Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and their own score system. As long as people continue to be unique, diverse individuals, reviews will never be standardized (and thank goodness!). But will Precious Five-Stars ultimately become a matter of pride or a source of punishment for authors today?
Episode 54: In which Princess Alethea rants about the Japanese fairy tale “How the Wicked Tanuki was published.” (Andrew Lang, Crimson Fairy Book)
Only one more episode left before the Season Finale of Fairy Tale Rants!
Today I’m over in the Waterworld Mermaid Lagoon, hosting a very special interview with my dear friend, the infamous K. Tempest Bradford. As some of you may know, Tempest blew up the internet about a month ago when she challenged readers to consider checking out books by authors they normally wouldn’t read. It was a strange thing to sit on the sidelines for all of this…but I’m glad I was there for her, for the good times and bad.
Click here to read my essay and watch my video interview with Tempest: http://waterworldmermaids.com/2015/03/mermaids-friends-k-tempest-bradford/
Princess Alethea Rants “The Colony of Cats”
Episode 53: In which Princess Alethea and Princess Tempest rant about the Lang fairy tale “The Colony of Cats.” (Crimson Fairy Book)
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Andre Norton, Grand Dame of SF.
It’s difficult to believe that it’s been a decade since Miss Andre left us. When Jay asked me to contribute something to the Andre Norton Books site, I thought it only fitting to offer him the essay I wrote at the time, my eulogy of sorts, entitled “Like a Box of Chocolates.”
Despite her physical absence, Miss Andre’s grandmotherly presence, her nuggets of wisdom, her complete faith in who I was and who I would be…these remain with me. As does the very important decision I made the day she died.
In 2011, I had the honor of presenting the Andre Norton Award at the SFWA Nebula Awards ceremony. In 2013 and 2014, I was nominated for the Andre Norton Award. One of these days, I will win that damned thing and make her proud. Because that’s how these stories are meant to end.
Click here to read “Like a Box of Chocolates” — originally posted on this blog on March 18, 2005.
Have you been watching Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants? We’re up to Episode 52…can you believe it?
In this episode, Alethea eats ice cream for dinner. (It’s ridiculously fun, I promise you.)
With special guest star: Princess K. Tempest Bradford!
Because I get asked this so many times–and because I have the audiobook to refresh my memory–here’s a handy-dandy list for you. I am sure this is incomplete, but at the very least, these are all the stories I meant to include ON PURPOSE.
List of Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, and Classic Fantasy Novels Referenced in Enchanted (in order or appearance…mostly)
1. “Monday’s Child is Fair of Face” (Nursery rhyme)
2. Seventh son of a seventh son (trope)
3. Cu Chulainn (Irish myth)
4. “The Foundling” (Grimm)
5. “The Frog Prince” (Grimm)
6. “Snow White & Rose Red” (Grimm)
7. “The Red Shoes” (Andersen)
8. “The Princess & the Pea” (Andersen)
9. “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” (Grimm)
10. The Princess Bride (Goldman)
11. “Rumpelstiltskin” (Grimm)
12. “Rapunzel” (Grimm)
13. “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” (Nursery rhyme)
14. “Jack & the Beanstalk” (Grimm)
15. Robin Hood (English folklore)
16. “The Fairies” (aka “Diamonds & Toads”) (Perrault)
17. “Sleeping Beauty” (Grimm)
18. “What Little Boys are Made Of” (nursery rhyme)
19. “Cinderella” (Grimm)
20. “Snow White” (Grimm)
21. “Simple Simon” (Nursery rhyme)
22. “Fitcher’s Bird” (aka “Bluebeard) (Grimm/Perrault)
23. Comte de Saint Germain (French history/legend)
24. “One for Sorrow” (Nursery rhyme)
25. Tam Lin (Scottish ballad/legend)
26. The Darkangel (Pierce)
27. Beauty (McKinley)
28. The Secret Garden (Burnett)
29. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Andersen)
30. “The Goose Girl” (Grimm)
31. The Book of Three (Alexander)
32. “The Female of the Species” (Kipling)
33. “Sick” (Silverstein)
34. Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
35. Peter Pan (Barrie)
36. “Little Red Riding Hood” (Grimm)
A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.
And can I just say…I have had an AMAZING time this month. How amazing, you ask? Well, I tossed a bunch of glitter out into the intarwebs and MAGIC HAPPENED. Thank you again to Prism Book Tours, my tireless tour companion Leanna Renee Hieber, and all the bloggers who took part in this month long EXTRAVAGANZA. This was one for the history books, you guys!
Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids – Learn some fun facts about Alethea!
The Book Lovers’ Lounge – Review
I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves their fairy tales and romance books.
Wings trip [Alethea’s] fiction trigger @ USA Today’s Happy Ever After
Buried Under Books – ReviewI love FridayóI think sheís my favorite of the sisters so far mainly because sheís so sweet and kindóand Tristan is also very likeable but itís the seven brothers as a group who make this tale so much fun.Mommabears Book Blog – Holy “L” TrinityBut when it came to fantasy films, we had what we lovingly referred to as “The Holy L Trinity”: Legend, Labyrinth, and Ladyhawke. It was rare that we watched one without immediately watching the other two. It didn’t matter which order, just as long as they all got seen.Rabid Reads – Review
Highly recommended. If you love fairy tales, you will love this series. Even if you are among the majority who only know Disneyís version of events, you will love this series. Donít be scared off by the mutual affection Kontis and I have for Grimm, b/c while, YES, the details stay true to their European roots, the Woodcutter sisters always live happily ever after.
Gidget Girls Reading – Spotlight
Wonderful addition to the Woodcutter Sisters series! Dearest is sure to capture the reader and keep them wanting more.
7 Minutes with… Alethea Kontis @ J.T. Ellison
Zerina Blossom – Review
Dearest was a sweet romance and a fantastic mix of some of my favorite fairytales. ìThe Seven Swansî and ìThe Goose Girlî were but two of them. I loved the way the stories were once again intermingled in new and intriguing ways. Fridayís love story was one worth reading again.
Geo Librarian – Review
When it comes to fairy tale retellings it can be challenging to present the story in a new enough way to win over readers since the basic story is known beforehand. But Kontis does a nice job here of adding enough new elements to make the story feel fresh and new. And while the plot is thoroughly entertaining, it is the characters that really make the story worth reading.
Welcome to Book City – Interview
What is your favorite fairy tale?
Angela’s Library – Q&A
(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)by Alethea Kontis
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ìA fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.î óKirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted
Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sundayís palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows heís her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Fridayís unique magic somehow break the spell?
|Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012|
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. Sheís known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.
Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.
Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Childrenís Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award i 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava youíve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.
3 Woodcutter Sisters Prize Packs (signed copies of Enchanted, Hero, & Dearest – US Only)
Ends March 8th
DEAREST IS FINALLY OUT!
Here is a link for you to share — be sure to do that RIGHT NOW — we need to make as many sales as we can happen this week! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0544074076/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0544074076&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwaletheakon-20&linkId=H25VMKQW3Z2BQT5L
The first Tuesday of the month is usually also my day to post on The Waterworld Mermaids, but my Sparkle Twin Kerri Carpenter stole my day so that she could ask me some of the best interview questions ever! I make moussaka, take Kerri‘s dog to Hawaii, confess my favorite word, and cast all of the Waterworld Mermaids in the Woodcutter series. Click here to check it out!
I also have an equally fabulous interview with the equally fabulous Miss Print today!
Parallel books, the secrets of Tristan, my favorite characters, and what’s next for me — if you want to know, you’ll have to click the link to find out! xox
Follow the February Tour!
1 – Launch
2 – Lilac Reviews
3 – Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids
3 – Coffee Books & Art & The Book Lovers’ Lounge
4 – Special post @ USA Today’s Happy Ever After
4 – Buried Under Books, Mommabears Book Blog, & Rabid Reads
5 – Interview @ J.T. Ellison
5 – Gidget Girls Reading
6 – Zerina Blossom & Geo Librarian
8 – Welcome to Book City
9 – Kelly P’s Blog & Katy’s Krazy Books
10 – Mel’s Shelves & Jan Edwards
11 – Katie’s Clean Book Collection
12 – A Backwards Story & Wishful Endings
13 – Library of a Book Witch & The Quotable
14 – Biggest Literary Crushes post on @ Teen Reads
15 – The Written Adventure
16 – My Life Loves and Passion & Colorimetry
17 – I Am A Reader & The Library of the Seen
18 – Special post on @ Dear Teen Me
18 – Printcess & Living a Goddess Life & Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
19 – 100 Pages A Day & mrsjennyreads
20 – Books and Ashes & Addicted Readers
22 – Miss Little Book Addict YA House of Books
23 – SBM Book Obsession
24 – Deal Sharing Aunt
25 – Min Reads and Reviews
26 – Pieces of Whimsy & Wonderous Reviews
27 – The Scribbling Sprite
28 – Grand Finale