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Happy Birthday Neil Gaiman

Today is critically acclaimed author and Dream King, Neil Gaiman's birthday. He is a literary "Jack of all Trades" with works in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic novels, Horror, children's literature, and so on.  Listed below are some picks from "the most accomplished and influential figure in modern comics as well as one of the most gifted of contemporary fantasists." Click here to see all Gaiman's work in our catalog.

Many of his works are adapted from novels to illustrated books and to movies so look out for extra links for other adaptations.

Graphic Novels

Veterans' Day

Next Wednesday is Veterans’ Day here in the U.S. In Canada and the United Kingdom the day is known as Remembrance Day. Before that, it was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.

When I was a child, I remember the Veterans of Foreign Wars selling artificial poppies to commemorate the day. The poppies were small, to be worn on the lapel or like a brooch, as a symbol of remembrance for the service – and sacrifice – of our military.

I'm Thankful For...

The films of Spike Lee. Ever since I saw 4 Little Girls, which chronicles the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, the young lives lost in the tragedy, and the impact the attack had on the community and the nation, I’ve been a fan of Spike Lee. Controversial, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking, I count some of his movies as among my favorites.

It's Halloween!

Why do we like to be scared? Do you think it might all go back to that first jack-in-the-box encounter? We turn the crank, the clown jumps out, we get scared, and then we laugh. That little thrill just gets us every time.
When Halloween comes around every year, we start thinking about dressing up in costumes and snacking on tiny boxes of candy and miniature candy bars – and what movies we can watch to scare the daylights out of us! Or make us laugh. Or maybe even make us cry.

I’m sticking with a ghost theme this year, and I’ve divided my viewing into three categories.

Ghosts That Make Me Laugh

Gerard the Great

Cover Art for the movie 300I’ll start by saying that Gerard "Gerry" Butler is currently one of my favorite actors. Who could resist that handsome grin and Scottish charm? Ok, so my grandmother tends to disagree with me, but I like to think she’s an exception. So you can imagine my delight when I was able to see Butler’s latest action film Law Abiding Citizen at the theater this past weekend. I can’t wait to see the film again when it’s released on DVD. In the meantime, there are plenty of other movies with Gerard Butler in the library catalog to keep me busy. Who are some of your favorite actors or actresses?

It's a Small Town After All

I grew up in a town of approximately 2500 people. In fact, there are still about that many people there. Perhaps for that reason, I have an affinity for movies and TV series set in small towns. Occasionally the movies still pop up. But we have fewer and fewer TV shows set in locations outside major cities.

Now I could bounce all over the map and find movies and TV series to fit the criteria. But I’m going to stick close to home and talk about films and series where the action is set in Texas.

Hidalgo the Mighty Mustang!

 Before there was Seabiscuit and Red Pollard, there was Hidalgo the mustang and Frank T. Hopkins. Never mind that Frank T. Hopkins may be the biggest teller of tall tales this side of Timbuktu, and a shameless and tireless self-promoter. 

Guilty Pleasures

tea cup and saucerAs my partner works at the Texas Renaissance Festival every year, my weekends in October and November are spent alone with the dogs, who don’t typically pass judgment over what I choose to watch for fun. This past weekend I finished knitting a scarf, drank endless cups of tea, and watched Murder, She Wrote. There’s something reassuring about Jessica Fletcher – she seems to know everything (from making a good lobster to poisons), she always solves the case, and she ends each show throwing her head back in laughter – that gal knows how to have a good time. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

1939 - A Magical Year in Movies

Seventy years ago was a magical year in movies.  1939 arguably saw more movies released that still resonate as classics than any other year before or since.  Who can forget classics such as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard Of Oz, Mr.

Appaloosa: the Hollywood version

It's the interplay between Viggo Mortensen (Everitt Hitch) and Ed Harris (Virgil Cole) that makes the movie version or Robert Parker's novel work at all. And Jeremy Irons makes a pretty good bad guy.

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