Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Once Again! The Boys Movie and Book Club!

Hey, hey, all you reader guys, we have good news! The CARLMAN is going to host another Boys Movie and Book Club. We did one in January and it was a lot of fun, so we'll have another one in May. Here's how it works--I pick a really good guy book and then pick a good movie that ties in with it. We watch the movie, I hand out copies of the book afterward for you to check out, then we meet two weeks later for our book club. If you've ever been to one the CARLMAN'S book clubs, you know we do more than sit around and talk! We always have snacks and some kind of activity along with some really good discussion. January's book was N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley and the movie was The Absent-Minded Professor. May's book will be Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and the movie will be Back to the Future III (rated PG).

Leviathan is a truly terrific book. It's an "alternate history" story about what would have happened in World War I if the Germans and Austrians had walking war machines and the British and their allies had evolved animals into flying and fighting units. There are battles, escapes, and things blow up. As I said, it's a truly terrific story. And it's also an example of "steampunk" science fiction, which means the characters use modern technolgy with old-fashioned power sources. If Sherlock Holmes had a computer, for instance, he might have used a steam machine to generate electricty. That's why our movie will be Back to the Future III. It's the perfect steampunk movie. The characters are stuck in the Old West and have to get back to the present but their time machine (which is installed in a car) won't work because there is no modern fuel. It's a really, really fun movie!

OK--here are the times and place:
The movie will be on Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 pm in the Round at Imaginon.
The movie lasts two hours. Becuase we close at 6:00 pm, we have to start the movie on time, so please be there by 2:00! Bring your library cards to check out a book. If you come to the movie, we expect to see you at the book club!

The book club will be on Saturday, May 15 at 3:00 pm in the Round at Imaginon.
If you can't get to the movie, you can still come to the book club. There are plenty of copies of the book in the library system, but if you have a problem in getting one, call me. If you already own a copy, you can birng it.

Registration is now open for the movie. Call 704-416-4630 to register. There are 12 spots avavilable. You need to be from 9-12 years old. Registration for the book club begins on May 1, but if you sign up for the movie, I'll sign you up for the book club also.

Hope to see you there! This will be a good time!
(PS-click here to see my original review of Leviathan)

1 comment:

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I love the idea of tying books to movies, and getting those gears in young minds turning about how and WHY they are connected.

Once again, you guys rock.

And Back to the Future III as STEAMPUNK? Awesome!

I adore Scott Westerfeld, and recently asked him on Twitter if he thought Leviathan would be made into a movie (it would be perfect! So much action! So gorgeous!). He said nothing was yet in the works, and claims Hollywood doesn't like WWI. I think we need to start a campaign to change their minds! :)