Alan Moore Speaks About Libraries

Alan Moore speaking about what libraries mean to him and how they have helped shape who he is today.

Alan Moore is the creator of graphic novels and great stories such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The link takes you to a bio of him on Alan More Fan Site.

P.S. It is my birthday tomorrow! Already! I feel like I’ve only been 27 for a few weeks.. Have a great weekend everyone! I will eat cake for you.

My Library Has Interesting Comics

So my comic challenge starts tomorrow (I know I keep going on about it enough hey?) and I decided to check out the library to see what they had. There’s some interesting stories that get turned into comics and graphic novels, but what surprised me is what I found at the library.

Of course there’s a whole lot of Batman, X-Men, and Superman comics at the library, none of which I borrowed because I had no idea where to start (if you’re a superhero comic reader and have a good idea input would be greatly appreciated), but I still ended up borrowing 15 comics and graphic novels (you can get up to 30 books from the library).

  1. The Wood Boy and The Burning Man by Raymond E Feist and Tad Williams – I borrowed this because I have heard of Feist, but never actually read his work.
  2. The Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg – Yep, The Great Gatsby, that’s actually adapted from the book. I have tried to read the book, but gave up and thought I might as well try the graphic novel which has some really nice art in it.
  3. Vlad The Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula by Jacobson and Colon – Me = old school vampire lover and history buff. Enough said.
  4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula adapted by Mucci, Caldwell, and Halliar – Naturally I had to grab that one as well.
  5. The War of The Worlds adapted by Stern and Starr – I’m a Wells fan and am currently trying to collect every work by Wells so I have to check out graphic novels. I’d kick myself if I didn’t.
  6. Warhammer 40K: Fire and Honour – I like me some 40K. Haha geeky as…
  7. Bloodquest: The Eye of Terror Trilogy – Another 40K one.
  8. Daemonifuge: Heretic Saint – And another one.
  9. Warhammer: The Call of Chaos – I’ve never actually read or checked out Warhammer (not 40K, just Warhammer) before, but when I saw this I thought I might as well check it out.
  10. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born – The graphic novel of Stephen King’s novel which I didn’t really like, but I thought might be more enjoyable for me in a graphic novel.
  11. The Crow: Flesh and Blood by Vance and Maleev – The Crow never did it for me, but I’m curious enough. Plus it’s a female crow, not male so it’s not following the traditional story.
  12. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: The First Death by Hamilton, Green, and Alves – I have a mate who is a Hamilton fan and although I question whether her books are up my alley I was always curious. I knew there was a graphic novel version out there so I grabbed this one when I saw it.
  13. B.P.R.D: Hollow Earth and Other Stories – I picked this one up because I saw the name Mike Mignola on it (of Hellboy fame) and he has also written The Amazing Screw-On Head which I really want a copy of.
  14. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives by Brubaker and Talbot – Little ghost detectives! How could I not? The art on the front was also intriguing. I’m a sucker for intriguing art.
  15. Last, but so not least, and the most surprising – Godspead: The Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel by Legg, McCarthy, and Flameboy – How could I pass that one up? It’s a graphic novel about Kurt Cobain for bucks sake. Kurt Cobain! And at my library to boot.

I plan on posting about each of these ones as I read them and there will be more added to the list over the next two months (like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Maus by Art Spiegelman) so keep an eye out if you’re interested. And if not I will still be posting about other things besides comics at some point. I promise I will try not to bombard with them too much….

Do You Love Your Library?

Do you love your local library? What’s not to love? There’s free books to read, that lovely old book smell, it’s quiet (that makes me so happy), they even have e-reads in some libraries now, comic books, dvds, and all sorts of things going on.

There’s a reason why I have some library love today. I usually always love the library because it’s a library. It’s a house of books. Houses of books are the best buildings around (I’m not bias) and lately I’ve been trying to find an established venue that doesn’t cost a fortune and is convenient for the book club. I was going to go with a council hall which is far cheaper then I was expecting and there is nothing wrong with them, but there’s something about them that doesn’t have a bookish feel. It might just be the absence of books…

So this morning I wake up, check my emails, and lo and behold; an email from a coordinator with the library letting me know about booking a room with them. How excellent is that? I know I could have rung them earlier, but I knew there was already a book club there (in fact there are 3 which are all full so it’s a good thing I started one anyway. I recommend checking your local library for any clubs though,who knows what you’ll find there) so my logic is that the library already had one, they didn’t need another one. I was so wrong!

I’m quite chuffed now. We’ve got a room up until December (could have gone further, but I wasn’t sure about January with holidays and all) which is in a house of books! Oh bookish atmosphere, how I love you. And this is all because someone with the library went out of their way to tell me about it. Isn’t that lovely?

Tell us about your library, does it have functions? Do you use it and how often? What do you use it for? What do you love about your library?

If you’d like to participate in the Book Lovers Book Club at Sutherland Library please leave a comment (so I can email you back) or email at bookloversbookclub at gmail.com for more information.

Sutherland Library website and blog for more about the Library.

Fun Fridays: Libraries From Around The World

Seeing as it’s been awhile with posting I thought I should do a post that has to do with books, but isn’t a review and is pretty to look at.

Libraries from around the world, both outside shots of the buildings and inside views as well depending on what photos I can find. Just in case you ever wanted to get a look into what other countries libraries are like and there’s so many of them I may make this an August thing even though I’m starting it in July. We’re close enough.

I’ll do these in a series because there are a lot of libraries around the world that are quite big and impressive. If you know of any that you think others might like to see please let me know. I’ll post them by region or country starting with Australia and Latin America.

Enjoy and let me know if you’ve been to any of these libraries and what your experience was like.