In this volume:
The battle with the Adversary heats up (literally). Bigby is tracked by Mowgli and begged to return to Snow and the kids. The kids are growing fast and trying to control their shape-shifting abilities, otherwise they’ll never be allowed to leave the farm. Finally, a compromise is reached wherein Bigby may be able to live with his family after all.
This volume does feel really short compared to previous deluxe editions, but it’s a fantastic installment just the same.
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Here’s one that’s a must-read for more mature fans of fairy tales. Koertge takes well-known stories from the fairy tale cannon and turns them completely on their heads. In poetry form. Which is totally awesome. Many authors have difficulty getting their point across in 400 pages. Ron Koertge can tell a complete story in a single poem. And this book has tons of them! I loved these post-modern renditions; they feel simultaneously both truer to their original forms than many other modern adaptations and feel more contemporary than ever before. A fun, thought-provoking and fast read.
In the conclusion, the third book in this 2nd trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms, Sarah and Ruith battle their way past an astounding number of evil-doers. Sarah always retains this mousy-ness about her. Ruith thinks she’s oh so courageous, but she’s always hesitant, but insistent. I wonder if the author knew what she was going to do with all the various characters, some of the key players were introduced for the very first time in the second book of the trilogy. I much preferred the charismatic Morgan woman-warrior. Well I hope the 2nd book the the 3rd trilogy is as good as the 1st title in the 3rd trilogy, whenever it comes out.
In this edition: Witness Jack’s rise to fame as he moves to Hollywood to produce an epic trilogy: his own story. Mowgli makes his return to Fabletown. Boy Blue confronts the Adversary in the Homelands and proves himself to be quite the fighter. The Eastern Fables’ land is invaded and envoys are sent to Fabletown, making for a rather interesting cultural clash.
In this volume: Elections are held. King Cole is out of office and Prince Charming is the new mayor of Fabletown. Snow and Bigby briefly revel in the birth of their litter before Snow is forced to take her kids to the farm. Being banned from the farm, Bigby wanders off on his own. Beast takes Bigby’s place as the new sheriff, with Beauty taking on Snow’s former role as the mayor’s assistant. Growing pains are inevitable. It doesn’t help that Charming has made promises that are impossible to keep.
In the meantime, Boy Blue has left Fabletown with several important magical items. His journey is one of revenge against the Adversary.
Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing in the distant future. The man who paid for her surgeries and brought her back to China is long-dead and Cinder has been living with his wife, Adri, and his daughters, Pearl and Peony. Cinder, being a cyborg, has no rights as a human being and is considered (and treated as) property by Adri. Cinder’s only friends are an android named Iko and the youngest of her “stepsisters”, Peony. One day, Cinder is surprised to find Prince Kai visiting her little mechanic shop to repair one of the royal androids. Cinder does have, after all, the reputation for being one of the best mechanics in the country. Nonetheless, she is completely stupefied that the Prince would even deign talk to her. In the meantime, the city is being faced with an outbreak of a deadly plague. Even the king cannot escape its clutches. After Peony falls ill with the dreaded disease, Adri sells Cinder off to the royal lab for plague research (which no “volunteer” has yet been able to survive). When Cinder fails to contract the disease, it is realized that she may be more valuable than anyone, especially Cinder, thought possible. There are, however, a few more surprises in store for Cinder when the Lunar Queen comes down to earth to attempt a marriage treaty with Prince Kai.
Overall, I enjoyed this adaptation of Cinderella. It was not as direct an adaptation as many I’ve read, but the main characters and plot points all seem to be in place. I did find parts of the world-building either lacking or problematic, which I can only hope will be addressed in the rest of this series. It’s fast-paced and engaging, with some unusual twists. The main reveal, however, is very predictable – I had it figured out within a few chapters and spent the rest of the book testing my theories. Sometimes it’s fun to be correct; sometimes it’s a bit disappointing. In this case, it fell more on the disappointing side since it was simply too easy to guess at the biggest plot point. Still, an entertaining read with plenty to discuss thematically.
The not-so-odd tale of young Odd, and three of the Norse gods in animal form, attempting to win control of Asgard back from a frost giant. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. No matter how short the fiction, he manages to put distinctive twists and touches on the tale. Knowing this, I was surprised to read this rather straightforward mythological adventure. It’s well-told, but if I didn’t know this was Gaiman, I wouldn’t have realized it. Certainly worth a read, however.
This is the story of Liesl, Po and Will. Liesl is a young girl who has been locked in the attic by her stepmother. She wasn’t even allowed to see her father before he died. Po is a ghost from the other side who is drawn to Liesl and her drawings. Will is an alchemist’s apprentice and an orphan. He watches Liesl as she sits in her attic. Liesl, Po and Will’s paths cross due to a misunderstanding and a mixup. Suddenly they find themselves on the run as evil adults try to track them down.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a nice almost fairy tale. I love the adventure Liesl and Po and Will take; they are on a quest with a destiny to fulfill. Most of the time I think adults in these books are very one-dimensional and this book is no different, but for some reason it didn’t bother me here. Maybe it was the fairy tale quality of the story. Whatever it was I kind of liked that most of the adults were evil and bad. It is so much more enjoyable when they get whats coming to them.
Cinder’s story picks up right where we left off. She is in prison waiting to be sent to Luna and her execution, but not for long. She quickly escapes with another prisoner, steals a ship and takes off. She is determined to learn more about herself and her connection to Luna, which leads her to Scarlet. Cinderella has been joined by Little Red Riding Hood (wearing a red hoody of course). Scarlet lives on a farm in France with her grand-mere. Grand-mere has been kidnapped and Scarlet is determined to get her back. She meets Wolf who claims to help her, but truly knows more than he is letting on.
I love this series. It is becoming one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Meyer does a fantastic job combining the fairy tales with her futuristic society. I love that we learn more about Luna in this book and what they are planning for Earth. Meyer has truly created a fascinating cast of characters and a story that draws the reader in.
The two volumes of this book are a fascinating and highly enjoyable read for anyone interested in the interactions between various pulp, mystery, adventure, and science fiction characters with real people throughout history. The premise of this book is inspired by SF writer Philip José Farmer’s “Wold Newton” concept which he developed in the 1970s: a “radioactive” meteorite crashed near Wold Newton, England in 1795 and affected several carriages full of people who were passing by. Their descendants became highly intelligent and powerful heroes (or villains) such as Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Dr. Fu Manchu, Doc Savage, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan), and many more. Farmer wrote popular and detailed biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage in which he detailed the family trees of many “Wold Newton Family” characters. Over time, the concept has been expanded and continued by others into the Crossover Universe. Win Scott Eckert has done a fantastic job of compiling references to literary heroes who have met each other (or “crossed over”) and had adventures together, and thus co-exist in the same fictional universe. Volume 1 covers the dawn of time up through 1939, and Volume 2 covers 1940 into the far future. Reading these two books is a fun and highly addictive experience!
Una is a lonely orphan who doesn’t fit in at her school. One day while she is hiding in the library she picks up a book and starts to read. Suddenly she is part of the story. She has been “written in” to the land of Story. Story is a land of characters and tales. Everyone there learns how to be part of the tales, but things are not as wonderful as you might think. A long time ago there was a terrible war. The muses, who controlled the tales, killed hundreds of characters in fierce battles. They were bound to their books and haven’t been seen or heard from again. But is that what really happened? There are characters that don’t believe, characters who want to read the old forbidden tales, characters who want to overthrow the Tale Masters. Una, with the help of her friends Peter and Sam (the cat), must find out what is really going on and who wrote her in.
This is a fun creative book. I will definitely have to read the next one since this book doesn’t really tie up all the loose ends. I like this world of characters and muses and villains; however, I have to admit that at times the book was a little slow for me. I wanted more action and resolution. The end does leave you wanting more and eager to read the next installment.
Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family’s struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
I love the way she blends old folk/fairy tales into a modern story line. While it has been awhile since I’d heard any of these old stories, there were one or two she introduced that I had not heard before. This is a great book with which to introduce those tales to a new generation.
September is a twelve-year-old girl who lives in Omaha, NE. Her life was full of ordinary things until her father was shipped overseas to fight the war and her mother goes to work in a factory. Everything for September changes one day when the Green Wind blows through next to her kitchen window and invites her to take a ride to Fairyland with him on his flying leopard. It is at that moment the adventure begins. From a Marid named Saturday to an evil Marquess, September meets several memorable (and oftentimes loveable) characters throughout Fairyland during her journey to retrieve a special sword for the Marquess. A lovely tale full of wit and whimsy, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was a delight to read all the way to the last page. It had just enough at the end for me not to get discouraged about the wait for the next one (sadly I’m number 2 on the waiting list) but left enough of a cliffhanger that I’m curious about September’s next journey.
Nikki has just returned from 100 years in the Everneath, which was actually only 6 months in the real world. She comes back broken and bereft of emotions. The only thing she thought about while she was under was her boyfriend Jack, who betrayed her and caused her to accept Cole’s offer of the Everneath. Nikki has 6 months before she is sucked back under to become a battery in the Tunnels. Cole wants her to come back with him and rule the Everneath as his queen. Jack wants to understand what happened and wants Nikki back.
So this book took me longer to read than anything in a long time. I started it, was bored and put it down. When I finally picked it back up I made myself read it to the end. It wasn’t a bad book or poorly written, it just didn’t excite me or really have anything that interesting to say. I was intrigued by the Persephone/Hades myth and how Ashton was going to retell it. I love books that weave mythology through their stories. Unfortunately, the mythology really took a back seat to the love triangle. Nikki/Jack/Cole dominated the story. First I hate love triangles! I don’t know why every book has to have a love triangle. Seriously! Second, the characters just weren’t that compelling or interesting. I found I really didn’t care one way or the other about who Nikki was going to pick. I wanted more excitement and information about the Everneath, the Daughters of Persephone and the Everliving. The book didn’t deliver anything except a trite love story. Great ideas just fell a bit short in this book.
Aoife (pronounced like “Eva” only with an “f” instead of a “v”, in case you were wondering)is positive that she is going to go mad when she reaches the age of 16. Her mother did and continues to languish in one of Lovecraft’s many sanatoriums. Her brother did as well. Right before he came at Aoife with a knife. To be mad is to be considered contagious. The “necrovirus” has been spreading insanity for so long that the local government is obsessed with keeping it (and any heresy, meaning anything that is not rational and therefore connected) as far away as it can. One day, Aoife gets a message from her missing brother, telling her to head for their father’s house in Arkham. Aoife feels that her estranged father might have the answer to preventing madness so she grabs her friend Cal and breaks out of Lovecraft in pursuit of her family’s secrets. Along the way, they pick up a guide named Dean who decides to stick it out with them until the end. The house in Arkham contains a library which opens the doors to more than Aoife ever thought possible.
There is so much going on in this book and so many themes, it can be hard to wrap one’s head around at times. Aoife’s world is brutal and mechanical; arts, magic and philosophy are strictly forbidden. It’s also set sometime in the mid-twentieth century (much later than I had originally suspected), but the societal attitudes seem even more didactic. The world doesn’t always make sense, particularly the necrovirus. It’s not just that though, things start to get really weird around the time Aoife and co. make it to Arkham. As it turns out, everything prohibited as fanciful “heresy” is dangerous reality. An ambitious book that combines alternate history, totalitarian governments, steampunk aesthetics, fairy curses, multiple “worlds”, and lots of strange creatures that can don human form with mixed results. The pace lags at times and the plot is slightly convoluted, but there’s sure to be an audience for this one.
This is a wonderful story about a young girl, Minli, who travels to ask the Man in the Moon how to change her family’s fortune. Along the way she meets many different characters and hears their stories.
I have to admit that I don’t think I got everything out of this book by listening to it on audio. I would get distracted, not pay attention, do something else, so I am not sure my review is completely accurate. I might have had a much different experience if I would have read the book itself. However, I did enjoy Minli’s story. I like the setup of this book with the stories within the story. I like that the stories all contain a lesson or a moral of some sort. And I really liked how it all tied together at the end. One day I may have to read the book and find out all the parts I missed.