Wednesday, April 28, 2010

just finished reading

Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier. WOW that was good. My review here. Anyone else read it? Any thoughts?

12 comments:

Ello said...

One of my all time favorites. I love this book. The second in the series didn't blow me away, but I did go and get the Sevenwaters series which is based off of the seven sons that turn into swans fairy tale. That series is excellent also.

--Deb said...

I haven't read this one yet, but in general really like Marillier (though none have swept me away quite like "Daughter of the Forest" did). The cover is gorgeous, though. Looks like a Patricia McKillip cover...

Niveau said...

Loved it, loved it, LOVED it. I'd never been interested in Eastern European settings (other than Russia) before I read it, but now I actively search them out. I agree with Ello about the second one; it was good but didn't live up to Wildwood's greatness.

--Deb: I actually recently bought a McKillip because the cover art on it reminded me of Wildwood. When I came home I checked the website of the artist, Kinuko Y. Craft, I found out she also made Wildwood's. Good catch!

Sarita Rucker said...

I've read all of Marillier's books, and love them.

I haven't read "The Dancing Princess," I probably should. (Who's the author?) It doesn't surprise me that "Wildwood Dancing" is the retelling of another story. Marillier likes to do that. As someone else has mentioned, the first in the "Sevenwaters" trilogy is sort of based on another fairy tale.

Miriam S. Forster said...

I adored this book. I picked it up originally because the cover artist is one of my favorite artists.

The thing I loved the most was how many tales were woven into the story, and how fresh each one felt. Excellent writing, too.

moonrat said...

Sarita--it's just a standard fairytale, sometimes called "The Dancing Princesses" or "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." According to my friend Wikipedia (thanks for inspiring me to Google ;)--I always love a little research) it comes from the Grimm collection. http://bit.ly/9APg5a

Amy said...

I love the darkness in her stories - she's not afraid to take us down into the depths, but she brings us back out of it in the end. "Daughter of the Forest" (first in the Sevenwaters series) kept me turning pages for six hours straight. I couldn't put it down.

Rachel said...

Not yet, but it's been on my to-read list at goodreads for a while, so I should try to get to it.

Do you have a moonrat profile at goodreads?

faye said...

Hurray!

I'm really happy you enjoyed it. And GOGU, I love Gogu. I spotted the twist early on as well, but I really didn't mind because the reveal was so satisfying.

I second the other opinions in your comments saying that the companion novel, CYBELE'S SECRET is good, but not as good as WD. There's a change of scenery--Paula and Pops go to Istanbul--but ohh if I could I would change the last chapter (too much exposition for me).

This marks the end of your finishing my list! I have yet to start yours >.< But I will soon, one more week until I'm free :)

Jill Myles said...

Oh! Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite authors, but I totally just BOUNCED off of this one. I gave it until page 50 and put it aside for other stuff. Maybe I will pick it up again. I'm in a fairy tale mood.

(I recently read and LOVED her book HEART'S BLOOD, which is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast. I hope you read that one too!)

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Thanks! I'm always on the lookout for book recommendations. Your stamp of approval, and those who submitted comments, will lead me to check it out!

Victoria said...

Juliet Marillier is a wonderful author and I just adore her work.

Her work is nuanced and detailed and intelligent... and I learn a little bit more about how to write every time I read her work.

Someone mentioned the Sevenwaters books and they are wonderful, but I also recommend the Fortriu series.

She blogs at www.writerunboxed.com, and I've learned a lot from reading her blogs too.