This one is a great one.
I lol’d when I first saw it.
“Sharks are fucking rad”
I stopped about there.
This works for me until Elementary, where I think my path would go something like:
Elementary: READ ALL THE THINGS
Middle School: There is no series other than Lord of the Rings and anyone who says otherwise is a duplicitous agent under Morgoth
High School: Math Books Make Great Pillows! and Other Ways You Can Actually Sleep While Taking AP Classes
College: The English Major and Every Novel Has at Least Five Other Possible Meanings Than You First Thought, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Unreliable Narrator
This is why I love used books stores.
The gender section is full of glorious feminist lit.
It’s either these or a surplus of similarly-plotted romance novels, unfortunately (though I found a book while scouring Borders the other day which is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I’ve ever read. It’s called “The Very Virile Viking,” and everyone should find a copy to read as soon as possible, it will better your lives.)
This is from the cover of Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure, which I’ve heard good things about. Not sure who the artist is.
It’s about a young woman disguising herself to train and fight as a knight. This kind of stuff was happening all over the place in actual history, check this story out.
Eeee, Alanna! I’ll never forget first seeing this cover all weathered and well-loved in the library when I was 12. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a series faster than I did Song of the Lioness.
decided to do house of leaves, which is a book i didn’t entirely enjoy but still was an immediate forerunner for “weird books i have read”. because the book itself is so disjointed and takes advantage of unconventional page set up and color use i tried to capture the sense of the navidson story rather than try to extract an exact scene from the book
Wow, this is really well done. Captures the feel of the book nicely.
When he does that it just makes me so hungry.
mira says: hyperbole and a half and GRRM it’s a good thing. Also I agree with this, I always snack when I read his books.
Oh my god, this shit drives me crazy when I’m reading his books. Hahaha. Brian Jacques was bad about that in his Redwall books too — there was a feast in just about every chapter, and he described every dish in great detail. I always seem to read when I’m starving, so it’s like these two dudes were slowly tormenting me. asjgfakjs.
YES. Brian Jacques in particular made food that I normally wouldn’t touch seem incredibly tantalizing. I’d be reading along and think things like “Hmm, that dandelion cider sounds mighty tasty…”
in defense of e-books, there are people who find e-books to be immensely helpful due to their own vision problems, so let’s not discount those things too much (or use the phrase ‘tard’). Books aren’t the end-all-be-all to me; we’re a literate culture, true, but it’s not the only way that any culture can preserve its heritage. Besides that point, yes, these are beautiful and I would chew off fingers to own a real Medieval manuscript in this style. I would also like to remind everyone that manuscript artists back in the day also used to doodle monkey porn in the margins when they were bored. Because they were dorky creeps. Somehow that is really wonderful to me?well crap. this is really cool.
This is amazing but it makes me feel COMPLETELY INADEQUATE about my project. ._.
As a calligrapher my self (I even go so far as to make my own ink)
The skill and time needed for this kind of work is incredible. People don’t even know anymore because printed books killed this kind of art. Once upon a time ALL books were as beautiful to look at as they were to read.
Now books are so undervalued they aren’t even on paper anymore…. fucking tards don’t even know the YEARS is takes to do something like this. It takes me 6 hours to write just one single half page.
A full book the size of Silmarillion would take a TEAM of calligraphers MONTHS to write and illuminate; one person, years.
More people need to do this. We cannot let books die. We have to make them beautiful again.
I have decided it is my mission in life to steal this so that I might have it.
Yes, yes that is a good plan.
Oh my goodness I can’t even imagine how much effort was put into this; it took me a good three months to put together my own seven page illuminated book, and it wasn’t nearly as professional looking as this. I want to read it so badly!