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Discussion: Fictionalized Mythology

Hello book bees and welcome to another discussion post. Today I want to talk about what happens when authors fictionalize or include real mythology in their works of fiction. This does not include retellings such as Madeline Miller’s Circe and The Song of Achilles, but does include such works as American Gods by Neil Gaiman, […]

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Review: The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

A presence of comfort for dead children, a presence of fear for those that would do violence. The girl in white, the girl from the well, is powerful with her age. She uses her strength to help free the spirits of children trapped on earth by the violent deaths they met. She wields power over […]

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Review – Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of Apparitions, Outlaws, and Things Unseen by Alda Sigmundsdóttir

In this collection of translated tales, the oral legends of Iceland come to life on page in a way that reflects their origins as spoken tales. Ghosts, apparitions, deacons, and even Satan make appearances in these tales that feature elves and ogres just as easily. Legends have played a role in the history of Iceland […]

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When oral folk legends are put into writing

Introduction I won’t be diving too deep into things in this post, just going over a little bit about what happens when stories that were originally passed down orally are written and compiled. Oral folk traditions are incredibly important to most cultures in this world, and have always been a part of the human experience. […]