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Fairy tales

One of the books I'm in the middle of reading is Tam Lin. This is the fifth book in The Fairy tale series created by Terri Windling and is based on a Scottish fairy tale and ballad.
Other books in the series are:
1. The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars is based on a Hungarian fairy tale. It's written by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos series among others. Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grill gives a new meaning to the term bar-hopping since it's the bar that moves from place to place. Earth, the Moon, Mars, or some distant Solar System, you don't know where you'll find it next. This is one I'll be looking for along with his latest Vlad Taltos book which I believe comes out next year!
2. Jack the Giant Killer (Jack of Kinrowan) is, as you have probably guessed, based on Jack and the Beanstalk. It's written by Charles De Lint. I've only read one of his books, didn't think much of it, and though the Amazon reviews rate it highly, it doesn't sound much like a book I want to read.
3. The Nightingale retells the Hans Christian Anderson story setting it in Japan. It's written by Kara Dalkey (wife of John Barnes). I've got two of her books in my Library though this is not one and doesn't sound like it will become one.
4. Snow White and Rose Red is from the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. It's written by Patricia C. Wrede, author of the Lyra novels and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I have this one in my Library though I haven't read it yet. I have enjoyed both of her series though and will get around to this one...eventually!
5. Tam Lin is the one I'm reading now by Pamela Dean.
6. Briar Rose is about Sleeping Beaty and links it to the Holocaust. It's written by Jane Yolen, a YA author I've heard of but never read. The book sounds interesting and will be added to one of those infamous "Lists"!!
7. White as Snow is indeed a retelling of Snow White though with an intertwining of Demeter and Persephone. Remember your Greek Goddesses? Persephone was Queen of the Underworld - Hades' wife. It's written by Tanith Lee who I only know as a vampire series author though I understand she also has a YA series published. Sounds intriguing until I read the review from Publishers Weekly. I'll have to think about this one.
8. Fitcher's Bride is based on the tale of Bluebeard. It's written by Gregory Frost, whom I've never come across. I don't remember any books based on Bluebeard before and I'm givng this one a try!

Though that's all the books in the Fairy Tale series, there's plenty others that I can think of.
Robin McKinley has Rose Daughter, Deerskin, Beauty, Spindle's End. She also has several Fantasy books that are really good.
Juliet Marillier has the Sevenwaters series. Daughter of the Forest was enough for me though.
Sheri S. Tepper has Beauty. (She also has many Fantasy books including the True Game series and she writes a couple mystery series under the names A. J. Orde and B. J. Oliphant).
Kristine Grayson has a fairy tale based fantasy/romance series published. They're found in the Romance section instead of the Fantasy section. Utterly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, Completely Smitten, Simply Irresistible, Absolutely Captivated, Totally Spellbound are based on different fairy tales (loosely translated since one is based on Superman!) with a Greek myth of Zeus and the three Fates tying all the books together. They are definitely a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next book. Her real name is Kristine Kathryn Rusch, author of the sci-fi/fantasy series such as the Retrieval Artist, the Fey, The Black Throne - sequel to the Fey series, and Seavey Village which is actually a thriller, horror, or suspense. She also writes a mystery series as Kris Nelscott.

Can you think of any other fairy tale books?


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Nov. 25th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
Gregory MacGuire's books.
Nov. 26th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Wicked sounds very funny though the sequel Son of a Witch doesn't sound quite so good.
I see he has quite a few books out based on different fairy tales, movies, etc.
Have you read any of them and did you like them?
Nov. 26th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Wicked was good, and the only other one I read, Mirror, Mirror, I barely remember, so it's safe to say I found it pretty mediocre. I think Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is supposed to be good though.
Nov. 26th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'll give Wicked a try and then maybe "Stepsister". Thanks.
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