What are you currently reading?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:16 am

Another great choice! :)
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby TomCotton » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:50 pm

Haven't read any Hans Christian Andersen but imagine those stories are quite different from how popular culture depicts them.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:43 pm

They are. Thumbelina is called "Inchelina" (renamed Maja, by story's end), and "The Little Mermaid" is a truly unselfish being - unlike the Disney princess. There was one story I was looking for in it, that I now think must be a Brothers Grimm.

A princess is left in the woods by her king father, for the horrible crime of having been born a girl. She is rescued, I forget by whom, but they give her three dresses, one like the sun, one like the moon, and one like the stars. Packing them in a walnut shell, the child darkens her skin with walnut juice, and, with her dresses in tow, strikes out for the castle where she's put to work as a scull.

Each night for three nights, the king has a ball, and for each ball, the girl scrubs off the walnut juice, puts on one of the dresses, dances with the king, flees after the dance, and reapplies the nut juice before morning. And each time she does this, the king becomes more and more enamoured of her. Now in the book I had at the time, this was the same guy who was responsible for her abandonment :/ .

I don't know the name of the story. I don't know if it was just a bad translation, maybe, but I haven't seen it since. Is there one like this in your
book, Tom? After all, in The Ring Cycle, a boy born to fraternal twins grows up to marry his aunt...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby TomCotton » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:07 pm

I am not reading the Grimm book straight through and have not come across that story yet. There are a lot of repeat themes in the stories that I have read with some changes to make them different. The story you mentioned seems a lot like "Cinderella" with the main change being the coloring of herself with the walnut juice. The rest of the plot you mentioned does seem like the kind of changes and similarities that have been encountered so far between stories. The plots are so similar in some instances that I find myself skipping over long sections.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:33 pm

I found this, and the person who wrote it up, remembers almost the exact same story, with the same unsavory elements:

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/1998337/ ... ss-furball
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:27 pm

I admit, I had to do a little research. The story rang a bell, but it took some time to dig it up...

It's one of the Brothers Grimm, in German it's called "Allerleirauh" (meaning "all kinds of rough", referring to her coat of a thousand different sorts of fur and hair) , and at the beginning, it is indeed the father who wants to marry his daughter, because she reminds him of his deceased wife, and he vowed (to his deceased wife) only to marry a woman who was equally beautiful. Here's a link:

http://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales/Brothers_Grimm/Margaret_Hunt/Allerleirauh.html

In this version, the King whose men find her in the woods (and whom she'll marry eventually) is a different person, not her father. What becomes of her father in the end, remains unclear.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:22 am

The First Century, by Wm K. Klingaman
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Re: What are you currently reading?

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Cats and Daughters, by Helen Brown
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:51 pm

The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III by Sharon Kay Penman
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby TomCotton » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:45 pm

The Sign of the Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It surprises me how he can rip off TV shows and movies without giving them proper credit, just like that Tokien dude did with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. :naughty: :roll: ;) :P :D
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:40 pm

:lmao: The nerve of some people!!!!
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Postby Padfoot » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:10 am

:lol: :lol:
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby TomCotton » Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:39 pm

As an aside on The Sign of the Four. It starts out with Holmes reaching for the cocaine bottle and hypodermic and Watson calling him out on it; and ends with Watson engaged to Mary Morstan and Holmes reaching for the coacaine bottle again.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:10 pm

The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to A Long and Happy Life by Noble Smith
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:25 pm

"Oh dear Silvia", by Dawn French
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