Poll: Choose your weapon for The Hunger Games

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From Page to Projector: ‘The Prestige’


prestigeAcclaimed director Christopher Nolan is back in theaters with his space epic “Interstellar.” A fair amount of my favorite movies of the 21st century — “Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “Inception” — are Nolan works. One that often gets lost in the shuffle is 2006’s “The Prestige,” an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest.

The novel, published in 1995, tells quite a different story as opposed to its movie namesake. The basics are all still there: two stage magicians at the turn of the 20th century, Alfred Borden and Rupert (Robert in the film) Angier, form a rivalry that systemically eat into every aspect of their lives. Borden (played by Christian Bale) creates a one-of-a-kind new trick, The Transported Man, in which he appears to teleport from one cabinet to another across the stage instantaneously. Angier (Hugh Jackman) tries to imitate the trick as best he can and has success, but he isn’t satisfied as he knows Borden’s is better. Thinking he has found the secret, he seeks out inventor Nikola Tesla to build him a machine that can do the job.

(SPOILERS FOLLOW THE JUMP)

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Trinity’

250px-Trinity_1Despite reading and reviewing comics for a few years now, I am still a novice in the realm of comic books. So, when I stumbled upon my husband’s copies of “Trinity,” I geeked out.

This comic features Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman working together as a team. The logo at the top of the covers have Batman’s, Superman’s and Wonder Woman’s symbols on top of one another.

My inner geek is dancing around like a little child.

The first issue begins with Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent and Diana Prince meeting in a neutral, public location to discuss an issue all three are having: Each night they are haunted by a peculiar dream with an evil presence wanting to escape. After trying to formulate a plan about what to do, each go their separate ways for now. However, all three suddenly and simultaneously hear a loud cry while their are still awake, in the middle of their patrolling duties in their respective towns. Things are about to get much worse.

We suddenly jump to a new storyline, where we see a mysterious man approach Morgaine Le Fey, and the two discuss strange dreams occurring to both of them. The man, now called Enigma by Morgaine Le Fey, tells her about the “Trinity” (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), and the two devise a plan to form their own superpower trinity, enlisting Despero.

What is this mysterious cry from the universe’s abyss and will the superheroes be able to stop the evil trinity?

Though the story hasn’t received good reviews online, I think this first issue is a good one, especially for someone unfamiliar with DC universe storylines and facts. I think for the time, writer Kurt Busiek had a great idea for an action-packed, extended storyline that could lead us in many directions and incorporates many characters.

The art was typical comic book style: sleek, action-packed and full of detail. I don’t mind this type of art from time to time, especially since comic book artists are trying to draw outside the box these days. Mark Bagley is a great artist and should be commended for his work on “Trinity.”

The now trade-paperback, volume editions would make great holiday presents, and you can get them at your local comic book shop or on Amazon.com.


Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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From Page to Projector: ‘The Princess Bride’


princess brideFew movies pull at all emotions quite like “The Princess Bride,” a fantasy movie from 1987 that has become a cult classic for its particular sense of humor, its blending of romance and action and its enduring list of quotable material. The movie’s passionate fan base has spurred one of its stars, Cary Elwes, to write a book about the making of the film; “As You Wish” has been among the national best-sellers for the past month or so that it’s been on the shelves.

The movie was written by William Goldman, the same man who wrote the source book. There are two quirks about this fact: 1.) Goldman doesn’t call himself the story’s creator; instead, he claims, on the official title and in the text of the book itself, that he is abridging the story from one S. Morgenstern. And 2.) The movie famously frames its narrative around a grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson, played by child star Fred Savage. This concept is borrowed from the book itself, as Goldman (or at least, the character of Goldman) begins with a prologue of how his father read the book to him when he was a boy, an event that kick-started his love for adventure stories.

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‘Murder in the Stacks’ examines culture, cold case

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By Tom Barstow
tbarstow@ydr.com
@ydrbarstow on Twitter
When looking back on the late 1960s, Americans often are nostalgic for the Summer of Love — 1969 was the year of Woodstock, after all.

Harrisburg writer David DeKok reminds us in his latest book that it also was the “Murder Year” — a surreal time of violence that shook middle America. “Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away” is an in-depth look at that summer through the lens of a horrifying murder of a Penn State graduate student.

Aardsma died from a stab wound to the chest. She had been searching for a book in the depths of the dimly lit university library during Thanksgiving weekend. The 22-year-old grew up in the same hometown as DeKok, who was a reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News when he revisited the unsolved murder in a series for the newspaper in 2008. A few years after that series, more information came out that led DeKok to conclude that the crime has been solved, after being a cold case for nearly 45 years. The story takes the reader to Lancaster County, as well as Hershey, places familiar to most York countians.

The detailed look at Penn State makes the university a central character in the book, which describes how the library stacks were infamous for sexual trysts among students and non-students. DeKok’s thorough research also raises a number of questions that Penn State and state police authorities should address. Here is a question-and-answer with DeKok, edited for space.

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Poll: Which book is the scariest?

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From Page to Projector: ‘Pet Sematary’


Pet Sematary‘Tis the Halloween season, and few authors’ works are more fitting for the occasion in both book and movie form than Stephen King. I’ve reviewed King classics “The Shining” and “Carrie” previously in this space, and this year, I thought I’d take a look at a story I’ve been interested in for some time, “Pet Sematary.”

The book was published in 1983, with the film adaptation coming out in 1989. The story is about a doctor named Louis Creed, who moves to Maine with his wife, Rachel; two young children, Ellie and Gage; and Ellie’s cat, Church. Their new house is situated on a dangerous road on which trucks routinely whiz past. Around Thanksgiving, with his family out of town with Rachel’s parents, Louis gets a call from his neighbor, an old but strong man named Jud Crandall, who has found Church dead in his yard. Jud then leads Louis on a trek beyond the pet cemetery (named “Pet Sematary” by the children who first buried their pets there decades and decades ago) through the woods and swamp to an old Native American burial ground. After Louis buries his cat there, Church returns to the house, though a little clumsier and more vicious in his hunting than before his death and has a horrible stench about him.

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Birthright’

birthright01Have you ever thought about what the child characters of great adventure stories, such as “Peter Pan,” “E.T.” or “The Goonies,” had to deal with once the adventure is over?

You aren’t alone — author Joshua Williamson has thought about that, too. As a consequence, “Birthright” was born.

A young boy named Mickey was playing in the park with his father as his family put together his surprise birthday party. All was going well — until Mickey disappeared.

Time went by, maybe a year, and Mikey was never found. A lot changed in the lives of his family members. And then one day, a man who looks like “A Lord of the Rings reject” is picked up by police and he claims to be Mickey.

He tells a tale of another world, where an evil king is slaughtering a race of people, and Mickey is the chosen one to defeat this king.

However, evil has a hard time staying dead.

I was totally captured by this story. Williamson has a wild imagination, and I loved every minute of it. Yes, it might have hints of “Lord of the Ring” tendencies, but it definitely has some major differences. What will happen to this little boy who had to grow up way too fast?

The art and coloring by Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas are compelling. This duo forces you to feel every emotion the family goes through: sorrow, anger, defeat, depression and many more. The action in other parts of the story jumps off the page, with dynamic colors and movement.

I recommend this new title. The first issue was just released, so go grab this issue now!


Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Game Cloud: Halloween quiz

I have another gaming platform to play with. YAY! It’s Game Cloud and I’m super excited to see what I can do with it. For starters, I built this Halloween trivia quiz.

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Arthur Hufnagel Library of Glen Rock to host wine tasting event

The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock is hosting its sixth annual Taste of the Valley wine tasting event featuring Logan’s View, Allegro, and Jackson Square wineries.

The event will be 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library. Other highlights include live music by local band 3 Dollar Suit, a variety of appetizers by Seitz Catering, and an offering of homemade desserts made by our own Friends of the Library.

The evening also features a large display of original art to be raffled; as well as a silent auction highlighting a private concert by 3 Dollar Suit. The ticket price of $35, which includes a commemorative etched wine glass, directly benefits the Hufnagel Public Library.

For details or to purchase tickets, call the library at 717-235-1127. The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library is located at 32 Main Street, Glen Rock.

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