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New and Featured DVDs for 12/17/13:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new DVDs and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Flight

War Horse

Midnight In Paris

The Ice Storm

Creature From The Black Lagoon

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

...and by each crime and every kindness we birth our future.

Cloud Atlas

Sherlock, season 2

Howl’s Moving Castle

Pain & Gain

The Neverending Story

The Stepford Wives

Oblivion

Certified Copy

The closer you look, the less you will see.

Now You See Me

The Squid And The Whale

Django Unchained

Ted

The Flowers Of War

The Shining

They are taking adventure to new lengths...

Tangled

The Black Hole

It

Take Shelter

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Side Effects

Rango

Downton Abbey, season 3

Godzilla

Hereafter

No one cared who I was until I put on the mask...

The Dark Knight Rises

The Rock

My Fair Lady

Tiny Furniture

Identity Thief

NON-FICTION:

Afraid Of The Dark

The Creation Of The Computer

A film by Sarah Polley.

Stories We Tell

Thomas Jefferson

Jesse James

Brain Games

Jesus Camp

The 500 year legacy that shaped a nation.

Latino Americans

Houdini

Herod’s Lost Tomb

A Martin Scorsese picture.

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

Yoga For Beginners With Desi Bartlett

Yoga For Weight Loss

Dance Off The Inches: Hip Hop Party

10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix

Secrets Of Body Language

The Science Of Sex Appeal

The future is now!

What Will The Future Be Like?

The Fabric Of The Cosmos

The Medal Of Honor: The Stories Of Our Nation’s Most Celebrated Heroes

Wyatt Earp

Wanted: Billy The Kid, Dead Or Alive

Guns: The Evolution Of Firearms

Creativity can solve anything.

Art & Copy

Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth

Bully

A Place At The Table

Mythbusters, Collection 2

American Teacher

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Please note that DVDs could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured DVDs:

10/31/13.

10/24/13.

10/05/12.

06/28/12.

Previous New/Featured books:

11/12/2013.

10/25/13.

10/23/13.

10/21/13.

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New and Featured Books for 09/06/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Almost Doesn’t Count by Angela Winters

A Fistful Of Collars by Spencer Quinn

In Between Days by Andrew Porter

The Map Of The Sky by Félix J. Palma

Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross

Road Rage by Joe Hill, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson, adapted by Chris Ryall, and illustrated by Nelson Daniel and Rafa Garres

NW by Zadie Smith

Love Bomb by Lisa Zeidner

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

The Tombs by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry

Delusion In Death by J. D. Robb

Nowhere To Hide by Nancy Bush

Garment Of Shadows by Laurie R. King

NON-FICTION:

The End Of Men: And The Rise Of Women by Hanna Rosin

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

My American Revolution by Robert Sullivan

Interventions: A Life In War And Peace by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh

Bill And Hillary: The Politics Of The Personal by William H. Chafe

The Courage Of Hope: How I Stood Up To The Politics Of Fear by Shirley Sherrod with Catherine Whitney

Up All Night: My Life And Times In Rock Radio by Carol Miller

Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon A Project, Read Samuel Johnson, And My Other Experiments In The Practice Of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground In Afghanistan With America’s Special Elite Forces by Kevin Maurer

Must Win: A Season Of Survival For A Town And Its Team by Drew Jubera

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books:

08/23/12.

08/15/12.

08/09/12.

08/02/12.

07/27/12.

Reading material for 03/05/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

RIP Davy Jones of the Monkees.

RIP Ralph McQuarrie, visionary of the Star Wars films.

A lot of fast food places are spending more money on upgrading their dining rooms.

Confessions of a bad teacher.

The pictures above from here and here.

Is antivirus software a waste of money?

Offbeat holidays you can celebrate in March.

If you’re going to dine and dash, don’t do it in a restaurant full of cops.

When you’re in trouble, call Nathan Fillion.

25 alleged Anonymous hackers were busted in an international crackdown.

The 18 types of people everyone is afraid of on Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook… this.

Windows 8 could make or break Microsoft.

The mounting minuses at Google+.

PayPal declares war on erotica.

Apple announces Product Launch on March 7, most likely for the iPad 3, right?

Google offers $1 million in “hacker bounties” for exploits against Chrome.

IBM busts record for superconducting quantum computer.

from here.

10 very weird sounding Science Fiction novels that you’ve probably never read.

Leo Tolstoy’s obsession with mortality.

Facial hair in Shakespeare.

7 children’s books written in response to other books.

An uncensored look at The Lorax and other dangerous books.

Interesting bookshelves.

William H. Gass lives in a library.

Michael Chabon has wanted to write a John Carter (of Mars) adaptation for a long time. Does the John Carter movie look good to you?

Long lost Charlotte Brontë short story to be published.

Fantastic books with disappointing endings.

from here.

Please remember to especially check back here on our blog on Wednesday, when we’ll be posting our Survey/Trivia contest.

And for info on other future contests we’ll be doing, you can always check out our CONTESTS page.

There are so many Dracula projects in the works!

Could Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch be the new Master in Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary?

Speaking of which, Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in CBS’ unfortunate sounding American remake of the BBC series.

And speaking of the unfortunate (and unauthorized), it sounds like the CW is basically making their version of a Hunger Games show.

The Star Wars guide to yoga.

They’re doing a prequel to Sex And The City.

Terry Gilliam’s on again, off again quixotic quest to bring make his Don Quixote film is… on again.

Analyzing and over-analyzing the new poster for Mad Men‘s upcoming season.

Andre 3000 suggests that you don’t expect the next Outkast album any time soon.

Stan Lee is a playable character in the new Amazing Spider Man video game.

Most of the cast of Downton Abbey signs on through season 5.

Operation Cornflakes: How the Allies scammed the Nazi postal service.

Taking a crack at predicting nominations for the Oscars for 2013.

Fun and interesting venn diagrams.

Bill Murray won’t do Ghostbusters 3.

The history of “Comfortably Numb,” from Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Some of the greatest movies never made.

The new trailer for Game Of Thrones‘ upcoming season is epic.

from here.

Mars could be harvesting water from its own atmosphere.

Why don’t we read about architecture?

Warp drives may come with a killer downside.

An animated film about books that charmed the Oscars judges.

Bizarre driver’s license photo.

Watch Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor sing, “I Can Do Anything Better Than You.”

A big bust at Victoria’s Secret.

A primer on calendar reform.

This is a picture of a dog enjoying taking a bath.

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Previous online reading material:

02/27/12.

02/20/12.

02/13/12.

02/06/12.

01/30/12.

12/27/11.

Reading material for 02/13/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

SeaWorld is being sued… by five of its “enslaved” killer whales.

Teens learn robotics as factories lack skilled workers.

Origami robots that run only on air.

RIP Whitney Houston.

Listen to Whitney Houston’s isolated vocal track from “How Will I Know?”

Sophisticated jewelry heist stumps Chicago cops.

Take a tour of NYC sewers on Valentine’s Day. Seriously.

California’s volcanoes to be monitored more closely.

34% of people aged 25 to 29 years old have moved back home.

The Pentagon to lift some restrictions on women in combat.

Social media explained.

Amazon tries out the brick and mortar approach.

Google might open a store too.

How to improve your odds in online dating.

The FBI file on Steve Jobs.

The man behind the fake Cormac McCarthy twitter account.

Do you want to open up a perpetual, invisible window into your gmail?

Also, men don’t read online dating profiles.

Stephen Fry says that British judges don’t understand twitter.

Arguing for a Zuckerberg tax.

Mad Men: a guide to catching up before season 5, which starts next month.

Also, Thomas Jane was almost Don Draper.

Natalie Portman to join both of Terrence Malick’s upcoming films.

Naomi Watts to play Princess Diana.

Roger Ebert says 3D is killing Hollywood.

It looks like House will be coming to an end in May with the conclusion of its 8th season.

George Lucas says Han never shot first.

Amy Adams to adapt Steven Martin’s An Object Of Beauty.

Anton Corbijn to adapt John Le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man, which will star Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Navy SEALs moonlight as movie stars.

The trailer for The Bourne Legacy.

In the picture above: 15,000 different books about Abraham Lincoln arranged together to form a three story tower in the lobby of the Ford’s Theater Center for Education and Leadership.

What Dr. Seuss books were really about.

William Gibson on aging futurism.

10 of the greatest kisses in literature.

A neurodevelopmental perspective on A. A. Milne.

The top 10 Batman storylines.

Charles Dickens and Sinclair Lewis.

A list of ridiculous names in Charles Dickens novels (incomplete).

Jeffrey Zaslow, the man who wrote the recent Gabrielle Giffords book and the Chesley “Sully” Sullenberg, died on Friday.

Michael Chabon talks about his new short story.

Books that will change the way you think about love.

This is a very cool site: Better Book Titles.

from here.

How black lights work.

Legacy of nuclear drilling site in Colorado still lingers.

Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil.

Can bees make tupperware?

10 things you probably didn’t know about love and sex.

Metaphors trigger the visual parts of your brain.

The psychedelic cult that thrived for nearly 2000 years.

Greek protesters setting Athens aflame.

The world’s tallest hotel is, of course, in Dubai.

Why being sleepy and drunk is great for creativity.

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Previous online reading material:

02/06/12.

01/30/12.

12/27/11.

12/19/11.

New and Featured Books: Lisbeth Salander.

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The American film version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander/Millennium novels, is due to be released this Tuesday, December 20, and it’s easily one of the most anticipated movies of this year, let alone this holiday season. The film, directed by David Fincher, and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, has a lot of hype and good buzz surrounding it, as well as a lot to live up as far as expectations.

The novels by Larsson have been among our most requested items this past year (and the year before), but I wanted to remind you as well that we also have the novels in audio format and that we also have the two original Swedish film adaptations of the books, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. To me, the first of the Swedish movies is okay, but just okay, and the second one, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is somewhat less than “just okay,” but for a lot of us, they’ve been decent holdovers while we waited for the new film version of the story.

Normally I wouldn’t hype the remake of a film, but I will happily make an exception here just because I didn’t think the original Swedish movie was a good adaptation at all, let alone a particularly great movie. I’d actually say that just the trailer that you see above for Fincher’s film was more successful on both counts than the original movie version. But maybe I’m biased in that I really like David Fincher’s work, as well as Daniel Craig, wwhom I didn’t use to like, but who won me over with his portrayal of James Bond and some of the other films he’s done in the past few years.

And Rooney Mara (who was in Fincher’s The Social Network as well as the remake of Nightmare On Elm Street) looks extremely promising in the very unique role of hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander.

Interesting side note: The stars of the original Swedish movies, Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace, both have movies out this week as well. Rapace is in Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (and will appear in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien pseudo-prequel Prometheus) and Nyqvist is the villain in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Larsson’s novels are hardly high art but if you haven’t read them yet, now is a good time to start for a good mystery/thrill ride.

And if you get a chance to see it, let us know what you think of the new movie.

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.