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So, did everyone see Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast? Any thoughts? I thought it was an ok remake, though of course the 1991 film was better. Only Angela Lansbury can sing the title song, amirite? I did like the very Rococo … Continue reading
“Don’t you love the cold forest? Doesn’t the howl of the wolf thrill you through with fearful delight?”
I’ve been following the reading list on an online syllabus for “Fairy Tales Then and Now,” a course at Rutgers. The first two units focus on versions of Little Red Riding Hood and disobedience tales like Bluebeard, in versions from Charles … Continue reading
Witi Ihimaera. The Whale Rider. NZ ePenguin, 2008 (orig. 1987). Kindle ed. Rating: 5 out of 5 spears of destiny thrown across a thousand years. . . . . . I listed this one in my 2013 year-end review, but never got … Continue reading
It’s that time again! Peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, last-minute shopping and family reunions, and lists of this year’s highlights. As a general reading trend this year, I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQIA literature, and I think it’s an awesome … Continue reading
Sarah Porter. Vassa in the Night. New York: Tor Books, 2016. Rating: 4 out of 5 lilac-nailed disembodied hands who would love to chop your head off. This was a good choice for Halloween, what with much of the story taking … Continue reading
Laurie Brooks. Selkie Girl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Rating: 3 out of 5 Chosen One stories Of course I thought this would be right up my alley. I first encountered this story as a one-act play years ago, and … Continue reading
Esther Dalseno. Drown: a Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale. Berlin: 3 Little Birds Books, 2015. Rating: 2.5 out of 5 oranges This book gave me such mixed feelings. I first learned of it from Tess of Tesscatiful, and … Continue reading
Yep, it’s time for more re-worked fairy tale collections, including another Windling/Datlow book! Hey, I’ll keep reviewing them as long as I keep finding ’em 🙂 Christine Heppermann. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. This … Continue reading
First, my favorite tales from two young adult anthologies: The Green Man – a collection focused on the mythical spirit(s) of the forest – and The Coyote Road – a collection of trickster tales. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. … Continue reading