July 15th, 2014

Golden Hair

The Master Mind of Mars

The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Ulysses Paxton, fighting in World War I, finds himself transported to Mars with no more reason than John Carter -- though this goes more briskly than in Princess.  He finds himself in the lair of Ras Thavas, a slightly mad scientist who transplants organs, including brains, and can often revive the dead.  He has room after room of bodies suspended as if time did not pass.

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Golden Hair

The Magic Orange Tree

The Magic Orange Tree, and Other Haitian Folktales by Diane Wolkstein,

Folktales collected in the field.  She introduces each one with notes about collecting it, but they are not simply recorded.  Indeed, one, she knew she wanted it, but she had to listen to a dozen version before she could tell it as a tale, pulling them all together.

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East of the Sun

three princes to be rid of

Ah the details of bit characters.  Sometimes they need tying off firmly. . . .

The three princes wooing the oldest princess when things go wrong -- or rather, the three that had been wooing her, one having come to his senses and started to pack even before she vanished.  The other two decide that they aren't going for the rescue, the hand in marriage, and half the kingdom either.

Looked fine in the outline, actually writing their rejection of the matter makes me wonder what will happen with them.  Hmmm.  Hmmm.  Hmmm.

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