jeudi 25 juin 2009

FANTASY STORY Helena 5-1 [audio book online]
Fantasy Story [audio book online]

This is the very unique project of music composer Stephane Meer. It is a sort of free online manga with a strong music background and lots of pictures of dragons, wolves and fantasy characters.
and the Orchestra of the World of Mist

Although she found herself surrounded by musicians in a large common room filled with voices and sounds, Helena felt very much alone. Whenever she felt this way in the past, her comfort lay in going out looking for Ama, the wolf. When she was with him, she felt whole and in harmony with life. At this precise moment however, with her parents in great danger, and with the survivors living in an underground shelter, she missed Ama even more. How could a man have gone such a great distance in comparison to animals and in comparison to wild nature? In other places, when she would look at the sky, she shared the awe that people felt for the cosmos, for the miracle of life, and all the little impossible coincidences that tell us that God must exist. If not, how could one explain all these mysteries? How could one respond to the anguish over death, or accept the fact that we are no more than a mere speck in the universe? The price however, was great. Religions written by man for man, guardians of morality and official doctrine had wreaked havoc in the world.

Being raised in a predominantly Catholic country, Helena suffered the consequences of strict dogma which claimed that: "God created man in His own image." It drew a clear and insurmountable line between man and other living species, which were not privileged enough to have been created in God's image. The most preposterous explanations were invented to lower the worth of animals: that they had no conscience or that they couldn't speak.

And yet, irrefutable scientific proof was beginning to be found demonstrating that animals did have a conscience, and that some of them could communicate through body language, not only their desires and actions, but their intimate feelings as well, including love, joy, sadness, solitude, and many other "human" feelings. Some animals were even capable of painting, of expressing their perception of the world through shapes and colors.

If animals possessed language, a conscience and artistic expression, why then were they so often treated as inferior races which did not have the right, as humans did, to a life of happiness and freedom?

Jean-Gaêl : "This is Florianne, who watches our control screens. (to Florianne) Do we know when the riders will be back?"

Florianne : "They came back about fifteen minutes ago."

Jean-Gaêl : "Already? Are they all accounted for?"

Florianne : "I'm not sure, but I think so."

Jean-Gaêl : "I'll go see. Would you like to come, Helena? I'm going to the stable. You can see our horses."

Helena : "I'd love to!"

For Helena, this offer was like returning to life. So, there were also horses in this dark world. And if there were horses, there were also...She didn't dare hope.

Fantasy Story [audio book online]

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