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Ralf Isau & Neschan trilogy

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  • Julia Palffy
    Here is some further information about Isau and his books: 1) Ordering his books in German Today I looked up Ralf Isau s books on the VLB (German equivalent of
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 19, 2001
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      Here is some further information about Isau and his books:

      1) Ordering his books in German

      Today I looked up Ralf Isau's books on the VLB (German equivalent of 'Books
      in Print') website. For those of you who understand German, this is to be
      found at: http://www.buchhandel.de/, where you can search by the author's
      name and order the books online.

      Here are the titles I found:

      - The Neschan trilogy:
      - Die Träume des Jonathan Jabbok (the dreams of J.J.)
      - Das Geheimnis des siebten Richters (the secret of the 7th judge)
      - Das Lied der Befreiung Neschans (th song of the deliverance of Neschan)

      Further titles (not belonging to the Neschan story, but all fantasy)

      - Der Drache Gertrud (The dragon Gertrude)
      - Das Echo der Flüsterer (The echo of the Whisperers)
      - Der Kreis der Dämmerung (the twilight circle)
      - Das Museum der gestohlenen Erinnerungen (the museum of stolen memories)
      - Das Netz der Schattenspiele (the net of shadow tricks)

      As far as I know, all of Isau's books are fantasy books, and his publisher
      is Thienemann (http://www.thienemann.de/). The publisher's homepage (only in
      German, sorry) has a section called "Autoren & Illustratoren" where you can
      look up information about Ralf Isau, including his e-mail address.

      2) About the author (translated from the summary in my books)

      "Ralf Isau was born in Berlin 1956. Today he works as a computer specialist
      and lives with his wife and daughter Mirjam near Stuttgart. As a
      counterweight to his technically oriented profession, he has already been
      interested in fantasy literature for a long time."
      In the afterword to the last volume of the Neschan trilogy, he acknowledges
      Michael Ende ("The Neverending Story", "Momo") as the friend who helped him
      get his own manuscript published.

      3) Summary of the Neschan trilogy (translated from the blurbs)

      The Dreams of Jonathan Jabbok
      Jonathan Jabbok is bound to a wheelchair. Because of this, he cannot take
      part in the activities of his boarding school classmates, which means that
      he has a lot of spare time on his hands. He buries himself into his books,
      but his dreams also occupy him a lot. They take him into the strange land of
      Neschan, where he experiences a continuous story as a strong and healthy boy
      called Yonathan. At first, these dreams are a welcome change for Jonathan,
      as they help him bear his loneliness better. But when events precipitate in
      Neschan, he discovers that the time he spends dreaming is missing in his
      "real" life. His dream-brother Yonathan is chosen to fulfill an ancient
      prophecy. In a cave, he finds a mysterious staff which gives its bearer
      special powers. This staff had vanished long ago, and only with its help can
      the country be freed rom evil powers. However, it must first be taken to a
      distant place, called the Garden of Wisdom. With his dream-brother, Jonathan
      sets out on a long and dangerous journey that takes him further and further
      away from the Earth.

      The Secret of the Seventh Judge
      Time and space are two confusing dimensions for Jonathan Jabbok. He is bound
      to his wheelchair and lives with his grandfather in the Jabbok family
      mansion in the Scottish Highlands. In his dreams, however, the world of
      Neschan, in which he takes over the role of his dream-brother Yonathan, is
      his home. Yonathan, just fourteen years old, is confronted with an almost
      impossible task: he has been chosen to take the long-lost staff Haschevet to
      the Garden of Wisdom. According to an ancient prophecy, this is the only way
      to keep the powers of evil from spreading eternal darkness over Neschan.
      After Yonathan and his friend Yomi have left the cursed Hidden Land, they
      come to a curious ship cemetery, which soon turns out to be a trap. They
      fall into the hands of pirates, and from this moment on an adventurous
      journey begins. The supernatural gifts which the staff Haschevet rouses in
      Yonathan will shape him into a decisive figure in the struggle between
      terrible powers...

      The Song of the Deliverance of Neschan
      Three years have gone by since Yonathan's dreams became true. He is no
      longer the lonely Scottish boy in a wheelchair, an outsider and a dreamer.
      But now that he loves in Neschan, new difficulties await him. Bar-Hazzat,
      the ruler of Temanah, is about to bring all Neschan under his power. Only
      the seventh Judge, says an ancient prophecy, can hold back the plots of the
      dark powers. And Yonathan is the seventh Judge, and what is more, the
      youngest one there ever was. Far too early, he must break off the lessons of
      his teacher Goel, to set off on a journey which will take him halfway around
      the world. Only if he succeeds in finding and destroying the six crimson
      "eyes" of Bar-Hazzat can he attempt the duel against the all too powerful
      dark ruler. Luckily, Yonathan has trusty helpers: the staff Haschevet, which
      lends him supernatural powers, and old friends who have already travelled
      with him on his first journey. However, his confidence is soon put to a hard
      test: Bar-Hazzat has set a terrible hunter on Yonathan's tracks - one the
      seventh Judge would have expected least of all...

      Hoping you'll find this information useful, and sorry if the posting is
      rather long...


      Julia Palffy
      Zug, Switzerland
      jupalffy@...
    • David S. Bratman
      Thank you for that information, Julia. I read German a little, and am faintly curious. But first I d want to know if the books are good. A lot of
      Message 2 of 6 , Apr 19, 2001
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        Thank you for that information, Julia. I read German a little, and am
        faintly curious. But first I'd want to know if the books are good. A lot
        of enticing-looking fantasy books are not.

        One can also order the books online from the German Amazon site, www.amazon.de.

        David Bratman
      • WendellWag@aol.com
        In a message dated 4/19/01 2:13:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, ... His last name is Jabbok and he s Scottish? (Note that neither he nor his family are recent
        Message 3 of 6 , Apr 19, 2001
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          In a message dated 4/19/01 2:13:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
          jupalffy@... writes:

          > He is bound
          > to his wheelchair and lives with his grandfather in the Jabbok family
          > .

          His last name is Jabbok and he's Scottish? (Note that neither he nor his
          family are recent immigrants to Scottish. There's a "family mansion".)
          O.K., a quick search showed that this is a Biblical reference. Jabbok is a
          river mentioned in the Bible. According to Genesis 32:22-24, this is where
          Jacob "wrestled with the Lord." Excuse my literal-mindedness, but these
          sorts of weird names play havoc with my suspension of disbelief.

          Wendell Wagner


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        • WendellWag@aol.com
          O.K., what s going on here? Not only did it take over an hour for that message to get back to me after I sent it, but half the quotation was cut ... Wendell
          Message 4 of 6 , Apr 19, 2001
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            O.K., what's going on here? Not only did it take over an hour for that
            message to get back to me after I sent it, but half the quotation was cut
            off. It should have said:

            > He is bound to his wheelchair and lives with his
            > grandfather in the Jabbok family mansion in the
            > Scottish Highlands.

            Wendell Wagner


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          • Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
            We Jews are everywhere, even the mayor of Dublin, Ireland has been a Jew! Admittedly Jabbok is a weird name (I can t even find it in a rather extensive last
            Message 5 of 6 , Apr 19, 2001
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              We Jews are everywhere, even the mayor of Dublin, Ireland has
              been a Jew! Admittedly Jabbok is a weird name (I can't even find
              it in a rather extensive last name directory search), but I've
              lived with weirder names in fantasy stories. At least the name
              has some kind of meaning being Biblical and all. I'm sure the
              meaning relates to the story as so many fantasy names do.

              I definitely can live with it, but then again, I'm a Jew.

              Mythically yours,

              Lisa

              WendellWag@... wrote:

              > His last name is Jabbok and he's Scottish? (Note that neither
              > he nor his
              > family are recent immigrants to Scottish. There's a "family
              > mansion".)
              > O.K., a quick search showed that this is a Biblical reference.
              > Jabbok is a
              > river mentioned in the Bible. According to Genesis 32:22-24,
              > this is where
              > Jacob "wrestled with the Lord." Excuse my literal-mindedness,
              > but these
              > sorts of weird names play havoc with my suspension of
              > disbelief.
              >
              >
            • WendellWag@aol.com
              In a message dated 4/20/01 12:24:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ... Yes, I know that there have been several Jewish mayors of Dublin. That s in a city. We re
              Message 6 of 6 , Apr 20, 2001
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                In a message dated 4/20/01 12:24:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
                lisa@... writes:


                > We Jews are everywhere, even the mayor of Dublin, Ireland has
                > been a Jew!

                Yes, I know that there have been several Jewish mayors of Dublin. That's in
                a city. We're apparently supposed to believe though that a family that has
                been in Scotland for centuries (they have a family mansion) has the last name
                Jabbok. Jabbok apparently isn't even a modern Jewish name. There are no
                Jabboks listed in any phone directory in the U.S. I can't come up with any
                Jabboks in a search engine either (other than references to the Biblical
                river).

                Wendell Wagner


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