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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is a powerful  novel about “the ability of books to feed the soul “.  It is set in Nazi, Germany and was inspired by stories told to the author by his family. The film is due out in November 2013 in the USA, but wont be released in New Zealand until 2014. This gives us all plenty of time to read, or re-read, the book. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, and Ben Schnetzer.  After watching the trailer Markus Zusak (who was born in Sydney, Australia) wrote: “As I said to a few people close by ….”I’m fine! I’ve just got something in my eye!” It looks absolutely stunning, and it’s very hard to hold the emotion at bay.”

“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.” From The Book Thief.

Read more about Markus Zusak and how he writes.

Markus Zusak on Facebook

Markus Zusak on Tumlr ” Every morning, in the city, in the dark, I walk two dogs and collect stray thoughts. This is where I put them, before I start work – the only place I write when I’m not writing a book.”

Markus Zusak on Twitter where he describes himself as a “Writer, mistake-maker, and fan of Sam-I-Am…I wrote The Book Thief, but still not sure how. Most tweets are replies.”

Mrs H.

Happy Birthday Twitter – Seven Years Old

Twitter was created seven years ago by Jack Dorsey. It uses messages called tweets, which can only be a maximum of 140 characters. This keeps them short and sweet. Topics of interest use a hash symbol #. If you want to see a list of topics, or hashtags, especially those that are popular and are trending well, see here.

Twitter describes itself as a real-time information network “ that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting” it goes on to say “Find out what’s happening, right now, with the people and organizations you care about” ….  Welcome to Twitter. One of the useful things about Twitter is its immediacy.

Do you use Twitter? How do you use it? Do you post tweets, or do you read, react and use Twitter as a source of discovery? Do you use it like Facebook or Wikipedia?  If you search it for information according to research by Globalwebindex (posted in January 2013) under the title  Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In The World you are in the fast growing sector of people that use Twitter “as a passive source of discovery … and … are using [it] more as a tool, or service, rather than a pure social service.”

Mrs H.

On Facebook? You’re certainly not alone!

The world seems certainly obsessed by Facebook, and the figures to prove it are provided in this information-filled infographic from SocialHype and OnlineSchools.org.
Are We Obsessed with Facebook?