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eBook ENCHANTMENT download

by BORIS VALLEJO

eBook ENCHANTMENT download ISBN: 185028007X
Author: BORIS VALLEJO
Publisher: Paper Tiger (1985)
Language: English Spanish
Pages: 108
ePub: 1748 kb
Fb2: 1197 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Fantasy and sensuality mingle in a journey of the senses in this showcase of Boris Vallejo's provocative paintings of men and women set against gothic tales of romance written by Vallejo's first wife.

Автор - Увлечённость. Это цитата этого сообщения Борис Валеджо (Boris Vallejo) - художник и иллюстратор из Перу. Он иммигрировал в США в 1964, и сейчас, когда художнику 74 года, он продолжает работать у себя в Аллентауне вместе со своей женой Джулией Белл, тоже художницей.

Boris Vallejo is a Peruvian-born American painter. He immigrated to the United States in 1964, and he currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Boris Vallejo is a Peruvian-born American painter. He immigrated to the United States in 1964, and he currently resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His paintings have graced the covers of dozens of science fiction paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically Swor Boris Vallejo is a Peruvian-born American painter.

100 of artist Boris Vallejo's finest sensual paintings come to life with gothic stories of desireFantasy and sensuality mingle in a journey of the senses in Enchantment, a showcase of Boris Vallejo's provocative paintings of men and women set against gothic tales of romance.

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BORIS VALLEJO attended the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, Peru before .

He arrived in the . In the years since, he has become a legend in the fantasy and science fiction art world. Many of his paintings have been collected in a number of art books including: Boris, The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo, Enchantment, Ladies, Fantasy Art Techniques, The Boris Vallejo Portfolio, Mirage, Diva, Fantasy Art Techniques, Dreams, Superheroes, Sketchbook. He has also published two collections of his photographic work, Bodies and Hindsight.

Fantasy Art by Boris Vallejo Comic Book Heros - 9 Stamp Sheet 2H-016.

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First published in 1999, the novel is based on the Ukrainian version of Sleeping Beauty and other folk tales. Various forms of magic, potions, and immortal deities also play an important role in the story.

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Flamehammer
"I'm ten years old, my whole life you've called me Vanya. My name is on the school records, on government papers as Ivan Petrovich Smetski. Now you tell me I'm really Itzak Shlomo. What am I, a Jewish secret agent?"

Growing up in Russia isn't easy if you were Jewish. Ivan's parents wanted to get him to America, so he could grow up in a land of freedom. And the way they were going to do it was by declaring themselves Jewish, and applying for a Visa to Israel. From there, they were going to go to America. Ivan could grow up free, and Piotr Smetski could teach at a University. But declaring yourself Jewish in 1975 had it's drawbacks in Russia. After Professor Smetski lost his job, the family lost their apartment, and still no Visa was to be had. So the Smetski's moved to the country near Kiev to live with Cousin Marek and his wife.

One day when Ivan was out running, he came across a clearing in the woods. The canopy of leaves overhead was "so dense that it was perpetually dusk at ground level". The ground was covered with leaves. When a slight breeze stirred the leaves, young Ivan could see something at the center. It was a woman: a beautiful, sleeping woman on a pedestal. And when the leaves moved, it wasn't just ground that it covered, but a wide chasm. Then something moved, and Ivan realized that he wasn't alone with the sleeping woman. There was some sort of creature hidden in the leaves. For a ten-year-old boy, this was too much. He ran off as fast as he could. But he never got a chance to tell anyone about what he saw (if he REALLY saw anything at all). Because when he returned to the country house, the family's Visa had come through and everyone was hurrying to get ready.

The plan worked, and the Smetski's immigrated to New York, to a small town close to Syracuse. And this is where Ivan grew into a man. He became a track star and a scholar. Fourteen years later, Ivan was working on his dissertation for his graduate degree. He was studying Russian Folklore and Ancient Languages, and figured the best way to finish his work would be to go back to Russia. At least that's what he told himself. Because in the back of his mind, he knew that he wanted to see if the woman, the clearing and the beast under the leaves was real.

The story of the Sleeping Beauty in most fairy tales ends once the Prince or Knight awakens the Princess and they live "Happily Ever After". But in this story it is only beginning. The best part of this tale is what happens after the beauty is awakened. Katerina is a 9th Century Princess who was hidden in time by the evil witch Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga's powers were so great because she had bound the Russian God, the Great Bear to her and was feeding off his power. What did she want? She wanted to rule to land of Tania, Katerina's land. So she hid Katerina away.....not knowing that Ivan would find her and lead her back to the 9th Century.

I have to admit, I wasn't thrilled with Katerina for a very long time in this book. She was so headstrong (which I usually like in a female character) that she wouldn't listen to reason. She had no sympathy for Ivan coming to a new place and time....and having no idea what the customs were or how he was supposed to act. But when fate sends the couple back to the modern time, she realized just how hard life was for someone who didn't have a clue.

Ivan, however, was a pure soul and I just fell in love with him right from the start. Far sooner than Katerina, that's for sure. Card did an incredible job of intertwining the lives of 2 people from different eras and making a fairy tale come to life. He truly is a gifted writer! On top of the fairy tale, he mixes in Russian folklore and creates a cast of characters that will stay with me for a long time. This was really a remarkable book, with a great story to tell. If you are a fan of Card, or just a fan of fairy tales, this is one book that you must be sure to read!!
Dukinos
As a young boy, Ivan and his family emigrated from Russia to America. On the way to America, they stopped at Cousin Marek’s farm for a short while. It was at this farm where the course of Ivan’s life changed. Ivan loved to run. He was out of one of his runs when he stumbled across a meadow filled with leaves. When he got nearer, the leaves began to move and he realized they were filling a chasm. There appeared to be a pedestal in the middle with what looked like a woman lying atop it. At that point, something within the leaves started moving toward him and, frightened, Ivan ran away. The family moved to America soon after and Ivan left that part of his life behind. He became a scholar and followed in the steps of his father to learn historic languages. He decided to travel back to Russia to finish his doctorate studies. While there, he visits his Cousin Marek's farm again. The itch that had been his adventure in the woods as a boy begins to occur again and he realizes he must go see the chasm again. This time he is determined to see what the fuss was really about. He was sure that he remembered incorrectly and there wouldn’t be a pedestal and with a woman lying in wait and there wouldn’t be a monster under the leaves set out to get him. How wrong he was. Though, as an adult he was determined not to run away. Instead, he put his running to good use. The monster turned out to be a bear that was set to attack anyone that approached the pedestal. He decided to tire out the bear by giving chase around the chasm. Then he would leap to the pedestal to save the woman lying there. As with any fairy tale story, he gave the woman a kiss and she awoke. She quickly exclaimed in proto-Slavic, a long dead language, that Ivan should ask her to marry him. By luck, Ivan could understand her because this is a language that he and his father had been studying. He asked her to marry him and the bear (who had been climbing up the pedestal to attack), was forced to retreat. The curse had been broken with the princess awoken and betrothed.

Ivan and Katerina (the sleeping Princess) cross a bridge that only Katerina can see and are transported back into the ninth century. Ivan arrives naked, as apparently nothing except the person themselves, can be brought through time. Ivan doesn’t understand the culture and the norms of the ninth century and tries to persuade Katerina to provide him with her shawl to cover up. She refuses, sighting it would be ghastly for a man to dress in women’s clothing. It would be better for him to walk through the village and arrive at her father’s (the King) house naked. This is just what he does. They arrive at the King’s house and everyone is excited that Katerina has returned. She’s been gone for months and no one could find her, though many tried. While it’s only been months for the local folk, it’s been many centuries to Ivan. It seems time carries on differently with the portal between the worlds. Ivan does not fit in the ninth century. He is lithe and spry from having been an athlete all his life. Men of the ninth century are bulky and muscular from having to work hard and Knights carrying shields and broad swords during battles. Everyone laughs at Ivan and believes that Katerina has made a poor choice for a husband. Katerina has her concerns as well, but is willing to marry Ivan for the sake of her people. It seems Baba Yaga, an evil witch, has cursed Katerina’s family. If there is no blood heir to the King’s line, then Baba Yaga will take the seat by force. But, she is held in check by others who are determined for a blood heir to rule the throne. As long as Katerina weds and produces a son, there will be an heir to the kingdom and Baba Yaga can make no move against the throne. But, she will do everything within her power (including moving through time) to ensure that Katerina doesn’t marry or produce a legitimate heir to the throne.

This book travels through time from the 1990’s to the ninth century. We get to see people out of their time and out of their element and their reactions with different circumstances. While the tale sounds unbelievable and that it would read like a true children’s fairy tale, it doesn’t. Yes, there are witches and Gods and fairy tale characters, but it reads like a historical romance tale (with some modern twists). It's about Ivan and Katerina and the obstacles in their way to find true love. It doesn’t seem the unlikely cast of characters...a Russian Jewish American boy and his family in the 1990's, Gods and fairy tale characters, witches, Kings and princesses and mortal men in the ninth century....would fit together, but Card has woven the story together deftly. I was taken in by Ivan and Katerina’s story and thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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"Round and round it went. What good were the rules of time when the rules of magic contradicted them?"