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  • Book Review by Kate Wolford: "Other Birds" Sarah Addison Allen

    This book comes together in a very meaningful way. By the end, I was teary-eyed, in a good way. The action takes place on a fictional island, (Mallow, outside of Charleston), and at the Dellawisp, a beautiful and haunted old place that’s got a few condos and a lot of ghosts. Indeed, the main characters are all haunted. They include college freshman Zoey, skittish Charlotte, sweet and lonely Mac, and Frasier, the apparent caretaker of the building who has a supernatural relationship with the rare Dellawisp birds who live in the garden. This being a Sarah Addison Allen book, the supernatural unapologetically exists in this story. I’d have been very disappointed if it hadn’t been. But the book itself seems haunted, and like ghosts, the outlines and details come together slowly. That’s okay, because Addison Allen pulls it all together slowly, then much faster and very completely. There are literal and figurative ghosts here, and Addison Allen doesn't shrink from showing that everyone suffers and that everyone keeps secrets. Yet it is not a book about suffering. It’s more a book about how we continue to grow up and surprise ourselves and others all of our days—and beyond. And the last few pages are exceptionally moving. Sarah Addison Allen is back, and in top form. Hooray! NetGalley very kindly gave me this book in exchange for a review.

  • Kate Recommends...

    This week's pick: Watch Reservation Dogs Tonight! Sure, I know books and other forms of the written word better than anything else, but what you may not know is that I am a dedicated TV lover. In addition to asking me about books and other reading material, people who know me well ask me for TV and movie recommendations all the time—these are my only super powers. Today, I’m giving you an unqualified recommendation: Reservation Dogs on Hulu. Why would I, the editor of a zine about fairy tales and folklore, be recommending a TV show about Indigenous teenagers committing petty crimes on an Oklahoma reservation? Because it’s the most charming and entertaining show I’ve seen in a long time. Despite the fact that we meet Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D'Pharoah Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Lane Factor), and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) stealing a snack delivery truck in the first episode, they are deeply likeable characters struggling to grow up in the aftermath of a dear friend’s suicide. But what brings the whole show together is how deeply embedded in Native American culture and folklore it is. There’s a recurring cast of really strong supporting characters, and Zahn McClarnon (Officer Big), who you may know from Longmire and Fargo: Season Two, among many other roles, is a true standout. There’s also a hilarious and frequently insightful “spirit guide,” who died at the Battle of Little Bighorn, William "Spirit" Knifeman (Dallas Goldtooth). How much help Knifeman is to Bear is debatable, but the way the ghostly spirit guide is just part of the show, no big deal, is evidence of the remarkable community of Reservation Dogs. People are poor on the Res Dogs reservation, but they laugh, celebrate, suffer, work, love, interfere in other people’s business, see spirits, raise family and just live—like everyone else. Reservation Dogs is part of a thrilling mini trend in entertainment: Stories of Indigenous people being told by Indigenous people, acted by Indigenous people, directed, and written by Indigenous people. Creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi bring a light touch to every episode, no matter what the subject matter. Since the show is not in the hands of white creators, it lacks the guilty condescension that entertainment featuring Indigenous people has frequently had in the past. Look, the show is just good. It’s entertaining, and heartwarming. Perhaps most importantly, it recognizes that our four heroes are still children, for all that they are 16 and getting up to shenanigans. In season one, they are trying to scrape up money to go to California, which was the dream of their deceased friend, Daniel (Dalton Cramer). In season two, which is currently airing, the gang is pretty split up so far, but we’re only a few episodes in. What might happen? Who knows? It will be entertaining, and you need to watch this show. One more thing: Tom Petty alert! If you, like me, still miss Tom Petty, then you’ll really love episode two, season two of Reservation Dogs. Another new episode debuts on Wednesday, Aug.17. Reservation Dogs is rated TV-MA, and does definitely have strong language and, sometimes, tough situations. You can only find it on Hulu, which does require a subscription, but you can get a 30-day free trial. We love Hulu, and watch it all the time. And yes, the show title is a tip of the hat to Reservoir Dogs. Stay enchanted! Kate See you next week!

  • Book Review by Kelly Jarvis: "The Vermilion Emporium" Jamie Pacton

    The Vermilion Emporium by Jamie Pacton is a young adult fantasy novel that drips with beauty as it explores the value and cost of artistic creation. The novel alternates between the limited omniscient perspectives of Twain, an orphan boy who discovers a strand of long-lost starlight, and Quinta, an orphan girl who learns how to weave starlight into lace that can heal wounds, tell stories, and sway opinions. The 17-year-old protagonists discover a magical curiosity shop, become the target of powerful forces who want to use their starlight lace for political gain, and, of course, fall in love. The romance is predictable, as are the forces that conspire to pull the couple apart, but beneath the plot is a poignant commentary on art, science, beauty, and power that leads readers to contemplate the human desire for magic and the terrible sacrifices it requires. Pacton creates an intriguing world where human story and starlight intersect. Her settings burst with color and light. Her characters experience love and loss. The Vermilion Emporium will sweep you away to a fantasy world and return you to reality with a deeper understanding of magic and the artists who create it.

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    Kate's Pick of the Week Kate Recommends... This week's pick: Watch Reservation Dogs Tonight! Sure, I know books and other forms of the written word better than anything else, but... Recent Posts 12 hours ago 1 min Book Review by Kate Wolford: "Other Birds" Sarah Addison Allen This book comes together in a very meaningful way. By the end, I was teary-eyed, in a good way. The action takes place on a fictional... 4 days ago 3 min Kate Recommends... This week's pick: Watch Reservation Dogs Tonight! Sure, I know books and other forms of the written word better than anything else, but... Aug 11 1 min Book Review by Kelly Jarvis: "The Vermilion Emporium" Jamie Pacton The Vermilion Emporium by Jamie Pacton is a young adult fantasy novel that drips with beauty as it explores the value and cost of... Aug 8 1 min Kate's Pick: The Grand Chateau Gift Box Check out Kate's fabulous fairy tale finds that you can enjoy, too! This week's pick: AN OUTRAGEOUS TREAT! I try to keep my picks... Aug 4 2 min Book Review by Kate Wolford: "Ashes" M.K. Harkins “Ashes” is a fun, exciting, lighthearted read that kept my interest from beginning to end. Had I read it at 12, I’d have adored it. Our... Jul 27 1 min A Review by Kelly Jarvis: A Poetry Collection that Casts a Spell Each poem in Stephanie Parent’s collection Every Poem a Potion, Every Spell a Song showcases the poet’s love for traditional and popular... ALL POSTS "The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in." ​ ― W. H. Auden We Love Fairy Tales... This is a site for fairy tale lovers, creators, and dreamers. If you love entering the imaginative world of Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, this is your place. If you love reimagining classic fairy tales and putting the results into stories, this is your place. If you want to write and read all-new fairy tales, this is your place... Read More Mini Art Gallery Subscribe to Our Newsletter Get monthly updates on what's going on at The Fairy Tale Magazine, along with free art downloads, submission opportunities, and writing tips! First Name Last Name Email Subscribe

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    About Us Since 2007, Kate Wolford has offered fairy tale lovers a space to publish their own tales, read the classics again, and enjoy classic fairy tale art through Enchanted Conversation (now known as The Fairy Tale Magazine .) This is a site for fairy tale lovers, creators, and dreamers. If you love entering the imaginative world of Charles Perrault, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, this is your place. If you love reimagining classic fairy tales and putting the results into stories, this is your place. If you want to write and read all-new fairy tales, this is your place. If you want reader-friendly analysis of fairy tales, this is your place. If you love Golden Age of Illustration art, this is your place. Enchanted Conversation was started soon after Kate began teaching the analysis of fairy tale to college students—and initially it was a site called Diamonds and Toads. Though it was supposed to be a site for students, she ran a writing contest one summer and out of that, EC was born. And here's a bit about Kate in her own words: "I’m a fairy tale lover since the late 1960s, when I first read an Oz book (there are many). I was immediately hooked, and nowadays, I try to be something of a fairy godmother to 21st century fairy tale lovers. I'm also the founder, editor and publisher of EC. When I’m not immersed in the world of fairy tales, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, gardener and music lover. I’m also a certified meditation teacher. I hope you’ll come back often." Let the enchantment begin!

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