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Essay: Horrific Parenting in Fairy Tales

There are virtually no good parents in the world of fairy tales. At best, there are saintly mothers who die immediately after giving birth, only to be replaced by an Evil Stepmother. I've read some brilliant analyses that point out that the Perfect Mother and the Evil Stepmother may, in fact, be one and the… Continue reading Essay: Horrific Parenting in Fairy Tales

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Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Yes, I was always going to find another version of Beauty and the Beast to gush over, eventually. Here goes. The Story The Gentle Lord makes bargains with the mortals of Arcadia. Everyone knows that those bargains always come at a terrible price. Nyx's betrothal to the Gentle Lord was an outcome of one such… Continue reading Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Book Review: Chalice by Robin McKinley

Maybe this is an odd choice for the first Robin McKinley book I review, when I've already expressed what a fan I am of her books. But while I'll probably review Beauty and Rose Daughtereventually, Chalice is, I think, a better work than either of the others. Not because of the storyline, but because of… Continue reading Book Review: Chalice by Robin McKinley

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Book Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

Heart's Blood is actually a case of one retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I didn't manage to finish during that rampage. As a matter of fact, as I was running out of time I ended up putting it aside on account of how depressing Juliet Marillier can be. (I'd read Daughter of the Forest and two… Continue reading Book Review: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier