Re: McKinley: Where in the world are the McKinley fans?

From: Katherine Hartsough <>
Date: Sat Aug 07 1999 - 19:17:40 PDT

   I've read "The Little Prince", though I read it in French rather than
English. It's a really beautiful book, and contains a lot of symbolism that
beyond a childrens' level. The illustrations are also wonderful.
   Anyway, it's not so much, for me, the tale of B&B itself. It isn't one
of my favorite fairy tales, or anything. Rather, I was attracted by the
beauty of Robin's retelling, and the fact that it IS a retelling. I love
stories that are, because I enjoy the originals in the first place, and
secondly I like to see all the creative changes that are made. Any
suggestions of retellings are welcome.
    By the way, I think it's interesting how a lot of people refer to Robin
McKinley as "Robin". I did myself, although I felt kind of funny about it.
I'm so used to seeing the last name used.

>From: Karen Chan <>
>To: Robin McKinley Mailing List <>
>Subject: McKinley: Where in the world are the McKinley fans?
>Date: Sat, 07 Aug 1999 12:54:52 -0900
>7th August, 1999. 11:38 a.m.
>I'm from Sydney, Australia. I can't remember how I started reading Robin -
>someone lent me "Beauty" and I picked up "The Hero and the Crown" and "The
>Doorr in the Hedge" in the local library and adored it. Eventually I
>snapped them all up for my own personal collection! ;)
>Glad to hear that there are so many Guy Gavriel Kay fans out there! I may
>be ignorant but I've always wondered why there isn't more info about him on
>the web like there is about other authors - e.g. mailing lists, homepages,
>etc. "Tigana" is on my top 10 list of books and, IMHO, the best thing he's
>ever written. I'm looking forward to reading "Sailing to Sarantium" but
>it's only available in the tall trade PB here at the moment and even though
>I work in a bookstore and get a discount on the books it's still a bit much
>for me.
>Orson Scott Card is another favourite author. I love the breadth of his
>scope. "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead" are also in my top 10. So
>is "The Worthing Saga" but that one doesn't seem to be as popular as the
>former two.
>Has anyone read "The Little Prince" (Antoine Saint-Exupery)? That was one
>of my favourite books as a kid.
>Anyways, about Beauty and the Beast retellings, Mercedes Lackey did one
>called "The Fire Rose". Set about the turn-of-the-century in America. A
>young woman (called "Rose" of course) is left destitute after her father
>dies (her mother died years ago) and so accepts a
>too-good-to-possibly-be-true offer from a rich but mysterious millionaire
>to come and be a "nanny" for his children. When she arrives she finds that
>there are no children, she was really wanted becase of her research skills
>and her knowledge of ancient languages, and she never sees her employer
>face to face but reads to him through a speaking tube. I enjoyed the book
>more for its opulent luxuries and the interplay between the characters,
>which seems to be one of the aspects of the tale that more and more writers
>are concentrating on, than the actual plot (which tends to sag a bit in
>places as Lackey gets bogged down with her discussion of elemental magiks).
>I wish that there could have been more development between Rose and her
>"beast" for the ending left something to be desired, but I enjoyed it
>Just out of interest, what do you find the most appealing about the
>fairytale anyway? I'm interested because I'm writing a short novella for my
>Honours - joining the ever-increasing list of people who have dabbled in
>P.S. Does anyone like Brian Froud? "Lady Cottington's Pressed Book of
>Fairies", "Strange Smells and (I can't remember the rest of the title)",
>"The Goblin Companion", "Faeries", and he also created the goblins in "The
>Karen Chan ICQ 2293920
>"'The rule is," said Vertue, 'that if we have one chance out of a hundred
>surviving, we must attempt it: but if we have none, absolutely none then it
>would be self destruction, and we need not.'"
>(C.S. Lewis, "The Pilgrim's Regress")
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