The Book Was Better: The Martian and The Scorch Trials

Looks like we’re going to be literally flooded with rain this weekend. Maybe it’s a good time to go to the movies? If not, stay safe (and dry) and consider reading the books that inspired current blockbusters. We’ve got a couple suggestions for you.

The Martian (directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, and others) was released today, and earlier this week, liquid water was discovered on Mars! If you’re stuck indoors, you might as well join the Red Planet madness and read all about the final frontier, right? Just in case you’re interested, we’ve got Andy Weir’s best-selling novel available for check out.

The Martian: A Novel

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Watch the official trailer for The Martian:

Staying with the theme of sci-fi survival, have you seen the second installment of the James Dashner’s The Maze Runner yet? The film adaptation of the The Scorch Trials has been out for a couple weeks. We have all three of these books available for check out.

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Watch the official trailer for The Scorch Trials:

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31 Days of Scary Movies: Part 1

You may already be aware that the HGTC Library has a pretty extensive and very popular DVD collection. What you may not know is that we’ve recently built the collection to include classic horror films and other scary, spooky, and Gothic-themed movies. From Tim Burton and Joss Whedon to Freddy and Jason, if you’re a fan of the horror genre, check out what we’ve got. Time to break out the popcorn and candy apples!

Here’s a list that’ll get you halfway through October.

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October Events: Pumpkin Decorating and Ghost Talks

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In anticipation of that spooky time of year, HGTC Library is planning several events throughout the month of October. We’ll be running a pumpkin decorating contest at each campus library (Conway, Grand Strand, and Georgetown) and the Conway and Georgetown Campus Libraries will each host a Ghost Talk with Elizabeth Huntsinger, author of three ghost story books and the mystery novel Waterline.

Check out our October Events LibGuide for details, and if you’re already looking for ideas for the pumpkin decorating contest, sneak a peek at the sites below. (Click above covers for access to current and back issues via Zinio, our digital magazine collection.)

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GT Library closed on 9/25

The Georgetown Campus Library will be closed this coming Friday, September 25th. Please contact the Conway Campus Library for assistance: 843-349-5268.

Thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience.

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GS Library will close at 5 p.m.

Due to staff illness, the Grand Stand Campus Library will close at 5 p.m. today. Please contact the Conway Campus Library Circulation Desk at 843-349-5268 for assistance after 5 p.m. Thank you, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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New Axis 360 Titles: The Girl in the Spider’s Web

More ebooks in the Axis 360 collection, including The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the most recent edition to the late Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. According to the Wall Street Journal, David Lagercrantz, “a former crime journalist and novelist best-known for co-authoring the 2014 memoir of Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” was chosen by the Larsson estate to continue the award-winning series featuring hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander. Click the image to browse:

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Need help troubleshooting? Follow the directions on our eReading LibGuide.

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September Trivia Contest

It’s time for the September 2015 edition of Horry Georgetown Technical College Library’s student trivia contest. This time we’re celebrating National Chicken Month!

Any student who correctly answers all five questions available at will be in the running for a monthly prize. The monthly prize for this round is a gift bag of goodies that includes a large book of puzzles, an insulated drink cup with straw, a stylus pen, a personal calculator, and more!

The trivia questions can be answered using a variety of sources (books, online library resources, the Internet, etc.). Please note, question five requires the use of HGTC Library’s digital magazine service, Zinio.

Please send your answers to the trivia questions to no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20th. Good luck and happy searching!

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