Richard George Adams (9 May 1920 – 24 December 2016) was an English novelist who wrote Watership Down, Maia, Shardik, and The Plague Dogs. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterwards, he completed his studies, and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author.
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But Maia is far better written than its predecessor. The book is named after its heroine, a gorgeous . . . peasant girl in the provinces who has an unusual facility for getting out of her chores. At her wits' end, her [step-]mother sells the girl to some flesh-traders, and thus begin Maia's extraordinary adventures as a bed-slave in the capital city of Bekla.
Maia has much of the ingenuous quality of Dorothy of Kansas, and Bekla is indeed a little like Oz. But instead of cute little Munchkins, Bekla is filled with licentious gourmands and other kinkos right out of the Satyricon. With her best friend and sometimes lover, Occula - an exotic black slave girl from across the desert and, as her name suggests, one possessed of occult knowledge - Maia is purchased by the most decadent Beklan of all, Sencho, the chief of Intelligence. (Sencho is so fat that he can't walk more than a few steps by himself and needs several pillows to support his belly when he sits down). Meanwhile, there are plots afoot to purge the empire of its decadent rulers, and Maia unwittingly becomes the enemy of a very envious and wicked queen.
Well, the rest is just so much Star Wars and lots of fun. Maia is like the Princess Leia with libido, and Occula is a tough-talking lesbian version of Han Solo. But what George Lucas did with visual images, reinventing the way we might look at something as commonplace as a barroom scene, Mr. Adams delivers in language, and with far more dexterity than he ever exhibited in . . . Shardik. He adds to the language invented in the earlier novel, finding a need in "Maia" for a revitalized vocabulary of dirty words. The freshness of the language does much to keep Maia above the pulpy mire to which it might be relegated were all the swearing and sexual admiration expressed in more familiar terms . . .
Echo Chernik has been called the "Premiere Art Nouveau Artist of her generation" and has illustrated countless books and posters and product designs, with clients ranging from the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to Disney. Her works have appeared in theaters, libraries, and grocers nationwide, United States Postal Service offices, and publications of every kind. In 2008, she began bringing her personal vision of what it means to be a powerful woman to the public. Sometimes that has included erotica and other times it includes simple unashamed nudity that elicits awe and admiration in her audience.
Echo read Maia when it was first released in the United States, and credits it with inspiring her artistic vision. Illustrating it is a dream come true, and her passion pours through every line.
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