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Ever wanted to read more books, but don’t really have the time? Rinkworks presents Book-a-Minute, hilarious summaries of classic and science fiction/fantasy tales allowing you to digest the plot of some of the most well-known books in less than 60 seconds.

Here’s their take on Beowulf:

Hrothgar: Let’s build a big old dining hall and call it Herot.
(They do. Then Grendel, an ugly guy, takes over Herot and eats people. Beowulf rips his arm off.)
All: You rule, Beowulf.
(Some people make SPEECHES and tell IRRELEVANT STORIES. Beowulf kills some more STUFF.)
Beowulf: Wiglaf, I’m dying. See that my funeral pyre fits my greatness.
Wiglaf: Ok.
THE END

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. First published in 1995, The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss features 65 of Ted Geisel’s fanciful sketches and paintings that were never displayed in public, and a beautiful introduction by Maurice Sendak.

More booky happiness: Neil Gaiman interviews Stephen King.

And, since I’ve got books on the brain right now, here’s a fascinating article on the Bizarre World of Bonkers Book Collecting. And yes, it is just as fascinating as the title suggests.

Via my favourite blog of internet randomness, WebUrbanist, is Welcome to Hell: 22 Grisly and Terrifying Sculptures.

Over on No Clean Singing, Rev Will interviews Robert Pasbani and Frank Godla of Metal Injection as part of the keyboard warriors column focusing a metal writers, journos and bloggers.

Gothic Divine Magazine has a feature on Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci – masters of horror. You haven’t seen anything until you see that infamous eyeball/door splinter and zombie-vs-shark scene. Speaking of horror, I’ve been watching a ton of REALLY decent horror films lately, should I do a write up with some recommendations?

We’ve got a few decent gigs coming up in New Zealand (Ripper Owens, Inquisition, Goatwhore/Impiety) but you can’t beat this lineup.

Fantasy-themed Bed and Breakfast in Belgium – I am so staying in the troll’s den!

10 Most Annoying Post-Apocalyptic Worlds.

She Is Risen – Bloodmilk and Haute Macabre.

What are you reading this week?


1 Comment »

  1. Fluffrick says:

    Hi Steff,

    Another excellent Linking Horn – I’m reading “The Dwarves”, by Markus Heitz. A development entirely uninfluenced by the fact that the author’s apparently involved with the story elements of the next Blind Guardian album.

    Thought I’d get in early – at an average of 750 pages a book, that series of Dwarven tomes is going to take a while to get through…

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