Tag: fairy tales

New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Posted January 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 28 Comments
New Release Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) I opened The Bear and the Nightingale with great anticipation and not a little trepidation; since the trend for fairy-tale fiction exploded some years ago, there have been some brilliant entries in the genre and some derivative duds. Katherine Arden’s debut novel looked promising, with its half-magical, […]

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Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Jack Zipes, editor/translator, The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (1995) While Witch Week was going on, I was reading a collection of Hermann Hesse’s short fiction that in some way references the fairy tale tradition (doing double duty for German Literature Month). I loved The Glass Bead Game when I read it years ago, and […]

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Witch Week 2015: Readalong of The Bloody Chamber

Posted November 5, 2015 by Lory in events / 11 Comments
Witch Week 2015: Readalong of The Bloody Chamber

This post is part of Witch Week, an annual celebration of fantasy books and authors. This year’s theme is New Tales from Old, focusing on fiction based in fairy tale, folklore, and myth. For more about Witch Week, see the Master Post. Please don’t miss the chance to enter the giveaway for a gorgeous Folio […]

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Ten Favorite Fairytale Retellings

Posted August 4, 2015 by Lory in lists / 28 Comments
Ten Favorite Fairytale Retellings

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Favorite Fairy Tale Retellings. I already did a post on seven of my favorites, but here are ten more that I enjoyed. (As you can tell, this is one of my favorite genres — I’d love more recommendations!) Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Rapunzel) A Curse Dark as Gold […]

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Once Upon a Time: Bitter Greens

Posted May 22, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 19 Comments
Once Upon a Time: Bitter Greens

Kate Forsyth, Bitter Greens (2012)   We tend to think of the tellers of fairy tales as anonymous, their personalities smoothed out and obscured by time, details of their lives irrelevant to the archetypal stories that have come down to us. But in fact the tellers and writers of these familiar tales were often real, […]

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New Release Review: Victorian Fairy Tales

Posted May 8, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 19 Comments
New Release Review: Victorian Fairy Tales

Michael Newton, ed., Victorian Fairy Tales (2015)   “If we wish to understand the Victorians, we should read their dreams,” says editor Michael Newton in his introduction to Victorian Fairy Tales. This impressive new one-volume collection goes a long way toward facilitating that goal. Along with the most important, influential, and frequently anthologized stories of […]

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