Recommended Book Series: The Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapowski.
I first heard about this book series after playing the computer game The Witcher, and its sequel The Witcher: Assasins of Kings a few years back. Now the main problem with these books is the fact that although written a decade ago, some of them are still not translated. And as of now there are no dates given for the two last books.
That said, with the renewed interest and spotlight following the release of the third Witcher game in 2015, I’m sure the last books will soon follow. However, fan-translations are already available online if you know where to look. And don’t worry, I will buy the books when a proper translation arrives - but until then, these translations are quite nice. I guess the publishers still believe they will earn more by releasing a book a year or something, and fail to see that those eager to know the end will find a way.
The first of the books, The Last Wish, consists of separate shorter stories set in time before the main series. It is quite funny at times, and Sapowski likes to twist old tales and ideas. This book was also translated before the big success and is thus not as well translated as the rest, but it is certainly readable.
But it’s in the Main Story things start to get really interesting. A tale of a monster-hunting Witcher, the sorceress Yennefer, and how they through interesting circumstances create a strong bond to Ciri, the young heir of Cintra, a haunted girl with unusual talents beyond being a Witcher and Sorceress.
The dramatic tales takes us through cities and wars with complex politics, through devastating losses and beautiful moments of hope and love. There is quite a lot of parody on already existing stories, and new twists to for instance a bit of Norse mythology, the End Times, fantasy with vampires, even unicorns, various beasts including the worst of them all:
“‘Hush, hush, child…’ ‘Mama, are they demons? Is this the Wild Hunt? Specters from hell? Mama, Mama!’ ‘Peace, peace, children. These are not demons, not devils. Worse.They are people.’” - Baptism of Fire
For although the series was started in the early 90’s, quite a few topics are still hot today. How far men are willing to go in a war and human brutality, women’s rights, lesbians and androgyny, love, abortion, hate, racism and fear. And it is in these paragraphs I really think Sapowski did a wonderful job, and has written several quotable lines.
"Apparently it is a man, but I have not verified the claim. On the other hand, of Neratin Ceka’s qualities as an officer, I have no doubts. What you asked would be important if I wanted to court him. But I do not want to court him. Or her either, I suppose.’” - The Tower of the Swallow
"‘Your crest swells at the thought of Mistle and me. Like every stupid little man, the thought arises in your stupid head that you should try to cure me of this unnatural disease and lead me back onto the path of reality. But you know what is disgusting and unnatural in all this? Those very thoughts!’" - The Tower of the Swallow
And even though I personally found the parts about the war going on less interesting, the characters and their tragedies really god me hooked. There’s a reason why I had to acquire the fan-translations. These books got me hooked. So Now I’m looking forward to the last stand-alone set before the main story, in The Sword of Destiny.
In other words: Buy the books. Read the books. Love the books.
Egyptian Witch Exam Project: Canopic Jar
Egyptian Witch Exam Project: Nekhbet Crown and Pectoral Scarab
The Pectoral Scarab was sculpted in Chavant, made a silicone mould of and cast in Easy Flo plastic which was then painted in acrylics.
The Nekhbet crown however was sculpted piece-by piece also in Chavant, moulded separately and assembled together on a plaster head after being cast in Easy Flo plastic.
The crown was then glued together and fixed up with some glass fibre putty, painted in golden varnish, details in acrylics and finally:
All work, photos and the model is me and myself this time.
Costume and props test today :)
Now I just need to finish casting the face and hands, and do a test make-up or two as well.
Currently working on an egyptian witch. Here’s a nearly finished crown and wig.
#sfx #sculpting #egyptian #nekhbet #ancientegypt #wig #hair #braid #vulture
Magnificent Birds as seen in San Diego Safari Park, Summer of 2013.