terrier
Author: Tamora Pierce

3-Sentence summary: Beka Cooper is a new trainee (Puppy) in the proto-police force known as the Provost’s Guard, or the Dogs. Almost immediately after joining up, she gets caught up in two big cases, one involving multiple murders to protect the whereabouts of a vein of extremely valuable fire opals, and the other involving a mysterious child killer known as the Shadow Snake. It’s tough going for Beka, but she has a secret: she can hear the voices of the dead.

Six word review: Pierce rocks a new writing style.

I started reading because: Tamora Pierce is covering new territory with this book, as it is not only narrated differently (first person past tense, in the form of a journal, instead of third person omniscient past tense), but it stars a non-noble heroine, and is a detective story (although it doesn’t skimp on the action). I wanted to see how she did with it.

I kept reading because: She did great. It’s a very engaging read, with an awesome heroine, an interesting plot, and diverse and fleshed out supporting characters.

I loved: The chemistry between the characters, especially Beka and her trainers Goodwin and Tunstall.

I hated: Well, I don’t really hate anything, but for someone trained to rely on her memory as much as possible and is writing the story as a memory exercise, Beka sure has trouble remembering plot points that aren’t supposed to be revealed yet.

I couldn’t get enough of: Beka and Rosto. Those two have such fun chemistry.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted most likely to: Catch a crime lord.

On a deserted island, the main character would probably: Immediately start working on a way to get out. She’s a city girl at heart, and practical enough to know that she doesn’t have the right survival skills.

–Thea, 16, Douglass-Truth, Teen Volunteer

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Joss Whedon is a Modern-Day Shakespeare

shakespeare shadesMany people are familiar with the writer and director Joss Whedon.  And most of you have (hopefully) heard of poet and playwright William Shakespeare.  He is widely considered the greatest writer in history.  He is certainly widely studied in schools, and generally held as the paragon of not just theatre, but all written language.  However, during his time, his work was for the masses.  Poor and uneducated people paid one penny to come stand next to the stage and see his works performed.  Although now, because of the differences in dialect between the English of our time and that of his writings, his works are associated with a highly educated class, and are certainly not considered mainstream entertainment, this was clearly not always the case.

As I was reading King Lear, a tragedy of misplaced faith and dramatic irony, I thought about how if this was considered essentially “pop culture” then and is now studied in Universities, then surely there’s a modern counterpart.  It seems weird to think like this, but imagine high schoolers in 400 years dutifully opening a copy of a work from our century.  It would likely seem as strange to them as Shakespeare does to us, yet they would continue to study it because of its value which transcends time period.  Based on this, it is fun to think today about what works from today might fit that category.  It is tempting to consider more “literary” works of today, but remember that Shakespeare was not considered “high-class” or “inaccessible” in his time.

Based on this, I have thought about Joss Whedon as a modern-day Shakespeare.

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