A confusion of princes

Sometimes it seems like everything written in YA speculative fiction is part of a trilogy - or an even longer series of wrist-achingly heavy books - so it’s quite refreshing to read a well-crafted stand-alone every now and then. A Confusion of Princes is a thrilling adventure set in a futuristic intergalactic Empire, and the world-building…
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Moriori artifacts : weapons, implements and god (a figure of the Moriori god Hatitimatangi): Picturing Canterbury

Moriori artifacts : weapons, implements and god (a figure of the Moriori god Hatitimatangi). [ca. 1877]. Prior to the 1980s the Chatham Islands were part of the Lyttelton general electorate. Do you have any photographs of the Chatham Islands? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and…
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The Five Book Challenge

There are many great book challenges out there such as the A-Z book challenge (where you read books by authors with surnames beginning with A right through to Z) or the 52 book for 52 weeks of the year challenge but sadly, my year, and my bookshelf, were too short to attempt either of these. Instead, I…
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Sanitoriums and Dust Jackets: Cool Stuff from the Selectors

Holidays in Soviet Sanitoriums I couldn't resist the title Holidays in Soviet Sanitoriums: Holidays in the USSR were decidedly purposeful.  Their function was to provide rest and recreation, so citizens could return to work with renewed diligence and productivity So, no lounging by the pool or sipping a pinacolada for these folk then?  The sanitoriums…
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Serial killers

Face facts, life has bad patches. I'm in one right now: post Italy holiday blues; Skype meltdowns in the middle of calls to the grandies; and Pneumonia. Time was I would have bounced back from all of this, but now it feels more like I am seeping . Seep-back requires that you do nothing. This is…
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My Library – Robyn Chandler, Manager of Literacy Christchurch

Literacy Christchurch (formerly known as ARAS - Adult Reading Assistance Scheme) celebrates its 40th birthday today.  ARAS began on 13 December 1977 as a pilot scheme initiated by the Canterbury WEA (Workers Educational Association), with 8 volunteer tutors and 8 students. Robyn Chandler, manager of Literacy Christchurch, talked to Jan Orme, Senior Library Assistant, Outreach…
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