Friday, May 2, 2008

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale *****

Though this book is written for the teen & pre-teen bunch, I found it on a blog that had a bunch of recommended books for adults. So I gave it a whirl. It was great! It's basically the retelling of a fairy tale, done in a way that makes sense to adults. The author did a great job with the characters & it was an overall wonderful read.

Another author that does a great job retelling a classic story is Mary Renault. She's done a trilogy of books based on the myth of Theseus, & they are magnificent! It is amazing how she made something like the Minotaur, a monster that's half-man & half-bull, into someone who could actually have existed. In fact, it's hard not to come away from her books with the idea that she has somehow figured out how myth is made--where reality is turned into something unreal simply by the unique coincidences that occur once in a lifetime.

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