[Reading] ➻ The Door in the Hedge Author Robin McKinley – Gsagency.co

Master Storyteller Robin McKinley Here Spins Two New Fairy Tales And Retells Two Cherished Classics All Feature Princesses Touched With Or By Magic There Is Linadel, Who Lives In A Kingdom Next To Faerieland, Where Princesses Are Stolen Away On Their Seventeenth Birthdays And Linadel S Seventeenth Birthday Is Tomorrow And Korah, Whose Brother Is Bewitched By The Magical Golden Hind Now It Is Up To Her To Break The Spell Rana Must Turn To A Talking Frog To Help Save Her Kingdom From The Evil Aliyander And Then There Are The Twelve Princesses, Enspelled To Dance Through The Soles Of Their Shoes Every Night These Are Tales To Read With Delight


10 thoughts on “The Door in the Hedge

  1. says:

    One of the problems with books today is that the literary establishment looks down on genre fiction If your fiction is fantasy or science fiction or mystery or romance or something else readily classifiable, the thinking goes, it is not literary and therefore inferior And, of course, modern authors are expected to include any amount of intimacy in their novels So someone like Robin McKinley, who writes fantasy and typically doesn t get graphic, gets classified as a young adult genre author, which is pretty much the kiss of death as far as literary critics are concerned no matter how good her writing actually is She has won a Newbery, though, which counts for a lot It s frustrating.Anyway, I m quite fond of genre fiction myself, particularly fantasy and especially retellings of fairy tales, and Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors The Door in the Hedge is a collection of four short stories, two of which are retellings of old fairy tales The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Princess and the Frog and two of which could readily be classified as fairy tales themselves The Stolen Princess and The Hunting of the Hind McKinley is a master of the fairy tale all four stories feature classic fairy tale imagery and themes As someone who has unredacted Grimm on her bookshelf and the whole rainbow of Andrew Lang on her Nook, I LOVE fairy tales and will never get tired of them I definitely recommend Robin McKinley in general and The Door in the Hedge in particular to fellow fairy tale lovers.Postscript A random observation that doesn t fit anywhere else The most notable element of these stories is the enhanced role of the female characters even in The Twelve Dancing Princesses it s subtle, but it s there McKinley is well known for her dislike of the wilting flower type common in older books cough edgarriceburroughs cough , and typically writes strong female characters like Aerin and Harry short for Angharad Honestly, as a kid, I never noticed this emphasis I just thought of Aerin as a hero, regardless of gender Shouldn t we all strive to be brave and honest and true, regardless of what dangly bits we do or do not have And I think McKinley generally feels the same way unlike Tamora Pierce, McKinley can present a female character without having to constantly remind you that LOOK A GIRL IS DOING STUFF ONLY BOYS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO LOOK HOW SUBVERSIVE I M BEING Not that I don t like Tamora Pierce, but I found the grrl power motif in the Lioness Quartet very annoying The definition of the term fairy tale as a literary categorization of the broader genre of traditional stories isn t entirely agreed upon Me, I know em when I see em If the wicked stepmother gets forced to dance in red hot iron shoes until she falls down dead, it s unredacted If she s given a stern warning and sent to her room to think about what she did, not so much.


  2. says:

    2 23 18 on sale for 1.99 for Kindle version.


  3. says:

    To start off, I absolutely love Robin McKinley s books So, when I saw this, I thought that I would love it Well, needless to say, I didn t end up loving it Or liking it for that matter The book, consisting of four short stories two original, two redone classics was awful More than half of the description of the characters was purple prose The characters also turned out to be a bunch of Mary Sue s and Gary Stu s The description of everything else in the story places and buildings, etc was very detailed, and not in a good way McKinley went off topic describing things so many times that I often found myself thinking Wait WHAT There is also very little dialogue I am greatly disappointed with Robin when it comes to this book.


  4. says:

    A collection of four stories, all in an exquisite enchanting prose style She has the voice down pat, it can draw you in on its own.Two are retellings, one of The Frog Princess and the other of The Twelve Dancing Princess, in which elements are added that shift the significance of events in the tale I think the second is my favorite of this.There s also an original tale about the fairies the Fair Folk and the last mortal land, where the fairies take infant boys and maidens nearly old enough to marry And the royal family of that land.And the fourth one also has some fairy tale elements, a magical hind in the woods, but I think it s the weakest of the four.


  5. says:

    The Door in the Hedge was a bit different than anything else I ve read by Robin McKinley One thing I love about her writing is that she manages to retain that classic fairy tale style of writing, but still throw in her original style as well The first story in the collection was perhaps my favorite, though her retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses was very good, too Overall, it was an excellent, light read that felt like you were soaking up an old classic without having to think too much about itRobin McKinley s books are almost always worth reading


  6. says:

    Robin McKinley writes a mean fairy tale, whether she s reworking an old classic The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess and the Frog , The Golden Hind or writing her own The Stolen Princess I love how atmospheric these stories are you step into each story slowly until you re fully submerged, almost ensorcelled yourself The characters and their histories are fleshed out well beyond the scope of the original fairy tales The soldier in The Twelve Dancing Princesses becomes an old campaigner who can t go back to his old life the court in The Princess and the Frog has a powerful visitor who has overstayed his welcome The women are all still as beautiful as the moon and the men are all stalwart and true, but I d be willing to attribute that to the fairy tales, rather than to McKinley The only consistent weakness in the stories was plot related It s most apparent in The Golden Hind, view spoiler when the princess visits the enchanter in order to free her brother and the other hunters There s a moment where she walks into the chamber to see him, and then in the moment after she s free In fact, the climax seems to be missing from many of the stories, because the magic in each of them is too mysterious for it to be clear what s going on The two brothers dueling in The Princess and the Frog has the same sort of lackluster ending, and I actually paged back while reading The Twelve Dancing Princesses to see what the requirement was to break the enchantment It s stated early on that the soldier only needs to speak truly of what he s seen, but that s pretty boring in practice given that the shadow court seems so powerful and nefarious hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Robin McKinley s strong suit is not short stories Her books usually start off slow and take a while to warm up and become interesting, and with short stories, that sort of thing just doesn t work out as well While the stories themselves had interesting plots, the way McKinley writes most of them is plodding, to say the least The first story kept losing my interest, but I know how her writing works, so I continued on, regardless of how bored I was from her initial set up With that said, however, the first story is by far the weakest and the stories only get stronger and interesting as the book moves along, which I really appreciated Well done on whoever created the chronology for this anthology, because the best stories were put last, so there was only buildup and things to look forward to rather than reading a great story at first and then getting disappointed by the next one.I m a huge fan of fairy tales, which is part of the reason why I picked up this book I very much enjoyed the retelling of the Princess and the Frog While predictable, it was still an interesting twist on the original tale, and I absolutely LOVED the twelve dancing princesses retelling It could have been several pages shorter, but it was overall quite well done.Basically, this is great if you re a fan of fairy tales and Robin McKinley It takes a lot to to get through the set ups of most of the stories, but they do have some sort of payoff that I felt was worthwhile It s not amazing by any means, nor are these particular retellings must reads, but they re great if you re in need for a fairy tale fix.Also posted on Purple People Readers.


  8. says:

    This book includes four short stories _The Stolen princess 2,5 stars _The Princess and the Frog 2 stars, the story was just too short _The Hunting of the Hind 3 stars. _The Twelve Dancing Princesses 3,5 stars Okay i ll admit that a three star rating for Robin Mckinley writing is absurd She s one of the great ones able to transport me to magical worlds, with her beautiful smooth writing.I guess these short stories are told in the classical traditional fairy tale way, and after having read so many fairy tales retellings i can t help comparing this one, with other tales i ve readnamely Wildwood Dancing A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses Princess and the Frog fairy tales Which i guess is unfairFor those who like classical fairy tales with love at first sight..no character development, and things like that i think you ll enjoy this quite a lot For others who have been spoiled by a certain modernization that has re written today retellings of fairy tales, this will probably rank a little lower.despite the beautiful writing.


  9. says:

    A Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley is a small collection of short stories There are 4 stories total, 2 new stories and 2 stories retold My favorite was the first, The Stolen Princess one of the new stories She completely draws you in and before you know it, you have finished the book I couldn t put it down I figured that I would read a story here and there, but that didn t happen It s the same with all her books I finish them before I want to I am in the process of buying up all her books so that I can read them again and again And maybe this sounds morbid, but I am glad that she isn t dead so that she can keep writing I love Jane Austen but it saddens me that she died so young when she could have and would have written many books that I am sure I would love as much as her existing ones.


  10. says:

    Robin McKinley is one of my favourite authors, so I have to confess to being disappointed by this one of her earlier works I ve had the experience before with her short stories of them being nice but not doing anything much for me, but usually there would be one gem in there to make me take back anything I ever said These stories are all fine Just fine The first one is a beautiful backstory of a kingdom where baby boys are stolen by the fairies, but girls left until they are seventeen in the first flush of beauty But the fairies never end a family line they never take an only And the princess is the only one, so surely, surely they couldn t Gorgeous backstory, right But then no confrontation, no quest, no revelation She doesn t have to fight to get her memories back There s no climax It drifts to a happy ending.And that s the way with all these stories They drift to a conclusion, but never fight for it And I wish there had been a little bit struggle, or cunning, to make it feel like the happy endings were earned.