Monday, April 16, 2012

A to Z - Niles of Nøkken

I updated my M post that was mysteriously deleted on Saturday. Please go check out what was missed! Thanks


Now on to the letter N!




Steve Niles


An American comic book author and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society and Batman: Gotham County Line.


He’s my zombie piece for the letter N due to his Comic series Remains (along with other undead issues) which was turned into a television film that aired on Chiller TV on Dec. 16, 2011.


Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, Night of the Living Dead: London, King of the Dead, Spawn: The Dark Ages, 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Dark Days, Hellspawn, Remains, Freaks of the Heartland, Wake the Dead, Aleister Arcane, Bigfoot, Giant Monster, Bad Planet, 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, Simon Dark, Cthulhu Tales, Dead She Said, The Lost Ones, Epilogue, City of Dust, Mystery Society, X-Files/30 Days of Night, Doc Macabre




The Neverending Story


A German fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in 1979. The novel was later adapted into several films.


The majority of the story takes place in the parallel world of Fantastica, a world being destroyed by the Nothing, which represents and constitutes people's lack of imagination in the real world. The book begins in Fantastica, when a will-o'-the-wisp (this should sound familiar if you’ve read all of my Norse Mythology posts) goes to ask the Childlike Empress for help against the Nothing, which is spreading over the land. The first protagonist is a young warrior, Atreyu, who is asked by the Steward of The Empress of Fantastica, to set off and find a way to stop The Nothing. The other protagonist is a boy, Bastian, from the real world, a reader of the novel with the same title, for whom the story gradually becomes more and more realistic.


Oh man, do I love this story. The book and the movie alike. The first time I watched this, the wolf, G'mork, scary the living daylights out of me. *shudders*
And the sadest part is when Artax dies in the Swamp of Sadness. *blows nose in tissue*




Neal Shusterman
Words cannot describe my love for his work. The Skinjackers Series, the Unwind (Unwholly is the next book in the series which he is currently working on), Full Tilt, Downsiders, Schwa, the Star Shards series, etc.
I love them all but if I HAD to pick a favorite it would most definitely be Skinjackers!
Have you read any of his books and if so, which ones? Did you love them too?






Nagini
Voldemort’s snake is described as a long, green, hooded serpent. Her name is derived from Buddhist legends, it is the female version of the naga (people who worship snakes and can transform into them). As with his diary, Voldemort intended Nagini to be a tool as well as a a safeguard to his immortality. Voldemort is able to communicate with Nagini due to his ability to speak Parseltongue. After Neville Longbottom openly defies Voldemort, Voldemort punishes him by forcing the Sorting Hat on his head and setting it on fire. The Death Eaters are then attacked and a battle ensues, and Neville pulls Godric Gryffindor's sword from the Hat and beheads Nagini.

Nøkken


The Neck/Nixie are shapeshifting water spirits who usually appear in human form. The spirit has appeared in many Scandinavian folklore. Although in recent times such creatures have usually been depicted as human in shape although in many cases shapeshifting. Their sex, bynames, and various animal-like transformations vary geographically. The German Nix and his Scandinavian counterparts are males. The German Nixe or Nixie is a female river mermaid. Male water spirits who played enchanted songs on the violin, luring women and children to drown in lakes or streams. However, not all of these spirits were necessarily malevolent; in fact, many stories exist that indicate at the very least that nøkken were entirely harmless to their audience and attracted not only women and children, but men as well with their sweet songs. Stories also exist wherein the Fossegrim agreed to live with a human who had fallen in love with him, but many of these stories ended with the nøkken returning to his home, usually a nearby waterfall or brook. Nøkken are said to grow despondent if they do not have free, regular contact with a water source.

22 comments:

  1. 30 Days of Night rules! It is one of most favorite movies! Oh, and he's done I Am Legend, too! Wow! Heading over to Google to read more about him!

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    1. Niles is a fascinating person to say the least.

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  2. Whoa! I am definitely bookmarking your site. It seems our taste in books and movies are very similar. I'll check out the ones I haven't seen or read. (SkinJacker). Looks great!!

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    1. Skinjackers is one of the best series I've read. And I've read a lot.

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  3. I used to watch The Neverending Story movies all the time when I was younger. I haven't read the book though.

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    1. The book is better like most books to movies go. I think I should make my kids watch it.

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  4. The Neverending Story! I didn't finish the movie the first time I saw it. When people talked about it, I would say, "I saw it, but I never finished it." The comeback would be, "Of course you've never seen the end. It's never-ending."

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    1. Oh brother... they really said that. Sheesh! You should finish it cause it does end... eventually.

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  5. Oh gosh, that picture of the Nokken is the creepiest thing! Yikes!

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  6. Eek, that Nixie picture made me jump at first. LOL.

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    1. Oh no. Hope you've composed yourself.

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  7. I love Steve Niles's work. And zombies!!

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  8. I have some new books to add to my to-read list :) I loved Never Ending Story as a kid! Though I never did read the book the movies were based off of. I'll have to amend that.

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    1. Yay for new reads. I hope you enjoy them as much as me!

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  9. I'm more familiar with Neverending Story as the movies, but I'll bet the book is even better.

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  10. Loved 30 Days of Night.
    And that Nøkken thingie is creepy, but sounds super cool!

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    1. Me too!

      Lets just say it makes for a great book subject!

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