once upon a conversation (b)

The husband and I are reading Pat Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind together. The bulk of the book is the protagonist Kvothe recounting his youth and essentially fleshing out the man behind the Legend, relaying the sources of many a story about him. Still Kvothe, a figure of Legendary/mythic proportion (of which we have…

Clarke’s Graces

While browsing for a Sci Fi Experience read in the Sci Fi/Fantasy section of the Library, I encountered Susanna Clarke’s The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. Note the base of the spine in the picture. Now, I cannot say that I am an expert on the most inarguable distinctions between Science Fiction and…

A Real Holaderry Treat

When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average eleven-year-old, so when he identifies the bone as human,…

frightfully enchanting…

In 1944 fascist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she’s a princess,…

skimming the surface

Note: This post will read more like notes than they usually do…though it should be spoiler-free (which is not usual). *** The daughter and I are a huge fan of Cornelia Funke stories. Inkheart was the first thick book Natalya inhaled (wow, some years back now). Igraine the Brave is a long-held favorite. Hearing about…

works like a charm

The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010. 261 pages. This one was reviewed by Melissa on her blog “Book Nut.” I immediately opened a tab and requested it from the library. Here are the Publisher’s Comments: In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined…

slaying princes

Ivy’s Ever After by Dawn Lairamore Holiday House, 2010. 192 pages. Filled with humor and high adventure, this fractured fairy tale tells how a spirited, nonconformist princess and an undersized, non-threatening dragon join forces to foil an evil prince’s dastardly plot to destroy their kingdom.–Powell’s Books I picked up Ivy’s Ever After after reading Stacy…