Thursday, April 10, 2008

13 Magical Books

In less than a week my book, Lifting the Veil, will come out at Ellora's Cave. I am nervous and excited. It was my first, my beginning, my leap into the void.

In the story the heroine, Meru Tanner, receives an ancient book for her birthday. The book is blank, that is until she recites a spell that changes how she sees the world around her, and has the book responding in a very...un-book-like way. :)

There are so many old stories and legends about magical books- even in present day fiction and movies-you can find them everywhere. So I thought I would do my TT on the most recent ones-from the silly to the spooky.

1. Benny from Ella Enchanted. Benny was the boyfriend of Ella's household fairy, who accidentally turned him into a book during a spell gone wrong. The good news is Benny is a fount of info on the whereabouts of individuals and the local geography.

2. Tom Riddle’s talking diary from Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets. Voldermort put his 16 yr old soul into the diary, and when Harry would write a question in the book, the book would soak in the ink...and then respond. That was a mean and evil book/ on a side note-Potter fans should also remember the other book that had large teeth and a bad temper.

3. The Book of Amun Ra and the Book of the Dead in The Mummy Movie. In this movie-the spells in these books literally had the power over life and death. While not sentient-they certainly cause a lot of trouble.

4.The Neverending Story. A book read by a lonely boy, that turns out to be a living story-that requires his imagination to survive.

5.Book of Shadows-Charmed. Holding info on every bad guy the Halliwell family ever ran into-and the spells needed to thwart them.

6. Necronomicon X Mortis-Evil Dead Series-one of my husbands guilty pleasures. Another book with enormous power, and some seriously bad mojo./ Many believe that there is in fact a Necronomicon-others that it was just the creation of an older author...I can't think about it without hearing, "Klatu, Verata...Necktie!"

7. Go Between-Samhain book by Dayna Hart-A pressed fairy book and one sexy hunk of a trapped fairy. Nuff said.

8. The Book of Gramarye-from the children's series The Dark is Rising-made into a movie called The Seeker (just saw it last week lol) In the movie, it can only be read by the seeker, it looks really cool, and it tells him how to retrieve the scattered pieces of light to fight the bad guys.

9. Astoroth's spellbook from Bednobs and Broomsticks, a comic-booklike tomb that tells the legend of the spell the heroes need to help the war effort in WWII Britain.

10. Aha music video for Take On Me. (I'm not reaching lol)-a women gets pulled into a comic book by a sexy hunk. Sounds plausible.

11. The Pagemaster. Home Alone kid hangs out with animated books on a dangerous journey through the library. One of the books sounds like Whoopi Goldberg. :)

12. Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. aka The Spiderwick Chronicles. An incredibly magical book that a pretty nasty shape-shifting ogre would like to get his hands on.

13. Finally, I think a point can be made that every book is magical, in its ability to take you anywhere, into anytime-and out of your own world...if only for a while.

14. CONTEST QUOTE #3 “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”


Blogger Adelle said...

I'm afraid I haven't read many on your list. I did read Dayna's book, very kewl. I am writing a Fairy story myself. The research is fascinating. Happy T13!

2:21 AM  
Blogger Shelley Munro said...

I really like The Mummy. I must watch it again soon. All the best with your upcoming release, RG!

3:10 AM  
Blogger imogen howson said...

Oh, there's something about books-with-extras, isn't there? In fiction, I think anything like that is going to strike a chord with bookworms...and writers.
Hope your new book sells well!

6:07 AM  
Blogger Gina Ardito said...

Ooh, I remember Bedknobs and Broomsticks! Wow, talk about a blast from the past. Now I'm going to be thinking about that soccer game all day.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Tempest Knight said...

Oooh! This is great! Very interesting!

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Debora said...

My daughter just picked up one of the Spiderwick books, looks interesting. I loved the Mummy - so maybe I be on the lookout for that one too!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Debbie Mumford said...

Nice list!! I recognize all your references. Of course, I am a fantasy geek *lol*

Wishing you MANY sales for your new release!

8:42 AM  
Blogger Savannah Chase said...

have to look a few of them up...always up for a great book..

Happy T13

8:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer McKenzie said...

I completely forgot about Astoroth's book!!!!
And I just realized I had a book in my new LSB book coming out soon. LOL.
I love this, RG.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Alice Audrey said...

I love the Monster book of Monsters. Hagred meant well, really.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous On a limb with Claudia said...

congratulations! You must be simply thrilled. I hope the book goes really really well for you.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Kaige said...

Cool list and some great books on there. I was just reminded of the Susan Cooper series with The Dark Is Rising about the Seeker for the 6 signs of Light because we finally got around to watching the movie, The Seeker. The books are much better.

Good luck with your release, RG!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Shirk said...

The Ah-ha video. LOL! That was an awesome one.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Paige Tyler said...

I haven't read any of those, but they look great!


My TT is at

1:17 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Neat idea for a TT topic. I am familiar with a few of these, but one not mentioned that came to mind was the spellbook in Hocus Pocus. Loved the a-ha video, too!

2:09 PM  
Blogger Morgan St. John said...

i love the neverending story.
Great list RG

4:45 PM  
Blogger Chloe Devlin said...

How neat. I knew several of the references, but not all. Makes me want to go looking for them.


5:29 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Cool list. I've seen both The Seeker and the Spiderwick Chronicles, I liked them both, but then again I've not yet read the books. But I plan to. :)

10:20 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Oxley said...

Great list! I've read several of those - but had never thought about that as a recurring theme. Best of luck with your release!

10:51 PM  
Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

Does anybody but me miss Charmed? That was a great show.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Gwen Mitchell said...

Dang it - did I miss the contest? I know where the quote is from!!! *waves hand in the air*

Loved your list anyway!

5:38 PM  

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