Author Archives: Sierra Whitfield

Mortal Engines DVD PN1995.9 F36 M67 2019

“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

This is where our tale begins, in a world that will – eventually – be our own. In this post-apocalyptic future, society revolves around the philosophy of Municipal Darwinism; a dog-eat-dog world, or rather, more specifically, for the setting of Mortal Engines, a city-eat-city world. The earth has been made inhabitable by a cataclysmic event in the far past, and in the future, “cities ride on wheels, consuming each other.” A technological ecosystem has sprung up the wake of civilization, a brutal, unforgiving world that bring triumph to the strong and powerful, and culls the weak, all in a bid for survival. Smaller cities, which inevitably end up consumed, are used for their resources, both for mechanistic purposes (i.e. fuel, machine parts, or as metals to be melted down), and a food resource (humans captured by larger cities are either enslaved or used as a source of… protein). Yes, you read that correctly. Protein.

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My Favorite Books Episode 7: Frank Herbert’s Dune

Welcome to the seventh episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

 

 

 

Summary from Goodreads:

 

“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.”

 

Music Attribution:

Wisdom of the Mountains

by Serge Quadrado

Arabic Sadness

by Serge Quadrado

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

My Favorite Books Episode 6: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Welcome to the sixth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

You can listen to the latest episode here.

 

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.”

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 46: The Summer Book Club Episode

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 46!  Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!
Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast, Episode 46! In this episode, Sierra and Emily discuss some of their favorite summer reads! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

 

Music Attribution:
Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

Books Discussed (summaries taken from Goodreads):

 

Emily’s Picks

 

Ginger Kid by Steve Hofstetter

 

“In Ginger Kid, popular comedian Steve Hofstetter grapples with life after seventh grade . . . when his world fell apart. Formatted as a series of personal essays, Steve walks his readers through awkward early dating, family turbulence, and the revenge of the bullied nerds. This YA nonfiction is sure to be the beloved next volume for the first generation of Wimpy Kid fans who are all grown up and ready for a new misfit hero.”

 

The Stone and the Flute by Han Bemmann
“Setting out to find his grandfather, Listener carries with him a mysterious stone which takes him far away to do great harm. But, through the magical powers of the stone and his grandfather’s flute, he also comes to find happiness and to possess a power greater than life itself.”

 

Sierra’s Pick
 
“The Sandman is a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel and Michael Zulli and more, with covers by Dave McKean. Beginning with issue #47, it was placed under the imprint Vertigo. It chronicles the adventures of Dream (of the Endless), who rules over the world of dreams.”

 

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

“A thrilling and original coming-of-age novel for adults about a young man practicing magic in the real world.

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he’s still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. Something is missing, though. Magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he dreamed it would. After graduation he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real. But the land of Quentin’s fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined. His childhood dream becomes a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.

At once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing, The Magicians boldly moves into uncharted literary territory, imagining magic as practiced by real people, with their capricious desires and volatile emotions. Lev Grossman creates an utterly original world in which good and evil aren’t black and white, love and sex aren’t simple or innocent, and power comes at a terrible price.”

 The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

My Favorite Books Episode 5: The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

Welcome to the fifth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

 

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin!

 

You can listen to the latest episode here.

 

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.”

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Callimachus and the Pinakes- Library Beginnings

By the time of the library’s inception in the 4th Century BCE, a momentous leap had occurred in the evolution of writing and composition. The written word had moved from being inscribed on clay tablets to that of the material that later became known as papyrus. Its name originated from the plant from whence it came: the Cyperus papyrus, a wetland sedge. The plant was once abundant on the shores of the Nile Delta, and through where the Nile River passed.  The Nile River is the longest river in the African continent, running through eleven countries, some that include Tanzania, Uganda, Republic of Sudan, and Egypt. It is the Northern section of the river that flows north through Egypt. The capital city, Cairo, sits on its banks. From there, it goes on to form the Nile Delta and flows onward to Alexandria, Egypt.

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My Favorite Books Episode 4: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

Welcome to the fourth episode of the My Favorite Books podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray!

 

You can listen to the latest episode here.

 

 

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India.


It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

 

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 45: Literary Hoaxes

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 45!  Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!
Description: In this episode, Sierra and Emily, will take you through some of our favorite Literary Hoaxes! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

 

Music Attribution:
Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

Literary Hoaxes Discussed (summaries taken From Goodreads):
The originality, concentrated power and ‘fierce indignation’ of his satirical writing have earned Jonathan Swift a reputation as the greatest prose satirist in English literature. Gulliver’s Travels is, of course, his world renowned masterpiece in the genre; however, Swift wrote other, shorter works that also offer excellent evidence of his inspired lampoonery. Perhaps the most famous of these is A Modest Proposal, in which he straight-facedly suggests that Ireland could solve its hunger problems by using its children for food. Also included in this collection are The Battle of Books, A Meditation upon a Broomstick, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operations of the Spirit and An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity in England. This inexpensive edition will certainly be welcomed by teachers and students of English literature, but its appeal extends to any reader who delights in watching a master satirist wield words as weapons.
A searing book as powerful as the life experience that inspired it, THE BLOOD RUNS LIKE A RIVER THROUGH MY DREAMS transports readers to the majestic landscapes and hard Native American lives of the desert Southwest. Born to a storytelling Native mother and a roughneck, song-singing father, Nasdijj has always lived at the jagged-edged margins of society, yet hardship and isolation have only brought him greater clarity — a gift for language and a voice of searching honesty.

When an army of invading Martians lands in England, panic and terror seize the population. As the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.

Inspiring films, radio dramas, comic-book adaptations, television series and sequels,The War of the Worlds is a prototypical work of science fiction which has influenced every alien story that has come since, and is unsurpassed in its ability to thrill, well over a century since it was first published.”

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Byte Fight Ep. 3: Angels Vs Demons (CW Supernatural Edition)

Welcome to Byte Fight Episode 3! In this CW Supernatural-themed episode, Emily and Haley duke it out in a battle for the ages. The topic: Angels versus Demons. With only five minutes to spare, these two must convince you, the audience, of who’s right and who’s wrong. Who wins? Well, that’s up for you to decide!

Be sure to cast your vote here!

You can listen to the latest episode here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “Byte Fight” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.