Rabbit Room Review & Reprise 05-09-2014

First things first, I just got an email confirming that The Warden and the Wolf King has been shipped from the printer. That means that Monday afternoon we’ll be unloading thousands of books in the rain—which is bound to be just as fun as it sounds! Pembrick’s Creaturepedia is scheduled to ship either this afternoon or first thing on Monday morning. That means that if all goes as planned, we’ll begin shipping Kickstarter rewards next week! I can’t wait for you guys to see (and read) these books. Now, on to the weekly review . . .

legomovieMonday morning, Chris Yokel gave us a post that explores some of the themes at work in the Lego movie, like teamwork and creativity. Here’s an excerpt from “The Power of a Building Block”:

“We need the boring stability of the everyday, the organized structure of the plan. We need the wild, think-outside-the-box creativity of the charismatic individual. These things are not opposed to each other, but are designed to work in harmony The structure provides context for the artist, and the artist provides fresh meaning and perspective for the structure.” Read the post here.

DeathTuesday saw the long-awaited release of Jeremy Casella’s new album, Death in Reverse. The record was inspired by N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope, and if that’s not enough to recommend it, the track below should do the trick nicely. The album is available in the Rabbit Room store.

“Letter to an Old Friend”
by Jeremy Casella
from Death in Reverse

coffeeMatt Conner was supposed to be working this week, but instead he was sitting in a coffee shop eavesdropping on strangers. The result is a post called “Coffee Shop Symphony” and, thankfully, it’s not as creepy as it sounds. In fact, it’s kind of beautiful. Read the post here, and be careful what you say if you’re sitting beside Matt at Starbucks.

Oracle bannerAnd finally, in my ongoing mission to write a short story each month this year, I submit to you the latest of my Tales from an Unremembered Country. This one’s called “The Oracle of Philadelphia,” and it takes place mostly in the Arctic. There’s even a frozen shark, a whale, and a hypothermic polar bear. No lie. Read more about it here, and pick it up in the Rabbit Room store (PDF and ePub) or on your Kindle (or Kindle app) via Amazon—it should also be available in the iBookstore any time now. Oh, and you can click here to read a preview. Enjoy!