This will be the final column of 2018. A safe and happy New Year’s Day to everyone who observes it.
Books and Writing:
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is accepting screenplay submissions.
In the solving-the-problem-we-didn’t-know-we-had category, Tor.com offers an essay on how to make beer on a generation ship.
Sarah Gailey writes about seven books that helped her make it through a hard year. What I liked about this essay is that she tells us when and where she read each book.
In mid-December, two llama visited Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, North Carolina. LitHub gives the details here.
‘Tis the season of lists and here, the Barnes and Noble book bloggers share their favorite SFF books of 2018.
Movies and TV:
Aquaman earned $483 million worldwide its first weekend, topping the Mary Poppins remake. Here’s a review from the rogerebert.com site.
LitHub shares some eagerly awaited film/TV adaptations coming in 2019. Some, like Good Omens, we knew about. There are other genre pieces on this list and some of them sound interesting. (Actually, they all do.)
Thanks to our own (retired) reviewer Stuart Starosta for his images from the Bodleian, where he and his family visited the Tolkien exhibit and finished up the trip with a jaunt to The Eagle and Child, where the Inklings met for a pint and conversation. These images make up the bulk of this post. Thanks again Stuart!
Here’s are Stuart’s comments:
“In September we visited the Tolkien Exhibit at the Bodleian in Oxford.
[caption id=”attachment_94082″ align=”aligncenter” /> The Exhibit-themed book written by the curator. Stuart says this inside is just as beautiful.
“It was a small but amazing exhibit filled with Tolkien’s book covers, original artwork, maps, letters, etc. No photos were allowed but it was an absolutely fascinating insight into his life and incredibly fertile imagination.
Here is a gallery of 23 champagne-based cocktails, all set for New Year’s. Each photo has a link to the recipe. They range from easy to elaborate (lavender syrup, anyone?)
Atlas Obscura shares the details of beautifully decorated Hungarian shortbread.
There will be no column next week.