Spent a glorious weekend at Fourth Street Fantasycon, of which more anon, I hope. Now my car is busted AGAIN and I’m waiting for them to come and tow it to the garage to fix the ignition switch. And I think I should get my cat to the vet before I leave for Chicago, but I don’t have a driveable car. I also can’t drive back to the convention to see the folks who are staying over for a day. Wah! Cars, can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.
On another note, Mary asked for some reading recommendations for a nine-year-old. Assuming the nine-year-old is a sufficiently good reader that she is reading my books, which in this case she obviously is, here are some of my personal favorites, at least some of which haven’t gotten into the FAQ yet (we will assume, for purposes of this blog, that any of my books that you haven’t read are at the top of the list. <grin>)
Anything by Tamora Pierce. I’ve been following the Tortall books since In the Hand of the Goddess, and I love them to pieces.
Elle Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. A nice twist on the Cinderella fairy tale.
Wren to the Rescue and sequels; Crown Duel and sequel, by Sherwood Smith. I don’t know why Sherwood’s books aren’t better known; she does a great job with … well, pretty much everything I’m looking for in a fantasy.
The Princess Academy, by Sharon Hale. One of the girls from the village is going to be the bride of the prince, but no one knows who, so they all have to be trained to be proper ladies, just in case…
The Door in the Hedge and Beauty by Robin McKinley; also any of her other stuff, but these two were the first ones I read and I still love them dearly. Door is a collection of four fairy tales, two retellings of familiar ones and two original ones, and they’re all just wonderful. Beauty is her first retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” (Rose Daughter is her second). Both are beautiful, magical books.
Howl’s Moving Castle and The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones; also all the rest of her stuff. Diana has a wonderfully twisted sense of humor. And the chapter heads in Howl’s Moving Castle (“In which Howl expresses himself with green slime” “In which there is far too much washing”) gave me the courage to try the same thing in Dealing with Dragons.
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye. Another “unusual princess” book, and one I found very charming.
All of Edward Eager’s books. I think Half Magic is my favorite (the one where the children find a token that will grant them each a wish…but only half of it), closely followed by The Seven-Day Book (in which they find a book that puts them into their favorite stories…but either before the story starts, or after it’s over).
Anyone else have suggestions?