Book Five: The High King

A note from the writer: Skip a book I must for I still do not have a copy of the fourth, Taran Wanderer. Soon enough, I will find it – all in its perfect time and place. Meanwhile, let us move on to the final of the Chronicles of Prydain, The High King, winner of the Newbery Award.

“The final choice, which even faithful Gurgi cannot avoid, is almost too hard to bear. Fortunately, it is never offered to us in the real world – not, at least, in such unmistakable terms. In another sense, we face this kind of choice again and again, because for us it is never final. Whether the Assistant Pig-Keeper chose well, whether the ending is happy, heart-breaking, or both, readers must decide for themselves.”

– Lloyd Alexander

It was time. The inevitable has come – the final battle between good and evil must take place and sides must be taken. Are they for good or for evil? Taran has learned much through all of his adventures. Time and experience had taught him well. Yet as he was faced with the responsibility of becoming one of the war leaders of Prydain, he still stands a little unsure of himself while his friends and followers continue to believe in him and follow him because of friendship, loyalty, and camaraderie.
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Book Three: The Castle of Llyr

“The nature of fantasy allows happenings which reveal most clearly our own frailties and our own strengths. The inhabitants of Prydain are fantasy figures; I hope they are also very human.”

– Lloyd Alexander

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Book Two: The Black Cauldron

A note from the writer: There are some spoilers here and there – just a fair warning to the reader. On the other hand, it might actually entice you to read the series.

“Although an imaginary world, Prydain is essentially not too different from our real one, where humor and heart-break, joy and sadness are closely interwoven. The choices and decisions that face a frequently baffled Assistant Pig-Keeper are no easier than the ones we ourselves must make. Even in a fantasy realm, growing up is accomplished not without cost.”

– Lloyd Alexander

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Book One: The Book of Three

A note from the writer: There are some spoilers here and there – just a fair warning to the reader. On the other hand, it might actually entice you to read the series.

“The chronicle of Prydain is a fantasy. Such things never happen in real life. Or do they? Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we believe we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”

– Lloyd Alexander

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Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain

Lloyd Chudley Alexander, the creator of the Chronicles of Prydain, is not as famous as I would like him to be. Or perhaps he is more known in his country and not much in mine for he has gained much recognition and won awards as the Newbery Award Honor Book for The Black Cauldron and the Newbery Medal for The High King. However, I do not usually see his works in the hands of readers or seen newly printed editions of his works. For me, they should be reprinted again because his works are actually classics much like C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

As a daydreamer at heart, I have always been a fan of fiction and of fantasy. Reading such books take me to worlds that not everyone dares venture to and I am happy to have been at least one of those who was brave enough to do so. My mind is too playful. My imagination is too vivid. Perhaps one day, I too could write such stories that amazed me in my youth. (Yes, despite my age now, I am still young – both at heart and in spirit.)

Moving on, I must ask. Are you ready to travel to Prydain with me? (Then you nod – but only if you want to.)

Shall we, then? 

Things Past Overdue

Alternate Title: Writing, Books, and Prydain

I had been meaning to write… been wanting to write… been itching to write for quite a while now.  I have so many things I want to write about that I don’t know where to begin. More than that, my time has been strained due to all the school work and org work I had to accomplish throughout this semester. Finally however, I can say that I am free even if just for a short span of time to pursue the things I love doing. One of that would be of course, writing.

In-between my resting and relaxing, I hope to write the things that have been in my mind, things that interest me, things that have happened, or whatnot. I’m quite excited already actually – for there’s so much to tell. (And only so much that my bubbly heart and imaginative mind could bear.) True enough, writing is so much a part of me that I don’t think it’s any different from the true rest I wish to have during this short break of mine.

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Date a girl who reads

“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow. Continue reading “Date a girl who reads”