>Tom Tomorrow has said his piece:
And I’ve said mine. Sons a bitches, anyway. . . .
Someone Get Peter Jackson on the Phone
Lately, while dealing with higher-than-usual stress and a rising cantankerous attitude, I’ve decided to return to my roots with some of my reading. I wrapped up reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle (A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1971), The Farthest Shore (1972), and Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea (1990)), which has been on my list since it appeared on the “required reading” list from the old 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide when I was about 14. What a fantastic bit of fantasy writing. These little books just blew me away. I know some jackass made a poor effort in capturing this story on film for the SciFi Channel a couple years ago (which I haven’t seen, because by all accounts it totally blows), but this story is totally doable. I’d trust this in the hands of a guy like Jackson in a heartbeat. Alas, it will probably never happen. It’s probably just as well. I’d hate to see the perfect images Le Guin painted on my brainpan ruined by someone else. If you haven’t read these books before, I urge you to do so.
Speaking of Fantastic Landscapes
I finally picked up the DVD set Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series. This is cool beyond anything I’ve seen. If you haven’t picked this up, do it. It just goes to show there aren’t any fantastic landscapes that can be imagined that aren’t already equalled somewhere on our planet. Truly breathtaking.