Friday, August 12, 2011

Fantastically Fun Fridays: August 12, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!  We hope that you have enjoyed our magician-themed week in honor of Lev Grossman's latest book, but even more importantly, we hope that you have had a chance to enjoy The Magician King yourself!  It rocks.

NPR has announced its list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books (as chosen by their readers/listeners).  The top 3? Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Ender's Game.  Check out the rest of the list--it should keep you busy for a while!

Speaking of The Lord of the Rings, if you're in the Chicago area, you can watch a screening of The Fellowship of the Ring with live music, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, next Thursday and Friday night at Ravinia.  Travelzoo has a good deal on tickets--$15 lawn seats on Thursday, $20 pavilion tickets on Thursday and Friday.

Here are some of the other fun things we found around the internet this week:

  • Looking for something unusual for your next vacation?  Boldly go to Jordan to visit this new, alternate-energy-fueled theme park. (Inhabitat)
  • As we approach the beginning of a new school year, perhaps some "new year's resolutions for writers" are in order--these from J.K. Rowling do the trick quite nicely. (Writer's Blog)
  • More minimalist art--this time featuring Marvel characters. (GeekTyrant)
  • Having a hard time getting up for your morning run?  Perhaps this will motivate you. (RunForYourLives)
  • A silent film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.  So cool. (YouTube)
  • Simon le Bon of Duran Duran explains why he loves China MiĆ©ville's novel Embassytown. (Duran Duran Board)
  • And finally, Shel Silverstein on The Johnny Cash Show.  They sing "A Boy Named Sue."  It is awesome. (Bookshelves of Doom)
Hope you all have a great weekend!