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* Huge congratulations to Glass Hammer's Stephen R. Babb on the publication of his gorgeous The Lay of Lirazel in paperback, ebook, and audiobook form. The Lay Of Lirazel is narrative poetry told in epic fashion, but it is poetry fully equipped with fangs and enough terror to keep a reader turning pages till the last curse falls and death and doom claim their prize! Inspired by the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the paintings of John W. Waterhouse, and the writings of George MacDonald, William Morris, and Lord Dunsany, The Lay of Lirazel is the essence of the mythopoeic set to verse. I'm proud to have written the foreword for this remarkable work. Highly recommended!


* I'll be offering a two-weekend-long intense lecture series called "The Dystopian Tradition: What Worlds Gone Wrong Can Teach Us" in Spring 2015 in Asheville, NC (minutes from where much of The Hunger Games was filmed). Accepted undergraduate/graduate students will have hotel and meals provided without cost. Interested students may apply here.

* Sean Pertwee's Halloween costume made me go all mushy inside. (Incidentally, he's my favorite thing about Gotham, and there's a lot to love about that show.)

* So Star Wars Episode VII will be The Force Awakens. I didn't realize that the Force had dozed off. That said, I hope the latest speculations have some truth to them. If so, it could be good, even great. (Anthony Daniels certainly seems pleased with it.)

What do u think? Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens #starwars #disney

* I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Elizabeth Peña. She starred in a film I dearly love, Lone Star, and several other great ones (Jacob's Ladder, anyone?). So sad.

* I'm looking forward to Billy Boyd's "The Last Goodbye" for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. (We can hear a clip now here and via iTunes.)

Have a great day!


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Nov. 10th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
That cover is beautiful.

OH! I didn't know about Billy Boyd singing! I will check it out when I have time to swoon without interruption. He's such a talented singer and musician. I wish he was more well known in that regard!

Oh, I couldn't wait. He's lovely as ever!

Edited at 2014-11-10 08:14 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't the cover art gorgeous?

I agree 100% about Billy Boyd's talent. I'm so delighted he'll be featured as the writer/performer of the final "credits song" in the film series.
Nov. 11th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
I love Sean Pertwee in Gotham. I haven't heard one way or the other about the show, but I sure hope it's renewed.

It'll be interesting, in what direction they take the next Star Wars movies. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

But not as much as I am the next Hobbit movie. Actually, the thing that really has my interest there is the romance between Kili and Tauriel. I'm under the impression that it's not in the book, so I'm hoping Kili's fate is also changed.

Edited at 2014-11-11 12:17 pm (UTC)
Nov. 14th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm with you 100%; I hope Gotham is renewed, too! It's got to be a good sign that they've already expanded it from a half season to a full season. *fingers crossed* I thought it might be fun, but I was wholly surprised by how much I love it. It's so well done.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Star Wars films, too!

It will be interesting to see how much Peter Jackson adds to the new Hobbit film. I'm a little worried/anxious, but on the other hand I'm dying to see some of the performances - especially Martin Freeman's and Richard Armitage's - in some of the scenes I know will be coming. It's hard to believe we've waited for soooo long, and now the final film is almost here! I've finally heard all of Billy Boyd's closing credit song, and it's so emotional; it feels like "goodbye" to this whole 'verse.
Nov. 11th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
I hope that your lecture series will be doubleplusgood!
Nov. 14th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
HA! Thank you! :)
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