(10/23/02 6:06:56 pm)
| Thanks, Terri.|
...for the list of names. I will check them out. I try and read reviews of authors and I've never heard of any of these people! I tend to find that not only crossover fiction but crossover adult/children's fantasy fiction is among some of the best stuff being written, in my opinion, anyway. It's like a new renaissance. I've never seen so much fantasy in both the adult and young adult shelves - sometimes the same book in both sections. Right now I'm trying to keep up with the recent re-issuing of Dianne Wynn Jones back catalog, most of which have been long out of print. Who ever said that Harry Potter didn't open up some doors...
Once Upon A Marigold. That sounds familiar.
(10/24/02 4:23:08 pm)
| Ah, of course...|
...It sounds familiar because there is an ad for it on the main webpage! Doh!
(10/26/02 10:00:13 pm)
| Book Recommendation|
"The Ill-Made Mute" by Cecilia Dart-Thornton.
This book isn't strictly based on a single faery tale, but takes a great deal of inspiration from both Celtic and Continental mythos. It's the first in a trilogy (I have also read the second book, "The Lady of the Sorrows," which has a truly intriguing rendition of the Pied Piper story, and am waiting on the third).
High fantasy novel with great characters and prose to drown in. Plus, it's literally a crash course in faery mythology (wights: seelie v. unseelie v. tricksy, etc).
I'd recommend it to anyone who likes high fantasy, and though it isn't *entirely* faery-tale related, it does have many aspects that would lead me to comment on it on this board.
(10/27/02 8:59:32 am)
| Once Upon a Marigold|
I read it this Friday after a semi-disastrous anthropology midterm, and even in a very negative frame of mind, I still found it charming and sweet. A few parts were a trifle too sweet for me, but it could just have been because of my mood. It's somewhere in between Goose Chase, Dealing with Dragons, The Ordinary Princess, and the tone is slightly Vivian Vande Velde-ish, though without so much of the irony that flavors her writing. A very good place to be...
It's funny that the cover blurb announces it to be "...part
everything-but-the-kitchen-sink." Searching for Dragons can
remedy that. The kitchen sink scene is one of my favorites. Even
plumbing, when involving magic swords, dragons' kitchens, and sensible
princesses, can be quite cool.