Monday, February 24, 2014

Bargain Ebook: The Fairest of Them All: A Novel by Carolyn Turgeon

The Fairest of Them All: A Novel by Carolyn Turgeon is temporarily reduced to $1.99 for the ebook format. Turgeon has published several fairy tale retellings and this is the most recent published last August. The book is inspired by both Rapunzel and Snow White. This may be a one day only deal so buy quickly. It is apparently a price match with Barnes and Noble's Deal of the Day, but sometimes these deal prices last a little longer on Amazon. Good luck!

Book description:

In this kingdom, only one fairy tale can end with happily ever after.

In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel’s beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to her tower and they spend an afternoon of passion together, but by nightfall the prince must return to his kingdom, and his betrothed.

Now king, he weds his intended and the kingdom rejoices when a daughter named Snow White is born. Beyond the castle walls, Rapunzel waits in her crumbling tower, gathering news of her beloved from those who come to her seeking wisdom. She tries to mend her broken heart but her love lingers, pulsing in the magic tendrils of her hair.

The king, too, is haunted by his memories, but after his queen’s mysterious death, he is finally able to follow his heart into the darkness of the forest. But can Rapunzel trade the shadows of the forest for the castle and be the innocent beauty he remembers?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bargain Book Today Only: Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) by Shannon Hale is on sale today as an Amazon Kindle Daily Deal for only $1.99. This has been on sale before but it definitely worth the price if you don't own it yet. SurLaLune loves some Shannon Hale, one of the authors who retells fairy tales so creatively and also chooses lesser known ones at times, too. Goose Girl and Maid Maleen, to be sure, as well as Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Book description:

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the
first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to
communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of
animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when
her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey
to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade
anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani
eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way
to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and
magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she
can become queen of the people she has made her own.

Look out for the other books in this series: Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marvelous Transformations Giveaway: The Winner!

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Finally! Yesterday was the first day I was coughless in three weeks! Yay! I celebrated by spending the evening completing all of the posts with the remaining entries in the Marvelous Transformations Giveaway.

And the winner of a copy of Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Fairy Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives is Victoria T.

Victoria, please email me with your contact information so I can send you your new copy of the book!

And thanks everyone for your patience with me! I work at full capacity and spend my leisure time with SurLaLune. So when I get sick, well, I can't do it all!

Thanks also to everyone for sharing their lists and stay tuned because another giveaway is coming soon!

Marvelous Transformations Giveaway: Yanna P.'s List

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Yanna P. was the next to submit a list of fairy tale and folklore nonfiction titles that have most influenced her for her entries in the Marvelous Transformations Giveaway.

Here are her list of titles. Thanks for sharing Yanna. You had five entries in the giveaway!

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1. From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner. An essential read for anyone interested in the history of the genre and its tellers.

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2. The Brothers Grimm and Folktale, ed. by James M. McGlathery.

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3. Grimms` Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales by Ruth Bottingheimer.

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4. Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales, with a lovely introduction by Carter and an afterword by Marina Warner.

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5. Wonder Tales: Six French Stories of Enchantment, ed. by Marina Warner. A tribute to the French women writers who wrote and told stories along with Charles Perrault (and are now largely forgotten).

Marvelous Transformations Giveaway: Samuel V.'s List

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Samuel V. was the next to submit a list of fairy tale and folklore nonfiction titles that have most influenced her for her entries in the Marvelous Transformations Giveaway.

Here are her list of titles. Thanks for sharing Samuel. And thank you for explaining your choices--I always enjoy that. You had three entries in the giveaway!

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1. The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona and Peter Opie. While most of the book is a collection of fairy tales, I found the introduction and the intros to each of the tales very helpful in tracking down further reading. I found a facsimile of Mure's Three Bears after hearing about it in this book, as well as tracking down the Pancatantra.

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2. The Witch Must Die: The Hidden Meaning Of Fairy Tales by Sheldon Cashdan. This was so instructive about the structure of fairy tales that it almost seemed like a how-to book to create new ones.

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3. The Owl, The Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales by G. Ronald Murphy. A great exploration of Christian religion, Greek philosophy, and German mythology in the Grimm Brothers, especially in the light of their revisions of the stories. I liked the Cinderella and Snow White chapters especially.