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Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:30 AM
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On a completely unrelated note, I was perusing the "suggested contacts" on LinkedIn last night, and saw a familiar name pop up:
Brandie Tarvin...
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Gotta wonder just where LI is finding such a linkage...
/tinfoil hat time!


I dunno. Sounds a bit suspicious to me. I wouldn't trust this Brandie Tarvin person if I were you. she's one of those techies that pretends to know what she's doing then kills her website by updating a bad Wordpress plugin.

LinkedIn tends to refer contacts based on who you know in your network. I'm betting I'm directly connected to one of your contacts (2nd connection to you), so it suggested we hook up. If you send me a LI message reminding me you're from the Thread, I'd be happy to connect up with you.

EDIT: If anyone here has tried to connect to me on Twitter or LI and hasn't gotten a response or follow-back, it's probably because I don't recognize your name. Please feel free to send me a message that you and I talk on SSC as a reminder and I will correct the oversight. Lately, I've gotten a lot of connection requests from people just trying to bump up their counts (who I don't know from boo), so I've gotten a little pickier about who I follow back / connect to.


Your twitter handle is very amusing to me. My great aunt (that I never met) had a column in the Newark Daily News (NJ) back in the 20s or 30s. Her byline was "The Would-Be Author"


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Cryptic comment awaiting to see if the person it is directed at gets the joke. @=)



Hope it is not directed to me, because I sure don't get it

Got spammed by the way by some very strange timetravelling person. Tinfoil hats are in production!


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I have a question that has been nagging at me for a while, and I think the probability that someone on this thread will know the answer exceeds the probability that a randomly selected individual would know the answer. Here goes . . .

I vaguely recall reading a particular series of fantasy novels as a teen but cannot for the life of me remember any of the titles or the author. The books involved a set of main characters (children and teenagers - think the Murry/O'Keefe kids from Madeleine L'Engle's books) who live in the present day but encounter magical forces that transport them to other times or other worlds (can't remember which, for sure). I think the adventures usually started with a figure of good in disguise (again, think L'Engle's Mesdames Who, Whatsit, and Which) appearing to summon the protagonists to battle a figure of evil that crops up in different times/locations/guises (think Tolkien's Sauron).

What I do seem to remember clearly is the unifying thread of the books. The protagonists are set on a quest to find a collection of amulets/talismans/tokens, all of the same design (round like a coin with the figure of a cross inscribed in the circle, in my (possibly faulty) memory) but made of different materials (wood, steel, stone, etc.). Each book recounts the adventures that result in the protagonists obtaining a particular one of these amulets. I think there may have been five or seven books in series, but I'm not sure about that, either.

Can anyone identify a series of books that fit this description so that I can quit racking my brain?

Thanks!

Jason


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It sounds a little like "A Wrinkle in Time" but it's been quite a few years for me, so I might have it wrong.


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I have a question that has been nagging at me for a while, and I think the probability that someone on this thread will know the answer exceeds the probability that a randomly selected individual would know the answer. Here goes . . .

I vaguely recall reading a particular series of fantasy novels as a teen but cannot for the life of me remember any of the titles or the author. The books involved a set of main characters (children and teenagers - think the Murry/O'Keefe kids from Madeleine L'Engle's books) who live in the present day but encounter magical forces that transport them to other times or other worlds (can't remember which, for sure). I think the adventures usually started with a figure of good in disguise (again, think L'Engle's Mesdames Who, Whatsit, and Which) appearing to summon the protagonists to battle a figure of evil that crops up in different times/locations/guises (think Tolkien's Sauron).

What I do seem to remember clearly is the unifying thread of the books. The protagonists are set on a quest to find a collection of amulets/talismans/tokens, all of the same design (round like a coin with the figure of a cross inscribed in the circle, in my (possibly faulty) memory) but made of different materials (wood, steel, stone, etc.). Each book recounts the adventures that result in the protagonists obtaining a particular one of these amulets. I think there may have been five or seven books in series, but I'm not sure about that, either.

Can anyone identify a series of books that fit this description so that I can quit racking my brain?

Thanks!

Jason

Series of 5 books by Susan Cooper, called "The Dark is Rising", which is also the title of the second book in the series (the first was "Over Sea, Under Stone"). The next three were "Greenwitch", "The Grey King", and "Silver on the Tree". Published between 1965 and 1977, with an omnibus volume (or maybe boxed collection) containing all five novels published in 1986.
I think they are all still in print; and available in Kindle format too. Essential reading material for any family with kids between about 7 and 14 (my daughter read them all before she was 10; my sons took to them a few years older than she did).


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Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series.

Over Sea and Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

The six tokens in the form of a cross in a circle are all found in the second book, the other books find or encounter other creatures or artifacts.

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five shall return and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood for the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six signs the circle and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall wake the harp of gold;
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.



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It sounds a little like "A Wrinkle in Time" but it's been quite a few years for me, so I might have it wrong.

Jason said it was like the Madeleine L'Engle books, so I imagine that he knows that series and it's unlikely to be what he was looking for.


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Series of 5 books by Susan Cooper, called "The Dark is Rising", which is also the title of the second book in the series (the first was "Over Sea, Under Stone"). The next three were "Greenwitch", "The Grey King", and "Silver on the Tree". Published between 1965 and 1977, with an omnibus volume (or maybe boxed collection) containing all five novels published in 1986.
I think they are all still in print; and available in Kindle format too. Essential reading material for any family with kids between about 7 and 14 (my daughter read them all before she was 10; my sons took to them a few years older than she did).

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Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series.

Over Sea and Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

The six tokens in the form of a cross in a circle are all found in the second book, the other books find or encounter other creatures or artifacts.

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five shall return and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood for the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six signs the circle and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall wake the harp of gold;
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.


That's exactly it! I had a feeling that someone on this thread would know what the heck I was talking about, and both Tom and Gail nailed it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The books are indeed readily available on Amazon.com in both print and electronic formats. The Drew children, Merriman Lyon, Will Stanton, the Old Ones, the Great Lords of the Dark, the Doors - I'm looking forward to re-reading them.

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Series of 5 books by Susan Cooper, called "The Dark is Rising", which is also the title of the second book in the series (the first was "Over Sea, Under Stone"). The next three were "Greenwitch", "The Grey King", and "Silver on the Tree". Published between 1965 and 1977, with an omnibus volume (or maybe boxed collection) containing all five novels published in 1986.
I think they are all still in print; and available in Kindle format too. Essential reading material for any family with kids between about 7 and 14 (my daughter read them all before she was 10; my sons took to them a few years older than she did).

GilaMonster (8/6/2013)
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series.

Over Sea and Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

The six tokens in the form of a cross in a circle are all found in the second book, the other books find or encounter other creatures or artifacts.

When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five shall return and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood for the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six signs the circle and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall wake the harp of gold;
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.


That's exactly it! I had a feeling that someone on this thread would know what the heck I was talking about, and both Tom and Gail nailed it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The books are indeed readily available on Amazon.com in both print and electronic formats. The Drew children, Merriman Lyon, Will Stanton, the Old Ones, the Great Lords of the Dark, the Doors - I'm looking forward to re-reading them.

Jason

They did a movie too - wasn't too good, but I thought it was worth watching because I loved the series so much.

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