fairytales

This Just In: Uprooted Is Really Good

uprootedThis review will tell you what any Google search would say: Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is real good, and you should read it now. The rest of this post will just be that sentence repeated with different emphases (Uprooted is good, and you should read it now) and a few rambling ideas on what makes it so good. You’ve been warned. (more…)

Catherynne Valente: A More Satisfying Scheherazade

Illustrations by the talented and versatile Michael Kaluta

Illustrations by the talented and versatile Michael Kaluta

Review originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

In the Night Garden is essentially Arabian Nights, if Scheherazade had been a feminist literary critic with a working knowledge of world mythology and a wicked sense of irony.  Certainly, this Scheherazade wouldn’t have ended up marrying the Sultan who put his first 1,000 wives to the death. (more…)