Friday, December 21, 2007

Sorcerers vs. Wizards?

Some Bellairsian inspired ephemera found around web:

Sorcerers vs. Wizards?

Something caught our eye about the definition of a sorcerer verses a wizard, albeit in a D&D setting:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons.
Okay, so Warren Windrow was antagonist of The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull and Zebulon Windrow was the arch-fiend in The Revenge of the Wizard’s Ghost – so the above verbiage makes Zebulon more powerful than his relative, Warren, right?

Readers, Readers Everywhere

  • "This was a great story. It was spooky without being too scary for it’s young readers. I wish I had read this one many, many years ago!"
Someone catching up with their reading and putting The House with a Clock in its Walls at the top of the list.
  • "I wish I had the time or the patience to name every book I can remember reading as a kid."
A trip down memory lane reminds one reader of their joy reading John’s work while growing up, among other great titles and authors.
  • "Like John Bellairs, Tamara Siler Jones’s novels are now on the Not To Be Read Before Sleep list. in big font, all caps."
John’s work made someone’s “Not To Be Read Before Sleep” list.
  • "The Figure in the Shadows has always felt to me like a book I wrote."
A thought from someone trying to think of what writers are similar to her. She further explains, "not the writers I wish I could be like, as when I finish a book and wish I had written it. There are tons of those. But the writers whose word choices; sentence, phrase, line, and paragraph/stanza constructions; and ideas feel like mine, when mine are at their best."

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