Monday, July 22, 2019

A Post of Temporary Parting

Dear reader,

You may or may not have noticed that I mysteriously disappeared. And I assure you, I have a perfectly terrible excuse.
You see, the magical mirror-like device that I use to reach you across these distant lands has, more or less, stopped working. Perhaps a witch cursed it. I have noticed many of my fellow writers taking hiatuses, maybe she got them too and it's only a matter of time before we're all gone.

Or, you know, maybe it's just very old and needs to be repaired and their perfectly logical reasons for going on said hiatuses are true.

Either way,  I have been unable to write new material, and as for my creative work, I've had to write mainly by hand. Which is hard and inconvenient, but I'll manage.
Considering this, updates and whatnot will be far and few between until I have the proper repairs made.
I assure you that my hands will not be idle in the meantime. I will continue writing poems, poetry, stories, songs, and novels by hand. And when I make my full return, I will be ready to edit and revise it all.
Let this be a lesson for us; never let anything get in your way from being productive. Always persist.

Thanks for understanding (as I hope you do). In this temporary parting I offer one last statement; Write On!

  Until we meet again,

                                     ~ Edna Pellen

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari (Mini Review)

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"The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari" (or "L'ultimo elfo" as it's originally called)...

Also known as, one of my favorite books.

"How can you choose a favorite book? That's like choosing your favorite child!" My past self cries in dismay from her magical time portal.
Ah, past self, indeed you were once right on this matter. You still partly are, because I said "one of my favorite books". It is amazing, though. Really. It's one of those books that makes me smile and laugh just to think of.

I've mention this book before, in my post titled Reading Suggestions and my post about my Book Shopping List. That's because I love it. I really, really, love it. Now, in a spoiler-free fashion (because I dare not disgrace this wonderful work of fiction), let's get into why.

Mini Review:

#1. Yorsh

Yorshkrunsquarklejolnerstrink, or 'Yorsh' for short, is the lovable, adorable, precious, and innocent protagonist. When the story opens up, he's a young elf with no family or friends, all alone in the cruel and sunless world that hates and fears his species. And it's this cruel world that he's bent on saving, but first he has to traverse it without getting caught by any humans who want to cook him with rosemary and gobble him up (or so he thinks).

He's brilliant, funny, sweet, easily confused, brave, and (again I will say it) adorable. In all my years of reading, I've not once met a character quite like him. He alone is enough reason to adore this book.

#2. The Imagery

Not literal imagery, this isn't a picture book. I mean the descriptions. They are amazing, and not just the pretty ones (which there are many of). There are also lots of cold, damp, lonesome places that are conveyed so well, I can practically feel it.

#3. The Simplicity

Some credit has to go to the translator for this, but the word choices are just perfect. Sure, there's a miss spelled word every now and then, but overall the way this story is written is just perfect. It's so splendidly simple, no over the top words (well, despite Yorsh's full name), no complexity.

Even the plot, characters, world, mechanics, magic, and descriptions are kept simple. But again, not in a bad way. It's more of in a way a child would see things, which is very fitting seeing the perspective it follows. It's very likely that it would be more complicated, if from a different point of view.

But in any case, I love it. I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to figure out their "writing voice", because it most certainly helped me with mine.

#4. The Dragons
The dragons... Oh dear. The dragons are wonderful in so many ways. Snarky, bitter, whiny, but deep down kind, deeply feeling, and adorable. Not adorable the same way that Yorsh is, but in their own way.

Aside from what the dragon is like character wise, the way dragons are presented as a whole is entirely new to me. But I can't tell you why, it might be a spoiler.

#5. It Doesn't Pull Any Punches

This story does what it has to without hesitation. That's all I can say on this matter.

That's all for the good half. There's so much more I want to say about this, but I can't without spoiling it all. Really, just go read it. You will lose nothing by reading it.

Now, onto the sad half of this review...

The Downside:

I obviously adore this book. It's one of the best fantasy books I've read.
But there's this tiny, small, infuriating problem with it.

Take a look at these:

The Last Ogre by Silvana De Mari

The Last Spells by Silvana De Mari

The Last Prophecy In the World of Man (+ epilogue) by Silvana De Mari

My Name is Yorsh by Silvana De Mari

Arduin the Renegade by Silvana De Mari

What are these? These, dear reader, are sequels, plus a prequel and a pre-prequel to the prequel. This collection is known as "The Last Elf Saga". Why is this a problem?

This is a problem because if I want to read these follow up books to the story that I love so dearly, I have to learn to speak Italian.
Why? Because that is Silvana De Mari's native language, and the only book translated to English is "The Last Dragon" (or "The Last Elf" in the United Kingdoms).
Why? I have no clue. But in any case, "learn Italian" is now on my list of priorities.

Oh, and did I mention that some of the books aren't even in print anymore? Because, haha, they aren't. Ha. I may never be able to read the rest of this beautiful story. Haha. It's so funny that I have tears. Wait, no, those aren't tears of laughter, those are just tears. Silly me!

Seriously though. If you know of any way to get these books in English (and the ones that are out of print in any language because I will translate them myself, word for word if I have to), please please please tell me.

Well, that's it. That was the very unprofessional "downside" part of this review that turned into a even more unprofessional plea for help. I'd be amazed if you actually read through all of that.

If you ever have the chance, you should seriously read The Last Dragon/The Last Elf/L'ultimo elfo. It's not flawless, but that's what makes it perfect. Thinking back, there was only one thing about it that I thought to be out of place or disliked, but maybe the next books explain it.

We native English speakers may never know...

On a completely unrelated note, I'm writing this ahead of time and editing it on the same day that the last post came out, so by the time you read it I will have just come back from an adventure. Let's hope it was a good one, and I can get some stories out of to share with you.


                                      ~ Edna

Saturday, June 15, 2019

My Book Shopping List

Hello there!

You know how we book worms/dragons talk a lot about how fearsome our TBRs are? They can stretch on for miles and miles. These books are the mountains that clutter our living spaces, they are the shadow we live in but desperately try to ignore as we reread old favorites, borrow fresh ones from the library, or buy a new one.

Yes, they are truly something.

But what if there was another list of books? A greater, stronger, list. One impossible to ever complete.
Brace yourselves, for I bring to you... the To Buy and Read list, or TBaR (not as catchy, I know).

This list is one you will always live with, for as long as books are being made. Yes, it will be refreshed. Maybe it will be shorter at some times then others, but once is is begun it will always be there.

Because I'm seeing all these Summer Reading Lists and TBRs, I decided to share (part of) my TBaR with you.
Here you go!

***Disclaimer: I have not read these books and cannot confirm that they are or are not appropriate for young audiences***

1. The Giver series by Lois Lowry

2. The Storm Inside by Julia Herkel

3. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

4. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

5. The Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke

6. The Dragons' Bane Series by Melody Jackson

7. The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles by R.M. Archer

8. Honey Butter by Millie Florence

9. The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull

10. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

11. Stealheart by Brandon Sanderson

12. Healer's Bane by Hope Ann

13. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

14. The Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber

15. The Evermore Chronicles by Emily R. King

16. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

17. The Brethren Rise by C. D. Hulen

18. The Last Ogre by Silvana De Mari

19. The Last Spells by Silvana De Mari

20. The Last Prophecy In the World of Man (+ epilogue) by Silvana De Mari

21. My Name is Yorsh by Silvana De Mari

22. Arduin the Renegade by Silvana De Mari

23. Echos by Miranda Marie

24. Once I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

25. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

26. Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

27. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

28. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

29 The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

30. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin

Alright, I'm going stop there. Otherwise, this could go on forever and I'd never post this.

If you have any book recommendations that I should add to this list, let me know! I'd love to see how long my TBaR can get.


                               ~ Edna

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Melody Jackson Book Sale

Hello hello hello!

I don't have not much time to write a post today, but guess what! Melody Jackson, authoress of the Dragons' Bane series, is selling physical copies of said series HERE. I've read the first two novels, and they are fantastic. I laughed, I cried, it moved me.

Honestly, these books are really great and I absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone who enjoys dragons and fantasy. I myself plan on buy the last book, Dragons' Might, and eventually getting the first two in physical form.

And here's the best part; buying more then one book is cheaper then buying only one. So you can get more books!

Go look into it! Oh, and be sure to read the Item Details all the way through.

If you do read or have read these books, let me know what you think of them. I, of course, love them and will talk about them to no end like the fangirl I am.

So what are you waiting for? Go buy some books!

>>>> Melody Jackson's Book Sale <<<<



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Random, Unedited Poems Written in a Sick Haze

Hey there,

Would you believe me if I told you I'm still sick?

Because... I am still sick.

Just as I was getting over the first illness, I caught the flu. Wonderful.
This would be the main reason I've not written anything for weeks. My brain is a disgusting pile of mush that not even the best wordsmith could build up, at the moment.

So, instead of doing something informative and entertaining, here's a dump of some random poems I wrote (they are for the most part unedited);

A Dream

What good is a dream that you do not chase?
I have a dream that I hold dear
I keep it on a shelf, so that it's always near
I look at it when I'm dissatisfied
And wish that it was my life
I keep it there, where I can always see
Where it can always whisper, "come find me"
But I cannot, for I lack the will
And how risky it sounds, my chances are slim
What if I follow it and live a discontent life, still?
What if that dream won't bring me what I wanted?
I keep it there, upon my shelf, to look at when I've lost hope
So what do I look to when I've completed it?
And besides, I can't look at it if I'm living it
So no, I'll leave it be
It can stay upon that shelf,
A comfort and torture to me

Bow (incredibly creative title, I know)

To the consuming flame
To the freezing rain
To the harsh stone
You are all alone
Kneel before my throne
Let the beauty of my terror show
I am darkness 
I am light
I am the monster in the night
I am the beauty that flies by day
You can't run, run away

I am your queen
Bow to me
There is no escape
From me this day
By blade, by arrow
Every dove and every sparrow
Winter's chill and summer's heat
Bow, bow to me

Bow before your queen

I hope you enjoyed these messy poems. I will (hopefully) see you next week.
Until then,

                         Edna Pellen

A Post of Temporary Parting

Dear reader, You may or may not have noticed that I mysteriously disappeared. And I assure you, I have a perfectly terrible excuse. You see...