Tag - Books

F is for Type Families

Typefaces are categorized into families that reflect their stylistic qualities and historical origins. There are many different names for these families and many of those names mean the same thing. For example, one type family goes by Egyptian, Slab Serif, Square Serif, Mécanes, and Antiques. These are all different names for the same thing!

To give you some more information about the different type families and some examples, here is a book I designed during school about type families (click on the first image to scroll through):

What is your favourite typeface family?

(Mine is Display because there are so many amazing and fun designs that can be created with these unique letterforms!)

Ignore the Fire Hazard

I was just looking through some old folders from school (I was searching for a short story I had written) and I came across this piece of writing. It’s from a non-fiction creative writing course that I took in the 2012 winter semester and I thought it was kind of funny. I wrote, basically, that hardcover books are better than eReaders, which is funny because now I own an eReader! Although I still prefer the real thing… (but paperbacks are easier to read from than hardcovers, so I don’t know what I was talking about back then…)

Ignore the Fire Hazard

Reading is essential in the everyday life of our culture. But what we read and how we read it, is usually up to each individual. There are novels, newspapers, magazines, comic books, textbooks, and many articles and blogs online. As for novels, we can choose to read a hardcover, a trade paperback, or a mass market paperback. Plus, with all the technology in the world today, we can read novels online, on our Smartphone, or via an eReader. But nothing beats reading a good, old-fashion, hardcover book.

The feel of a brand new hardcover book in your hands is astounding. You feel the weight of it; the density of the words inside. I, personally, always take the dust jacket (the detachable outer cover) off before I begin to read. I do not want to accidentally ruin it. I put this aside, with my other books, in the safety of my bookshelf. Usually, the cover underneath is plain on the front and back, but will have the normal information (title, author’s name, publishing company) along the side in metallic writing. The simplicity of the cover is refreshing after the design of the dust jacket.

The inside of the book is made from crisp, high quality paper. The paper, and the book itself, are more durable and will last longer than a trade paperback or mass market paperback. The paper has a fresh, wood like smell that is stronger than the scent of either paperback types, and that would be non-existent for any technological way of reading. It is real, and you are holding it in your hands.

As the pages turn, you get a feeling of accomplishment. You can put your finger in between the pages and say to yourself, “I’ve read this much, and I have this much more to go.” You can flip to the glossary, if there is one, to look something up. You can flip back if you see something that was foreshadowed chapters before without losing your current page. You can place your bookmark, or whatever you like, to mark your place for next time. Please, just do not fold over the corner of the page.

Another beauty of the hardcover book, is that you can keep them all lined up on your bookshelf. The neatly placed books, among trinkets and bookends, are a practical decoration for your home. Or the haphazardly scattered books on a table, chair, or even the floor can even be pleasing to the eye. Just ignore the fact that it is a fire hazard. You cannot have your eReader books on display in your home.

Yes, eReaders are convenient, but they do not give you the same experience as a real book does. If you are on the go, then an eReader is perfect, but if you are relaxing on the couch, on the porch, or on the beach, nothing beats the real thing. Plus, there is always the chance that your eReader will break, or the battery will die, then it would leave you bookless (which is unacceptable). But again, it is up to personal preference.

Whether you choose to read from one of the three forms of a real book, or via a technological device, you will still be getting the same story, but your experience of that story may be affected. When deciding whether to buy a book or to buy an eReader, keep your experience preference, and when and where you will be reading in mind.

 

I hope you enjoyed that excursion into my mind from over 3 years ago. What method of novel reading do you prefer?

The Wheel of Time

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor ending to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge is about the amazing book series by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time. (Click here for a list of all the topics)

The Wheel of Time

When I was 12 years old, I ran out of books to read and went to my dad to ask if he had any for me. He gave me Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel. It was beyond my 12 year old self to understand what was going on in that book (If you’ve read it, you may understand), and eventually I went to him and said that I couldn’t read it. My mom was shocked my dad had given me that book to read. Apparently, he hadn’t actually ever read it. So my dad gave me The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan; the first book in the Wheel of Time series.

I devoured it. And once I had read all five of the books my dad had from the series, I bought the next few and devoured those. Then I began re-reading and re-reading the series until the next book came out. Then I re-read again until the next came out. And I did this until the final book, A Memory of Light, was released. Now I am re-reading once again just because.

That’s one of the things I love about this series, it is so very re-readable. Each time I have read the series, I have discovered new details and small plot lines that I didn’t pick up on the times before. It’s also fun to see how the characters act and talk when I know what is going to happen to them. Or to see the mass amount of foreshadowing for books further down the line. I don’t think I will ever get sick of re-reading The Wheel of Time.

After the 11th book in the series, Knife of Dreams, came out, I found out that Robert Jordan was sick. One day I went in to work and my coworker informed me that my favourite author had died. I was in shock, and my coworker quickly realized that I hadn’t already known and was now very upset. What was going to become of my favourite series?

Luckily, Harriet (RJ’s wife and editor) was able to get the amazing Brandon Sanderson to finish the series with all of RJ’s notes. He did an excellent job (Although some may point out the inconsistencies, but I think those were bound to happen and that they were few and far between anyhow).

As for my favourite characters. Well, I love each of the characters each for their own reasons, but my top two are Matrim Cauthon and Egwene Al’Vere.

Mat Cauthon

In the first few books, Mat seems like an inconsiderate scoundrel, and well, he is. But as the series progresses, I saw that underneath his facade of the “I don’t want to do any work or be in any danger even if my friends need help”, was a guy who really cared about his friends and wanted them to be safe and wanted to help but was scared to do so. He grows a lot in the series and well, who can resist a flirty gambler anyway?

Egwene Al'Vere

Egwene wasn’t always on my top two list. I started out thinking that she was to hard on the boys and was stuck up. But then I began to notice how she only acted that way because she was trying to prove that she could do anything she set her mind too and that she was strong. And it turned out that that was the truth. Egwene becomes an amazing, strong, and powerful woman. She is selfless (as an Aes Sedai should be since it literally means Servant of All) and willing to sacrifice everything in order to save all.

I don’t want to give away too much, in case you haven’t read the series or haven’t finished, so I will leave it at that.

I know that The Wheel of Time is a long series and therefore very daunting, but I promise it is worth the time to read the books!

Have you read the series? Who is your favourite character and why? (Please keep your answer as spoiler free as possible!) 🙂

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