My foray back into the world of blogging comes at an opportune time, given the excess of link-ups and such that one can join. I decided (after very little thinking) to jump in immediately with a brand new series called Lovely Books, hosted by Tracey Dyck over at her blog Adventure Awaits. The first installment of this series focuses on book titles and cover art which, according to the opinion of this writer, constitute all loveliness and beauty. That being said, I had a difficult time of choosing (for there are so many wonderful books in the great beyond) and, for sake of brevity, decided to select only three works for each section. Do keep in mind, dear reader, that these choices are not the end of the line, nor the beginning for that matter, and represent only a small drop in the greater ocean of fantastic literature our world has to offer.
The Paper Magician is a relatively new addition to my electronic library [Let me interject a moment here; I am not an advocate for ebooks, however the rate at which I consume novels outdoes the manner of my being able to afford hard copies. Therefore, I am ever thankful for the ease with which one can acquire new literature as given by companies such as Amazon]. This is a very quaint tale set toward the end of the Victorian era (for those of you who know, and now those who didn't before, that is my favourite period to read). There is a beauty about the simple type of magic Charlie introduces the reader to - and the cover art reflects that simplicity in a lovely, refreshing manner. This is the first book in the trilogy and I can attest to the fact that the remaining two are also wonderful reads and equally appealing to the eye.
Plenilune by Jennifer Freitag is bold, mysterious, and undeniably one of my favourites; its ethereal beauty is only surpassed by that of the language upon its pages. If this isn't already on your to-read or have-read list then I strongly encourage you to look into it right away. Jenny scripts prose with the delicacy of lioness - there is an underlying current of strength and boldness that threatens to break through at any moment. Yet, each sentence is delivered with an eloquent composure befitting a queen. I don't just condone her writing style, in fact I would recommend her blog as well, where she shares snippets of her latest WIPs (linked above).
The Return of the King (which is my absolute favourite Tolkien book in the history of all Tolkienish things). The cover art in this 1986 edition is what I first laid eyes on before I continued my adventures with Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, and the rest of the Middle-Earth characters I'd come to dearly love. The barrenness depicted foretells the anguish every reader must endure in the Tower of Cirith Ungol and across the wastelands to Mount Doom - the horrors of Osgiliath and the torment of Faramir nearly succumbing to the scythe of death. In the conclusion to his trilogy, Tolkien shines ever so brightly as a master storyteller. I would think it a very sad thing indeed if you, dear reader, have not yet delved into the world of Tolkien - if this is your plight, make all haste and get yourself a copy! (and while you're at it, check out all the old 60-80s cover art versions for Tolkien's books - they're simply fantastic)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet was one of several L'Éngle books I picked up as a preteen. The cover art is fascinating (it could probably fit into the previous section, but I did say I'd limit myself to three each) and the title is captivating. It has a lilting cadence that seems to mimic the very sway of the universe - and what a universe indeed, for within these pages a fast-paced adventure awaits alongside main character Charles Wallace Murray, who must avert global disaster by stepping back in time to change what Might-Have-Been.
The Ale Boy's Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet is his series finale and, in my humble opinion, was better than its three predecessors. The title captivated me from the start (literally, before I even started the series - I saw this title and found my curiosity piqued) and the prose held me for the rest of the journey. There's something about the way Overstreet phrases his lines that draws me in - or perhaps its the characters themselves and their earthy personalities that are, at the same time, extraordinary and believable.
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. How perfect is that title? In fact, all of his titles are amazing. There's North! or Be Eaten, The Monster in the Hollows, and The Warden and the Wolf King. How fantastical are those? and if you think the titles of the first two books are a little outrageous, wait till you meet the character cast - be prepared for adventure with this series (I highly recommend it to one and all).
That concludes my contribution to the Lovely Books link-up this week. If you are a blogger and want to participate, don't hesitate to visit Tracey's blog and add your two-cents (although really it's more like five-cents now because Canada got rid of the penny *sad-face*). Just click the link above! Thank-you all for joining me today :)
Signed with mint leaves,
News: Since April of last year I have managed to accomplish several monumental things in my studies, but I update you now to tell you that three nights ago I had the best sleep since I last visited my aunt's house (years ago) and probably will never have another good sleep like it for years to come *nods sagely*.
--12 March 2017 --
Quote: I really dislike how glasses slide down your nose impetuously when you're glaring down at your unfinished work. -Me