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14 April 2013

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Miss Print

I still need to read this one.

I absolutely love The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde which is a short story collection of Rumpelstiltskin that examines all of the problems and unanswered questions in the original version.

Eliza

There's a middle grade book that just came out this month: Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff. I haven't read it yet but it's been getting some good buzz. Publisher's description: "In a magical kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold—as much gold as he wants! His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end."

Liesl Shurtliff says that she wrote this story because though the original story bears his name, we don't know anything about Rumpelstiltskin other than his name and that he can spin straw into gold. Also, she felt (like I do) that the original tale wasn't very fair to him.

Leila - when did you quit watching Grimm? It took the first half of its first season to get its footing but once it did, it began to create and delve into its mythology. Not so much just the monster of the week. I think it keeps getting better. I gave up on Once Upon A Time. I really can not get past a lot of the overacting (especially in the fairy tale world) and how the incredibly white the cast is. Robert Carlyle is one of the best things about the show but even he wasn't enough to keep me watching it.

Eliza

Leila - Do you know if Elizabeth Bunce will be finishing her Thief Errant series? I enjoyed the first two books, Star Crossed and Liar's Moon. They're good reads for those of who like their thieves mixed with politics. It's been a couple of years since the last one (2011) was published, so I'm afraid we'll be left on quite the cliffhanger. I checked her website but it was uninformative or may be telling in that it seems not to have been updated for quite a while. Have you heard anything?

Leila

@Miss Print: Ooo, I haven't read that one, and I really like VVV's short stories, so I'll be sure to track it down!

@Eliza: I lost interest in Grimm somewhere in the second season, actually. It was because, I think, that I never developed any sort of emotional attachment to any of the characters. (Well, except for Silas Weir Mitchell, but that's more because I like HIM than because I'm attached to the character he's playing, if that makes any sense.)

As for the Thief Errant books, I don't know. I HOPE SO, because I LOVE THEM SO VERY MUCH, and I will be VERY SAD if there is no resolution. Such excellent worldbuilding in those books.

Eliza

Leila - Well you gave Grimm a fair shot. It's impossible to maintain interest in a show if you don't connect with its characters. I agree that Silas Weir Mitchell is excellent!

Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Thief Errant series continues. It's so good - great characters, world building, and action. My attention never flagged reading these books. Now that I know you're also a fan, I'll keep a lookout for your post if you hear anything about a new book coming out. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.

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