😛 I missed Tuesday. Completely forgot. So I am going to do just a post during the week.
Today, I don’t really know what to post about, so I will tell you about some of my favorite fiction authors, both the pros and cons.
To begin with:
Wayne Thomas Batson, Author of The Door Within Trilogy, The Isle series, The Dark Sea Annals, The Skeleton Project, and more.
Pros: He is awesome. His books and stories draw you in, and are practically impossible to put down for long. He is one of the strongest Christian Fantasy authors I have read. He likes red headed girl in his books, many of whose names start with “A”. His characters aren’t perfect, which is very nice. In fact, his main character in one of his series is a reformed, drinking, assassin. And he is awesome. 😀 All of his books honor God, though He has different names in the different series.
Cons: His books are gory and violent. Especially the Dark Sea Annals. There is also a fair amount of kissing, and usually, the characters aren’t married–yet. I would urge caution in letting children who are not mature read them. Again, especially not the Dark Sea Annals. (Boy, this is hard.) I like them though.
Now, on to Bryan Davis, another of my favorite Christian Fantasy authors. He has authored the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire and Children of the Bard series and many more.
Pros: These books (the ones mentioned above total ten books) are clean, pure, with little violence, and good characters. Walter is awesome. He is my all-time favorite character in the whole series.
Cons: While the characters are good, some of them are too good. Others are somewhat jerks. Bryan Davis also has a fondness for having main characters die and then be resurrected. Though about four actually do die. Others appear to die, but really are sent to another dimension. So often, that pretty much whenever someone dies, you can bet that they’ll be back! One person coming back is not bad, but that many? Also, there are a few scenes from the Bible that have been slightly altered, so they are still Biblical, but there is some added elements. Such as dragons.
The series is all about dragons. But don’t worry! Most of them are good! Except, um, the one possessed by, um, satan. Again, caution for younger children. These series are for mature teens. If there are young, mature, Biblically grounded children, that is fine. Just be careful. But with all this, I recommend his books! They have helped me develop a closer relationship with God. And they make me cry. With joy, anger, and heart-wrenching sadness. (Just thinking about it makes me want to cry!)
Another of my favorite fiction (non-Christian) authors is Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, as well as The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series.
Pros: The Redwall books are about woodland creatures such as mice, hedgehogs, moles, squirrels, otters, badgers, and many more, with the villains composed of rats, searats, weasels, stoats, wildcats, and more. Other, some friendly, some not, characters are birds. Birds from crows to falcons to geese to owls to eagles, my favorite. Oh, and there is at least one heron. Oh, I can’t forget the evil snakes! Those are creepy. The friendly creatures dwell in a place in the woods called Redwall Abbey. There is the Father Abbot, or Mother Abbess, the Foremole, a digger who heads a digging crew, the Cellar-hog or mole, who brews drinks, then the Friar, who rules the kitchens, the Recorder, who writes down all that happens at the Abbey, and is in charge of the library. Then there is the Sister or Brother who is in charge of the Dibbuns. More on them later. Then the Herbalists, in charge of the Abbey’s infirmary. Then the Skipper of Otters, an otter in charge of a group of otters that live in the Abbey. Now, the Dibbuns. A name that was given to the youngest Abbey dwellers. Adorable and mischievous, they are my favorite.
The stories all follow a young creature from the Abbey or Salamandastron. They cross paths with the villain, who usually ends up heading towards the Abbey. The young creature usually becomes possessed by the spirit of Martin the Warrior, and wields his sword. They defeat the villain, and return to the Abbey.
Cons: While Brian Jacques is an excellent author, he is not a christian. As a result, the creatures believe in “Mother Nature”, and Martin the Warrior is a god-figure to them. This is not a big problem, so long as you disregard it, or understand that “Mother Nature” is nonexistent.
So, there you have it: Three of my favorite fantasy authors. Maybe next week I’ll do my favorite fiction authors, or my favorite non-fiction authors.