Our collection of ebooks continues to grow, and these are just a few of my current personal favourites; I can’t wait to get home to read them! You can too if you are one of our registered Victorian members.

Australian horror films, 1973-2010 [electronic resource]: Peter Shelley

McFarland & Company, 2012

McFarland & Company, 2012

This pioneering illustrated survey provides in-depth coverage of 76 horror films produced in Australia, where serial killers, carnivorous animals, mutants, zombies, vampires and evil spirits all receive the “antipodean” cinematic treatment unique to the Land Down Under.” So what are you waiting for? Pleased to note that one of my all-time favourite Australian films from any genre, Razorback, is given its due; surely one of the most disturbing cinematic visions of the Australian landscape ever!

The 100 greatest cover versions: the ultimate playlist [electronic resource] by Robert Webb

McNidder & Grace, 2012

McNidder & Grace, 2012

 “Which Blondie Top Five was originally a flop for a West Coast power pop band? Who wrote Alice Cooper”s 1973 hit ”Hello Hurray”, and which folk singer first recorded it? Who launched their career with a tear and a cover of a little known Prince song? Where was Joe Cocker sitting when he came up with the idea of covering ”With a Little Help from my Friends?” If you can answer all or most of these questions then you probably don’t need this book; the rest of us can read on.

Kathryn Bigelow : interviews: [electronic resource] edited by Peter Keough

 

University Press of Mississippi, 2013

University Press of Mississippi, 2013

“In conversations ranging from the casual to the analytical, Bigelow explains how her evolving ambitions and aesthetics sprang from her earliest aspirations to be a painter and conceptual artist in New York in the 1970s, and then expanded to embrace Hollywood filmmaking when she was exposed to renowned directors such as John Ford, Howard Hawks, Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah, and George Roy Hill.” That’s quite a lineage of directorial tough guys, and Bigelow’s filmography of titles such as Point Break, The Hurt Locker and K19: the Widow Maker all attest to a filmmaker ferociously drawn to the harder edge of the Hollywood genre film. And if you haven’t seen her wild and beautiful vampire movie, The Near Dark, well really…..

Star trek and American television [electronic resource] by Roberta Pearson and Máire Messenger Davies

University of California Press, 2014

University of California Press, 2014

“It’s a television show”, William Shatner points out to the authors here, and that’s precisely the approach they take with this fascinating exploration of the 1960s TV show that has taken on almost mythic status, spawning film, television and print franchises that continue to this day. Placing the series in the context of broader television history, this ground up examination of what went into making the show attempts to get beyond the mythology to figure out just why and how it became the phenomenon it is.

And what could be better than to sit back at home with an ebook and listen to an erecord, or whatever we call these things…..

Music for Book Lovers: Gentle Classics for Reading

Naxos

Naxos

 

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