Category Archives: Fairy Tales

Babes in the Woods

I remember, back in high school, reading about Scandinavian tales of women living in the forest who looked beautiful and human from the front, but were hollow in the back. I think the book just called them elves, and they … Continue reading

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An Apple Was the Cause of It All

Comfort Me with Apples, by Catherynne M. Valente – It’s hard to say anything about this book without spoiling it, as a twist is integral to the plot. At the same time, though, there are some things about the twist … Continue reading

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Human Alchemy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy – This is an amusing take on well-known fairy tales focuses on what happens after the stories, and that it isn’t always just living happily ever after. The princes from Cinderella, … Continue reading

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Tammy and Tommy in Fairyland

Picture by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law I’ve come across multiple mentions of the Ballad of Tam Lin, so I thought that might be something worth addressing in a post. The Scottish song is thought to have existed as far back as … Continue reading

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Fraternizing with Fairies

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery – Beth wanted me to read this, and let me borrow her Reader’s Digest edition, which does have the entire text. It took me way longer to read this than it probably should … Continue reading

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Mythical, Miraculous, and Medieval

The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste – I’d been interested in reading this since I found out what Jumbies were, which is basically evil spirits in Caribbean folklore. In this book, Corinne La Mer lives on an island with her widower … Continue reading

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She’s Come Undine

I keep forgetting to write something about the novella Undine, by German author Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, which I read on Gutenberg in a translation geared toward children. I’ve become somewhat fascinated with the influence of Paracelsus‘ concept of … Continue reading

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The Anti-Chaos Committee

I’ve finished several books recently, but I was holding off on writing about them not just because I had other stuff to do, but because it seems like I don’t do much else besides book reviews these days. Oziana isn’t … Continue reading

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Follow the Feline

Inherent Vice – I can’t say this movie really held my attention, and Beth said it didn’t for her either. It’s a Paul Thomas Anderson film based on a book by Thomas Pynchon, apparently following it pretty closely, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas

We watched a few Christmas-related things this month, and I wasn’t necessarily planning to post about them all at once, but that’s kind of how it worked out. There were some things for which I don’t necessarily have a full … Continue reading

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