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Gen's Shelves

Occasional rambles about books I felt strongly enough to review, when I had free time enough to do it.

Currently reading

The Isle of Glass
Judith Tarr
The Broken Crown
Michelle West, Michelle Sagara
Deep Atlantic: Life, Death and Exploration in the Abyss
Richard Ellis
L'élégance du hérisson
Muriel Barbery
Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England
Keith Thomas
A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid
John Romer
Tiger, Tiger
Lynne Reid Banks
Julie E. Czerneda
Tomorrow's Magic
Pamela F. Service
Marie Brennan

The King of Elfland's Daughter

The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany, Neil Gaiman There are truly lovely moments in this; there are also moments that drag, although the loveliness gains momentum after the beginning. This is a story of fairy tales, more than of world-building, and the characters' logic reflects that. Still, one of the most fascinating and fun things about is that since it predates much of the standard fantasy canon we know today, it's genuinely not in dialogue with Tolkien or any of the later tropes, and as such it's a very different reading experience from most. Definitely worth a read for that alone.