There has been some lovely music inspired by The Lord of the Rings stories/movies, and this must surely be up there with the best of them! Enjoy!
Hello! Allow me to introduce myself … I am Odessa!
What am I doing here (I can hear you asking)? Well I decided to take over Colin’s blog. Here’s the problem you see …”The Odessa Chronicles” (note my name in the title) has not sold a copy for quite a few weeks now. I could just leave it to chance (aka Colin and Carolyn), but I have little faith in that having any impact, or I could take charge … hence why I am here!
So what”s the book all about? Glad you asked! It’s about a very clever Barn Owl (me), and a few other characters, one of which (sadly) is a human. One of the other characters is a Jackalope named Jaxon, and then there is a cat named Dewey … and of course we cannot forget me (note my name is in the book title).
We three (Jaxon, Dewey and I) came together as a result of unfortunate circumstances and I (the main person in the book, hence the book title) managed to find us an old and abandoned farm to live in. Things quickly went south when a human moved into the farm (the cheek!). He had apparently just retired, and so dreamed about an idyllic life on a rural farm, but we were about to change all that! I was surprised at how easy it was to train him to be relatively acceptable to us, and we soon started having the adventures that are written in the book.
Of course it was always up to me (Odessa … the book title?)_ to get them out of trouble. Dewey was a typical cat. He was either sleeping or eating. Jaxon was a typical Jackalope (is there such a thing?) with magic at his finger tips. In reality it was probably at his tail, given the mistakes he made. The human soon became known as the man-servant (good training eh!) … and then, of course there is “Moi!”, whose name is featured prominently in the book title.
So what else do I think you should know? Well, from my perspective (being the only one that matters really … the book is named after me after all), the book is a collection of stories suitable for young, middle-age, and senior children (I believe it is promoted as “suitable for ages 4 to 104”).
We have lots of adventures, and I made sure that there were lots of good messages to get from the various stories. The importance of friendship; how four totally different beings can get along well together; the frustrations when things go wrong, and the celebrations when they go right!
I think the most important part of the book … is me! That is why I am in the title, in case you had not noticed. My book is available from any on-line book retailer, and also direct from the FriesenPress Bookstore (Sssh…. don’t tell anybody, but the paperback and hard-copy versions are probably cheaper at the FriesenPress Bookstore).
So there you are. If you have never met a really nice, sensitive, compassionate, understanding, well educated, warm and friendly Barn Owl, then get the book and allow me (and those others) into your life. You won’t regret it. You have the word of Odessa. What more could you possibly want?
From my perspective, Tolkein’s Hobbit stories are some of the best fiction ever written, and the “Lord of The Rings” movie was close to my understanding of the story line, which is in stark contrast to most book based movies that I have seen. Continue reading