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Thought Provoking Tales: The Fiction of Andy Weir

14 Oct

In Andy Weir’s fiction, each chapter throws you into a new world not knowing what to expect next! He is most well known for The Martian, which was originally self-published and was adapted as a movie in 2015.

The Egg and Other Stories by Andy Weir is a collection filled with unforeseen twists on every page. Here are intros to the stories that bewitched me the most from the collection. 

“Access” 
A young woman is looking for a job and stumbles upon an office. She tells the man sitting in the office chair behind the desk about her special powers and how they will help him if he hires her. 

“Anti-Hypoxiant” 
A brilliant medical inventor creates the first and only known universal Anti-Hypoxiant. A chemical that protects your body cells from the harmful effects of oxygen starvation. Ultimately curing drowning, lung diseases, and even stall death itself. 

“Meeting Sara”
A woman interviews the famous 24 year old Daniel Stilts. Mr. Stilts is asked about the nature of his reports on time manipulation and why he stopped production on his infamous project.

“The Egg”
A man is driving home when suddenly he is caught in a car accident, twisting, out of control and crashing.  He wakes up in a void of nothingness, then a familiar figure walks up to him to tell him the inevitable truth. 

I found myself immersed in each story, just to be at the end faster than anticipated. It feels like Andy Weir has this ability to paint optical illusions with his words which makes the reading experience the other worldly.

You can borrow novels by Weir as ebooks including The Martian, about an astronaut on Mars, and Artemis, about the first city on the Moon, from eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ.

Written by:
Andre Lebron
Circulation Assistant

A Spotlight on African Cinema: Hyenas

7 Oct
Image from: Kanopy.com

Kanopy is an excellent platform to check out movies from all over the world. One fantastic film I discovered recently was the Senegalese movie “Hyenas” from 1992. It is based on the play “The Visit” by Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt and directed by the highly-acclaimed Djibril Diop Mambéty.

In the movie, a woman named Ramatou returns to her home village of Colobane, where she had been banished 30 years earlier for having gotten pregnant out of wedlock. Colobane is now a very impoverished place and upon hearing of Ramatou’s return, the people of Colobane feel hopeful that she will help them. They have heard that she has become “richer than the World Bank.” But Ramatou only has one thing on her mind – she wants revenge on the man who impregnated her and refused to accept their child, forcing her to be ostracized and having to leave the village into a life of unknowable hardships.

The cinematography is wonderful, there are several breathtaking shots, and the music that plays throughout the film is superb. The themes of the movie are extremely thought-provoking, and there are no easy answers.

When people think of world cinema, many think of Europe and nowadays, Asia. But the continent of Africa has a lot to offer, too. Ignoring African cinema is ignoring wonderful gems like this film.

Written by:
Sam Evaristo
Circulation Assistant
Grand St. Branch

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