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Jan. 1st, 2015


Please & thank you :)

This is a long shot, but if anyone reading this knows of or ever comes across a place where I can obtain these editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I'd be most grateful for the info! :)

They are the 2001 paperback editions, published by Houghton Mifflin for the Quality Paperback Book Club, featuring cover design by Grey Thornberry and original cover illustrations by Tolkien, as seen here: http://www.openculture.com/2013/02/discover_jrr_tolkiens_personal_book_cover_designs_for_ithe_lord_of_the_ringsi_trilogy.html

I came by the green Two Towers one secondhand, and would LOVE to complete the set.


EDITED (Jan 2016): Thanks muchly to everyone who provided helpful info! I now have all 3 books, and they look oh so pretty on my shelf. :)

Apr. 4th, 2011


Queen's Thief Icons

All quotes are from the Queen's Thief series
by Megan Whalen Turner
Icons made by FreeNarnian

Mar. 21st, 2010


Banner Design Contest Entry

My banner design for the united armies of Eddis, Attolia and Sounis. =)

Colors were chosen from the descriptions of Eddis and Attolia's throne rooms. A lion (representing Sounis) and a goat (representing Eddis) support the lily and the bee of Attolia. The banner itself is quilted after the fashion of Eddisian uniforms. The three points of the triquetra (or knotwork) stitched thereon represent the three countries, and the white circle represents the peace that unites them. Also: a tassel, because Eugenides' opulent taste in clothing extends to banners as well!

Inspired by Megan Whalen Turner's magnificent Thief series. Thanks to bookishbabe for hosting the contest!

Dec. 20th, 2009


Excerpt from “A Conspiracy of Kings” by Megan Whalen Turner

This is a scene from The Thief, retold from Sophos's perspective - something that I thought fans would find interesting without it being too spoilery. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

“When we were adventuring after Hamiathes’s Gift, I had watched the magus beat Eugenides. We’d thought he was no more than a common thief named Gen from Sounis’s gutters, and had listened to him whine and complain for days. When food was missing, it was easy to blame him. The magus used a riding crop on his back, and holy sacrificial lambs, Gen had come up off the ground like he’d been catapulted. It was as if he was a different person, some stranger who’d manifested in Gen’s body. He’d dumped Pol flat onto his back – something I never thought I’d see – and gone for the magus. If Pol hadn’t been up again so quickly, the magus was ready to run and dignity be damned. Even with Pol between him and Gen, the magus had been wary.
I thought later that this was the real Gen revealed, the person who’d been hiding behind a screen of complaints and needling humor. But I spent whole days with Eugenides after our adventures, and that Eugenides was exactly the Gen I had traveled with. Maybe I don’t know which Gen is real. But I know there was nothing feigned about his emotions after he had been beaten."

My review: Megan, you genius. =) I loved this book. I chuckled for a full day after reading the final chapter. As with Turner’s other books, I look forward to reading it again (several times) and relishing the nuances which, it seems, one can never fully exhaust.