Tag Archives: fantasy

House of Many Ways

I have to say, I love this nearly as much as Howl’s Moving Castle. Charmain has been brought up to be very respectable but not at all useful.  When she goes to watch over her Great-Uncle William’s house her only … Continue reading

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Howl’s Moving Castle

We’ve been a little witch heavy this month to be sure, but here is your remedy.  One powerful, vain, girl-crazy wizard plus his incredible moving castle. I seriously love this book.  I love Calcifer the fire demon, I love poor … Continue reading

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The Princess Bride

If you haven’t already read or seen The Princess Bride, please do so immediately.  I can wait.  No really, you don’t want me to spoil anything for you.  It’s that good. It’s stay-up-late-reading-under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight good.  It’s answer-uh-huh-to-a-string-of-questions-before-the-person-you’re-talking-to-gets-mad-that-your-attention-is-elsewhere-good.  It’s everyone-on-the-train-is-staring-at-you-because-you-are-laughing-out-loud good.  It’s … Continue reading

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The Princess and Curdie

Folks, sometimes I read a book just so you don’t have to.  It was an absolute slog trying to get through this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin.  MacDonald, a minister, is clearly on a moralizing tear.  There are … Continue reading

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The Princess and the Goblin

I remember reading and loving this as a child, but I’m fairly astonished by that.  The vocabulary in this book is killer.  MacDonald himself says that he does not write for children, but rather the childlike and he is not … Continue reading

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Princess Academy

Shannon Hale has to be one of my favorite YA authors. And yes, I realize that her books are shelved in Children’s in most libraries, but Princess Academy is more appropriate for younger children than much of her work. Please … Continue reading

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The Ordinary Princess

A beautiful princess is born. A fairy casts a spell.  The Ordinary Princess begins exactly as a fairy tale should, but it has a lot more to offer than your ordinary fairy tale.  The princess does not enjoy doing the … Continue reading

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The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Do you have an aspiring princess in your house?  Before you start worrying if the royal family has any eligible princes of the right age, satisfy an obsession by checking out some princess books.  Over the next few weeks I’ll … Continue reading

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Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

Rumer Godden again does a wonderful job of capturing the bullying, loneliness and isolation that are often a part of childhood.  When Nona moves from India to England to stay with her cousins, she is homesick and withdrawn.  Her youngest … Continue reading

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The Indian in the Cupboard

Indian in the Cupboard has got everything: action, adventure, excitement, a pinch of magic, countless awards, rave reviews and oh yeah…some of your garden variety stereotyping and racism. I’m pretty sure someone could write a dissertation about everything that’s wrong … Continue reading

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