There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.
For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.
Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.
From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.
Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.
Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.
Fresh City Life at Central is presenting The Bad Seed as a part of their film series this month and it made me think about other movies that I did not realize were based on books. Here are some others that I hadn't realized were inspired by novels:
This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.
Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!).
We have all been inundated by vampires as love objects but how about a few of their other supernatural brothers? There is more to paranormal romance than just bloodsuckers. There are Djinn, Werewolves and Barghests oh my! Not to mention some others that are just "other."
While not your average bodice rippers, here are some great reads to get you ready for RomCon next week!
Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler is the first in a wonderful series that introduces Jane True, a selkie who never knew. Now she finds herself in a whole new world, and while her first love interest is a vampire, there is someone else lingering at the edges that just might be the one!
While working in the stacks the other day I stumbled upon this fantastic book of photography, West of Last Chance. Now, I had seen this title many times when walking past and I always wondered what it referred to. This time I picked it up and was blown away by the scope and beauty of this collection.
Having grown up in Colorado I know all about the desolate beauty of a High Plains desert. The photographer Peter Brown really captures the breathtaking beauty of wide open vistas. As the book says "You have to know how to look at this country. You have to slow down. It isn't pretty, but it's beautiful."
There is a movement right now of novels being turned into graphic novels, and I would like to tip my hat to those who create illustrated novels.
I am a huge, huge fan of picture books for adults, if it was good enough for Dickens then it's good enough for me! Ok, I'm not sure what I mean by that besides the fact that I get all mooshy for an illustrated novel. There are some excellent ones out there, and here is a list of a few of my favorites: