@kodili_nduka : “I am proud that a Nigerian wrote Guardians of the Seal”

On September 02, 2016, I announced the winner of my giveaway of Tunde Leye’s newest book, Guardians of the Seal. Kodili Nduka won it. You can read the announcement here. Like I said in the post, it was a tough call to make as I also liked Seyi Adeoye’s entry. The singular determining reason I picked Kodili was because she promised to review the book after reading. So, the book was mailed to her and she has sent in her review. It is a short, but quite interesting review. She made me want to go read the book all over again. Her review reminds me of something I said to Tunde Leye when I went over to his office to collect my advance copy of the book. I told him, my greatest wish is to see the book being adapted into a movie – a Hollywood produced movie. The plot was just so un-Nigerian. You could think you were “watching” a Harry Porter movie whilst reading the book. The metal images forming in my head as I read the book were just too real. My reaction to the book is in tandem with Kodili’s conclusion: I am proud that the book is written by a Nigerian. You can find Kodili’s review below after the image.

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It is an interesting book! I noticed the following whilst reading:

  1. You can tell a lot of thought went into it to make sure the story fit together and blended somewhat with what we already know about some of the characters. E.g. pg 11, when Lucifer visited the garden of Eden, it was mentioned that he transformed to his pre-rebellion form because his present demon form would have been repelled by the nature of God…. Also, I liked that he noted that the demons had no love for each other and would cheer when one of them gets into trouble. That’s why they’re evil. Lol. Also, giving Gulliam the worst punishment despite the correct gist he brought was so unfair. Guess that’s why he’s the devil! The eni and eji transformation was cool too.
  2. I liked his use of words e.g. pg 8 where he mentioned that the formerly high-ranking demons retained the annoying habit of ‘speaking in circles’. Lol, I could visualize that scene.
  3. I liked the stones at the top of each new sub-story (I don’t know what to call it).
  4. The way he described the story around the Garden of Eden at the beginning of the book and filled in those parts that are “missing” from the Bible makes it so believable. Also, the book’s explanation of the role of the guardians and archangels is something I could tell my child. Though I’m not happy he didn’t talk about Angel Raphael.
  5. I noticed some typos e.g pg 65, the last word on line 19 should be ‘here’ not ‘her’; pg 158, line 23, I think it should be ‘cut off by’. From pg 95 to the end of the book, there’s a different font…I don’t know if it was intentional. Sometimes he used Lex instead of Alex…don’t know if that was intentional too but it was confusing at times.

In summary, I felt proud that a Nigerian wrote this kind of book. The book made me think about man’s relationship with God and raised some questions e.g. why did God allow Lucifer to distort the perfect life in the Garden of Eden? Surely he must have known that Lucifer would visit Adam and Eve and try to do something mischievous. Also, I feel if the book is modified just a little, it could be a good story book for kids as the fighting, magic, etc. would generate excitement.

 

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Addendum:

Have you read the book? What do you make of it?

You have not read the book? Here is a link on how and where to get/buy it: https://tlsplace.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/where-to-buy-guardians-of-the-seal/

 

Addendum2:

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Winner of “Guardians of the Seal” Giveaway announced

So, two days ago, I published this post (https://haroldwrites.com/2016/08/31/grillandread-report-card/comment-page-1/#comment-523 )and promised to giveaway @tundeleye ‘s new book, Guardians of the Seal, today. A couple of people entered for the giveaway. After keenly scrutinising the entries, two people really convinced me to give them the book. The two people who convinced me were Kodili and Seyi Adeoye. However, and like I said in the post, only one person can win it. In view of the foregoing, I have been constrained to pick one person, and that person is Kodili. Congratulations. I’ll contact you through the email you dropped. Thanks to everyone who participated and those who retweeted the link on Twitter. Thanks also to those who liked the Facebook Ad on the giveaway. To those who did not win, better luck next time.

If you like my Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/haroldwrites ), you may as well follow me on Twitter. I do fun stuff there which I don’t do here. It is https://twitter.com/haroldwrites .

The two entries that really piqued my interest are shown below. Kodili won because she promised to do a review of the book.

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Have a fabulous weekend ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

#GrillandRead Report Card

Read this post to the end. I’ll be giving away the book, Guardians of the Seal by Tunde Leye at the end of this post.

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On Saturday, August 27, 2016, I attended the first #GrillandRead event in Lagos. #GrillandRead is a literary event and it held at the RoofTop of CCHub, Yaba, Lagos (yes, the very same CCHub that Mark Zuckerberg visited on Tuesday August 30, 2016). I could have sworn I stood on the exact spot Mark stood on (when I excused myself from the #GrillandRead event to enter CCHub work space on Saturday). I guess great minds stand alike.

Anyway, back to the gist of this post. #GrillandRead was a very fun event. The gate fee was a meagre N1,500 per person and N6,000 for a group of 5 people. I hope the organisers  don’t read this post and be like, “Oh, meagre N1,500? We’re making it N50,000 next time”. Mba, you guys should not even “thunk” it.

So as I was saying…There were performances by poets and spoken word artists, critiquing of books and movie adaptation of those books, meet and greet with authors, book auctions, networking with strange and familiar faces, consumption of grilled turkey and yes, dance! Dance!! Dance!!!

I particularly loved the book auctioning process. I actually won the first auction. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram , you may have known that by now. The books are Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko; Sector IV by Abigail Anaba; June 12, 1993: Annulment by Abraham Oshoko; Promise of The Future by Towunmi Coker and Guardians of the Seal by Tunde Leye.

I loved the concept of the book, June 12, 1993: Annulment by Abraham Oshoko. It is the first graphic novel by a Nigerian that I would ever come across. And it is really beautiful too and well bound! Kudos to Farafina!

I can’t wait to read Tunde Leye’s Guardians of the seal. Nigeria has been waiting for that book like since forever. I hear it will be officially launched on September 25, 2016 (I hope I heard right). Watch out for that one. I’m glad to have won this book during the auction but since Tunde Leye had prior to now, promised to give me an advanced copy of the book, I want to give away the copy I won.

Another reason I enjoyed #GrillandRead was because I was able to put a face (and voice) to some people I have come across (who I may not even be following) on Twitter. It was good to know how they look and sound in person. Tonypox did a good job Emceeing.

There was also books sale at the event.

The highlight of the event for nightcrawlers (unfortunately for me, I am not that type), was the after party at night. Come and see groove on a Rooftop! Blazing music, dark clouds with spots of shiny stars above your head, trail of red lights in Yaba traffic below, the feel of cool breeze against your body, and the feel of another sweaty human body against yours. Literati folks sure know how to have fun.

Here are a few pictures I took at the event. Sorry they aren’t that much.

From L - R: Oge,Harold, Toperants, Seun Odukoya

From L – R: Oge,Harold, Toperants, Seun Odukoya

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Slaying the dragon

Slaying the dragon

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With the GodFather, Tunde Leye

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Books I won at the auction.

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GUARDIANS OF THE SEAL GIVEAWAY

I have decided to give away a copy of Tunde Leye’s Guardians of the Seal. Answer these two simple questions for a chance to win the book.

  1. Why have I decided to giveaway Tunde Leye’s book?
  2. Why should I give you the book?

 

I have no particular format for choosing the winner of this giveaway. Just let me know your answers in the comments section below and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday, September 2nd, 2016, on or before 3:00pm Nigerian time. Also include your contact email after your answer.

You can share this post and ask your friends to participate. That way, if you don’t win it, one of your friends just might win it. And you guys will read the book one after the other. *wink*