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message 1: by Jane (last edited Dec 11, 2008 08:54AM) (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
YABC's January's book is Wildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierWildwood Dancing. We'll be having a discussion on Jan. 11th, 2009 at 7pm. Online blogging will start promptly at 7:30 PST (California time). Post your comments and questions here.


message 2: by SheWunders (last edited Dec 11, 2008 06:07AM) (new)

SheWunders | 13 comments Oh, yay yay yay! I love this book. I'll have to re-read it, but it will be a pleasure. :o)


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments Hurray! I've got it reserved at the library - I hope it comes in soon!


message 4: by Suzy (new)

Suzy | 46 comments Hello All! I really enjoyed Wildwood Dancing and I have to say, I did not expect much from it and was plesantly surprised. I may or may not be able to join the discussion tomorrow but I will try. Just want to let you all know.


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Jen | 15 comments Jane wrote: "YABC's January's book is Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier[b:Wildwood Dancing|13929|Wildwood Dancing|Julie..."

I don't think I'll be able to join the discussion - too late for an EST girl who has to get up at 5 a.m. to get to work on time. :) Let me know what's talked about though! I'm almost done with Wildwood Dancing. :)

Jen


message 6: by Alethea (last edited Jan 11, 2009 11:16AM) (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Jen wrote: "Jane wrote: "YABC's January's book is Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier[b:Wildwood Dancing|13929|Wildwood ..."

Hey Jen, Suzy and everyone else--we moved the meeting earlier--4:30 pm is about when we finish eating and start discussing. That makes about 7:30 pm for you. Jane and Alfonso will be posting online and then I will be posting at about 7-7:30 pm our time.


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments I meant to pick up the library copy again yesterday (I have it on hold) because it's been awhile since I read it, but I forgot :( I hope I can remember details!!


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David (davidshead) | 14 comments I'm in Malibu still so I might have to blog.


message 9: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Hi, all! Welcome to Online Blogging (part 1) for Wildwood Dancing! We'll be stuffing our faces for the next 10 minutes... so gather your thoughts and we'll see you in 10!


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David (davidshead) | 14 comments I'm missing out on my favorite part.


message 11: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Jane was thinking about P&P the whole time, with the 5 sisters, the similar characters, the marriage market, etc...


message 12: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Roxy was annoyed by Tatiana's wasting away phase...


message 13: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Nancy says, mmm, David, dinner's really good!


message 14: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
We were all thinking that Sorrow was going to be a really bad guy... and were surprised when he wasn't.


message 15: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
The frog thing totally threw Nancy off. She thought: Was that really the guy from the mirror, or someone else?


message 16: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Alethea thought it had a lot to do with the story, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.


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Suzy | 46 comments Alethea wrote: "Roxy was annoyed by Tatiana's wasting away phase..."

I totally agree with Roxy.


message 18: by Suzy (new)

Suzy | 46 comments Hello all, Hope you had a good dinner.



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Suzy | 46 comments Alethea wrote: "We were all thinking that Sorrow was going to be a really bad guy... and were surprised when he wasn't."

I thought he was going to be a bad guy too.




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Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Jane was just glad that it didn't turn out like Under the Blood Red Sun, where the author could not seem to make up her mind on which time period she was in.


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Suzy | 46 comments I'm not too familiar with the history of Transylvania but the book definitely made me want to read more about the place and time.


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Suzy | 46 comments I'm not too sure why she had to have so many sisters. I kept having to go back to figure out which when each of the sisters were. Might just be me but it was a little annoying.


message 23: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
I was just glad that Jane wasn't serving cheese and starch gruel as our theme dinner (we are having chicken and pasta).


message 24: by Suzy (new)

Suzy | 46 comments mmmm wow I just made chicken and pasta too. with a mushroom cream sauce :)


message 25: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Jane, note her about the review that you read complaining about the scenes with Jena and Cezar...


message 26: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Kevin (Roxy's hubby) says he thinks Jena is a great example of the human struggle (whatever that means :)


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Suzy | 46 comments Alethea wrote: "Kevin (Roxy's hubby) says he thinks Jena is a great example of the human struggle (whatever that means :)"

I think I get what he means. She deals with very real problems of watching over her family, staying strong, trying to always be the support but finding it hard when she needs support herself and when she needs to follow her heart instead of her head all the time.


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments Suzy wrote: "...when she needs to follow her heart instead of her head all the time"

I've always had trouble with this idea. I mean, if you're following your head well, it tells you when you can follow your heart.

Trust has to be earned. It's not (usually) something that can be assumed.


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Suzy | 46 comments Clix wrote: "Suzy wrote: "...when she needs to follow her heart instead of her head all the time"

I've always had trouble with this idea. I mean, if you're following your head well, it tells you when you can f..."


True, trust should be earned but I think with Jena, it was more of her not allowing herself to trust and fighting it until she was able to realize that it's ok for her to want something for herself.


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments Suzy wrote: "Alethea wrote: "Roxy was annoyed by Tatiana's wasting away phase..."

I totally agree with Roxy. "


Not so much. WHAT did I read recently... I think it was a short story in a Jane Yolen collection... YA fantasy shorts... and it talked about how people who dined on fairy food would starve once they got back to the normal world because normal food seemed like cardboard in comparison. So they lost their will to eat... Neat story.

Anyway. I can see that, though - having experienced something as all-encompassing as True Love, life without it is flat and stale. I always wondered why people were surprised that Monk still wore his wedding ring six years after his wife's death.


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments Suzy wrote: "...with Jena, it was more of her not allowing herself to trust and fighting it..."

*grin* See, I was totally with her on this, though, cuz I did the same thing with my Hunk. Of course, running from someone in horror is rather a bit more of an offense than telling him that he's too wonderful to be believed and "there's got to be a snake in the cookie jar."

Maybe that was why I got more patience extended to me in my uncertainty than she did. ;)


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Suzy | 46 comments true i can understand how that plays out


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Suzy | 46 comments I really enjoyed this book. I hope you all have a great discussion. I have to get going now. Bye!


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Suzy wrote: "I'm not too sure why she had to have so many sisters. I kept having to go back to figure out which when each of the sisters were. Might just be me but it was a little annoying."

I think she wrote in all the sisters so that there can be sequels.


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Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Oh, yeah...

Meeting's over, but some of us are still logging on to blog during the original time.


message 36: by Jane (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Clix wrote: "people who dined on fairy food would starve once they got back to the normal world because normal food seemed like cardboard in comparison. So they lost their will to eat..."

I think that's a general or "normal" faery rule. I've seen it used in many stories: Pans Labyrinth and Spiderwick use it.




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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments *nod* The story I'm remembering used the phrase 'turn to ash in your mouth.' Good stuff. Probably one of the Xanadus...


message 38: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Here's the link to The Twelve Dancing Princesses... make sure you click through to the end!

And to answer something Roxy asked earlier, no, there is no moral.


message 39: by Alethea (last edited Jan 11, 2009 07:36PM) (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
Ok, so first of all I was really surprised I liked this as much as I did, because a) I had expected some sort of vampire-centric drivel, which it isn't, and b) I had expected totally annoying typical "faerie" YA tale, as in everything is set in this world, we just talk about Faerie without actually going there, everybody is pretty and glowy and issues are made to seem much more dire than they really are (thank you Wicked Lovely).

I really liked the main character, the handling of the traditional tales (Romanian + Grimm + Frog Prince), the Dracula cameo (thank goodness only a small one), and the resolution which does not come so very easily to Jena. Marillier really makes her work for her happy ending! Lots of walking, thinking, worrying about everyday stuff, and always putting her own needs and wants last--hm. That reminds me of some other heroine.




message 40: by Clickety (new)

Clickety (clix) | 35 comments I always loved the Twelve Dancing Princesses! *laugh* What made you like Jena?


message 41: by Alethea (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 246 comments Mod
I liked her pragmatic nature and how she gets down to business! She doesn't spend a whole lot of time feeling sorry for herself.


message 42: by Jane (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
I was totally expecting it to be like Wicked Lovely and was so glad that it wasn't. Sure, there are some similarities, but Marillier handles the scenes really well. I especially liked how she didn't go to far with the whole vampire lore -- and not calling them vampires adds a little charm to the whole idea.

However, I wish that we could have learned a little more about the faery world and not just linger around it.


message 43: by Clickety (new)

Clickety (clix) | 35 comments VERY true, Alethea! I tend to be a practical person - or I try to be - so I admire that too.

Jane, do you KNOW there's going to be a sequel, or were you just guessing? maybe we'll get to revisit the faery world again! :D


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Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Alethea wrote: "Jane, note her about the review that you read complaining about the scenes with Jena and Cezar..."

I read a review somewhere where the reader complained about the scenes between Jena and Cezar -- who knows? The review is probably from goodreads. Basically, she complained that the bantering was "filler" to flush out more pages for the book, that it was redundant, and unnecessary. I also get the feeling that the reader thinks that the purpose of the scenes are to set up a romance between the two characters... though, at this point of reading the review (I should have never read it in the first place!) I suspect the reader didn't actually finish the book.


message 45: by Jane (last edited Jan 11, 2009 07:53PM) (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Yes, I did know there was a sequel. I didn't pick up the book until a month ago and it was right next to Cybele's Secret. I know, I cheated.

It's funny because before I read the summary for the sequel, I guessed that it would be about Paula. Paula's in the same sort of situation as Jena (older by 1 year beautiful sister, while she's the more sensible, plain, and clever one).

I have a feeling if there's a third, it'll be about Stela being overshadowed by her 4 elder sisters.


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Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Cezar made me so mad when he took away the money boxes.


message 47: by Jane (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
Did anyone read Cybele's Secret yet?


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Clickety (clix) | 35 comments Jane wrote: "complaining about the scenes with Jena and Cezar..."

Redundant? I don't see that. How so?!

So ... oooo, pirates!


message 49: by Jane (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
I really like Jena as well. I think characters like her are just more fun to read about. Imagine reading the story from Tati's POV... Disaster!


message 50: by Jane (new)

Jane (janeg) | 248 comments Mod
I don't think it's redundant. I think it sets it up nicely for us to be surprised at who Jena actually ended up with. I really thought there was going to be something with Cezar, or with what's his name Night person.


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