Tuesday, June 29, 2010
And remember the buzz about a Twilight graphic novel? I thought it was just talk, but at the bookstore a week ago, I actually saw the graphic novel. It's pretty thick... hopefully it appeases some of the fans.
On an entirely different note, the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie trailer just came out! It looks amazing!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Temple of Olympian Zeus (sorry for the bad quality!):
More pretty architecture on our way to the Parthenon:
Climbing up to the Acropolis, we saw tons of olive trees. This picture reminds me of Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series:
The view of Athens at the top of the Acropolis = amazing:
Beside the Parthenon is the Erechtheion (a temple dedicated to Poseidon, I believe). It rests on many sacred sites, so its structure is a bit irregular:
The Acropolis Museum, which contains tons of sculptures, reliefs, and more from the Acropolis:
The museum also had these cool archaeological excavation models:
And finally, lunch! :) Greece has lots of yummy bread.
Sorry for putting up so many pictures - I didn't realize how many I'd been uploading. Hopefully I haven't bored you! I promise the next post will be very very short. (This post took me around 2 hours!)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Of course, it took me some time after that to figure out exactly how the faeries lived and related to each other and how their culture and attitudes would be different from humans, and that was where all the research and planning came in. But the overall vision of the Oakenwyld as a place was there from the beginning.
All of the characters in Wayfarer have such unique personalities. Did you base the characters off of people in real life? How did you come up with each character's personality?
I've tried making lists of character traits and doing "interviews" with my characters and so on, but none of that really works for me. I know it works wonderfully for some other authors, though. Everyone's different.
But I didn't sit down and say to myself at the beginning of Wayfarer, "I'm going to write a book about a missionary's kid who struggles with his faith, and I'm going to have him end up in such-and-such a place, to teach the readers X and Y." Rather, Timothy's struggles and the way he responds to them came naturally out of my own life experience and things I was thinking about at the time. And once I realized I was going to be dealing with questions of faith and doubt, I was actually quite anxious not to come across as sermonizing or lecturing the reader. Because I don't believe that fiction is a good medium for that sort of thing.
In my early teens I fell hard for the fantasy novels of Patricia A. McKillip, particularly her Riddle-Master trilogy and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld -- her writing is so gorgeous and poetic, I loved it even when I had no clue what was going on in the story! I also had a very strong response to C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet and especially Perelandra.
Thanks for a great interview, Priya!
Monday, June 21, 2010
The faeries in the Oak are slowly dying due to their lack of magic, and the faery Linden is the only one who can save them. With her newfound human friend Timothy, Linden travels into the real (and highly dangerous) world to find a solution. Instead, she discovers, as the book states, "a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries."
Wayfarer is the sequel to Anderson's first book, Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, and I'm pleased to say that it was just as good as the first book, if not better. I read Spell Hunter before reading Wayfarer, which I would recommend as it lets you understand the sequel better, but I don't think it is necessary to read the first book in order to enjoy Wayfarer. Either way, Anderson's storytelling and world building is captivating. Her carefully imagined faery world is magical, delightful, and most importantly, original. The characters are quite endearing, but varied and diverse, and the story is engaging and engrossing.
Overall, Wayfarer is charming and lovely - I would recommend it for anyone in middle school and up.
Check out the other blogs on this tour:
Whispers of Dawn, The Book Cellar, The Hungry Readers, My Own Little Corner of the World, KidzBookBuzz.com, Reading is My Superpower, Book Crumbs, Becky’s Book Reviews, Fireside Musings, A Christian Worldview of Fiction, Homeschool Book Buzz, Homespun Light, Book Review Maniac
This book will be released tomorrow - June 22nd, 2010.
(Review copy provided by publisher.)
Saturday, June 19, 2010
On a different note, I realized that I've been blogging for four years as of yesterday. :-D