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The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

This is the kind of book where you want to lose yourself in the story and are compelled to read it whenever you have free time. But instead I had to force myself to finish it after I had invested time in starting. If you like big, messy, sprawling stories about a secret history with lots of violence and sex then this may be for you. Just didn't work for me.

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One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan al-Shaykh (Translator),

Way back in July I was looking for books to load up on my Kindle to read on vacation.  In an attempt to keep my book spending to a minimum, I frequently use Overdrive to check out books from the local library to read on my Kindle. I remember want to read Hanan al-Shaykh‘s retelling of One Thousand and One Nights when it came out last year. I think I even checked it out from the library in hardcover but never ended up reading it. Gathered and passed down over the centuries from India...

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Many of the tales included will be familiar to the casual reader but some will not be. Reading the collection gives you a great sense of the reach and breadth of folklore even as it reveals similarities and commonalities. I read them over a period of time rather than straight through but still acquired a sense of the scope of the work. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with these classic tales in their original splendor not through the eyes of Disney or popular culture. Fairy Tales from...

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Many of the tales included will be familiar to the casual reader but some will not be. Reading the collection gives you a great sense of the reach and breadth of folklore even as it reveals similarities and commonalities. I read them over a period of time rather than straight through but still acquired a sense of the scope of the work. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with these classic tales in their original splendor not through the eyes of Disney or popular culture. Fairy Tales from...

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The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard Norman

Howard Norman is an author I have enjoyed for some time. I knew his background in folklore but hadn’t really explored any of that part of his career.  But what I stumbled upon The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese: And Other Tales of the Far North while on vacation this summer I knew that had to change.  A beautifully illustrated book of folklore by one of my favorite authors? Yes, please. Publisher blurb: Based on decades of research and extended collaboration with Inuit storytellers...

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Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

It has the feel of folklore and mythology with all of the emotion and meaning that can convey. It really delves into and reflects family dynamics and dysfunction within a fantastic setting. I just think it gets a little bogged down in the emotions of Summer and Bird and the pace and punch of the novel suffer.

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