Just two days ago, one of the most beloved children's authors died. One who breathed life into talking animals: warriors, vermin, abbots and abbesses alike. One who blessed the world with tales of an eternally young boy and his dog. One who I will always regard in high esteem; an author who wove together some of the most fascinating tales that many people will hold in their hearts forever.
Yes, dear friends. I'm talking about Brian Jacques.
I just read the news from whisper's blog, and also several online articles to confirm the fact. He died at the age of 71, of a heart attack.
My first thought was, I hope he was saved, but alas, I won't know until I get to Heaven myself.
My second thought was, No more Redwall?!? No more Ben and Ned.... no more.... no more....
However, his last book, The Rogue Crew, will be published in March. I'll be looking forward to it, though it'll be a bittersweet read.
My third thought was, Wow. Look at what he's left behind: over 20 books for us to read and cherish and remember him by. 21 Redwall books, 3 books from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series, among several other books.
He's left behind quite an incredible armada of tales. And I know for a fact that they've left a permanent mark on me. His epic tales of good and evil opened doors to other worlds-- worlds I was better for having visited.
And as an author, too, he was impacted me. His stories were A and B the C of D, without reserve. As a writer, I hope to one day be at least half as decent of a storyteller that he was.
Do me a favor, for the late Brian Jaqcues, please. Comment and tell me what your favorite book of his was, and your favorite thing about the world of Redwall.
And then go back and re-read every single Brian Jacques book you can get your hands on.
From me, be expecting posts on each of his books, as reviews and tributes to him.
What a legendary writer he was, let me tell you. The world feels a little emptier without him in it anymore.
But, fellow writers, let us take up the pen he has left behind. Write epics and tales that will impact the world, as he did. Write with an energy, a zeal, and a vigor, the cry of Eulaliaaaaa! bursting from your lungs.
Give 'em blood 'n' vingar, chaps. Wot wot!
Without further ado,
Thank you, Brian Jacques. And farewell.