For readers who enjoy young adult novels with a sophisticated blend of urban fantasy and paranormal historical fiction, Piper Houdini: Apprentice of Coney Island is an occult adventure set in the Roaring Twenties against the hustling and bustling background of New York’s Coney Island.
When she wasn’t being shunted from one foster home to the next, Piper Weiss spent the first twelve years of her life in an orphanage. But everything changes when a dark stranger shows up claiming to be her father. Things get even weirder when Piper is taken to live with her uncle, who also happens to be the world-famous magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini! And Houdini is not at all pleased about having a curious twelve-year-old girl running around his home.
The million-selling Lord of the Rings Calendars created during the 1970s by renowned fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are now considered artistic masterpieces. Greg and Tim Hildebrandt—The Tolkien Years tells the untold story behind the creation of these cherished illustrations.
This fascinating book tells the story through the eyes of young Gregory Hildebrandt, Jr., Greg Hildebrandt’s son, who at ages 5, 6, and 7 posed for the various “little people” known as Hobbits. Gregory reminisces about his key role in the development of these calendar paintings, and the unique creative ingenuity of his father and uncle.
The Tolkien Years provides Tolkien-lovers with a fantastic treasury of Lord of the Rings art. Not only are all the paintings from the best-selling 1976, 1977, and 1978 calendars included, but this compendium also features the original sketches for the paintings, photographs and sketches of the costumes worn by the inhabitants of Middle-earth, and an incredible pull-out poster of a never-before-published painting specially created for this book.
NOMINATED FOR THE 2002 HUGO AND LOCUS AWARD
A generation of students, artists, and aspiring writers had their hearts and imaginations captured by the rich tapestry of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythos, the larger-than-life heroic characters, the extraordinary and exquisite nature of his prose, and the unending quest to balance evil with good. These young readers grew up to become the successful writers and artists of modern fantasy. They created their own worlds and universes, in some cases their own languages, and their own epic heroic quests. And all of them owe a debt of gratitude to the works and the author who first set them on the path.
In Meditations on Middle-Earth, authors and artists share details of their personal relationships with Tolkien’s mythos, for it inspired them all. Had there been no “Lord of the Rings,” there would also have been no Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin; no Game of Thrones saga from George R. R. Martin; no Tales of Discworld from Terry Pratchett; no Legends of Alvin Maker from Orson Scott Card. Each of them was influenced by the master mythmaker, and now each reveals the nature of that influence and their personal relationships with the greatest fantasy novels ever written in the English language.
Glenn Herdling interviews the Brothers Hildebrandt in which Tim Hildebrandt admits that “Tolkien was never a big supporter of illustration to accompany works of fantasy.”
Meditations on Middle-Earth is a 2002 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Related Work.
Lost Letter – Contributor
The newly wed Jimmy and Maggie McDougal learn the news of Maggie’s pregnancy just weeks after Jimmy is called to duty in World War II. Frequent letters and their deep love for one another provide comfort while they are apart. But, suddenly, Jimmy’s letters to Maggie cease and the Army confirms the worst of her fears. Alone, Maggie raises their daughter, Mary, who never knows her father. Some sixty years later, Maggie is diagnosed with a terminal illness and eventually moves in with Mary, who becomes her caretaker. At about the same time that Maggie learns of her diagnosis, the Army, during a base closure, discovers a World War II letter addressed to her. While Mary is coping with a dying mother, a demanding job and trying to learn as much as possible about the father she never knew, the Army is searching for the intended recipient of the World War II letter. Will Maggie succumb to her illness before the Lost Letter reaches her?
Anansi the spider is a trickster. In this West African myth, Anansi must outsmart the powerful and dangerous creatures of Africa to become the owner of all the stories in the world.
This myth may have been the foundation for The Odyssey. Join Jason and the Argonauts as they encounter evil harpies, crashing cliffs, and a giant snake on their quest for the Golden Fleece.