Who is the author of the young wizard books? It sounds really interesting from the ml au you put made
Diane Duane! She’s worked on a lot of stuff over the years, including official Star Trek novelizations, several TV shows, etc. The Young Wizards books themselves are FANTASTIC, an exploration of magic that is basically its own branch of science, and the point of said magic is to, in some way, shape, or form, make the universe a better place.
I recommend getting the New Millennium editions on ebook from her website here as the series was started in the 80s, and new books are continuing to be written (she’s currently working on book 11) (you can get the first nine books in a box set from that site, and you can fine the 10th book, Games Wizards Play, on Amazon easily). Because she kept technology current with whatever was out at the time each book was written, but only a few years have passed within the timespan of the books, there were some crazy jumps in there. So recently she went back and heavily edited the earlier books to bring the technology all in line, fix a few plot holes, and heavily retcon some things that had been made obsolete by advances in medical knowledge in books 5 and 6 to make them more accurate.
Finally, the book series itself just has some of the most gorgeous writing of any series I’ve ever read. The prose alone is simply beautiful and takes my breath away just from how fantastically written it is. With that, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite (non-spoiler) bits of prose from the books, The Wizard’s Oath (which, admittedly, changes slightly for each person taking it to more accurately reflect them, but this is the version that resonates most with me):
“In Life’s name and for Life’s sake, I say that I will use the Art for nothing but the service of that Life. I will guard growth and ease pain. I will fight to preserve what grows and lives well in its own way; and I will change no object or creature unless its growth and life, or that of the system of which it is part, are threatened. To these ends, in the practice of my Art, I will put aside fear for courage, and death for life, when it is right to do so — till Universe’s end.” - So You Want To Be A Wizard, Diane Duane.
Dear Mr Morwood. That was so unfair that I have no words! You had to remind me of one of my all-time favourite books, on par with Verne's Mysterious Island, and now I have to haul a paper book around! My poor shoulders do not deserve this treatment! *in a very quiet voice* Is there an ebook coming? And may, five sequels? Or more? More is also good.
I noticed a couple of oddities when I got that link - I know they’ve got “Prince Ivan” as well though it’s not listed, and the Amazon button for “The Horse Lord” is a dead link. I must find out why in both cases.
(“Demon Lord” is there, though, as of just last week (24/5) :-D
(NOTE: given the amount of rewriting, polishing and tightening I’ve been able to do and am still doing, these ebooks are my “Author’s Preferred Text” and supersede, displace, supplant and replace (puts Thesaurus away) the old paper versions first written in the 1980s-1990s by a younger, less-experienced writer…)
Right now I’m on Ch. 10 (of 10) of the “Dragon Lord” revision, so that should go in by Monday, then Tally-ho for “The War Lord”.
After that and a pause for breath it’ll be on with “The Shadow Lord”, which is the new one. After so long I can’t get away with just three-chapters-and-an-outline* so when it goes to my agent it’ll be a complete MS. The nice part about
that is, if accepted by a publisher, the signing and completion
payments will be made together… :-)
*This is another reason why outlines or synopses are necessary even for writers who don’t work from one - an editor will just laugh at a new writer who just has A Great Idea and A Great Beginning, but can’t also provide 5-10 pages showing an equally Great (or at least adequate) Middle and End. Nowadays it’s next to impossible to get onto an editor’s desk without a full outline and a partial, which could be three chapters, but might be half a book. It depends on the editor, whose question is: “this writer can start, I’m looking at it, but can they finish?” Claiming to write seat-of-the-pants is not the answer they want.
Ok I have a question, I want to re read all the Warriors books but I don't know if I should read them in chronological order or start with into the wild?? I feel like I should start at dawn of the clans and then read all four super editions that precede into the wild but I also kind of forget what happens so I'm wondering if I should start at into the wild and then after I read all the way through go back to dawn of the clans and super editions idk does this even make sense? What do you think?
Go with the original series and then read up to Sign of the Moon (book 4 in the Omen of the Stars) then read Dawn of the Clans, then the last two books, and then Vision of Shadows when it comes out.
If you wanna include ebooks and super editions, start with Tallstar’s revenge, then Yellowfang’s Secret. You can read either Bluestar’s Prophecy or Crookedstar’s promise. While reading Bluestar’s, read Goosefeather’s Curse after Pinestar leaves the clan. While reading Crookedstar’s, read Mapleshade’s Vengeance after her confession. Then read the first series. After Tigerstar gets exiled in Forest of Secrets read Tigerstar’s Fury. After Darkest Hour read Firestar’s Quest. Read Cloudstar’s Journey after reading the prolouge. Then go straight into SkyClan’s destiny. Next read the New Prophecy. Then Power of Three. Read Leafpool’s Wish after Long Shadows. Read Hollyleaf’s Story after Sunrise. Start Omen of the Stars, read Mistystar’s Omen after The Fourth Apprentice. After The Sign of the Moon read Dawn of the Clans and Moth Flight’s Vision. Then read the last two Omen of the Stars, then Dovewing’s Silence, then Bramblestar’s Storm.
Your Unbound Charity anthology is a great idea! Just a few questions; Can I include Faction Paradox? And can I send in more than one idea? (Feel free to answer this ask publically if it'd help)
(1) Go for it! I’m still working out permissions, so we might be doing some fun Faction-style obvious namechanges down the line, but my general thoughts are that this is an unlicensed charity anthology … and we’d might as well take advantage of it!
This anthology will be using a unique format in that the printed edition will include several stories, but every story submitted will be included in the “expanded edition” ebook (since bytes are free!). However, to give all the contributors roughly even space to shine, I’ll still be working with you to figure out your one or two best.
why aren't blood pact and dream summer still available?
They aren’t? I’ll look into this when I get on my computer - have you tried clicking on “Library” in the navigation, going to the very last link on the bottom of that page, and finding the link to the ebooks there?
Edit: Just got back to my hotel room. Both links to those ebooks are functional. For future reference, you should be able to access most old material in this way.
This is one of only three “Cherish Gallery Deluxe Editions” published by Hakusensha in the late 70s. “Cherish Gallery” was a popular series of shojo manga reproductions put out by the publisher all through the 80s, featuring art by prominent Hakusensha artists such as Miuchi Suzue (Glass Mask), Hikawa Kyoko (From Far Away), Wada Shinji (Sukeban deka) and many more. What set the series apart from other, more regular manga artbooks was the large format (a Japanese B4 is almost twice the size of A4) and the fact that they were unbound – what you got in a Cherish Gallery were sheets of high-quality paper printed only on one side, ready to be framed. Another selling point was that the manga artists chose which of their pieces they wanted reproduced, instead of an editor making the decision. While the regular editions of Cherish Gallery included 12 sheets of art, the Deluxe Edition included a whole 32 sheets, half of them in color and the other half in black and white, as well as one B3 color poster. The Deluxe Edition was discontinued after Takemiya, Hagio Moto, and Yamagishi Ryoko put out one each, probably because they were relatively expensive and thus hard to sell to the target audience of girls and young women.
So how amazing is this? It’s pretty amazing! The quality of the black and white reproductions is crisp, with the black of the Indian ink coming out clearly, while the color reproductions seem to contain much more detail of color than I usually see. For example, the color spread from Pharaoh no haka you see in the second image above is also included in another Takemiya artbook I happen to own, and comparing the two, I have to say there’s just so much more color in the reproduction: the skin tone of the character could pass for Middle Eastern or Mediterranean rather than lily white, because the coloring is apparently too subtle to be captured in regular printing press, and the blue/green/yellow of the hair and background are so much more rich and complex.
I also compared some of the reproductions to the ebookedition, and that confirmed my suspicions about the color pages in the ebook release: they are far, far too yellow, and generally over-saturated to the point that they become gaudy. That doesn’t mean I don’t think the ebook edition is great! I think it’s fantastic that so many of Takemiya’s work which would otherwise be out of print is available easily, and I love that they included color pages which would otherwise be lost in the mists of time. I just need to keep this in mind when I read the ebooks. By contrast, though, the deluxe edition of Hensokyoku/Variations seems to have gotten the colors almost spot-on, just slightly more faded than the reproductions and not quite as crisp. I’m even more happy now with that gorgeous edition than I was before!
For the 32 leaves, Takemiya chose 8 pieces from Kaze to ki no uta (2 color and 6 b&w), 3 from Pharaoh no haka (all color), 5 from Hensokyoku (all color), and the rest from short stories or other projects she has worked on, such as a puppet theater staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the back of the poster, Takemiya has left a comment on every piece included in the collection. My favorite comment is about Aslan, Serge’s father from Kaze to ki no uta, in which she says that she was attempting to portray not a person who didn’t have a dark side, but a person who consciously chose not to show this side. Wow, how much do I long to grab 98% of Kaze to ki fandom by the shoulders and shake them while I shout that into their faces? Serge and Aslan are not innocent, 100% privileged people who know nothing about hardship and was just butting in, and wouldn’t understand what Auguste or Gilbert were going through anyway, and should just have stayed away! How could you ever even insinuate such a thing? What manga were you reading???
…Ahem, sorry, that’s a huge pet peeve of mine. This is an amazing collection all around. If you like Takemiya’s relatively early art (this was published only two years into Kaze to ki’s serialization), this is the one artbook that you must own. Absolutely recommended!
First off, thank you to all of the new followers I’ve been seeing recently! I really appreciate the support and I’m so happy to be able to share my writing with all of you.
I wanted to let you all know that the eBook edition of Stargazer, my debut poetry collection, will be on sale for $0.99 until Monday, May 29th at 12:00PM! Stargazer is available for purchase on Amazon at http://a.co/gIEhAt4
Jake has a lot of problems: his criminal history is stopping him from going to school and getting a decent job, he loves wearing his sister’s clothes but his family is super religious and would kill him if they ever found out, and he’s in love with his straight best friend, Kurt.
But there’s a simple solution to all of his problems… All he has to do is stage his own death and re-emerge as a new person, a beautiful woman named Amanda.