The Fairy Godmother
14 journalers for this copy...
1. midwestgal ~ rec'd
2. Shendoah (CA)~ rec'd
3. fizzfred (CA) ~ rec'd
4. beautyredefined (WI) ~ rec'd
5. eriko1908 (MN) ~ rec'd
6. Puppetlady (MO) ~ rec'd
7. Rendiru (CA) ~ rec'd
8. bountifulpots (Kansas) ~ rec'd
9. crrcookie (Germany/USA) ~ rec'd
10. marinaw (Texas) ~ rec'd
11. ladyoflight (S. Carolina)~ rec'd
12. cmbohn (Utah)~ rec'd
13. Mizzsmile (CA)~ rec'd
now back to me, Beachglass....~ rec'd
I loved this book. Thank you so much for the bookring. I'll have to get a copy for myself to keep!
Pming Shendoah for addy now, will send this week.
After much ado this book has been located in my apt. building's office. I'll spare you the story but it's on it's way via priority mail to Shendoah.
Shen- asleep on her feet...
When humans became numerous The Fae needed help and the Godmother's were the ones to do it. The strongest of human female magicians, Godmother's help us along our traditional path or use The Tradition to help us avoid an unhappy ending.
But what happens when you ARE the Godmother and you've just turned your Prince into an ass? What does The Tradition do now?
Everyone knows the traditional fairy tales. Cinderella, the abused stepdaughter who marries the prince, The princess locked in the tower who falls in love with her rescuer. Fairy godmothers help us along the way, smoothing our path when we need it, turning tradition to a different route so that the unhappy ending turns happy.
But what happens when your tradition says that you're supposed to marry the prince, but there is no prince to marry, or your prince is only a baby? In this story by Mercedes Lacky, its those who become our fairy godmothers. Their magic built up from tradition not succeeding, and their understanding of the downside makes them excellent candidates for becoming a fairy godmother and helping others.
In this story we follow Elena, who was supposed to be a cinderella, marrying the prince in the end. But the prince was too young. She apprentices then takes over for the Godmother of her kingdom and several others, helping turn the path or ease it along. But when she meets 3 princes on a Quest, and turns one into an Ass (donkey) and takes him home to learn the lessons he needs for redemption, WATCH OUT. For tradition said that Elena was supposed to marry a prince, and a prince can't stay in a small cottage in the middle of now where. Now what?
SO this story follows Elena and Alexander, their path to discovering who they are, and making thier own happy ending come true. Sometimes it takes a bit of fairy magic, sometimes it takes a bit of understanding yourself and accepting not only who you are, but your responsibilities in life as well. Magic and Tradition will follow along with you.
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Thanks so much beachglass for sharing this book. As soon as I find a postcard I'll mail it to beautyredefined.
Warning! Some spoilers inside!
While I enjoyed the Fairy Godmother as a light summer read, there were times when the story seemed unbalanced or hurried. The author seems to enjoy descriptive language, and she uses it well. I found it easy to picture the cottage in my mind, as well as Arachnia and the Elven royalty. The imagery employed is quite effective for me.
However, sometimes I feel that the story was hurried. For instance, there seems to be quite the jump from Elena's training to Madame Bella leaving. Sometimes it's a bit disconcerting between chapters to see such a gap in time. It can take you out of the story, and make you go back to make sure you didn't miss anything.
The author also occassionally leaves out a detail I was hoping would be explained later, which also contributes to the hurriedness and gives a sense of wanting more out of the book's ending. I particularly had hoped that there would be a better explanation of the Elven king's mark on Elena and Alexander. Just what did it do other than make his approval seen?
I did enjoy reading this fantasy and would recommend it to those looking for a cheerful read. I've always enjoyed fairy tales, and I'm glad that as an adult I don't have to give them up. To warn you, there are some sexual situations, which seem somewhat incongruous with the style of the rest of the book, though I've decided the situations are important for the story as a whole. At any rate, if you're an adult who isn't ready to give up fairy tales, then you may enjoy this book. It's fun to see the 'Godmothering' behind the scenes of the tales you remember as a child.
This one will be sent off Monday morning to Puppetlady...hope she & everybody else enjoys!! I know I did!! :o) Thanks for sharing this one!!
6/19/04 -- This one is off & running via Media Mail to Puppetlady...who it appears is going to be the lucky recipient of a few rings very soon!! Enjoy!! :o)
Anyway, hope to have this off to Rendiru sometime this week.
Will mail this off to bountifulpots tomorrow.
I will post more just as soon as I have read it and it is on its way again. It should not take too long as there is nothing that I am reading ahead of it.
Caught in Kaiserslautern, GERMANY!
All in all the book was not bad. I thought that the approach was very interesting. The Fairy Godmother is most often someone that just appears in a story and then quickly rushes off ... this book brought to life their side of the story.
The book seems a little long and drawn out to me. I think I might have preferred it written into a small series rather than into one long book. Or at least have the book divided within because there seems to be more than one story within the book. It could easily be divided into "becoming a Godmother" and "being a Godmother" themes. But that is just my rambling opinion and I will leave the book writing to the "experts" and continue to read books and enjoy them.
Best Wishes to all who get the chance to read this book. It will be off to visit the next on the list very soon.
Now, I'll see how much of this I can get typed before my son gets sick of playing in his exersaucer...
Lackey is one of my favorite authors. One of the reasons being that she has stretched far and wide across the fantasy genre. This isn't her first foray into Magic, but I think this is her first fairy tale. I hope she has a few coming our way. This will be one I'll seek for my personal collection. What follows are some notes, quotes, and commentary...
"Words took on an extra weight, and extra potency, when there was a Witch involved. You were careful about words around Witches."
--Lackey knows her Magic. One of the first warnings I received in my training was "be careful what you say, the Universe is listening."
"...the dark one created factions, pitting the privileged, wealthy, and titled against those beneath them...this kept despair from being total, for there was always...hope."
--The more things change, the more they stay the same. Conquer by division in action. Of course, in a republic, this heats up whenever there's an election. Each side keeps that torch burning.
From page 120-123, the scene describes a major magical working, the real energy drain that the practitioner goes through. I appreciate Lackey's attention to detail.
"...the business of a Witch...was not so much using Magic as knowing when not to use it."
--Another well-learned early lesson I'm grateful to have had. A responsible witch keeps her options varied and only uses the necessary tools.
"I will be me, on my own terms, by my own rules, with my own plans, and my own decisions!"
--This could go either way, of course depending upon one's morality. Even the "just" person could run "afoul" if society has given over to darker goals. Ditto if society doesn't respect diversity. [forgive me for dropping the discussion ball on the state of our society...it's just too damn depressing]
"A playfellow I'll be, but no man's toy. A partner, helper, but no one's servant nor slave. I will be captain of my fate, and commander of my destiny, though the path I may share and the course I chart be followed by others. What I have, I will share, but I'll not give it over. What I am, I am, and I'll not change it. What I will be, I will be, by my own will and no other."
--It takes a lot of maturity to come up with these "rules of the romantic playing field." I wish I'd known how to be this strong when I was younger. But, I've learned how to deal with my life choices, and have achieved a different strength from them. I hope that my son will find the above sort of woman for his life partner, and that I can show him how to be strong enough to handle her.
"...banishing magic altogether...would have had a very serious effect on the very soul of the country, for a country whose people ceased to believe in magic soon lost much of their ability to imagine and dream, and before long, they ceased to believe--or hope--for anything."
--A sentiment echoed in a previously read (and enjoyed) book: [link here to journal]. Thank goodness for the Lackeys, Gaimans, and McCaffreys who are still willing to write about these other world views. I'm also thankful for the people in my life who know of and appreciate the richness of this path of creative examination of the inner and outer world.
"It all comes down to what we make of ourselves...Tradition or no."
--A truism that holds up in our realm, too. Even those who are born with silver spoons in their mouths (and who thereafter eat with nothing else) have to make some effort throughout their lives to grow/evolve/mature along that path. *watch me be good by not commenting on real-life examples of those who have failed*
In closing, I'm looking forward to adding the end-product published copy to my personal collection. I don't have many complaints with the story as told, but I'm hoping that the "real" sex scene doesn't make it sound as if Elena gets only one "special consideration."
Like all faerie tales, it's good there is a happy ending...albeit very different from "Tradition". The epilogue was nice and would like to have another one that gave us insight to how Godmother Bella is enjoying her retirement. My take away message was to believe in the magic that comes from dreaming and hoping!
Thanks beachglass for sharing a little magic with all of us.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Finally mailed out the book via media mail. Hopefully, book will arrive at beachglass' home before the end of the month. Thanks for the fairy tale!