I think mine might be the King Arthur myths - I love nearly all of them. Myths seem to be inherently sad stories, I'm struggling to think of one that has a happy ending. There was an interesting book by Tanith Lee called "White As Snow" which mixed the Persephone myth with the Snow White fairytale - deeply skin-crawly in parts, but good.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Right, lets start with fairytales. I think it is fascinating that nearly every culture has a "Cinderella" story, the article I read said one of the earliest is from China, I think circa 800 AD (featuring a talking, prophetic fish - but lets not get into that...) Does this tie into the idea that there are a limited number of plots in the world and no new material, merely interpretations?
Posted by Nic at 9:30 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
This picture (left) is why I bought a particular, unknown book from a bargain bin years ago. And because of it I discovered urban fantasy which has become my favourite type of book to read. Maybe it's because I want to believe there is a little bit of mystery in our world. The best of the genre is beautiful and strange and I hope you enjoy whatever you choose to read in November, so lets start with who's reading what...
Posted by Nic at 9:58 PM