The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.
Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.
This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.
You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.
Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.
Evil mummified hands, dental hygiene, and dirty, disembodied Japanese foot spirits. Here are ten tweets about folklore around the world.
Ever wonder where the tooth fairy came from? A similar traidtion, tand-fé (tooth fee), is mentioned in the 13th century Icelandic Eddas. Vikings, believing a child’s first tooth to be especially lucky, would buy and string them into necklaces to wear into battle #FolkloreThursdaypic.twitter.com/DrFPFUiJLE
In some German folklore the act of kissing a donkey is said to be a cure for toothache! And similarly in Greek folklore drinking donkeys milk would promote strong, healthy teeth. I hope it’s only the donkeys face you need to kiss – look at these cuties! #FolkloreThursdaypic.twitter.com/R99ceAjDrA
It’s #FolkloreThursday! The mummified hand of an executed criminal holding a candle made from the malefactor’s fat was once believed to render the person who carried it invisible. It was called the “Hand of Glory.” This one is from the Whitby Museum. pic.twitter.com/EtcCJBuub3
According to folklore, the Huntsman’s Leap coastal chasm in Pembrokeshire was named when: “A huntsman jumped the opening on horseback. On looking back and seeing the fearful chasm over which he had risked his life, he fell back and died of fright.”#folklorethursday#walespic.twitter.com/C7lyhEDChw
In Finnish mythology Kalma is the goddess of death and decay with her name meaning “The Stench of Corpses.” Her favourite places to linger are graveyards and cemeteries; in fact, one Finnish word for graveyard is “kalmisto,” which is derived from her name. #FolkloreThursdaypic.twitter.com/MgqCcsMu29
“Vampires in folklore were made not only by a bite, but also if they were once a werewolf, practiced sorcery, were an illegitimate child of illegitimate parents, died before baptism, ate the flesh of a sheep killed by a wolf, or -in Greece- by being a red head”#FolkloreThursdaypic.twitter.com/CZ9uFcBWs1
It’s #FolkloreThursday and I’ve just been cataloguing this incredible collection of Scandinavian fairy tales which includes these beautiful illustrations by Danish artist Kay Nielsen. The illustrations first accompanied the 1914 edition though it was originally published in 1910. pic.twitter.com/DQFuKxtbWd
#FolkloreThursday The phrase “Peeping Tom” comes from the historical story of Lady Godiva, who rode naked through the streets of Coventry. The townspeople all kept their shutters closed, except for Tom the Tailor, who couldn’t help peeping, and was struck blind. pic.twitter.com/iOQfaTh2lB
I always love some news about the British royal family and its been mere hours since Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement! It’s the fairytale story we all dream about: the handsome prince falls for a beautiful girl. And nine out of ten times this girl is a commoner, lacking any title (a.k.a a regular person). It’s classic yet contemporary, old school yet a crowd favorite. What’s not to love about two humans who can drop everything and take hold of love rather than the negativity that may surround them?
Sadly, no matter how hard we may wish, we will most likely not get to marry Prince Harry. I know; I, too, am devastated by it. Yet these stories still win our hearts with their timeless tales of love and ever afters. The female character is usually a good person, inside and out. She’s strong, believes in herself, and stands her ground. Marrying the handsome prince is her choice. Now, isn’t that fantastic? Plus literary husbands just seem a bit better than the real thing.
I’ve compiled a list of some magical Cinderella-style fairytales and stories. Some you may know, others may be in the history books. Either way you may fall in love with them… The stories that is.
This is the one we all loved when it first came out in book form in 2000, then in film in 2001. I remember going to the theaters to see The Princess Diaries and I knew then that Garry Marshall did something really awesome. The story of the awkward Mia Thermopolis unknowingly falling into a life of royalty at the peak of her teen years is hilarious, heartwarming, and full of valuable (and royal) lessons. Follow the ten book novel series as Mia finds her true self, princess and all. And if you haven’t seen the movie then get on that quick, so you can know that ‘shut up’ just means wow, gee whiz, or golly wolly.
This beautiful African tale is one of both morality and virtue. Mufaro’s two daughters are both beautiful, attractive girls, however beauty only runs below the skin of one of them. Maynara is arrogant and rude while Nyasha is humble and selfless. When the Great King requests to meet with the women of the village to pick the perfect wife, the sisters set out on a journey to get to their possible future husband. On the way to the King, they encounter several obstacles, all set up by the King to test their characters. Needless to say, these tests decide who he will marry. Who do you think he’ll choose?
Here, we meet a relatable narrator who lives life within the safe borders of her comfort zone. It takes one New Year’s Eve resolution to bring her to the man who will change her life forever. From being steady on the ground to falling hard, the heroine knows her life will change once her relationship begins with the charming Lathan. So, can this happen to me already?
This Cinderella-like fairytale takes place in ancient China and is one of the oldest versions of the classic story dating back to the 9th century! It follows a young girl whose family was turned out onto the street after her mother and father both died. She was forced to become a servant for her evil stepmother and cruel stepsister. Upon the visit of a spirit that resembled an old man, Ye Xian is given the chance take part in the New Year Festival where women in town meet eligible husbands. Needless to say, a fish guardian, a pair of golden slippers, and a possible happy ending are all involved. History definitely repeats itself, ladies.
This novel is about a small town Indiana girl suddenly getting married to Hollywood royalty; the Hollywood part being that he’s an award-winning movie producer and actor. When the two characters suddenly wake up to find they were married after they met on a trip to Vegas, the happily-ever-after story suddenly gets a huge twist. How do you fall for someone in the eye of millions? If you’re a romance buff, give this one a try and you just may want to be Mrs. Lockwood.
This tale is said to be the earliest version of a Cinderella story. It beats out Ye Shen by dating back to the 1st century when it was first recorded by a Greek historian. It’s quite an amusing yet lovely tale in which a beautiful woman had undressed to bath when an eagle landed swiftly and snatched up one of her leather sandals. The bird flew it to the capital city and dropped it right in the lap of the King as it flew over him. The King was taken aback by the occurrence and sent out all his men to search for the woman it belonged to. I don’t want to give away the happy ending, but c’mon, you know it’s a happy.
These stories and tales trace out some of the best and most classic storylines in history. The Cinderella story never seems to age no matter how many people may call it predictable or over-used. Personally I love to see the old and new come together. They’re stories that give the heroine strength and teach us to be kind and virtuous. Whoever you desire to end up with, may we all have the happy ending.
It’s a sad time with Halloween over; endings are tough when it comes to fun celebrations. But there’s no need to grovel. With the holiday season around the corner there’s much fun to be had! Stuff your face with tasty sweets and meals, watch old movies, and read seasonal books!
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Speaking of seasonal books, it was just last month that a Christmas book for kids was released and based on the big ol’ man, Santa himself! However, this little book turned a lot of heads, gained a lot of support, and quite a bit of negativity. Author Daniel Kibblesmith and illustrator A.P. Quach put together a picture book called Santa’s Husband.
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It tells the story of a black Santa and his white husband and their everyday lives and adventures in the North Pole. But it’s not all silly; the couple shows what they do in the face of negativity and even with work dilemmas for the elves. Kibblesmith makes sure to tie in real issues and serve it to a younger audience. Upon the release of the book, the negative uproar was big according to the author, but so was the positivity.
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We all know that Santa’s image varies from culture to culture, so why not switch it up a bit? Everyone has their own idea of jolly old Nick. This book doesn’t take away from it, it merely adds more Santa Clauses that people can relate to.
Halloween may be over, but these spooky ghouls haunt all year round, the whole world over. Take a look at some of the weirdest, most wonderful ghouls, ghosts, and goblins from international folklore. I’m rooting for Deer Woman myself. I like her style.
1. Black Annis
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Black Annis, sometimes referred to as Black Agnes, is a child and lamb-eating crone from Leicestershire, England. She has a blue face, fangs, and iron claws. She wears the tanned skins of her prey around her waist, after devouring them. She has used her claws to dig herself a cave in the cliffs.The earliest reference to Black Annis was from an eighteenth century title deed to a piece of land known as ‘Black Anny’s Bower Close.’
She has cropped up a few times in popular culture, most hilariously in a newsletter written by J. K. Rowling for the Harry Potter Fan Club in the late nineties. In an excerpt from the ‘letters to the editor’ section of The Daily Prophet, one Annis Black writes, hitting back at the paper for its “portrayal of Hags as flesh-eating monsters,” and subsequently offering her “babysitting services in her cave in Deadmarsh.”
2. La Llorona
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Maria was a cool gal whose husband left her and she went off the rails a bit. In order to get back at him, she surrendered her status of cool chick aaaaand…drowned all their kids as revenge. Yikes. Overcome with remorse directly after drowning all their kids as revenge, she threw herself into the river. However, not unexpectedly, she didn’t make it to a peaceful afterlife and instead is said to wander riverbanks, wailing (hence her name La Llorona, meaning ‘weeping woman’). La Llorona weeps as she walks, kidnapping children, and, you guessed it, drowning them.
3. The Peony Lantern
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The story of the Peony Lantern is from seventeenth century Japan. On the night of Obon, a Japanese festival that honors the spirits of the ancestors, a widowed samurai named Ogiwara met a beautiful woman named Otsuyu, who was accompanied by a young girl holding a peony lantern. Ogiwara and Otsuyu met secretly and would spend the nights together. However, an old neighbor of Ogiwara eventually grew suspicious and snuck out to spy on them. She is horrified to see Ogiwara getting it on with a skeleton. Ogiwara (somehow) only becomes aware that Otsuyu is a skeleton that night as well. He consults a Buddhist priest who advises him to resist the woman and places a protective charm on his house. Consulting a Buddhist priest who places a protective charm on his house. Otsuyu, however, calls him from outside and he cannot resist her. Ogiwara goes out to greet her, and is led back to her home, which is a grave (lol). In the morning, his dead body is found entwined with Otsuyu’s skeleton. Cute.
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A creature from Southern Slavic mythology, Drekavac is said to be the soul of an unbaptized child. It is bony and long-fingered, with a large head, said to resemble a dog or a bird (those animals are pretty different, though, and none of the illustrations look canine or avian-like, at all. They all look like straight up goblins). The drekavac jumps on people’s backs and screams predictions about their deaths and the deaths of their cattle. Rude.
5. Deer Woman
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A creature known to several Native American tribes, especially the Chippewa, this gal shifts between the form of a woman and that of a deer although she prefers to remain in an in-between state, with the head and body of an alluring young woman and the legs of a deer. She stands near hunting trails or enters dancing circles in order to lure young men into the forest. *sunglasses emoji* Deterrents include chanting, tobacco, or noticing that her feet are hooves.