Month: January 2014

Arthurian Africa? Two novels by Elizabeth Wein

Posted January 24, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Arthurian Africa? Two novels by Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein, The Winter Prince (1993) Elizabeth Wein, The Sunbird (2006) Elizabeth Wein has an unusual take on the Arthurian legend in her Lion Hunters series. She starts out in The Winter Prince focusing on Medraut (Mordred in other versions), who is usually portrayed in a fairly one-sided and unsympathetic way as the villain of […]

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Life During Wartime: The Two Mrs. Abbotts

Posted January 12, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Life During Wartime: The Two Mrs. Abbotts

D.E. Stevenson, The Two Mrs. Abbotts (1943) Between Miss Buncle Married and The Two Mrs. Abbotts, seven years elapsed, and the world changed utterly. England was now in the midst of the Second World War, and the screwball antics of the first two volumes perhaps seemed out of place to their creator. Whatever the reason, […]

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The Miss Buncle Books

Posted January 9, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
The Miss Buncle Books

D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle’s Book (1934) D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle Married (1936) ‘I’m an author,’ she said to herself. ‘How very odd!’ —from Miss Buncle’s Book In the early 20th century, Scottish novelist D.E. Stevenson produced a steady flow of popular light fiction. Several of these novels are now back in print, including the trio […]

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Joan Aiken: Storytelling Magic

Posted January 2, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 5 Comments
Joan Aiken: Storytelling Magic

Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962) And though the house had witnessed many strange scenes, wolf hunts and wine drinking and weddings and wars, it is doubtful whether during its whole history any of its inmates had had such adventures as those of Sylvia and Bonnie Green. Joan Aiken is a true storyteller–a […]

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The Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
The Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke (1986) Philip Pullman, The Shadow in the North (1988) Philip Pullman, The Tiger in the Well (1990)   Before there was Lyra Belacqua, there was Sally Lockhart. Prior to creating the unforgettable Lyra of The Golden Compass and its blockbuster sequels, Philip Pullman was perhaps best known for […]

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Monica Furlong: Wise and Wonderful

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Monica Furlong: Wise and Wonderful

  Monica Furlong, Wise Child (Random House, 1987) Monica Furlong, Juniper (Random House, 1990) Monica Furlong, Colman (Random House, 2004) “After breakfast, you must have a look at Daisy and the rest of the garden.  Then we’d better do some lessons.”             “In magic?” I asked.  I was both curious and scared.             Juniper laughed. […]

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A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

  Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book (2008) I’d be willing to wager that most readers who prowl these pages fell under the spell of words at an early age, finding both enchantment and release in their power to transport us to a different world. Laura Miller can trace her own bespellment to a particular book, […]

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Waging Peace: Power of Three

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Waging Peace: Power of Three

Diana Wynne Jones, Power of Three (1976) One of the things I love about Diana Wynne Jones’s books is that they are always thoughtful without being didactic.  One never has the sense of being offered a “problem novel” with some topic-du-jour to be chewed on for one’s own good.  They always deliver a cracking good […]

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My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle (Greenwillow, 1986) Some people just don’t “get” fantasy. They are unable to comprehend the appeal of stories full of people who never existed and never could have, genealogical tables composed entirely of unpronounceable names, and endless endpaper maps portraying craggy coastlines that look like Wales, but aren’t, quite. They […]

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