#FrightFall Read-a-thon 2015: Some (semi-scary) Fairy Tales!

27 Sep


Fairy tales are just about the right level of “scary” for me.  I send big thanks to Michelle at Seasons of Reading for graciously hosting these delightful seasonal events (and for letting me go easy on the “fright” aspect in October)!  Here is my #FrightFall read-a-thon lineup for next week:

Deerskin by Robin McKinley is just gorgeously written. I’ve already started this one, and I hope to finish it during the read-a-thon.  It is a retelling of Charles Perrault’s “Donkeyskin” and it is considered a CINDERELLA variant–certainly a scarier version of that story, since it deals with the widowed father’s dark depression and misdirected attachment to his daughter. King Lear is another variant of the Donkeyskin tale.

White as Snow by Tanith Lee promises to be an especially chilling retelling of the Snow White story, with a twist, given my experience with every short story by Tanith Lee I’ve read. I’m looking forward to this full length fairy-tale novel of hers. And what stylish cover art by Thomas Canty! (The lovely Deerskin cover painting is by artist Dawn Wilson.)

Beauty by Robin McKinley is also on my list, if I can get to it. I will be reading this for our Lit Collective discussion in March on fairy tales and fairy-tale retellings.  (Visit our group page on Goodreads for more information about the Lit Collective and other books we’re reading for March. Michelle–aka, the True Book Addict–is also one of the moderators for this group, along with Heather of Between the Covers and Laura of Book Snob.)

Good luck to all the #FrightFall participants and may they be pleasantly scared by their eerie, mysterious, or truly frightening reads to kick off October. Sign-ups continue through Friday (11:59 CST) of the read-a-thon week, and there will be a very generous giveaway at the end, eligible to those who post a wrap-up by Tuesday after the read-a-thon.

6 Responses to “#FrightFall Read-a-thon 2015: Some (semi-scary) Fairy Tales!”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review September 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Great choices — I love Beauty, and Deerskin is so powerful. I haven’t read White as Snow but it sounds interesting. Hope you’ll join us for Witch Week at the end of the month! 🙂

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott October 1, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      Thanks, Lory! I just read your latest Witch Week post, with its fairy-tales-retold theme, and White as Snow sounds perfect for that too! Definitely strong witch material. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Suzanne McKenna Link October 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Hi Lucy! Just stopping over from Season’s of Reading #FrightFall to see who’s reading along with me.

  3. Laura October 5, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    I know the books I featured today will be within your fright level. good small town family fun… with murder.
    I’ll try to post something daily this week.

  4. Autumn October 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi, I haven’t heard of those books before but almost any re-tellings are always as good as the originals. Have fun reading. #FrightFall

  5. truebookaddict October 10, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    Hello there, friend. It’s me…the long lost. lol I’m so behind! But I have been reading and commenting in the Facebook group. Does that count? 😉 I hope you’re enjoying the fairy tale retellings. And it seems these are darker tales, as your mentioned with Deerskin. I now have that one on my list.

    I missed you at the chat Tuesday. No one showed up. 😦 I know you’re not reading along, but I have to say, I’m enjoying the book. I’m wondering (and hoping not) if it’s going to have the same premise as An American Haunting? I am intrigued to find out what the premise is, for sure. Even though you’re not reading it, you might want to check out my post over at Castle Macabre (or the discussion in the TuesBookTalk group).

    Talk soon! Enjoy your weekend!

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