When you live in a city on the Moon, the best job you can have is EVA guide for the tourists visiting the Apollo 11 landing site, but Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara is making do with a full time porter gig and some part-time smuggling to earn her credits. When longtime client Trond Landvik offers her a sabotage job with a life-altering amount of credits attached, Jazz jumps at the chance. Trond’s bid for control of Sanchez Aluminium would set him up as king of the most important by-product produced in the city: oxygen. Suddenly Jazz finds herself immersed in an amped up game with drastic ramifications to an entire city, and must ask herself if her greed is more important than the needs of the city.
Fans of Weir’s debut novel The Martian, will find this a dissimilar type of read. Jazz is a different type of protagonist from Mark Watney. I found Jazz a bit sassy, flawed and instantly more relatable as she makes mistakes due to ambition, simple human error, and her own good intentions. She draws you into her hijinks even as you start to wander if you really should be rooting for her.
Like in The Martian, Weir is meticulous in his research to create a functioning city on the moon, but Artemis flows smoothly in a lighter tone in comparison to the structured style of The Martian. Check out this Gizmodo article interviewing Weir to learn more about his yearlong research process and to gain insight into the need for aluminium on the moon. So keep an eye out for this detail-oriented writer, who blends science, fiction and plucky smugglers to create a great space heist novel.
Victoria & Abdul is an Oscar-nominated film based on the true, heartwarming story of the man who broadened Queen Victoria's worldview and gave her reason to live again.
After the loss of both the men in her life she loved, an elderly Victoria (played by Dame Judi Dench) has lost all energy and excitement for her royal role. Bored and hopeless, she goes through the daily motions of her station with the help of her household, looking forward to little but her death. Then Abdul Karim, a clerk in India, is chosen to deliver a special gift to the Queen on behalf of what were then her Indian provinces, and her life takes an unexpected turn for the better. Friendly, enthusiastic and overflowing with adoration for the Queen, Abdul quickly rises from table wait staff to become Victoria's trusted advisor, teacher and friend.
Ali Fazal portrays the adorable, passionate and ever-cheerful advisor who eventually takes the title of the Queen's "Munshi", meaning 'teacher'. Abdul teaches Victoria about India, the Quran, and the Urdu language, and in turn finds in her an unlikely maternal figure.
A beautiful, slow-paced film about friendship, love and hope, Victoria & Abdul is a reminder of all we can learn and gain by opening ourselves to others, no matter what our differences.
Super Mario 64 managed to establish a basic formula that quickly became a standard in the platforming genre and gaming world. Mario's exploration of a series of open-ended worlds was full of jumping challenges, puzzles, and rewards along the way. Super Mario Odyssey has let Mario run wild in this brilliantly reinvented open-world and sandbox formula as we hunt down 'Power Moons' to charge our ship and rescue Princess Peach.
With so much to uncover, this exploration of every inch of the Kingdom is what makes Odyssey such a joy. There is no clear direction in finding those Power Moons - it is completely up to you to shape your adventure. This can be off-putting at first, but it grows on you. The game encourages you to explore as you find Power Moons in every direction.
However, it's dangerous to go alone! Throughout this adventure, Mario has Cappy, his heroic ally who is on a quest to rescue his sister Tiara, who - if you haven't already guessed - was kidnapped by Bowser with Peach. While Cappy makes sure Mario is lookin' good, this little hat does so much more. Cappy will make you rethink traditional game play as you throw him and use him to capture your enemies or reach high places. While this seems like a simple addition to the game, it opens up a completely new world of mechanics and ways of approaching challenges. Soon enough, you'll be throwing Cappy in every direction.
Odyssey is an open world full of challenges, with tools that let you think outside the box and do something different. The world never stops changing - even as you get to know it, you will discover a whole new layer of secrets. The best part is completing the story and unlocking the real fun after the credits roll. Odyssey has worlds of fun to offer.
Waterloo University is once again hosting their big Canada Day celebration on July 1st! For their 34th annual celebration, they'll have food trucks, a childrens' play area, and interactive activities for everyone! The main stage performers keeping the party going are set to be Juno-award-winning band Sloan and favourite children's entertainer Fred Penner.
Spend the afternoon exploring the different booths and activities, grab something to eat from one of the many food trucks, then lay down a blanket or unfold some chairs, and watch an incredible fireworks display to end out this celebration of Canada's 151st year!
Admission to this event is free and it takes place at the university's Columbia Lake Fields, where plenty of nearby free parking is available.For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/canada-day.
- Cassidy, Information Services
Welcome to Night Vale
"A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale."
So begins Welcome to Night Vale, a popular fiction podcast framed as the ongoing local radio show of host Cecil Palmer, who, with his strong, melodic, and soothing voice, walks you through each day in the eternally strange town of Night Vale.
Through Cecil, you'll hear about the mundane day-to-day of the town, including visits from five-headed dragons armed with sharp teeth, fiery breath and a legion of lawyers; messages from The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home; and the latest updates from the head of the local school board, a giant, glowing, all-powerful cloud ("all hail!").
Cecil will make sure to keep you up to date on the regular lives of the important members of the Night Vale community, like "perfect and beautiful" scientist Carlos; Khoshekh, the cat who lives in a hovering position four feet above the ground in the men's washroom of the radio station; and Cecil's least favourite person, a man who "can't even care for a tan Corolla", Steve Carlsburg.
To listen, download the show on iTunes, or bring your library card and your own headphones to the Central location of the Kitchener Public Library, borrow a Chromebook or Macbook, find a comfortable spot in the library, and visit www.welcometonightvale.com to start your stay in the strangest town in America.
As well, while participants of the Night Vale Public Library's summer reading program get prizes for managing just to survive it, Kitchener Public Library's real (and infinitely safer) summer reading program for children is up and running! Click here for more information on how to get your kids into a good book this summer!
- Cassidy, Information Services
Kitchener Public Library 85 Queen St. North Kitchener, Ontario N2H2H1 519-743-0271 http://www.kpl.org/