Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My father and I just finished The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

My father and I just finished The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman.

An incredibly short yet deeply stirring read, we saw prophesy, old sorrow, death and jealousy ride with the Amazon tribe through the eyes of and often directed towards the girl Rain, daughter of rape and a Queen. Yet times change and evil will always betray itself even as Rain feels the forbidden emotions of mercy and love towards that collective foe called men. More I cannot say save that the book thrums with a primal force that rings out in the echoes of myth and deep emotion.

Ride well, Dream Rider Rain, and you Astella, Penthe, Melek, Deborah, Usha the Bear, Io, and the Black Horse.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Game of Thrones

I admit even I am a tad sorry that the Game of Thrones TV series has ended, for with it goes so many grand opportunities to make wry comments about GRRM. 

So here is the last one, done in honor of Ned Stark and Quentyn Martell: Hopefully the books have an ending just as happy, because there is no single Night's King to slay and I daresay that HBO is less bloodthirsty than GRRM.

Friday, May 17, 2019

His Dark Materials Official BBC teaser

Do I even need to say anything? 😃 Far be from me to judge a TV series by the teaser alone, but this looks excellent. (Might help those soon to be suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal as well)


"Lyra just came to me entire and complete, I didn’t consciously make her up with a list of attributes. But I had been a teacher for about 12 years working with children of her age and there were lots of Lyras - in every classroom in the country there is a Lyra or two. Or three. She’s a very ordinary child and that’s the point about her. If she’s unusual it’s in her capacity to feel affection, which she does very readily and very warmly." – Sir Philip Pullman

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

My father and I just finished Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip

My father and I just finished Something Rich and Strange  by Patricia A. McKillip. (A novella within her Dreams of Distant Shores book)

The book is like a lullaby rocking you as gently with words as the tides do seaweed. I caught myself nearly falling asleep at times not because the story was in any way boring but rather because of the linguistic melody. A true siren's song. One has heard of not being able to see the forest for the trees, but in this book one nearly loses the story for the words. Frankly, I think it is a gross misconception that people even read books; say rather that books read people by projecting themselves onto those willing to open up to them.
That said and while the book did not in the end match The Changeling Sea, calling the story a siren's song is an apt comparison seeing as once again McKillip brought forth the great power of the fathomless depths; only she made it more fathomable as we actually entered the undersea realm this time. Searching for and lured by siren's songs and lost but true mortal love, we saw mer-trees with fishscale-bark and kelp for leaves. (And excellent work on the rescue mission, Megan.)


Ever look towards the sea and each other, Jonah and Megan.

"Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange."

- Shakespeare's The Tempest

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

I finally completed RuneScape's Myreque quest series

Myreque sickle
Over a decade of work ended today as I finally completed RuneScape's Myreque quest series. The Myreque were a paramilitary resistance movement trying to liberate Morytania, the Vampyre-infested lands across the Holy River Salve, from the grasp of the vampyre Lord Drakan and his underlings. A dark and terrifying tale full of blood, death, horror, and truly heroic acts of selflessness in a beyond desperate fight against impossible odds to free humanity from being milked like cows for blood.
 

A tale which had my heart on a string almost as soon as I started the quest series over a decade ago.

Cheers to a dearly bought and partial yet true still success. Cheers to the living and the dead: Veliaf Hurtz, Harold Evans, Ivan Strom, Polmafi Ferdygris, Radigad Ponfit, Sani Piliu, Safalaan Hallow, Vertida Sefalatis, Andiess Juip, Flaygian Screwte, Kael Forshaw, Mekritus A'hara, Drezel, and Queen Efaritay.
Myreque prevail.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming Tolkien-biopic

Nicholas Hoult as J.R.R. Tolkien and
Lily Collins as his wife Edith
The title of this post says it all and one can read the details in this article from The Guardian. Frankly though, this sounds worse than it is seeing as the Tolkien Estate expressed noted distaste with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies as well (which were as good if not better than one could reasonably expect a movie of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork to be). Honestly, the Tolkien Society is too perfectionist for their own good and I find it ironic seeing as Christopher Tolkien has spent his life compiling and publishing works that his father did not deem complete enough to see the light of day. Fitting really, I guess, and ironic, that the Estate should embody J.R.R. Tolkien's one standout flaw that I know of: taking
perfectionism to near-religious levels.


(As to the Tolkien biopic, I am neither excited nor otherwise myself. I have concerns, serious ones, but I want to wait and see the reviews first before casting a condemnation.)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

My father and I just started Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip

My father and I just started Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip.

We always knew that McKillip was a master at invoking the ineffable power of the sea, and thought her book The Changeling Sea was her great work dedicated to it. We were wrong, for once again the author whose voice reaches her readers from across a mist-shrouded ocean pulls us into a myth on the shores of the sea, where creatures crawl into drawings of tide pools and old things promise to reach out from the depths.

"Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange."

- Shakespeare's The Tempest