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Current Issue Number 101 Vol. 35 October 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE EMERALD CIRCUS
THE EMERALD CIRCUS:

THE EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen. Tachyon Publications (www.tachyonpublications.com), 2017, 276 pp., $15.95. ISBN 978-1-61696-273-9. Click here to purchase.

It’s always a treat to read a new Jane Yolen tale, but it’s especially rewarding when you thought you read them all, and then along comes THE EMERALD CIRCUS collection.

There are some favorites of mine in the collection:

“Andersen’s Witch.” Long ago, instead of a devil’s deal, an aspiring digter (a poet) makes a pact with the Ice Maiden – who will eventually transform into the Snow Queen – to have his own elements of career greatness. He wants to be the greatest digter: not only of Denmark, but the whole world. He isn’t careful about what he asks for, but the boy does have a well-thought-out plan instead.

“Lost Girls.” Plain and ordinary Darla stumbles into a Neverland populated and enslaved by many Wendys, who must serve the spoiled and tyrannical Peter Pan: all the while, fearing even the worse from Captain Hook. But a labor strike of all the Wendys against their boyish and boorish captor seems inevitable.

“Tough Alice.” Down the rabbit hole again, Alice visits a Wonderland in which she must battle the Jabberwock, but without a weapon: or does she have a fantastic weapon and doesn’t realize it?

“Blown Away.” This Dorothy of the Kansas prairie has a similar fate to the Dorothy of the Land of Oz, but instead, she becomes a high-wire walker attached to a circus. But she remembers her roots, where she came from after recovering from tornado-induced amnesia, and eventually returns. For a little while, at least.

“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown.” The relationship between Queen Victoria and her prime minister can be stark and dramatic. Are the effects a sovereign and an appointed position of power have on each other some sort of magic?

Yolen’s obsession with the life works of poet Emily Dickinson is all so evident when the poet is met by a star traveler in “Sister Emily’s Lightship,” and gives the poet a vantage point about earth that truly seizes the imagination.Andrew Andrews

 


 

ORIGIN THE EMERALD CIRCUS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DRACULA SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

THE GAME BEFORE THE MONEY Click on Book Cover for Our Review OTHER WORDLY

WHO KNEW? Oh The Meetings You'll Go To LEGENDS OF THE DRAGON COWBOYS When the Night Owl Screams

NORTH AND CENTRAL THE MISTLETOE KISS CHRISTMAS AT HARRINGTON’S

MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTAN GLENN MILLER DECLASSIFIED AN IRISH COUNTRY PRACTICE THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK

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