Category Archives: folklore/fairy tales

My Literary Travel Bucket List

Shocking statement of the decade:  I’m one of those readers who like to blur the line between fantasy and reality.  When I read about a particularly dreamy setting, my internal voice turns into Liz Lemon, whispering, I want to go … Continue reading

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The Great Selkie Post

The time has come, the Walrus said. It’s time to dive deep into one of my favorite sub-genres of mer-story.  It’s time to re-cap twenty-three years of very scholarly research into this most fin-tastic feature of Celtic/Arctic/Greek mythology. It’s time … Continue reading

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“It is the tide that pulls the seconds through my blood. It is the tide that threads the minutes through my bones.”

Part Three of my Selkie Series *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  * Franny Billingsley.  The Folk Keeper.  New York: Atheneum, 1999. Rating:  4.95 out of 5 amber beads tossed into the sea for smooth sailing. Recommended if … Continue reading

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“But once in a rare while they come late to the changing.”

Part Two of my Selkie Series *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  * Emily Whitman.  The Turning.  New York: Greenwillow Books, 2018. Rating:  4.9 out of 5 gold doubloons that may or may not be real. Recommended if … Continue reading

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“You’re here to put an end to us, and a Selkie without a skin is no concern of Faerie’s.”

Ahoy, Bookwyrms!  I’ve decided to start the new decade with a four-part series looking back at one of my favorite literary/folkloric subjects of all time: SELKIES!!!   The first three posts will be reviews — two new reads and a nostalgic favorite, … Continue reading

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Ten years under hill, over dale, beneath the waves, on faery trails…

Happy December, Bookwyrms and La-La Landers everywhere! Welcome to the final Year-End Review of the 2010s!  Ten years ago, 24-year-old Neri decided to ignore the call of Srs Adulthood and instead doubled down on her obsession with stories for and … Continue reading

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Salted caramel, with extra foam…

An October Report, of sorts. Due to Real World complications and Other Projects, I’m taking a bit longer to read the latest October Days novel than I’d hoped.  Therefore, rather than a full book review, I would like to offer … Continue reading

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The 2018 Review

Welcome, Postcardians, to another celebration of a year in La-La Land!  Have a metaphorical seat by the imaginary fireplace, and enjoy a virtual taste of my grandmother’s gingerbread mushrooms! * Overview * First, a big Thank You!!! to everyone who … Continue reading

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The October Report: Night and Silence

Apparently, the faeries snuck one last gift into my bag before we left the Twilight Realm. Rating:  4.89 out of 5 nasty, allergy-inducing sachets of marsh magic. The newest October Daye book, Night and Silence, is so amazeballs that the faeries … Continue reading

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Ghastly Ever After: Twisted Myths for teens and up

At our final stop on this frightful journey through Faerie Land, the bloody-footed mermaid at the door gives us three collections of terrifying tales rated Teen-and-up.  These are tales of blood-thirsty gods, angels of death, and demonic Cinderellas.  Tales of … Continue reading

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