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"we, however, are not prisoners"

Happy Friday, everyone!

First of all, here are some random things that make me happy this morning:
1. The Coraline trailer (Go watch it. And watch it again.)
2. OPI's Yoga-ta Get This Blue! nail polish (Best. Color. Ever.)
3. Into the Land of Phantoms by Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra (I can't stop listening to this wonderful album.)
4. The Classic Tales Podcast installment for today is an unabridged reading of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

In other news...
*** Locus Online has tabulated which science fiction, fantasy, and horror books published in 2007 have appeared on "Year's Best Books" lists in the media: check out the results here.
*** sittingduck1313 has a post here that will be of particular interest to those of you who are fans of Lovecraft, gaming, and/or anime, about CthulhuTech.
*** It's confirmed that there will be a scene with new, original material in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. Read more here.

And a quote for the day:

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

- from "The Dragon-Princess" by Rainer Maria Rilke and translated by John J. L. Mood


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 22nd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
The Coraline trailer is awesome!! Can't wait to see the movie. Listened to samples of Into the Land of Phantoms...chilling and addicting! You made my day!
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Coraline look fantastic? If I'm not mistaken, Into the Land of Phantoms was played to accompany a showing of the original Nosferatu silent film. Cool, huh?
Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Fabulous quote! And gorgeous nail polish! I just had to laugh because I'd done my nails this morning, a dark, dark blue (which is my favorite color, as we know) and was thinking of you and how we share that adoration of off-beat nail polish colors. ((((hugs)))) Happy Friday, my dear!
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like the quote! We are totally on the same wavelength; I was doing my nails in dark blue (I'm such a thrihyrne wannabe! LOL!) that morning, too. :) I've fallen in love with this new OPI color; it only takes one coat to get the full color, and it's an amazing, deep blue. By the way, I got a wonderful letter from you yesterday. It made me so happy! Thank you! *huge hugs* I hope your weekend is going very well, my friend.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
The next CthulhuTech release is Dark Passions and is suppose to detail the cults they couldn't fit in the core book. Shub-Niggurath will be wanting some cult-luvin' too.
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Shub-Niggurath will be wanting some cult-luvin' too.


And that's as it should be!
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Augh! Don't dangle a new nail polish color in front of me!!! I have over a hundred already! :::grump:::
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
I'm telling you, this is the best ever. You only need one coat, and it's this deep, shimmering blue. I'm in love!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Why hello! I'm glad you're having a good Friday!

I'll confess that I'm not too familiar with Neil Gaiman's work, but that movie looks like it's going to be amazing! I have an undying love for stop-motion animation. And in 3-D?! Woof. Henry Selick is almost as cool as Tim Burton...almost.

You know what I love more than stop-motion? Music! Music recommendations make me *squee*. :) So, thank you for that. I like. Recently I discovered a classical-ish ensemble from Texas called Two Star Symphony. They're a little lighter and way less polished than Jill Tracy and The Malcontent Orchestra, but they do some similar things. I'd recommend them if you don't mind a couple of notes out of tune every now and then. That could add some sort of eerie effect, I'm sure.

And did you know that Danny Elfman wrote a classical composition called Serenada Schizophrana? I haven't listened to all of it yet, but that also made me *squee*! (I don't know exactly what that means either...)

You and your nail polish! :)

Feb. 24th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Coraline look amazing? If you like Tim Burton, you'll love Neil Gaiman's work. Coraline is a YA novel, a very quick read, but absolutely brilliant. I really like all his books, but Coraline (YA) and Neverwhere (adult) are the ones I always recommend for reading Gaiman for the first time.

I haven't heard of Two Star Symphony, but they sound like something I'd love. Thanks so much for the recommendation! I'm going to check them out. Eerie is good. :) I didn't know about "Serenada Schizophrana," but the title alone means I have to listen to it!!! And Elfman is good.

I can't help it: I just love nail polish! *blushes*
Feb. 23rd, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Thanks as always for the great links.

Have a good weekend!
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm so glad they're useful. I hope you have a great weekend, too!
Feb. 23rd, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
oh my god, coraline! *swoon!* it looks like a dream brought to life. speaking of lovecraft, i read "the mound" last night before bed and now i know better than to do that ever, ever again. O_O
Feb. 24th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Doesn't Coraline take your breath away? I watched the trailer over and over.

"The Mound" is absolutely creepy! The mound described is in Binger, Oklahoma; I grew up in Oklahoma, and I know where that is! *feels chills down spine* I'd say it's so much spookier, knowing he set it in a real place close to home, but I think it's plenty spooky enough to begin with.

Okay, now I have to go reread it, thanks to you. Although not right before I go to bed! ;)
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
i kept thinking of this swamp mound we have in southern lafayette, louisiana, called literally "indian swamp mound," that's said to have buried treasure but is haunted. when we go fishing and swimming, we can see the mound from a distance, and it's always creeped me out to be in the deep water for too long and have that looming over your shoulder! :O
Feb. 27th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - how spooky is that? I got creeped out just reading the description!
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