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review 2016-07-25 18:36
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste: The History of the American Merchant Vessel and the Disappearance of Its Crew - Charles River Editors

This is a good little history of the famous ship. There is a good selection of background material and photos.

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review 2016-04-03 16:16
Filled with tidbits
The Lore Of The Unicorn: Myths and Legends - Odell Shepard,Colin Shepard

A little dry in places, but a very interesting book on the sources of the unicorn legend. The most depressing thing, perhaps, is the realization of how long the ivory craze has been with us.

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review 2015-09-05 20:00
Out Sept 22, 2015
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (Dark) - Mark Latham

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


                This book is a little strange.  It’s partly fiction, but the important aspects aren’t.  They are, in fact, a rather good look at the sources and inspiration for Irving’s famous story, “The Headless Horseman”.        


                Latham portrays Washington Irving a la Gilliam’s Brothers Grimm, as a ghost or supernatural badass hunter, who relies more on his intelligence than his physical ability.  It’s this part of the book that falls a little flat for the adult reader.  The section might be more entertaining for a teen or pre-teen.  The story itself used to frame the information that the book transmits is geared toward the younger audience, an adult might find the story amusing enough, but there is better fiction out there.


                Latham makes connections between Irving’s story and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as other European traditions.  There is even background itself to the area of Sleepy Hollow and early New York State history.


                In short, I can see a teacher using this in a classroom to expand upon the legend of Sleepy Hollow.  It also would make a good Halloween present.  It also includes a further reading and viewing section.

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review 2015-07-22 23:25
My edition is from 1911.
The Classic Myths in English Literature & in Art - Charles Mills Gayley

This is the type of book that should come back into print. It is a collection of Greek and Norse myths that appear regularly in literature and art. The end notes include not only a discussion about interpreting the stories, but also what works in literature and art to look at.

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review 2015-03-08 21:16
Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales) - Walter De La Mare,A.H. Watson,Philip Pullman

Okay, I have to ask what the hell Phillip Pullman has against Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood because I love it.  We need more girls to know that version than Walter de la Mare’s.


                Sorry, had to get it out of the way.


                This collection is de la Mare’s retellings of famous fairy tales, mostly from the Brothers Grimm, and if you though the Grimms cleaned things up too much, you are going to think that de le Mare has some type  of mental illness. 


                It’s strange, though, the tales that aren’t source from the Grimms tend to be the better ones.  De la Mare adapts Aesop’s “Tortoise and the Hare” for the British child, making it “The Hedgehog and the Hare,” and it is a very charming tale.  It’s the best one in the book.   The retelling of “Bluebeard” is better too though it wanes a little at the end.  De la Mare has a thing against beautiful, vain, and dumb women.  Honestly, one of those shows up, you know something bad is going to happen.  The retelling of Dick Whittington is good too, though the cat becomes male for some reason.


                There are some beautiful descriptions in the stories.

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