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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Random Magic: Exciting Extras

Sasha Soren tell's us a little more about the world she has created in Random Magic:

Everyone who’s read the book says that the world of Random Magic is so colorful and vivid that they can actually almost see the world right in front of them, as if it were a movie.

It was definitely written that way, since that world actually is a lot more magical and overwhelming than our own world. Everything would be more powerful and startling, including something as basic as the colors surrounding Henry and Winnie as they search for Alice.

But a lot of the colors in Random Magic aren’t just there for decoration, but actually have some particular significance.
The color of gold is associated, obviously, with wealth and splendor. It’s also the preferred color for a great deal of coveted mythical things, including golden apples, or the golden fleece of Greek myth.

Gold was used to enclose the remains Egyptian pharaohs as they rested in their uneasy tombs for all eternity.
What’s interesting about gold is how often the blessing of possessing vast amounts of gold also comes with a curse. Or the fact that gold is lavishly displayed, but first has to be unearthed through hardship and physical labor.
What’s also interesting is how often objects are gold-plated; giving off the appearance of something valuable, but really being far less valuable.
Or, as in the phrase, “gilding the lily,” in adding a totally needless layer of perfection to something which is already perfect.

of these related thoughts come into play with the scenes of the Floating City; a city that’s seemingly flawless and, literally, golden – but, of course, things aren’t always what they seem to be.

The gold might itself be real, and valuable, but there are some things in the world which not even a city of gold could ever buy.

Hey, me again! For a little fun interaction, here is a quick quiz which identifies your Random Magic alter ego. Mine was Nevermore. I could not believe it! Apparently, I am amoral and wildly attractive. Sasha and I had a little chuckle over this. She thought I'd be one of the Nine Muses. Go figure. Anyway, tell me in the comments who your Random Magic alter ego is and the accuracy of it.

Which Random Magic character are you? »

CONTEST ALERT: For any international people who would love to get their hands on a copy of Random Magic. Hop over to La femme Readers as she is hosting a contest. You have until November 2nd to enter. The link is here. Best of luck!


brizmus said...

This book sounds absolutely beautiful!
And I'm Winnie Flapjack - I guess I will find out if this is a good thing when I read the book.

The Book Bug said...

Sounds like an awesome book! Apparently I'm The Dark Queen... Evil laugh!

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

You have an award @ my blog! :]


elnice said...

Great post. I was Whinney, the Doodle Witch.

Michelle G said...

Wonderful post. :) I love the pictures and I loved Random Magic - I hope everyone has a chance to read this fantastic book.

Oh and I am Nevermore - it suits me. LOL


Merily said...

I ended up as one of the muses and that is *definitely* appropriate. I'm just not sure which of the muses I'd be.

Chrystal said...

Just took the quiz and I'm one of the Nine Muses. Love this quiz. :)