Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella

Since this is one of my favorite genres, I’ve decided to start up a series of posts rounding up novels that retell classic fairy tales. This week, we will focus on rags-to-riches Cinderella tales, where women overcome poverty, evil stepmothers, and chores to find their true destiny. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella”

Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik

I thought I was a big fairy tale buff, until I met one of my favorite authors, Naomi Novik, who totally has me beat. Novik is known for her Napoleonic-wars-but-with-dragons Temeraire series and her slavic folktale-infused novel Uprooted. This summer, I saw her on tour promoting her new book, Spinning Silver, a Rumpelstiltskin retelling. Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Naomi Novik”

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

You will see as this blog progresses that I have a major thing for fairy tale retellings. But there are already so many variations of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, that it’s always nice to see something new pop on the scene. Russian fairy tales seem to be the next big source for modern fables and I am here for it. The Bear and the Nightingale played on several myths I remember from my Russian Folklore class, while building a world and story all its own.

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