Category Archives: folklore/fairy tales

Lots and lots of comics

How did everyone make out on Free Comic Book Day?  I was only able to visit one comics store this year, but I did discover some new titles to keep an eye on.  Particularly Hilda, from Nobrow Press, and I Hate Fairyland, … Continue reading

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“Nothing about him reminded me of humanity.”

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

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“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

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The Whale Rider

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

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2016 year-end review

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

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“A living flood of night”

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

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Selkie Girl

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

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Drown: a Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale

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

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Poisoned apples, twisted tales, and mer-lore

  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

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More Datlow/Windling anthologies

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

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