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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fairy Tale Week

Hey, internet family! Wanted to let you know I am participating in a lovely little thing this week called Once Upon a Week, which is a week chock full of fab fairytaleness, hosted by Today's Adventure.
As I am slightly fairy tale obsessed, I had to join in. Of course. Because I don't have enough to do, right?

Anywho, there is a full week of things planned, all of which I am going to (try to) participate in.

Monday*: I'm kicking the week off right with a review of Ash and an interview with author Malinda Lo!!!

Tuesday: blogger interviews -- I will be hosting two: Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase and Ink and Paper, and Emilee from Penultimate Page (I, in return, will be featured on their pages)

Wednesday: WoW The Fairy Tale edition

Thursday: Fairy Tale meme, where people will be doing some fun things (I will try my best on this one, but time is a factor)

Friday: review -- I want your input on my final review. I haven't decided whether to share my thoughts on:
Another retold fairy tale like:
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Singer by Jean Thesman
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

or something with a fairy tale feel, that is not a retold tale, like:
Holly Black's Modern Tales of Faerie series
Wicked Lovely

or, I may review some short story retellings, like those found in
Silver Birch, Blood Moon

So what would you guys like to see? Keep in mind, I may still pick something different, or I may even revive an old ft review, but I want to know what catches your eye. Remember, too, that whatever I review goes into the possible prize bucket for the 100 followers contest, where the winner gets to choose any book I've reviewed for their very own self. So
Let. Me. Know.

*review (a linky will be posted atToday's Adventure, so you might want to stop by there through out the week to check out some great reviews)


  1. So cool...must look into this more! Also Goose Girl, I'd love to hear more. Before I reread it this summer I actually read the original tale, and it was interesting in how it was such a...how should I put this...girls should be meek and docile good wives way...

  2. I don't know whether you should review Goose Girl, because I loved it and would really like to win it. Or Deerskin, because I don't know if I should read it or not. Or maybe A Curse Dark As Gold, because I'm also reviewing it this week. Hmmm...

    So excited!!

  3. Elizabeth: I was familiar with the tale, too, so yeah, I was curious to see what would be done with it.

    Vanessa: That's how I think. It's why I'm so indecisive: 'do I want the one I know is good, the one I've been wondering about, or the one that just seems to be calling to me..." I waffle back and forth forever...

  4. What I would like to see, not sounding like Little Miss Hard to Please or anything, is your opinion of the best collection of fairy tales. I picked up an anthology, a lovely big blue book of Grimm's Brother's fairy tales, but they were (mostly) extremely irritating ie. Bad things are happening to the poor little girl in the woods, but oh! An unwedded prince just happened to be passing and he's going to marry her! The end.

    Blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh. I realised later that I had a late edition version of the tales, when they'd already had some of the nastiness edited out and about a million unwedded princes thrown in. Have you come across any original versions? I adore fairy tale retellings and the Disney versions when I was a kid, and I'm disappointed that I haven't found any of the original tales that I actually enjoy.

    As I said. Little Miss Hard to Please.

    I vote for Curse as Dark as Gold, because I'm curious about it but unsure whether I should make the leap and read it. (So basically read it and tell me whether I should bother hehe. Wow, I'm totally full of demands today!)

  5. So you want unedited and grim, but not necessarily Grimm? I would suggest Charles Perrault or Hans Christian Anderson. Anderson is very religious, so there's that, but some of his stuff is so unbelievably dark. Perrault wrote for court, so his stuff is adult and it shows. He's probably my favorite.
    And there are plenty of anthologies of retellings that take a more feminist/dark/realistic approach.
    Everything I've listed I've already read and just have yet to commit to review, so I can do any of them, I just haven't (I'm lazy like that).
    Maybe I'll save the last day for a section of mini-reviews on a few of the ones I've listed...

  6. Ooh, this will be fun! I'm looking forward to a great week of posts. Although I'd love to read any of these books' reviews, I'm especially interested in A Curse Dark as Gold.

  7. I would like to hear more about The Goose Girl. I think it sounds interesting.

  8. Ugh...you got spammed by the same guy I got spammed by...It took me FOREVER to delete all the comments...he/she'd commented on like every post that was on the main page...

    Anyways, it sounds like an exciting week! Personally, I'd like to see what you think of Holly Black's Modern Faerie series. I enjoyed it when I read it 2 years ago, but I'm in the process of deciding whether or not I want to reread it now...Scratch that. I want to reread it. I'm deciding whether or not to BUY it and then reread it...The Goose Girl would be another great option. I've heard good things about that series, but haven't gotten around to reading it myself. Have fun deciding!

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  9. yay! sounds awesome - i'll definitely be checking back in with your blog all week!


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