Helloooooo! :) It is me again, with yet another list of books! This time, here are the books I have on my radar for 2017 (ranked by months, I thought it would be more convenient) of course I’ll keep updating it :)
Corruption, Jessica Shirvington (12)
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (7)
Traveler, L. E. DeLano (7)
Winter of the Gods, Jordanna Max Brodsky (14)
The Last of August, Brittany Cavallero (14)
A Conjuring of Light, V. E. Schwab (21)
The Song Rising, Samantha Shannon (1)
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life, Benjamin Alire Saenz (7)
Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor (28)
The Animal under the Fur, E. J. Mellow (30)
Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel (4)
The Dark Prophecy, Rick Riordan (2)
A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas (2)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Jenny Han (2)
Release, Patrick Ness (4)
The Crown’s Fate, Evelyn Skye (16)
The Love Interest,
Cale Dietrich (16)
Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare (23)
Royal Bastards, Andrew Shvarts (6)
Thirteen Rising, Romina Russell (29)
Throne of Glass #6, Sarah J. Maas
The Ship of the Dead, Rick Riordan (3)
Valkyrie Series #1, Amanda Hocking
Illuminae Files #3, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Shaw Confessions #1, Michelle Hodkin
The Gatlon School for Vigilantes, Marissa Meyer
A Quiver in Time, Shannon Wendtland
Chaos, Desire & A Kick-Ass Cupcake, Kyra Davis
What books are you excited for in 2017? :D Should I add other books? Tell me everything!
In 1578, Margaret Tyler published The Mirrour of Princely Deedes and Knighthood, an English translation of Diego Ortúñez de Calahorra’s Spanish romance, Espejo de Principe y Cavalleros. This was the first time a romance was translated directly from Spanish to English and the first time a woman published a romance in the English language. Margaret’s translation was widely enjoyed and it popularized romances, particularly Spanish romances.
The details of Margaret’s life are largely unknown. The preface of her translation indicates she worked for Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk. Surviving records suggest she may have been the wife of John Tyler, manager of the Duke’s tenant records. A 1595 will written by a Margaret Tyler in Castle Camps, Cambridge near the Suffolk border suggests Margaret was an older woman with two adult children. Margaret’s literacy and her fluency in Spanish suggest that she was a member of the emerging middle class. Some scholars see her service to the Catholic Howard family and her fluency in Spanish as signs that Margaret herself was Catholic. However, there is an alternative explanation for her fluency in Spanish. Competency in Spanish was highly prized by English merchants and the daughters of merchants were often taught Spanish as a result.
This is the first one, put together with the help of Great Dinn, who touched up the audio file and added a few thing, including the music (which he tells me is “Cocktails for Two 1945, played by Carmen Cavallero”) and a genuine squeaky toy SFX.
I still have plans for the other comic, but it’s a bigger project that’s currently a work in progress.
Cavallero is part of the Twilight Order of Saints or Twilight Saints for short. As elite exorcists they have a special status and support themselves by going on missions as bodyguards and peacekeeping missions because of their neutral status and because of how well trained the order is. But all of the orders efforts are really for exorcism and to fight disciples of demons (sorcerers, witches and warlocks). Because of their special status they naturally overturn the rule that the Vatican must approve excorcisms and the Twilight Saints with the power of their surplices are allowed to decide for themselves when and where an exorcism is appropriate. Subordinates below the Saints must ask for their permission if they want to perform the ritual.
Demons The Order defines demons as supernatural beings that endanger a human being’s immortal soul. And as such there are four categories of demons:
The First Type are Fallen Angels, those who fell with Lucifer during the Fall. These are the Demon Lords and the strongest type. But even so they are still strongly bound to rules and orders and purging their presence is often simply a matter of invoking the right channels.
The Second Type are demons who naturally form from negative energy or from the sins of Man. These are psychic beings and tend to prey upon the minds and hearts of the people. Upon defeat, their sway is broken.
The Third Type can be considered Cosmic Horror types and can be divided into two subtypes:
The first subtype are those beings foreign to this universe, or Invaders for short. Their very presence drives men to madness and often enough they cannot act directly but through their mediums though ultimately their goal is to materialize into this universe and subjugate it. These come in a variety of forms and abilities. It is often considered that if such a being does materialize in our world, then all hope may be lost. The strategy for dealing with these types is to cut off their link to our world.
The second subtype are those cosmic horrors born in this universe. This means that they probably have organic origins but have somehow grown in such power that they can bend the rules of physics and may attack psychically or even spiritually. A difficult type to deal with because of their physical position in this realm but rarely encountered.
Sorcerors such as witches and warlocks often tend to be humans who have given up their humanity to become something more. They’ve transcended human limits to the point that this new being might be considered something new and different because of their altered abilities and understanding. They ‘wear’ their former human selves much like puppets and no longer have human souls. It is a being that is separate yet the same.
Everything else falls into the broader category of Daemon or Spirits and depending on their threat or beneficiality will be treated as such.
The Order utilizes two 'concepts’ as their greatest weapon against these Demons no matter what the type. The Buddhist concept of Tulpa. To quote:
“In as much as the mind creates the world of appearances, it can create any particular object desired. The process consists of giving palpable being to a visualization, in very much the same manner as an architect gives concrete expression in three dimensions to his abstract concepts after first having given them expression in the two-dimensions of his blue-print.” -Evan Wentz
The second concept is the early Jewish concept of Naming. God created the world by using true names (i.e. Let there be light, thus there was light, etc.) and because humans have the 'image of God’ so they named things in order to have power over them. Yet knowing the true names of things lets one have power. It is said that once before in the old times, the Jews knew the true name of God and thus were able to call upon His favor. So by naming demons there is power granted over them.
An exorcism is performed using the concept of form (tulpa) and name, an exorcist is able to materialize a demon into a physical form. And then by calling upon the power of the Lord and the prayers of Heaven can destroy that form and banish the demon. In the same way a person can bleed to death, the existence of a demon can 'bleed’ away and be banished by the power of God. This is why the Saints are well armed warriors who bear holy artifacts. Saints must have great willpower and mental strength in order to utilize form and name and strong physical prowess in order to do battle. This is a strenuous and difficult task often enough and often times Saints do not live very long lives.
I’ve had a lot of different sources over the years to develop these ideas, perhaps some forgotten but the influences I can recall are Flatland, various myths and religious traditions, that one episode of Tales from the Darkside, Ayakashi/Mononoke, HP Lovecraft, When Seagulls Cry, Type-Moon, and most recently the Slenderman mythos. I’m thankful because Tulpa was something I had a vague concept of and didn’t realize there was a word for it.
a.) Vida, Y Hechos del Ingenioso Cavallero D. Quixote de la Mancha, Compuesta Por Miguel De Cervantes Saavadera (Juan Jolis), Barcelona, España, 1762ed.
b.) The History of the Renowned and Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Written in Spanish by Miguel De Cervantes Saavadera (Alexander Donaldson), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1766ed.
c.) Vida Y Empressas Literarias del Ingeniosissimo Caballero Don Quixote De La Manchuela Gerónimo de Castilla Parte Primera, Compuesta Por Don Christoval, Anzarena, Presbytero (Don Jerónimo de Castilla), Sevilla, España 1767ed.