Science Fiction Movies Aplenty!

2001 A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick's 1968 landmark film '2001: A Space Odyssey' is just one of the many classic science fiction films available from Dublin City Public Libraries. We also have the 1970s big-budget science fiction films filled with special effects like 'Star Wars' and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', and other blockbuster hits of subsequent decades including 'E.T.' and 'Avatar'.

Others SF movies available include:-

New for Children this Christmas!

PosterLest we should forget our younger borrowers this Christmas (Joking! However could we!!), here are just some of the new books and DVDs we have in our branch libraries in readiness for Christmas. Or anytime in fact!

Browse the list of DVD and book titles below, each of which links to its respective catalogue record where you can get further details and check on availability.

Crime Thriller Award Winners Announced

Specsavers Crime Thriller AwardsLast night saw the winners announced in the various TV, film and book categories of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013. The Awards grew out of a new TV series about crime writing on ITV3 called the Crime Thriller Club which was first aired in September. The Awards were presented in conjunction with the Crime Writers' Association (CWA).

The winners of the 2013 Awards are as follows:

CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year: 'Dead Lions' by Mick Herron (Soho Press) (sorry, title not yet in stock)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best First Book by previously unpublished writer: 'Norwegian by Night' by Derek B. Miller (Faber and Faber)

Cult Movies on DVD - New Arrivals

DVD logoThe film buff has been doing well of late with the range of new DVDs that have been added to our existing extensive collection. Most recently we highlighted movie DVDs with an Irish connection and films based on books for our younger visitors. Now too the cult movie fan is being catered for with a range of titles either already added or on their way to our various branches. So be sure to visit your local Dublin City branch library and browse through our extensive collection of DVDs. You can also check the online catalogue (enter title and select DVD in the 'Media' field) before you visit to check availability of individual titles. Here is our most recent list of added titles for you to check out:-

Movies Made/Set in Ireland - Recent Arrivals!

In AmericaNot to be outdone by the wealth of new DVD titles for children recently received in our branch libraries, our adult members can get that same chance to head home from their local library with a smile on their faces and a DVD in hand. For we have also added a number of Irish-related movies on DVD to  our already extensive collection.

Children's Feature Films Based on Books - Recent Arrivals!

The Dark is RisingWe have recently added some 60 children's feature films based on books to our existing DVD collection, so be sure to bring your child to your local Dublin City library and let them choose from the wonderful collection now available. You can also check the online catalogue (enter title and select DVD in the 'Media' field) before you visit to check availability, but no doubt there will be a title to please readily available and your child will be certain to head home with a smile on their face and a DVD in hand!

Vampires - From Dracula to Twilight and everything in between

Dracula (Christopher Lee)Post by Fabienne Sauberlich.

Are the Acheronian Dracula and the sparkling chick magnet Edward Cullen one and the same? Definitely not. But they are both vampires. Maybe there is not "That Vampire" anymore but a few very different types of vampires? And that is exactly how it is; they kind of spread over the whole media market placing themselves in different genres with different attributes. So if you think you know vampires, vampires fiction and vampires movies you might have missed some. What vampires do you like? The creature of human nightmares, the pitiless hunter of the night longing for your blood? You can find them with famous horror authors like Stephen King in Salem’s Lot, hunted by brave people like Van Helsing, Buffy and so on, or in classics like Dracula and Nosferatu.

Films From Your Local Library!

DVD selectionYou've read the book, now you want to see the film. What to do? Well why not check the library catalogue online, you may well come up trumps!

Dublin City Public Libraries has a huge range of films and television series on DVD for you to choose from, PLUS you can can borrow several at any one time if your appetite so allows.  The loan period for a DVD is one week. Further good news is that the loan period can be extended merely by renewing the item in person, by telephone, or online, providing it is not required by someone else.

Right: Just a random selection of DVDs. Click image to view larger version.

The French Crime Fiction Challenge

I think it fair to say that the Nordic countries have not got it all to themselves after all! What might I be referring to, you may ask? The market in crime fiction of course. But maybe some of you never thought they had to to begin with - after all we have always had a wealth of crime fiction emanating from the United States and from Britain, and you could add to that several others including the Italians and in recent times the Irish too. I have to say it IS great to see Irish crime fiction writing blossoming in recent years, a subject I really must blog about soon.

DivaBut there is another jurisdiction we must visit and pay tribute to also, and that is France. Crime fiction is hugely popular in France; I have read where it says one in five books sold there is a crime novel. As a bit of an aside, I recall many years ago seeing Diva (1981), that wonderful french film about a Parisian mail courier (Jules) in possession of two highly sought-after tapes: the first containing a rare recording of an American opera singer with whom he has fallen in love; the second is a tape slipped into his bag by a young woman just before she is murdered. The unwitting Jules finds himself being pursued by a gang of drug-dealers who will do anything to get their hands on the cassettes. A marvellous film, do borrow the DVD from the library when you get the chance (and sitting on the shelf in Pearse Street Library as I write!).

Book vs film

Books into MoviesFilm adaptations of books can be divisive. Often it depends on which one you came across first, but in my case, it’s pretty nearly always the book first; and at this stage I’m wary of checking out  film adaptations that can potentially ruin a favourite book (Lolita, anyone?). I just prefer my own imagination. That said, some films manage to avoid the pitfalls of plastic actors, dodgy accents, weird lighting effects, and blatant changes, and let you see the story from a new angle. And some even knock the socks off the book. Here’s a roundup of the good, the bad, and the ugly.