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url 2014-09-21 22:22
LonCon3 #27: There Are No New Stories, But…

Panellists: John Hornor JacobsLaura LamPierre PevelJon WallaceKari Sperring
originality is dead or is it it?

What are some of the characters and narratives we’ve seen enough of? Is it time for the assassin with the heart of gold to take a break? Should the farmer keep farming and stop exchanging his rake for a broadsword? Could the squabbling will-they-won’t-they couple just get a room already? More generally, why are tropes used, and what are their structural, stylistic and political implications?

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Source: literaryames.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/loncon3-27-there-are-no-new-stories-but
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review 2014-09-01 15:31
The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell

I really liked Merrie Haskell’s first two books, and Castle Behind Thorns was one I definitely looked forward to. I liked it a lot, especially the way she showed the relationship between Perrotte and Sand. This is a very different, but quite compelling, take on the Sleeping Beauty story.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/august-2014-book-list/#Castle%20Behind%20Thorns
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review 2013-08-20 18:54
The Princess Curse
The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell

 So, my deep dark secret is that a few years ago, I was writing a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, and then I frogged* it for several reasons. But during that time, I didn’t read any of the multitude of TDP retellings that were being published. The Princess Curse is the first I’ve picked up since then, and I really liked it. It weaves in the Persephone myth at the end as well, and I was JUST THINKING how much I want more Persephone retellings. Anyway, I liked it, although I was sort of wilfully ignoring Reveka’s age because of reasons. I also think the cover skews the book a bit too young–I would love a beautiful Kinuko Crafty cover that reflects the mythological richness of the book a little more.


* This is a knitting term, and I’m sure there’s an equivalent writing version, but I don’t know it.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/tbr-readathon-update-3
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