(9/2/02 3:20:48 pm)
| leterary fairy tales|
has any one read
A Necklace of Fallen Stars
by Beth Hilgartner
In the Time of the Bells
by Maria Gripe
Girl Who Sat by the Ashes
by Padraic Colum
The Perils of Putney
by Stephen Krensky
A Troll in Passing
by Stephen Krensky
by Ann Lawrence
The Dragon Hoard
by Tanith Lee
The Great and Terrible Quest
by Margaret Lovett
Hope of the Katzekopfs: A Fairy Tale
by Francis Paget, William Churne
by Midori Snyder
The Seventh Swan
by Nicholas Stuart Gray
if you have please tell me what they are about and if you would recommend them. i want to buy one, but would like to know if they are any good before i spend money on them. Also if anyone knows of any other literary fairy tales please tell me. Thanks.
(9/2/02 6:24:39 pm)
| Literary fairy tales|
After noting your list, you might notice that Midori Snyder, author
of Soulstring, has repsonded to some of your previous postings.
I feel certain that she would recommend it.
(9/3/02 4:24:52 pm)
| The Seventh Swan|
The only one of your list that I've personally read is N.S. Gray's _The Seventh Swan_. I really liked it. It took me a little while to get used to the fact that he "jumps" points of view a lot, but it is good. Lots of misadventures--perhaps the moral of the story is "When you're trying to pretend that a certain old mine shaft is an entrance to Faerie...best make sure, first, that it's NOT ACTUALLY an entrance to faerie." Lol. I liked it. Feisty heroine, too, which is always a plus.
(9/14/02 7:52:53 am)
| another book to add to the list|
The Farthest-Away Mountain
by Lynne Reid Banks
(9/15/02 9:19:00 am)
<<<The only one of your list that I've personally read is N.S. Gray's _The Seventh Swan_. I really liked it. It took me a little while to get used to the fact that he "jumps" points of view a lot, but it is good. Lots of misadventures--perhaps the moral of the story is "When you're trying to pretend that a certain old mine shaft is an entrance to Faerie...best make sure, first, that it's NOT ACTUALLY an entrance to faerie." >>>
I haven't read this book, but I'm going to now!
(9/15/02 10:16:07 am)
BlackHolly-- pardon my ignorance, but would you happen to be the author of the upcoming Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale? I've been looking forward to its publication ever since I saw it listed on Amazon.
(9/15/02 5:32:28 pm)
<<would you happen to be the author of the upcoming Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale? I've been looking forward to its publication ever since I saw it listed on Amazon. >>
I am having trouble processing the idea that someone heard of me.
I hope you like the book.
(9/15/02 7:21:40 pm)
| New fall fairy tale books... |
One of my favorite things to do is to go to Amazon and look for new books under the Children 12 and up fantasy category. Tithe was listed, and I was intrigued by the title because I've always associated the word with the Tam Lin ballad. And lo and behold...
There were a couple of other titles of note-- Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold, and E. D. Baker's The Frog Princess. Why can't all these books come out during the summer when I have more time to read?
(9/15/02 8:51:10 pm)
| Re: New fall fairy tale books... |
Jean Ferris was at an awards dinner last night I attended--Neil Gaiman was there, too. I didn't get to speak to either of them--didn't really try actually. I got to read a few pages of "Marigold" in the trade show and just wanted to take it home to read and review it! Alas, I haven't that power... But it looks like a lighthearted, fun read, so our anticipation shouldn't be wasted. Didn't see Baker's book displayed anywhere, but I am waiting for it and Fairie-ality with anticipation.
Holly, I am excited about your book, too. I can't wait for Amazon to finally put up a cover image of it, too.
(9/16/02 9:06:50 am)
| literary recommendations|
I recommend Soulstring! (Has it been reissued yet, Midori?) It is about a young woman who escapes from her controlling father to find love, loyalty, and mostly, her own strengths. That's my one sentence summary!
I also think Tanith Lee is an awesome writer.
Lately I've been gobbling up Phillip Pullmann (thanks to another recommendation). Look for his books if you have not found them already.
I agree, too bad summer is over! Back to student papers.
(9/16/02 7:50:26 pm)
Thanks, Heidi. Yeah, I can't wait for amazon to put up the cover image either, especially since it ships this week!
I am excited to see more of Fairie-ality too. I preordered it, so it's something to look forward to (November promises to be a good month for books with that and Fall of the Kings coming).
(9/16/02 10:22:18 pm)
| Re: thanks!|
Leah, two other good authors to try are Caroline Stevemer (particularly When the King Comes Home and College of Magics) and Joyce Ballou Gregorian's Tredana trilogy.
(9/17/02 11:13:11 am)
| Caroline Stevermer, etc.|
My favorite book of Stevermer's is actually The Serpent's Egg, which is so woefully hard to find that Half.com didn't even list it the last time I checked.
The MagicQuest series, published in the 80s, is a generally excellent collection of YA fantasy-- not necessarily fairy tale oriented, though many of them are. There were fewer than twenty published, and though they can be a little tricky to find now, still turn up in used bookstores. (I've put up a list of all the ones in the series on Amazon.) By the way, the MagicQuest version of Talking to Dragons has black and white illustrations throughout!
(9/17/02 11:18:18 am)
I think this one is going to be neat. I requested and got promotional materials for the book. The materials I got are really gorgeous (expensive!) and fun. The text is coy, sweet, charming. The images are really beautiful: tiny outfits made from flowers, bark, seeds. I can't wait for my review copy--the only way I will be able to "afford" this one is to write about it. Not a bad way to earn books, though, not at all. No complaints here!