Friday, March 23, 2007

A Night of Moving and Web Wanderings

I'd like to make this short and sweet since I should be sleeping, but I know it's not going to be.

I have to wake up once again at 6:30 tomorrow morning for a 14 hour shift...so chances are there won't be any blogging tomorrow night.

After a long but rewarding work day, we decided to go to my Gram's house to take more stuff out of storage since Katrina. Lord knows when we'll be in a real house again, but this rental is at least a little bit bigger, so I can fit some of my prized possessions. Tonight I got the rest of my books :D, my entire comic book collection :D, the rest of my Buddhas :D, and some other little knick knacks that I was missing. So I'm feeling pretty good about having all of my old friends back. I also stumbled across an old school bag that was packed with all of my old poetry and journals. Kind of scared to read those, but looking forward to it at the same time.

On to web wanderings....Quite a few cool things that I found today.

Needless to say, number one on the agenda is the Stardust trailer. It's wonderful! I'm a little less nervous about the movie now. I can see that a few things have been spritzed up from the novel, but I'll have to let little things slide I guess. The one that bugged me for some reason (I really have no clue why) is the little special effect they put in when Tristran crossed through the wall. That little wavy thing. The actors look great...they seemed to have picked the perfect cast. Can't wait to see it...looks much better than what I imagined.

The next thing I found is a new anthology coming out on May 1st that looks incredible. It's a collection of short stories entitled Wizards: Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy. The table of contents is as follows (and what an incredible one it is):

The Witch's Headstone, by Neil Gaiman
Holly and Iron, by Garth Nix
Color Vision, by Mary Rosenblum
The Ruby Incomparable, by Kage Baker
A Fowl Tale, by Eoin Colfer
Slipping Sideways Through Eternity, by Jane Yolen
The Stranger's Hands, by Tad Williams
Naming Day, by Patricia A. McKillip
Winter's Wife, by Elizabeth Hand
A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil's Ninth Question, by Andy Duncan
Barrens Dancing, by Peter S. Beagle
Stone Man, by Nancy Kress
The Manticore Spell, by Jeffrey Ford
Zinder, by Tanith Lee
Billy and the Wizard, by Terry Bisson
The Magikkers, by Terry Dowling
The Magic Animal, by Gene Wolfe
Stonefather, by Orson Scott Card

Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings is beginning an incredible challenge on Monday that I think everyone should participate in. It's the Fantasy and Fairytale challenge. He's releasing all of the details on Monday. It's not just a normal challenge though. While the challenge is going on he's offered us Friday Favorites (his weekly art post) that include plenty of fantasy artists, essays on music, film, and books that relate to fantasy, and wonderful discussion on the topic. Can't wait for this one! I think I'll do Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn as one of my books since I always wanted to read that. Feel free to make some suggestions to me if you're a fantasy reader. Always looking for new stuff.

And last but not least, Tori Amos has released the details on her new album American Doll Posse over at her website and it looks to be another great one. A world tour is following the release.

1 comment:

Carl V. said...

The Stardust trailer at times excites and annoys me. In the end I'm just as nervous about this as I was before. I am disappointed that (it appears) that they are not telling the story of Tristan's origin and he instead has to run through the gap in the wall like a criminal. This is a movie that I'm going to have to try REAL HARD not to nitpick, unless it is phenomenal. For now we just wait and see.

I'm excited about the new Tori Amos CD. Love her.