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  • Prepare to be aMAZEd

    Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:36

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    What can possibly be cooler than a maze? Oh that's right, a maze made of books!

    The Book Depository proudly supports aMAZEme; part of the London 2012 Festival, aMAZEme is a gigantic maze up to 2.5 meters high, built from over 200,000 books! You might even find some from the Book Depository in there...

    Created by Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, the aMAZEme Project consists of a series of ideas that mix concepts, languages, techniques and multimedia. The audience will unexpectedly come into contact with the installation, helping to stimulate their curiosity, knowledge and creativity. aMAZEme is an art project that unites literature, performance, installation, live cinema, images and the Internet, based on three main concepts:

    Art/Literature + Entertainment + Generosity

    So if you're in London any time from now until August 26, have a stroll by Southbank and discover the maze at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall. Time to get lost in books. Literally!

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    Just when we thought we couldn't love Lewis Carroll any more... Add Yayoi Kusama's artwork into the mix, sprinkle a few polka dots on top and you'll see Alice in a different light!

    Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books, by Lewis Carroll.
    The book is colour illustrated to very high specification, with her images interspersed thoughtfully throughout the text and produced in collaboration with the Kusama Studio, Tokyo and Gagosian Gallery.

    This one is going on top of our wishlist...

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    Poor Damian. You should have taken better care of yourself. You treated your body like a run-down shed until it actually came to resemble one. And that laughter of yours... so loud, so hearty, so worrisome. You loved comedy, didn't you Damian? From comedy shows to clown pranks, you would never miss the opportunity to have a good laugh, the buttons of your purple suit jacket one chuckle away from popping.

    If Damian could choose a way to die, it would definitely be by laughter. Just like Toon Patrol in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and numerous victims in Monty Python's popular sketch, Killer Joke.

    And so it was meant to be. Thanks to TBD's finest detective, Tomas Hoskovec, the coroner was able to conclude that Damian died of laughter. Jolly and loud, as always. RIP Damian Blade.

    The coroner will soon send Tomas a collection of 50 crime capers as a thank you for solving this peculiar case. He would also like to highlight some of the scenarios other detectives offered for their creativity, humour and imagination.

    Big thank you to all the detectives who participated!

    It's the poisonous remote on the armchair

    A naked woman on the TV!

    Damian is a hummingbird

    His heart rate went crazy because he saw his long time love got married with someone else on TV.

    The Nurse did it.

    Damien is a moth!

    Wife nude on TV

    An orangutan who escaped up the chimney.

    I know exactly how it happened but I shall only speak to the proper authorities!

    He saw the ghost of Ghengis Khan

    I did it because I want to win the books!!!!

    He won the lottery while watching TV and died of a heart attack. The lottery presenter did it on purpose to kill him as the two have hated each other since kindergarten.

    10 o´clock

    Ate a mothball, thinking it was a mint

    Damian snores with his mouth open and the moths took their revenge

    I did it

    Ok, I confess. He wouldn't hand over the remote.

    The moths turned nasty.

    I don't know, so horrible!

    Batman killed him

    The clown did it

    Kate Reynolds stands behind Damien, stabbing him in the back with the dagger.

    I still say it was the moths.

  • Who doesn't love a good vampire? Look at them, with their dashing black capes, alluring paleness and shiny fangs. Or a rotting zombie? Sniffing after human flesh and mumbling 'brains' under their stinky breath. Lately TV series have more than honoured these creatures, celebrating their dark appetites and putting them back in the spotlight. But what about other creatures? Creatures that steal your teeth, ooze poison, habituate murky waters. blog image

    There is no end to the folklore creatures. From ancient Greek sirens to suspicious gnomes, we have invented myriad ways to (joyfully) torment our minds. From urban legends to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and many others, there's plenty to sink your reading teeth into. There's a whole world of books that features a variety of creatures that will keep you up at night and/or entertain you. Some you probably already know, others may hold new, delightful terrors for you. Enjoy, share your own picks and don't forget to leave a little something under your pillow for the tooth fairy. We hear she can get quite temperamental...

  • Of Aliens, Prometheus and sci-fi

    Mon, 21 May 2012 14:40

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    Here at Book Depository HQ, we are in a Prometheus state of mind; the upcoming film by Ridley Scott has us equally exited and terrified. Originally meant to be a prequel to the Alien films, Scott decided to take it to a new level. Taking its cue from Alien's legacy, Prometheus promises to take us on a walk around its own universe and explore its own mythology and ideas. The well-thought-out viral marketing activities around the movie have opened the gates to a flood of discussions, estimations and alien thoughts.

    Sci-fi literature offers a rich tapestry of alternate universes, cosmic creatures and even intergalactic romance. From the early days of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds to the shiny world of Star Wars, the 'other' creatures have inspired a plethora of filmmakers, writers, artists and, of course, readers. Here are some of our favourite books that tackle the subject of aliens and even the question of human existence itself! We unfortunately can't offer you a guest appearance by Michael Fassbender as an android, but Prometheus itself will more than satisfy that need. Prepare yourselves for some good ol' mind-bending fun...

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