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Subject: Who has read The Perilous Gard?
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 8:12 AM ET
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By Elizabeth Marie Pope. Set in England during the reign of Bloody Mary, this story is a creative and exciting retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin.

Date Posted: 5/14/2009 9:25 AM ET
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Wow,  you're the first person I've "met" who has read this book! I discovered her books in a tiny small town library years ago. Loved The Perilous Gard, it is on my keeper shelf. Did you know she also wrote The Sherwood Ring? The tone is much lighter and involves ghosts, romance, a touch of mystery, and lots of humor. Also on my keeper shelf. If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor and hunt it down.

Have you read any books by Robin McKinley? She also likes to rewrite fairy tales/balleds and her writing "feels" similar to Pope, IMO.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 7:43 AM ET
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I love both books.  I first read the Sherwood Ring and then found The Perilous Gard.  I have Robin McKinley's books on my TBR pile-just haven't gotten to them yet.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Yes--as soon as I have money to spare, I'm getting The Sherwood Ring off of Amazon--unless I get a credit here first. *Grin* My bookshelf is petering out. I need to stick a few more in there.

And I've read about Robin McKinley's books--Beauty is on my list too. Can't wait! I've really been enjoying myth/legend/ballad retellings lately. Ever heard of the novel Wolfproof, by Maureen Doyle? I hear it's a retelling of the story of the three little pigs. *Grin* I don't know how the writing is, but I'm going to see if I can find it and try it out.

Thanks for posting, y'all!



Date Posted: 5/16/2009 11:16 PM ET
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I've had both The Perilous Gard and The Sherwood Ring in my library for years--both top quality books. What a pity she didn't write any more books! I'd recommend Robin McKinley. But there's a lot of fairy tale rewriting recently. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce are all excellent.
Date Posted: 5/19/2009 8:56 AM ET
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Thank you for the recommendations! I'll look them up. And yes, it is quite a pity. :( Oh, well.