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Today we have an awesome guest entry by [ profile] turloughishere!

December 14th:


The Dark Is Rising series bookcovers
The Dark Is Rising is one of my favourite fantasy series. I have a special love for the second book (which can also be seen as the first depending on how you look at it) not only because of the wonderful way Will Stanton's discovery of his unusual heritage is written, but also because it's got a wonderful sense of place, firmly anchored in the Thames valley, and finally because it takes place during Christmas, my favourite season. I almost always re-read it sometime during the holidays.

Yoroiden Samurai Troopers DVD cover
Yoroiden Samurai Trooper is the only anime that I've fallen completely for, both the canon and the fandom. The artwork is kind of cheesy (it is from the late 80s after all) but the storyline delves into Japanese myth and legends and explores the Japanese countryside. The whole show (2 tv seasons, 3 OAVs, and some drama CDs) is wonderfully multi-layered, with great characters and without easy solutions.

Rec: The River Sanzu Overflows by [ profile] shusu (The Dark is Rising, Yoroiden Samurai Troppers X-Over; mostly gen with some Will/Bran pre-slash, background Touma/Kujuurou, past Touma/Seiji) - a futurefic crossover between The Dark Is Rising and Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, Will and Bran are now young men and so are the Troopers. Will Stanton is on vacation in Japan when he is once again drawn into the world of magic and power, struggling for his very existence against an unknown foe with the help of old and new friends. The atmosphere and writing of this story is strongly reminiscent of the books, lyrical and thoughtful, with a strong connection to the countryside and its myths and legends. It manages to merge two very different canons into a cohesive whole. One where Eastern and Western magic and myth meet and enrich each other. It's an absolutely wonderful story and one that's been a favourite of mine for years. (c. 35,000 words)

Song(s): Carol singing plays an important part in The Dark Is Rising Book. On this album, Christmas at King's College, the King's College Choir sing a variety of well-known English carols. (zip-file, 101MB, MediaFire)

Enjoy! :-)

Date: 14 Dec 2009 22:14 (UTC)
fleurrochard: A Tolkien picture of Father Christmas walking through the snow (Christmas2)
From: [personal profile] fleurrochard
OMG, The Dark Is Rising! I absolutely love that series and I adore the second book and I think I'll have to reread it right now. *beams at you* And that story looks very intriguing and the King's College Choir is always awesome. :D

Date: 15 Dec 2009 16:02 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (winter wonderland)
From: [personal profile] turlough
I love those books so much! My favourites are probably # 2 and # 3.

Date: 15 Dec 2009 18:31 (UTC)
fleurrochard: A path in a winter forrest (winter)
From: [personal profile] fleurrochard
Those are also my favourites!

Date: 15 Dec 2009 20:27 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (evening twilight)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Greenwitch is such an awesome book! It's got such a wonderful atmosphere.

Date: 14 Dec 2009 22:14 (UTC)
rikes: JC lighting candles (Not long before midnight)
From: [personal profile] rikes
Thanks for the lovely music! I have to say though, it's a bit weird listening to English speakers sing in Latin because I'm so used to the Finnish-sounding Latin. :D

Date: 15 Dec 2009 16:04 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (God Jul!)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Sinfonye are at least trying! I've got a version of In Dulci Jubilo where the singers have thick American accents and it's rather terrible.

Date: 14 Dec 2009 22:29 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sperrywink
Excellent rec today, Turlough. i keep on meaning to read The Dark IS Rising, but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe in the new year.

Date: 15 Dec 2009 16:05 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (i love christmas)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Thank you! You should definitely read it, it's a wonderful book and it's very fitting to read it during the holiday season. (It takes place from around the 20th of December until Twelfth Night.

Date: 15 Dec 2009 03:41 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is indeed an awesome series! And I've never seen those versions of the covers before - very pretty. yay!

Date: 15 Dec 2009 16:06 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (ways)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Those are the covers on the books I've got and I love them so much.

Date: 15 Dec 2009 18:31 (UTC)
fleurrochard: Brendon Urie making a Whoa! face (Whoa!)
From: [personal profile] fleurrochard
OMG, your icon, how awesome!

Date: 15 Dec 2009 19:24 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (ways)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Isn't it cute?!! I made it from an adorable doodle [ profile] theopteryx posted last year.

Date: 19 Dec 2009 08:53 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know both of those fandoms but I have just requested The Dark Is Rising as a Christmas present from a friend and I'm surely going to come back to read the story once I've read the book. I'm also taking the music.

Thank you so much again for this fabulous guest entry! <3

Date: 19 Dec 2009 15:47 (UTC)
turlough: branches with red leaves against a blue autumn sky (throw on the black dress)
From: [personal profile] turlough
I'm sure you're going to like the books, I don't think I know anyone who doesn't. I'm not totally satisfied with how the series ends, there's one thing about it that makes me so angry, but apart from that it's absolutely wonderful. And as I said above, book # 2 and 3 are definitely my favourites.


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