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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.

All you need to know about Twitter

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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.

Stephen Fry – why reading is so good

Stephen Fry is in New Zealand.  He has been spotted bungee jumping in Queenstown and queuing outside a shop in Wellington for the latest iPad 3.

In fact he is in the country as part of the cast of The Hobbit Part One: An unexpected journey, in which he will be playing the part of The Master of Lake-town

If you haven’t yet read The Hobbit or There and Back by J.R.R. Tolkien, and you like to read the book before you see the film, then you have until the 14th December 2012 to get a copy out of the library and get yourself acquainted with the original version. We also have a revised illustrated version of The Hobbit adapted by Charles Dixon and illustrated by David Wenzel.

Stephen Fry is a famous tweeter with a very high following; 4,065,801 followers as I write. At his twitter account he describes himself as British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger.

He recently tweeted Tweet in haste, repent at leisure…

“My premature entweetulation problem will be the death of me, but most of us are like that so I don’t feel too bad about it. I am fully aware of the delicious pleasure it must give people when I offer them a chance to present a perceived smart-arse like myself a damned good verbal spanking for every accidental “it’s” instead of “its”, “your” instead of “you’re” and so on.”

Although he lists Writer in second place to Actor, writing is a very important part of his life. It was a surprise to me to learn that he is also a poet and has written a book “full of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice” on the subject of poetry entitled The Ode less Travelled: unlocking the poet within.  He believes “that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun, if you don’t know where to start or have been led to believe that anything goes”.

In a recent interview with Sarah Daniel published in The New Zealand Herald on Thursday, March 22, 2012 page A24 he was asked what piece of advice he would give to himself, aged 10. His reply was “You’re not alone. Everything you feel is fine. Only feel guilty about things you have done that are mean and cheap and unkind. Don’t feel guilty about what you feel, no matter what the world might think.

Everyone is scared inside, not just you. That’s why reading is so good. Keep doing it. Writers are people brave enough to make you feel better about being human because they’re not afraid to reveal their own frailties, weaknesses, desires, failures, and appetites.”