This month my blog is taking a hiatus from the normal In My Mailbox meme hosted by The Story Siren. In honor of Project: Fairy Tale, which began on Friday, I wanted to show off the books I've specifically received and read in preparation for this event. (In case you don't know, I've selected to focus on the Scottish ballad "Tam Lin" for Project: Fairy Tale).
No Earthly Sunne by Margaret Ball
I have never heard of this book or author, and
that cover is super cheesy. I started reading it and actually stopped. Maybe I'll try to go back to it someday, but there will be no review for it as part of Project: Fairy Tale.
(The Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black
Holly Black and an
urban fantasy! Tithe reads more like a mix of faerie lore, but it definitely
contains elements of "Tam Lin" within it.
Tam Lin by
Why, yes, this is a picture book! Since the original ballad
is short enough to have been written entirely in a picture book, I figured it
would be interesting to see what approach Susan Cooper took in retelling the
story. Plus, it's Susan Cooper!
Tam Lin by
I read this back in late middle school/early high school. I
liked it well enough then, but being older and a college graduate, I can better
appreciate Dean's college-setting "Tam Lin" retelling.
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Confession time: I have yet to read
anything by Diana Wynne Jones. I know! I did recently purchase Howl's Moving
Castle for my Kindle, so hopefully I can get to that soon.
(Winter Rose, #1) by Patricia McKillip
The same confession holds
true for Patricia McKillip as it does for Diana Wynne Jones. Needless to say,
I'm happy that both of them wrote "Tam Lin" retellings so that I'd be forced to
read one of their works now, rather than waiting to pick one up by
Imaginary Lands (anthology) edited by Robin McKinley
This looks like an amazing
anthology with short stories by Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Jane Yolen,
and more. Of course, for this month I am most interested in the short story "Tam
Lin" by Joan Vinge.
An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
A historical "Tam Lin" retelling! Yay!
About Normans living in twelfth century Scotland, sisters, and their romances.
Sounds good to me!
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Sharyn
I remember reading and loving this anthology right around the
time it was published. I mean, it has a stellar cast of contributing authors:
Megan Whalen Turner, Lloyd Alexander, Patricia McKillip, Nancy Farmer, Sherwood
Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Garth Nix, Diana Wynne Jones, and more! The "Tam Lin"
retelling is a short story by Delia Sherman called "Cotillion." If I'm not too
burned out after Project: Fairy Tale, I would like to review the anthology as a
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
I read this for my seventh grade English
class, so it will be interesting to re-read this 16th century historical fantasy
of the Tudor England of Queen Mary from the perspective of a "Tam Lin"
Tam Lin by Jane Yolen
Another picture book. I
decided to include this for the same reason that I included Susan Cooper's
Pretty hefty reading list, considering all I am required
to do is read the original story and three retellings. I've now read most of
these, however, and with so many retellings out there, why wouldn't I want to
read more? Expect reviews of these books throughout the month!