Lloyd Alexander: A Tribute Post

I was going to post this on January 30th, but as I have other plans for the blog on that date (stay tuned!) I am posting it early…

On January 30th each year, I always celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite authors…

Lloyd Alexander

…And what better way to celebrate than with pictures! I had an epic photo-shoot of all the Lloyd Alexander books that I have, which was a TON of fun…

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Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of over 25 novels and several other works… (I am on a quest to read all of them, eventually. ;))

He is one of my top favorite authors, right up alongside Tolkien and Lewis. I probably owe my love of fantasy to Lloyd Alexander. I discovered his Prydain books at an early age, and they brought me into the rich world of fantasy… and made me decide I never wanted to leave it again.

So in a sense, you could say that I am who I am (a lover of fantasy, both in reading and especially writing — I consider myself a fantasy writer primarily) because of Lloyd Alexander.

I do remember reading the Narnia books and The Princess and the Goblin somewhere in that time-frame (and came to The Lord of the Rings at the almost-grown-up age of 10), which also contributed to my love of fantasy at an early age.

But Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles was my first epic-fantasy series, and will always hold a special place in my heart both as a marvelous series and as the doorway that led me to fantasy as a child… and thereby led to who I am today.

I am immensely grateful to Lloyd Alexander for writing those books — and all of the other delightful books he penned over his lifetime. Thank you, Lloyd!

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Signed copy of The High King that I found at library sale. Signed!! ❀

So in celebration of what would, if he were still living, have been his 91st birthday (a bit early), I’m going to share some of the pictures with y’all! And lists of his books I’ve read and want to…

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My Lloyd Alexander book collection!! Aren’t they just scrumptious looking? πŸ™‚

Prydain

The Prydain Chronicles:

  1. The Book of Three
  2. The Black Cauldron
  3. The Castle of Llyr
  4. Taran Wanderer
  5. The High King
  6. The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (short stories)

(And also a reference guide book, The Prydain Companion by Michael O. Tunnell which is a lot of fun — and has a foreword by Lloyd Alexander.)

I am long overdue for a Prydain reread… I’ve read all of them several times but it’s been a few years since my latest reread and I’m itching to delve back into that beloved world with those awesome characters and epic events! Hopefully soon!

WestmarkTrilogyThe Westmark Trilogy:

  1. Westmark
  2. The Kestrel
  3. The Beggar Queen

I LOVE this trilogy!! It’s set in an 18th-century-type setting, which is my second favorite time-period (after medieval)… I remember being positively jittery when I finished reading them for the first time, because I loved them so much! Also, Florian is the best ever. ❀ Just sayin’.

VesperHollyThe Vesper Holly books:

  1. The Illyrian Adventure
  2. The El Dorado Adventure
  3. The Drackenberg Adventure
  4. The Jedera Adventure
  5. The Philadelphia Adventure
  6. The Xanadu Adventure

The Vesper Holly books are just a delight! Vesper herself has such charm and wit and cleverness, and her sidekick Brinnie is like a Watson to her Holmes as they go different vaguely fictional places around the world that capture the feel of real civilizations. And so much fun and adventure and humor!

Standalones

The standalone novels I own… Time would fail me to tell all about the delights of each one, but they each have their own special tales!

  • The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
  • The Iron Ring
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
  • Time Cat
  • The Rope Trick
  • The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
  • The Wizard in the Tree (the only one of his books that I own and haven’t read yet… I’m hoping to read it this week!)
  • The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man
  • The Arkadians
  • The Gawgon and the Boy
  • Gypsy Riska
  • The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha

ExtraCopies

Aaand I can never resist getting extra copies of Lloyd Alexander books I already have… Yes, it’s a bad habit. XD But here’s a stack of them…

FaveLloydAlexanderBooks

Probably my three favorite books by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three (book 1 of the Prydain Chronicles); The Kestrel (book 2 of The Westmark Trilogy); and The Iron Ring, which is my very favorite standalone novel by him — loosely based on mythology from India, it’s just epic and awesome and all around amazing. ❀

There’s also The Town Cats and other Tales, a collection of short stories about cats which is very fun… He had a thing for cats. πŸ˜‰

Of books that I’ve read but don’t own, there are The King’s Fountain and The Fortune-Tellers… (Hurray for libraries!)

And I would like to sometime read (mostly picture books):

  • The Wizard in the Tree
  • The Four Donkeys
  • The House Gobbaleen
  • How the Cat Swallowed Thunder
  • Dream-of-Jade: The Emperor’s Cat

And, perhaps someday, some of his adult novels/biographies etc. that he wrote. πŸ™‚

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My shelf of books by Lloyd Alexander

And before I go, here’s a perfectly charming interview with the man himself! It’s so enjoyable to watch and has a lot of humor and wisdom and good thoughts about writing and books and fantasy and his own stories. ^_^

Be sure to check out part 2 and part 3 of the interview as well!

It is in this interview that you can hear him say himself the marvelous words I feature on the side of my blog:

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

–Lloyd Alexander

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Have you read anything by Lloyd Alexander? Do you have a favorite?

And if you haven’t, do consider checking one out! They are one and all beautiful, timeless, adventurous, and fantastical books! πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “Lloyd Alexander: A Tribute Post

  1. Ooh, sounds like I have to add that to my list. πŸ˜› So many people are suggesting books now. I must say, my dad recently (as in on Sunday) handed me a book and said, “Read this.” And I read it in three very busy days… XD It was awesome. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that I fell in love with. 😦

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  2. I’ve heard his name (and I’ve seen you mention the Prydain Chronicles) but I’ve never read a thing by him. But it looks like I should! Some intriguing titles in your collection…

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  3. I’ve never even heard of Lloyd Alexander, but now I’ll have to look up some of his books! I’m a huge fan of fantasy, but at the same time I’m pretty picky, so I love finding such enthusiastic recommendations as yours. πŸ™‚

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  4. Look at all the booooks! Your Lloyd Alexander collection is…wow. o.O That’s just totally awesome!!!

    It makes me sad I’ve only ever read The Book of Three. I never come across any others. But I neeeed them! Oh, oh! I DID find Time Cat just a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know how good that one is, but, I mean, it’s a story about a time traveling CAT by Lloyd Alexander and was only 50 cents. Of course I was going to get it! BUT I NEED MORE.

    Oh! I got so excited about all the bookish pictures I almost forgot. I tagged you over on my blog. ^_^ It’s a Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit tag so OF COURSE I had to tag meh Celti. But DO NOT feel like you have to do it. Only if you want to.

    And a happy (almost) birthday to Lloyd Alexander! I think it’s so cool how he influenced you so much with your fantasy writing. It’s basically the same thing with me and Tolkien. Ah, all these amazing fantasy authors. ❀

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    • EEEEE. ^_^ Your comments always make mah day! ❀ You da best!!!

      Ooh, Time Cat is quite fun! πŸ˜€ Hope you like that one. ^_^ And yesh, you TOTALLY must read some more. o.o *is totally not tempted to mail you several nope not at all* *cough*

      And alsdkjfld thank you! πŸ˜€ I have like three tags to do now and I wanna do them all! o.o So much blogging ideas. XD THANK YOU SO MUCH. *happiful flailing* I shall have to check it out. ^_^

      I know! …Sometimes I feel a little bad that I wasn't so influenced in my writing by Tolkien, since everyone else was and he's my favorite and all… but at least my story's different. πŸ˜‰ But that's tooootally awesome about you and Tolkien! πŸ˜€

      (Also I'm sooo sorry I haven't replied to the report this week! *flail* I was gone all day today, literally, and yesterday I was getting ready for that and stuff and just gaaah. -_- So hopefully I will get to that tomorrow morning if this stupid headache will go away and if I haven't caught the sickness thingeroo that's traveling through the house… *shifty eyes* Talk to you sooon! Love ya!)

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  5. Fun! It was nice to get such a view of Lloyd Alexander and his books, an author I’ve heard a lot about but never really delved into … I think the only book I’ve read by him is what my mom read aloud when we were studying Indian culture … The Iron Ring. But of course I want to read his other books! Especially Prydain and the Westmark Trilogy, and some of his stand-alones!

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    • Yes! I think I remember you saying you’d read The Iron Ring! πŸ™‚ But you must totally read some others — methinks you’d enjoy them. ^_^ I think there’s a lot available at the library; and if it doesn’t have them, I probably do. XD You’ll have to let me know what you think if you read more! πŸ™‚

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