Author Steve Alten’s MEG series of books have been a guilty pleasure of mine. The first was a great and unique read. Imagine a prehistoric shark the size of a bus roaming the seas in the world today. It was Jaws (favorite movie), only dinosaur sized. That’s a combination that all boys are predisposed to like.
The book was a great success and it spawned to sequels (a third is due Summer of 2009). The first sequel The Trench was a great continuation of the story. but are still tremendous fun. The second sequel–Meg: Primal Waters–was an adrenaline filled, MTV style sequel that went for action over science. It was fun, but not as good as the first two books.
It’s a perfect idea for a movie and there have been many attempts. The most recent was a 2 year plus attempt by now defunct studio New Line. For a full history of the cinematic trials and tribulations of MEG you can read a great story recently posted by the LA Times. Hopefully, someone will get a the giant shark on film.
Definitely go check out the photography work of Nick Brandt. His photographs of African wildlife are some of the most striking photos I think I’ve even seen. Absolutely beautiful stuff. A lot of the photos on the site are available in his 2005 book, On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa. Prints are available for ordering, but I’d be scared to even inquire on the price.
While you’re in the animal photography viewing mood, I’d also recommend the photography of Andrew Zuckerman. His newest book Creature, has just been released and it’s equally amazing. This series of photos consists of animals on a stark white background. The results are amazing. The photo of the lion doesn’t even look real, but looking at it closely you can see the texture of the lion’s fur. You can see more examples of his work at CreatureBook.com.
If you’re a fan of the show LOST, the you owe it to yourself to check out the LOST Easter Eggs site. They’ve got tons of pictures (screen caps) from the shows and have found tiny connections from episode to episode that I never would have noticed. Definitely a great resource for taking a close look at past episodes and it’s spoiler free.
Another great section on the site is the LOST Books page. Sawyer, and others, are often reading. The books they read are selected on purpose and often relate to theories about the show or themes being played out in the episode.
They’ve got several other blogs linked together and they form a nice, mini-site. A few others that are worth checking out are the Lost Connections, Theories, and Answers. Be careful, you could spend (waste) a lot of time reading all the posts.