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text 2016-09-01 19:19
September's Reading List
The First Man in Rome - Colleen McCullough
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles - Margaret George
The Courts of Love - Jean Plaidy
Bundori - Laura Joh Rowland
The Divine Sacrifice - Tony Hays
Semper Fidelis - Ruth Downie
The Wild Girl - Kate Forsyth

September's reading list will more than likely be a short one. I currently have three books started. These three books combined are over 2,500 pages. Combine that with my children all starting school and me starting work full-time again, September might not be a great month for reading. 


Have no fear! Even if I get little reading done in September, I know that winter in Minnesota is coming. Winter = lots of tea. Lots of tea = lots of reading. 

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text 2016-06-02 14:32
My Library TBR is out of control... ergo my June TBR!
Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
Bloodline (Star Wars) - Claudia Gray
The Wild Girl - Kate Forsyth
The Tyrant's Law - Daniel Abraham
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Champion: A Legend Novel - Marie Lu
On the Edge of Gone - Corinne Duyvis
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

It's completely my fault. I read on a whim.


So I will be reading from a TBR in June. And I'm committed to finishing a book and just picking up the next book in the pile. I waste/spend a lot of time mulling over what will I read next, days even. Days I could be reading. So here goes nothing.


I have a feeling I will be reading Netgalley books all in July til they're completely caught up as well.  


Too many books, too little time! Oh the problems of bookworms...

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text 2016-03-29 14:22
The Big Idea: Kate Forsyth

(reblogged from Whatever)




Fairy tales have the power to amaze and entrance, not only for the fantastical elements they carry, but for what of ourselves we can see within them. Author Kate Forsyth has an attachment a particular fairy tale, as the title of her non-fiction book The Rebirth of Rapunzel suggests, and it’s an attachment that has its roots in something that happened well before she could read the tale itself.




Fairy tales have been with us for a very long time.


Ever since humans invented language, we have used those sounds laden with meaning to create stories – to teach, to warn, to entertain, and to effect change upon the world.

Those stories have been handed down through many generations – changing with each retelling, but still carrying within them the same wisdom and transformative power that has helped shape the human psyche.


And there’s no sign of fairy tales falling out of favour any time soon. They are everywhere in popular culture, inspiring TV shows and art installations, poems and advertising campaigns, fashion shows and ballets and comics and, most successfully of all, films.


I have been fascinated with fairy tales ever since I was first given a red leather-bound copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales when I was just seven years old. Of all the stories of beauty and peril and adventure within its pages, it was the story of ‘Rapunzel’ that resonated with me most powerfully.


To understand why, I need to take you far back into my own childhood.


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text 2015-08-23 01:38
Australian Author Interview: Kate Forsyth - Fantasy and Historical Fiction Extraordinaire!
The Beast's Garden - Kate Forsyth
Bitter Greens: A Novel - Kate Forsyth
Dragonclaw. Witches of Eileanan Book 1 - Kate Forsyth
The Pool of Two Moons - Kate Forsyth
The Cursed Towers (The Witches of Eileanan, # 3) - Kate Forsyth
The Forbidden Land (The Witches of Eileanan, # 4) - Kate Forsyth
The Skull of the World (The Witches of Eileanan, # 5) - Kate Forsyth
The Fathomless Caves - Kate Forsyth
The Wild Girl - Kate Forsyth
The Puzzle Ring - Kate Forsyth

In celebration of her new historical fiction release The Beast's Garden, Matthew from Smash Dragons and I, delved into the most fantabulous mind of..



Kate Forsyth, welcome to Smash Dragons and Book Frivolity! 


First up, tell us about yourself. Why did you start writing? Was it something you always envisaged doing professionally even when you were young?


I have always wanted to be a writer. There was never a moment of epiphany in which I thought: that’s it! That’s what I have to do! I just always knew. I began writing stories and poems as soon as I could hold a pencil, and I wrote my first novel when I was seven. I have never stopped since. As soon as I finish one novel, I begin thinking about the next.


Your latest book, The Beast’s Garden, is a fascinating retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is set in Nazi Germany. I’m curious, what inspired this particular story and its setting?


The idea first came to me as a kind of dream. I was drifting between sleep and awakening, in that hypnopompic state I call the shadowlands. A lot of my best ideas come to me in that state – not quite a dream, not quite a daydream. I call it ‘liminal dreaming’.


I saw a young woman dressed in a long golden dress, leaning on a black piano and singing in a very sensual way to a nightclub full of SS officers in their sinister black uniforms. Somehow I knew that the woman was German, and she was some kind of resistance fighter seeking to cajole secrets from the Nazi officers. More images came – I imagined her hiding in the rubble of a bombed out city, and scrabbling for something to eat in a wintry forest. I knew that she had an old battered copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales that was like a talisman for her.


At the time, I was struggling with my novel The Wild Girl, which tells the story of the forbidden romance between Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world’s most famous fairy tales. One of the stories she told him was ‘The Singing. Springing Lark’, an utterly beautiful version of ‘Beauty & the Beast’ which I loved because of the courage and steadfastness of the heroine, who must follow her beloved beast-husband for seven years and battle with the enchantress who first cursed him. I was trying to find ways to weave Dortchen’s tales through my novel, and had not yet seen my way clear.


I was, at the same time, also working on the chapter on the Grimm brothers in my doctoral exegesis. I had discovered that Adolf Hitler had been a great fan of the Grimms, and that the Allies had banned their books and stories after the end of the Second World War. This really troubled me, as I had loved the Grimms’ fairy tales since I was a child, but had hated all that Nazism stood for since I had read Anne Frank’s Diary when I was twelve.


These worries and anxieties had kept me from sleeping, and so I had read an old World War II thriller into the dark hours of the night. My subconscious mind connected all these different things, and somehow put them together into my vision of the girl in a golden dress (which is a key motif of ‘The Singing, Springing Lark’.)


I knew at once I was going to write a story about the German resistance – even though I did not yet know there had been one!


When re-imagining such a well-known tale, are there confines that you find you need to write within, so it doesn’t stray from the initial essence of the story?


For me, yes. It is always very important that I am true as possible to what I see as being the spirit of the original story. This is because I love the stories so much, and believe passionately in their hidden meanings. However, I would never set those constraints upon other creative artists. I think fairy tales and myths and legends are extraordinarily versatile, and open to interpretation, and that there are many ways to turn them inside out and upside out, and shake new stories out of them.

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text 2015-08-01 03:13
Looking Good: 10 Fantasy & Historical Fiction Books Releasing in August 2015
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
The Veil - Chloe Neill
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin,Robin Miles
The Waterborne Blade - Susan Murray
The House of Shattered Wings - Aliette de Bodard
Alice - Christina Henry
Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court - Marci Jefferson
Left To Darkness - Craig Saunders
The Beast's Garden - Kate Forsyth
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey - Paula Brackston

Shiver me timbers lads and lassies! It's August! The month of extreme wind chill factors, Peridots, Hollys, Hawthorns, Hazels and Leos!  Birthdays for awesome people (me),  and some pretty awesome ones for books as well! 

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