Friday, March 21, 2014

Today Only Ebook on Sale: Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell

Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell is on sale in ebook format today only for $1.99. Haskell has been also known to play with fairy tale retellings more overtly than here, so I thought I would share for her fans at SurLaLune. See The Princess Curse, for example, which is $5.98 the usual price for today's sale book, too.

Book description:

Like Gail Carson Levine’s books, Merrie Haskell’s middle-grade fantasy / adventure Handbook for Dragon Slayers mixes magic, mythical creatures, thrilling action, and a wonderful cast of characters.

Political upheaval sends Princess Tilda fleeing from her kingdom in the company of two hopeful dragon slayers. The princess never had any interest in chasing dragons. The pain from her crippled foot was too great, and her dream was to write a book.

But the princess finds herself making friends with magical horses, facing the Wild Hunt, and pointing a sword at the fire-breathing creatures. While doing things she never imagined, Tilda finds qualities in herself she never knew she possessed.

Handbook for Dragon Slayers is a deeply satisfying coming-of-age tale wrapped in a magical adventure story.

New Book: Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi

I recently received a review copy of Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi. I really don't enjoy personally reviewing these books anymore for multiple reasons which I won't bog down the blog with today. (In short, I bring way too many aspects to the table and know you readers bring a wide range of tastes and expectations for fairy tale retellings.) So I will just share what is essentially my short review:

My realm is that of avid fairy tale readers, those who read across genres, focused more on the retelling than the genre itself. This new rendition will appeal to some and repel others, falling more into the literary fiction--often dubbed "high literature"--than the usual genres many fairy tale retellings fall within, most often fantasy for obvious reasons.

Oyeyemi has become a darling in this literary genre and well deserves it judging from this retelling. She is readable and works in fascinating ways with the folklore she references. This is essentially a historical novel that uses Snow White to explore racial and familial relations in intriguing ways. While the text is highly readable, it is not always easy, and the messages are deep and are intended more to provoke thought than entertain. So take that into consideration when choosing this book.

One of my favorite lines, a response to a question about breaking a magic spell (which may mislead you into thinking this book is more fantastical than it is):

"I told her that magic spells only work until the person under the spell is really and honestly tired of it. It ends when continuing becomes simply too ghastly a prospect."

That gives you a small, small taste of the book's themes and thoughts. In other words, I recommend this book, with reservations for your personal reading tastes. If you want light romance and/or fantasy--nothing wrong with that, I am a librarian by training who respects all tastes--this will not satisfy your craving. If you want something off the beaten path, try this.

In other words, if you want literary, this is for you. If you want light romantic fantasy, stay away.

There is a much better review of the book at The New York Times--because this is the type of book they review--here at White Lies: ‘Boy, Snow, Bird,’ by Helen Oyeyemi By POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR. If that article doesn't sell the book to you, not much will convince you to read it.

And while we are here, I never did post my usual new release post about the book either, so for continuity's sake, here is also the official book description:

Named one of 2014’s most anticipated books by CNN, The Huffington Post, Bookpage,, The Chicago Tribune, Vulture, Philadelphia Inquirer, Real Simple, The Millions and Flavorwire
From the prizewinning author of Mr. Fox, the Snow White fairy tale brilliantly recast as a story of family secrets, race, beauty, and vanity.

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TODAY ONLY: Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is $1.99

Folks, this is a run, don't walk, to get this deal before it disappears tonight. Today only on Amazon, but hopefully price matched elsewhere, Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is $1.99 in ebook format. This book is usually in the $10 range so it is a big bargain. More importantly, it's a great collection of fairy tales and folklore. Calvino retells Italian tales, obviously, and you'll find iterations of many of the best known tales. The book is on a lot of recommended folklore reading lists, too.

I own this one in hardcover--I have for years--but I dashed to purchase an ebook copy since it is thick and heavy in paper and doesn't travel well. Now I will always have it available in my pocket. Yay! (Have you read A Library In Your Pocket: How Having an E-reader Has Changed My Reading Habits by Jo Walton yet? That's the reason to own an ereader although I adopted much earlier, also thanks to a trip to Europe. I thought I would probably return the one I bought on trial after my trip. Didn't happen!)

Four other Calvino titles are also discounted today--go to Italo Calvino Bargain Ebooks for 3/20/14--but this is the most important to readers here. I bought them all for these great prices, but if you are on a budget, Italian Folktales is worth every cent and is worth giving up another small luxury this week.

Book description:

Chosen as one of the New York Times’s ten best books in the year of its original publication, this collection immediately won a cherished place among lovers of the tale and vaulted Calvino into the ranks of the great folklorists. Introduction by the Author; illustrations. Translated by George Martin. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Bargain Ebook: The Woodcutter by Kate Danley for $1.99

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley is bargain priced to $1.99 today only in ebook format. This was discounted early in 2013 for the same price but many of you have acquired your first ereaders since then.

Book description:

Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.

But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, a sinister mansion appears where it shouldn’t, a pixie dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.

Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Book: Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow

Wayfarer: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (Tales of Beauty and Madness) by Lili St. Crow was released a few weeks ago. It's the second book, after Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (Tales of Beauty and Madness), in St. Crow's series. It retold Snow White while this new book retells Cinderella.

Book description:

New York Times bestselling author Lili St. Crow thrilled legions of fans with her dark paranormal series Strange Angels. Now she has created a stirringly romantic, deliciously spooky update of Cinderella, the alluring second volume in her trilogy Tales of Beauty and Madness.

The Charmer's Ball. Midnight. And one glass slipper...

Newly orphaned, increasingly isolated from her friends, and terrified of her violent stepmother, Ellen Sinder still believes she’ll be okay. She has a plan for surviving and getting through high school, which includes keeping her head down and saving any credits she can earn or steal. But when a train arrives from over the Waste beyond New Haven, carrying a golden boy and a new stepsister, all of Ellie’s plans begin to unravel, one by one.

Just when all hope is lost, Ellie meets an odd old woman with a warm hearth and a heavenly garden. Auntie’s kindness is intoxicating, and Ellie finally has a home again. Yet when the clock strikes twelve on the night of the annual Charmer’s Ball, Ellie realizes that no charm is strong enough to make her past disappear...

In a city where Twisted minotaurs and shifty fey live alongside diplomats and charmers, a teenage girl can disappear through the cracks into safety--or into something much more dangerous. So what happens when the only safety you can find wants to consume you as well?

Lili St. Crow is the author of the Strange Angels series for young adults and the Dante Valentine series, among others, for adults. She is also the author of Nameless, a companion book to Wayfarer. She lives in Vancouver, Washington with her family. Visit to find out more.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bargain Ebook: Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe

Cat's Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold by Bettie Sharpe has dropped in price in ebook format to $1.99. This has some content warnings from some reviewers so beware of that. In other words, it appears to be for adult readers, not YA, typical for Carina Press, the publisher.

I am fascinated to know more about a novel that appears to use Puss in Boots fairly well judging from the book description. That's rare and so made it worth sharing here.

Book description:

Once upon a time there was a scheming, lying tart who cared for nothing but her own pleasures and her shoe collection.

Once the peerlessly beautiful Lady Catriona, consort to the king, Cat's fortunes fall far when her aged husband dies. The king's wizard turns her into a cat and tries to drown her in the mill pond. Fortunately Cat is a clever survivor and enlists the help of Julian, the miller's youngest son, in her plan for revenge.

She originally sees Julian as a mere pawn for her plans to break her curse, but as they work together Cat comes to know and care for him. Even if the curse can be broken, can a good-hearted man love a woman who has been as vain and selfish as Cat?

New Book: While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell was released in late February and has managed to get more mainstream buzz than many fairy tale inspired novels with reviews in places like People magazine. Library Journal also gave it a starred review and most of the reviews are strong for it, including reader ones. The most common comparison is to Gregory Maguire while the book description references The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel. I think this one will continue to benefit from it's Sleeping Beauty motifs as we approach the film release of Maleficent, too.

Has anyone here read it yet?

Book description:

Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Book: The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson was released on March 11th and I have to admit it fascinates me. Nickerson released Strands of Bronze and Gold last year, a Southern Gothic Bluebeard retelling. This new book is Tam Lin, a favorite of mine--and several of you. There are some wonderful Tam Lin retellings out there--my firsts were Robin McKinley's short story and Pamela Dean's novel, both of which thrilled me. McKinley's is more traditional and Dean's Tam Lin is anything but, which makes it a love it or hate it kind of novel. I love it and have reread it more than a few times, although it has been several years now since the last rereading. I really need it in ebook format, please, powers that be! I have owned three copies already and one more edition would make me even.

Anyway, I love Southern settings being a Southerner myself and I love Tam Lin so this book is nearing the top of my TBR list. I've also learned that Nickerson is a friend of a friend of a friend, which happens in the the South.

Book description:

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Giveaway: The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales

I have a copy of The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang edited by Jack Zipes to giveaway at the end of this month. As we all know, I hate to just collect names and pick one for a giveaway. I like to ask for more. And these days I need help generating content for this blog. So two birds, one rock. Yay SurLaLune!

I finally decided on what you can do for a chance to enter to win the copy of the book. Inspired by the Golden Age title as well as March being Youth Art Month, I am asking you to share your favorite fairy tale illustration--it can be from the Golden Age of Illustration (which is what inspired the theme) or any other time.

Here's what you do:

Either reply to this post with your entry or email me with your submission. Your entry should include:

1) A link to the image of your favorite fairy tale illustration. No attached files, please. I am not going to download email attachments. Personal policy there.

2) Three (3!) sentences about why you like the illustration.

3) I will be sharing entries as posts on this blog so you can also share a link to your own blog if you are looking for some self-promotion opportunities. At least let me know how you would like to be identified in the post I will publish with your entry.

Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM PST, Monday, March 24, 2014. That gives you two weeks to submit.

I will announce the winner on Monday, March 31, 2014. International submissions are accepted. I'll ship internationally because I am nice that way. The book has been donated by the publisher, but I'll handle the shipping on my own.

The usual types of disclaimers apply. Now I am eager to see what your favorite illustrations are!

New Book: The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang edited by Jack Zipes

The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales: From the Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang edited by Jack Zipes was released back in October. I thought I had already posted about it, but I hadn't! This is important because it is the new prize in this month's giveaway which I will be posting about today, too.

This new book acts as sort of a companion book to Zipes' The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions). Like that book, Golden Age offers collections of tales under themes, this time with a focus of tales collected during the Golden Age of folklore. So it's historical range isn't as wide as in The Great Fairy Tale Tradition, but the content is organized in a similar way and offers up some lesser known tales. I have included the lengthy table of contents below the book description.

In other words, it's a great addition to your personal library. Better yet for those on a budget, it's a great price, too.

Book description:

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, attitudes toward history and national identity fostered a "romantic" rediscovery of folk and fairy tales. This is the period of the Golden Age of folk and fairy tales, when European folklorists sought to understand and redefine the present through the common tales of the past, and long neglected stories became recognized as cultural treasures.

In this rich collection, distinguished expert of fairy tales Jack Zipes continues his lifelong exploration of the story-telling tradition with a focus on the Golden Age. Included are one hundred eighty-two tales--many available in English for the first time--grouped into eighteen tale types. Zipes provides an engaging general Introduction that discusses the folk and fairy tale tradition, the impact of the Brothers Grimm, and the significance of categorizing tales into various types.

Short introductions to each tale type that discuss its history, characteristics, and variants provide readers with important background information.

Also included are annotations, short biographies of folklorists of the period, and a substantial bibliography.

Eighteen original art works by students of the art department of Anglia Ruskin University not only illustrate the eighteen tale types, but also provide delightful--and sometimes astonishing--21st-century artistic interpretations of them.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Golden Key to Folk and Fairy Tales: Unlocking Cultural Treasures

1. Brotherly Love: ATU 300—The Dragon Slayer and ATU 303—The Twins or Blood Brothers

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “About Johann Waterspring and Caspar Waterspring” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Golden Children” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Two Brothers” (1857)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Golden Children” (1857)
Benjamin Thorpe, “Snipp, Snapp, Snorium” (1853)
Theodor Vernaleken, “The Cobbler’s Two Sons” (1864)
Laura Gonzenbach, “The Twins” (1870)
François-Marie Luzel, “The Fisherman’s Two Sons” (1870)
Domenico Comparetti, “The Three Brothers” (1875)
Emmanuel Cosquin, “The Sons of the Fisherman” (1886)
J. F. Jukih, “The Two Brothers” (1890)

2. The Power of Love: ATU 310—The Maiden in the Tower

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Rapunzel” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Rapunzel” (1857)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Beautiful Angiola” (1870)
Vittorio Imbriani, “La Prezzemolina” (1871)
Rachel Busk, “Filagranata” (1874)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Old Woman of the Garden” (1875)
Wentworth Webster, “The Fairy-Queen Godmother” (1877)
Paul Sébillot, “Parsilette” (1891)
Andrew Lang, “Prunella” (1900)

3. Facing Fear: ATU 326—The Youth Who Wanted to Learn What Fear Is

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Good Bowling and Card Playing” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Young Man Who Went Out in Search of Fear” (1856)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “A Tale about the Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was” (1857)
Johann Wilhelm Wolf, “Fearless Hans” (1851)
Ignaz and Joseph Zingerle, “Fearless Learners” (1854)
Laura Gonzenbach, “The Fearless Young Man” (1870)
François-Marie Luzel, “Fearless Jean” (1887)
Achille Millien “Fearless William” (1896)

4. Abandoned Children: ATU 327A—Hansel and Gretel
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Hansel and Gretel” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Hansel und Gretel” (1857)
Ignaz and Josef Zingerle, “The Ogre” (1854)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Maria and Her Little Brother” (1870)
Henry Carnoy, “Courtillon-Courtillette” (1882)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Two Children and the Witch” (1882)
Antoinette Bon, “The Lost Children” (1887)
Marie Kosch, “The Story about Old Grule” (1899)
Moses Gaster, “Why Does the Cuckoo Call ‘Cuckoo’? The Story of the Little Boy and the Wicked Stepmother” (1915)

5. Dangerous Wolves and Naive Girls: ATU 333—Little Red Riding Hood, also categorized as The Glutton

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Little Red Cap” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Little Red Cap” (1857)
H. Kopf, “Little Red Hood” (1863)
Christian Schneller, “Little Red Hat” (1867)
Paul Sébillot, “Mr. and Mrs. Rat” (1878)
M. Légot, “Little Red Riding Hood: Version of Tourangelle” (1885)
Jean-François Bladé, “The Wolf and the Child” (1886)
Achille Millien, “Little Red Riding Hood: Version 1” (1887)
Achille Millien, “Little Red Riding Hood: Version 2” (1887)
Achille Millien, “The Little Girl and the Wolf ” (1887)
Charles Marelle, “The True History of Little Golden-Hood” (1888)

6. The Fruitful Sleep: ATU 410—Sleeping Beauty

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Briar Rose” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Briar Rose” (1857)
Theodor Vernaleken, “The Release from the Enchanted Sleep” (1863)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Maruzzedda” (1870)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “Sun, Pearl, and Anna” (1875)
Bernhard Schmidt, “The Enchanted Princess or The Magic Tower” (1877)
Lady Jane Francesca Elgee Wilde, “Ethna the Bride” (1888)
Léopold Dardy, “The Sleeping Beauty” (1891)

7. The Beast as Bridegroom: ATU 425—The Search for the Lost Husband and 425A—The Animal as Bridegroom

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Singing, Springing Lark” (1815)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Singing, Springing Lark” (1857)
Carl and Theodor Colshorn, “The Cursed Frog” (1854)
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, “East O’ the Sun, West O’ the Moon” (1858)
Alexander Afanas’ev, “The Enchanted Tsarévich” (1855–1864)
François-Marie Luzel, “The Toad” (1869)
Laura Gonzenbach, “The Pig King” (1870)
Peter Polevoi, “The Little Feather of Fenist the Bright Falcon” (1874)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Emperor Scursuni” (1875)
James Bruyn Andrews, “The Great Beast” (1880)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Maiden and the Beast” (1882)
Sidney Oldall Addy, “The Small-Tooth Dog,” (1895)

8. Cursed Princes and Sweet Rewards: ATU 440—The Frog King or Iron Henry

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Frog King or Iron Henry” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Frog Prince” (1815)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Frog King or Iron Henry” (1857)
James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, “The Maiden and the Frog” (1849)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Little Mouse with the Stinky Tail” (1875)
François-Marie Luzel, “Penny Jack” (1888)
W. Henry Jones and Lewis L. Knopf, “The Wonderful Frog” (1889)
P. Kulish, “The Snake and the Princess” (1890)
Joseph Jacobs, “The Well of the World’s End” (1890)
Ulrich Jahn, “The Queen and the Frog” (1891)
Ulrich Jahn, “The Princess and the Scabby Toad” (1891)

9. The Fate of Spinning: ATU 500/501—The Name of the Supernatural Helper and The Three Old Spinning Women

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Rumpelstiltskin” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Rumpelstiltskin” (1857)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “About Nasty Flax Spinning” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Three Spinners” (1857)
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, “The Three Aunts” (1852)
Benjamin Thorpe, “The Girl Who Could Spin Gold from Clay and Long Straw” (1853)
Theodor Vernaleken, “Kruzimügeli” (1863)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Lignu di Scupa” (1870)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Aunts” (1882)
W. Henry Jones, “The Lazy Spinning-Girl Who Became a Queen” (1889)
Joseph Jacobs, “Tim Tit Tot” (1890)
Alexander Chod´zko, “Kinkach Martinko” (1896)

10. The Revenge and Reward of Neglected Daughters: ATU 510A—Cinderella

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Cinderella” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Cinderella” (1857)
Alexander Afanas’ev, “Vasilisa the Fair” (1855–1864)
Johann Georg von Hahn, “Cinderella” (1864)
Rachel Busk, “La Cenorientola” (1874)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “Date, Oh Beautiful Date” (1875)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Hearth-Cat” (1882)
Edmund Martin Geldart, “Little Saddleslut” (1884)
Achille Millien, “Cinderella” (1889–1890)
Joseph Jacobs, “Rushen Coatie” (1890)
Joseph Jacobs, “Fair, Brown, and Trembling” (1894)
Karel Erben, “Cinderella” (1907)

11. Incestuous Fathers and Brothers: ATU 510B—Peau d’Asne, also called The Dress of Gold, of Silver, and of Stars (Cap o’ Rushes)

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “All Fur” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Princess Mouseskin” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “All Fur” (1857)
Alexander Afanas’ev, “By Command of the Prince Daniel” (1855–1864)
John Francis Campbell, “The King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter” (1860)
Theodor Vernaleken, “Besom-Cast, Brush-Cast, Comb-Cast” (1863)
Johann Georg von Hahn, “All Fur” (1864)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Betta Pilusa” (1870)
Emmanuel Cosquin, “The Golden Bull” (1877)
Rachel Busk, “Maria Wood” (1877)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Princess Who Would Not Marry Her Father” (1882)
Joseph Jacobs, “Catskin” (1890)

12. Wild and Golden Men: ATU 502 and ATU 314—The Wild Man and Goldener

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Wild Man” (1815)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Iron Hans” (1857)
Friedmund von Arnim, “Iron Hans” (1844)
Ignaz and Joseph Zingerle, “The Golden Youth” (1852)
Benjamin Thorpe, “The Princess on the Glass Mountain” (1853)
Svend Grundtvig, “The Wild Man of the Marsh” (1876)
Wentworth Webster, “The Grateful Tartaro and the Heren-Surge” (1879)
François Cadic, “Georgik and Merlin” (1915)

13. Extraordinary Heroes: ATU 513—The Extraordinary Companions, ATU 513A—How Six Go through the World, ATU 513B—The Land and Water Ship

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “How Six Made Their Way through the World” (1819)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “How Six Made Their Way through the World” (1857)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Six Servants” (1812)
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, “Ashiepattle and His Goodly Crew” (1848)
Ernst Meier, “The Four Brothers” (1852)
John Francis Campbell, “The King of Lochlin’s Three Daughters” (1860–1862)
Laura Gonzenbach, “How St. Joseph Helped a Young Man Win the Daughter of a King” (1870)
Peter Polevoi “The Flying Ship” (1874)
Karel Erben “Long, Broad, and Sharpsight” (1890)

14. Shrewd Cats and Foxes: ATU 545B—Puss in Boots

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Puss in Boots” (1812)
Christian Schneller, “Count Martin von der Katze” (1867)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Count Piro” (1870)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “Count Joseph Pear” (1875)
Paul Sébillot, “ The Gilded Fox,” (1880–1882)
W. Henry Jones, “Prince Csihan” (Nettles) (1889)
Adolf Dirr, “Bukutschichan” (1919)

15. The Wishes of Fools: ATU 675—The Lazy Boy

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Simple Hans” (1812)
Alexander Afanas’ev, “Emilian the Fool” (1855–1864)
Johann Georg von Hahn, “The Half Man” (1864)
Rachel Busk, “Scioccolone” (1874)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Fig-and-Raisin Fool” (1875)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Baker’s Idle Son” (1882)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Fairy Tale about Falchetto” (1885)
Alexander Chod´zko, “The Sluggard” (1896)

16. Evil Stepmothers and Magic Mirrors: ATU 709—Snow White

Jacob Grimm, “Snow White, Snow White, or The Unfortunate Child” (1808)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Snow White” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Snow White” (1857)
Ernst Ludwig Rochholz, “The Death of the Seven Dwarfs” (1856)
Christian Schneller, “The Three Sisters” (1867)
Laura Gonzenbach, “Maria, the Evil Stepmother, and the Seven Robbers” (1870)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “Child Margarita” (1875)
Bernhardt Schmidt, “Maroula and the Mother of Eros” (1877)
Consiglieri Pedroso, “The Vain Queen” (1882)
Adolpho Francisco Coelho, “The Magic Slippers” (1885)
Joseph Jacobs, “Gold Tree and Silver Tree” (1894)
Isabella Anderton, “A Tuscan Snow-White and the Dwarfs” (1905)

17. The Taming of Shrews: ATU 900—King Thrushbeard

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “King Thrushbeard” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “King Thrushbeard” (1857)
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, “Hacon Grizzlebeard” (1852)
Laura Gonzenbach, “The Humiliated Princess” (1870)
Patrick Kennedy, “The Haughty Princess” (1870)
Rachel Busk, “Blanca the Haughty” (1870)
Carolina Coronedi-Berdi, “The Crumb in the Beard” (1873)
Giuseppe Pitrè, “The Finicky Princess” (1875)
Emmanuel Cosquin, “The Princess of England” (1886)
Ulrich Jahn, “The Prince, Who Was Supposed to Be Too Young to Marry” (1891)

18. Bloodthirsty Husbands and Serial Killers: ATU 955—The Robber Bridegroom, ATU 311—Rescue by the Sister Maiden, ATU 312—Maiden-Killer (Bluebeard)

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Bluebeard” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Fitcher’s Bird” (1812)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “The Robber Bridegroom” (1857)
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, “Fitcher’s Bird” (1857)
Ernst Meier, “King Bluebeard” (1852)
John Francis Campbell of Islay, “The Widow and Her Daughters” (1860–1862)
Jean-François Bladé, “Bluebeard” (1866)
János Erdélyi, “The Count’s Daughter” (c. 1867)
Laura Gonzenbach, “The Story about Oh My” (1870)
Wentworth Webster, “The Cobbler and His Three Daughters: Bluebeard” (1877)
Paul Sébillot, “Redbeard” (1881)
J. Adolpho Francisco Coelho, “The Story of a Turner” (1881)
Isabella Anderton, “A Tuscan Bluebeard” (1905)

Short Biographies

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bargain Ebooks: Enchanted, Inc. Series by Shanna Swendson.

The Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson has had a loyal fanbase for several years now. Four of the titles, including the first book, have dropped to bargain book pricing this week. The books play lightly with many fairy tale tropes. And while they are adult marketed fiction--woman in the big city--they are "safe" for teen audiences, too.

Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel is $0.99, was $9.99

Much Ado About Magic (Enchanted, Inc.) is $3.99, was $6.99

Kiss and Spell (Enchanted, Inc.) is $3.99, was $6.99

No Quest For The Wicked (Enchanted, Inc.) is $3.99, was $6.99