This is an excellent collection of fairy tales and I love the way that its organized. Instead of a single story--some that you are familiar with and sThis is an excellent collection of fairy tales and I love the way that its organized. Instead of a single story--some that you are familiar with and some that you are not--the Norton edition grouped a number of stories under different categories so for Beauty and the Beast there were several variants, some very old, some modern, some that were sparse in style and others that were eloquent and intricate. For the fairy tale/folklore buff this collection is quite useful. Some of the lit crit essays in the back were interesting, but I would rather spend my time with the stories themselves....more
My husband has convinced me with gentle yet persuasive arguments that the whole point of Goodreads is to review books. I am not going to review everytMy husband has convinced me with gentle yet persuasive arguments that the whole point of Goodreads is to review books. I am not going to review everything I read because if I did I would not have enough time to read, but I am going to start selectively reviewing and adding titles. My first review will not be for one of my "serious" books, but instead for one of my "fun" books!
Emma Bull's fabulous book Territory just got nominated for the Sci-Fi Fantasy Award for Literature. I don't what specific category and I am not going to look it up, but there you go. Territory is an interesting idea and when I first read about it on the Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts I was intrigued but not convinced. The novel takes place in the days of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, etc. Themes from the Arthurian Court collide with the Old West and the issue of mining that all of those lovely southwestern states had to deal with at this point in history. I really appreciate the way that Bull intelligently interweaves these themes. Her language is sparse as is fitting for the landscape she is writing about, her characters are well drawn, and I like the way that she includes Chinese folklore and magic in the story. 5 stars will be typically reserved for life-chainging works that I read, Territory gets 3 because the starting pace is a bit slow, but sinking into the story was a delight. ...more