The Hyphen Trick

Isn’t funny how if you insert a hyphen and the odd letter or two, the word you are familiar with can become something slightly different?

In this book, there is a twist on the word Angel. It becomes Ange’el. Author Jamie Le Fey.

Once it is different of course you can start the story. You can apply to your reading the art of reason. Now reason is an interesting thing – just what is reasonable to assume when one reads a story? The reason of the story? Or why it exists? Or why what happens in the story happens at all?

Ursula Le Guin says in her classic book Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, women, places, that “In the telling of a story, reason is only a support system. It can provide causal connection; it can extrapolate; it can judge what is likely, plausible, possible.”

The reason in this story that we are looking for, is why change the word? What is it that changing the word adds to the story? Clearly much as we ow postulate a different world whether the word Ange’el is their name for themselves – and whoa, yes, they can have wings! They are superior beings from their nature and thus guide us in our development. Or at least they assume they are superior beings.

We now come to the idea of a superior being and an angel and the various different interpretations of what they are beginning with ultimate racist superior being to the cuddly angel on your Xmas tree, via some of the most scary characters you have ever met or imagined as they are so rigid in their morals and ideals. Wikipedia says that an angel is a supernatural being or spirit found in various religions and mythologies. In Zoroastrianism and Abrahamic religions they are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings,

I am always concerned about the whole concept superior beings especially ones that live alongside the human race and try to guide us in our behaviour. I am a believer that we create our own fate, although we may have many lives in which to do this, and that Karma is important in so many ways. Thus it is important that we take responsibility for ourselves and don’t rely on being helped along by any creature however high and mighty, and also that no -one person is superior to any other – we are all different and everyone has something to contribute that makes them unique and special. The contribution, of course, should be positive, but again how are we to judge? Although we know evil when we see it. So if there are angels then there are demons? Or devils? Oh dear, what a quagmire we get ourselves into here…

Back to the book. What I liked was the feminist twists and the strong women – an Amazonian tribe with warriors and Queens and healers all women. There was also some really good stuff here for teenagers as there are not often good examples of strong women who are changing the world in a format that is accessible to them – fantasy fiction.

I did like it and would certainly recommend to teenage girls but it just didn’t set my reading sense alerts high enough for me to want to read the next book – which, by the way, is only just being written and you can influence the plot if you go to the author’s web page.

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