Waiting On Wednesday: The Thirteenth Princess

One book that I looking forward to reading is The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler, a retelling of the Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Her take on the story looks like it it will be quite different from the retellings I have already read. Mostly because of the addition of a thirteenth princess. The story already suffers from a surfeit of royal females, so what is she thinking with throwing another one into the mix? Well, the king is pretty disgusted too by yet another girl, so in his displeasure, this thirteenth princess is banished to the kitchens, remenescent of Cinderella. So, it will be fun to see where it goes. It is her first YA book. The book actually came to my attention because of the small controversy surrounding the change in covers.

From this to that pictured above. Which do you like better?

My favorite  reinterpretations of the classic fairytale, in no particular order, are:

Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball

Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing

and Regina Doman’s The Midnight Dancers

And be sure to check out the SurLaLune’s page on the original fairytale and find the wealth of other information to be found, including its history, other culture’s versions of the story, more modern interpretations and much, much more!



This month the Cybils nominations opened up, though the winners will not be announced until February 2010. Or thereabouts. But then again there are a lot of nominations to read through. Looking over the nominations, I was pleased to see some of my favorite reads of 2009 there, as well as quite a few of my to-reads.

In the Sci-fi/ Fantasy category, covering both MG and YA, were the following that I have read, my favorites in bold, well liked are starred:

  • Darkwood by M. E. Breen
  • Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George (Third and final in her Dragon series)
  • Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
  • Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter / Knife by R. J. Anderson (2009 Debutante)
  • Immortal Fire (Cronus Chronicles)  by Anne Ursu (3 of 3)
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan (5 of 5)
  • Mousekeeper by Alex Milway
  • Roar by Emma Clayton
  • Sent (Book 2 of The Missing) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Magic Thief: Lost by Sarah Prineas
  • Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle by Susannah Appelbaum
  • Sisters Grimm: The Ever After War (7th) by Michael Buckley
  • Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
  • Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
  • Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry (Debutante)*
  • Catching Fire (Hunger Games, book 2 of 3?) by Suzanne Collins*
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare ( 3 of 4 in The Mortal Instruments Series)
  • Daughter of Flame by Zoe Marriott
  • Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev (Act I of III in the Theatre Illuminata Series) (Debutante)*
  • Fade by Lisa McMann (Wake, Book 2)
  • Forest Born (Books of Bayern, 4) by Shannon Hale
  • Hunger (Gone,Book 2) by Michael Grant
  • My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
  • Once A Princess (1 of 2, Sasharia En Garde) by Sherwood Smith*
  • Princess of the Midnight Ball (A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses) by Jessica Day George*
  • Silver Phoenix (1 of ?) by Cindy Pon
  • The Singing (4 of 4 for Pellinor)  by Allison Croggon
  • The Sorceress (The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel, 3 of 6) by Michael Scott*
  • Soulstice (Book 2 of The Devouring) by Simon Holt*
  • Tiger Moon by Antonia Micahaelis
  • The Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, Book One) by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Wings (1 of 4?) by Aprilynne Pike
  • Wondrous Strange (book 1 of 3) by Lesley Livingston*

To-read from the nominations list:

  • Damsel by Susan E. Connolly
  • Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book One)
  • Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov
  • The Shifter (The Healing Wars, Book One) by Janice Hardy
  • Tentacles by Roland Smith
  • Arch Enemy (The Looking Glass Wars, Book Three) by Frank Beddor
  • Another Faust by Daniel and Dira Nayeri
  • As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
  • Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Betraying Season (2 of 3 of The Leland Sisters) by Marissa Doyle
  • Demon Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
  • Girl in the Arena Lise Haines
  • Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday (1 of 3?)
  • Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (Retelling of East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon)
  • Immortal by Gillian Shields
  • Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (Rerelling of Sleeping Beauty)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • Meridian by Amber Kizer
  • My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
  • Past world by Ian Beck
  • Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman (About Persephone)
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

And two that were not nominated, but which deserved to be:

  • Time Quake by Linda Buckley-Archer (3 of 3 in the Gideon Trilogy)
  • The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner (2 of 2 in The French Revolution series)

By the Seaside

“Out of the golden remote wild west where the sea without shore is,

Full of the sunset, and sad, if at all, with the fullness of joy…” Swinburne

“The sea is the consolation of this our day, as it has been the consolation of the centuries.
The sea is the matrix of creation, and we have the memory of it in our blood.
But far more than this is there in the sea.
It presents, upon the greatest scale we mortals can bear, those not mortal powers which brought us into being. It is not only the symbol or the mirror, but especially it is the messenger of the Divine.”

“… All that which concerns the sea is profound and final.”

Hilaire Belloc

The sea hath no king but God alone.  ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The White Ship

The free
Mighty, music-haunted sea.
– Anna Katharine Green

On the Sea John Keats

It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often `tis in such gentle temper found
That scarcely will the very smallest shell

Be moved for days from whence it sometime fell

When last the winds of heaven were unbound.
Oh ye! whose ears are dinned with uproar rude
Or fed too much with cloying melody –
Sit ye near some old cavern’s mouth, and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

Roadways by John Masefield

Leads me, lures me, calls me
To salt green tossing sea;
A road without earth’s road-dust
Is the right road for me.

A wet road heaving, shining,
And wild with seagull’s cries,
A mad salt sea-wind blowing
The salt spray in my eyes.

My road calls me, lures me
West, east, south, and north;
Most roads lead men homewards,
My road leads me forth.

To add more miles to the tally
Of grey miles left behind,
In quest of that one beauty
God put me here to find.

The Edge of the Sea
The scent from the bay
carries something like memories
from the edge of the sea
where the sun goes
at the end of the day.

I inhale the breeze
As I watch the sun retreat
into the edge of the sea, 

and I wonder what’s there,
and why the scents
from the edge of the sea
seem to carry memories,

and whether the ships
moored along the harbor
ever get there.  

—Cristina Montes

The Sea

BEAUTIFUL, sublime, and glorious;
Mild, majestic, foaming, free, —
Over time itself victorious,
Image of eternity!

Sun and moon and stars shine o’er thee,
See thy surface ebb and flow,
Yet attempt not to explore thee
In thy soundless depths below.

Whether morning’s splendors steep thee
With the rainbow’s glowing grace,
Tempests rouse, or navies sweep thee,
‘Tis but for a moment’s space.

Earth, — her valleys and her mountains,
Mortal man’s behests obey;
The unfathomable fountains
Scoff his search and scorn his sway.

Such art thou, stupdendous ocean!
But, if overwhelmed by thee,
Can we think, without emotion,
What must thy Creator be?

Bernard Barton

Sea Voices

O’ER the wintry sea,
Mingled with its tone
Comes a voice to me,
That’s not the sea’s own.

Low and soft it is,
Near and far away —
Sad as winds that kiss
The sea beyond the bay.

Soulless, restless, swell,
O what radiant guest,
Sad, invisible,
Hovers o’er thy breast?

Gray rocks and gray sea,
Stretch of barren shore,
Grief and memory
Claim me evermore.
William Stanley Braithwaite

The Sea Limits

CONSIDER the sea’s listless chime:

Time’s self it is, made audible,–
The murmur of the earth’s own shell.
Secret continuance sublime
Is the sea’s end: our sight may pass
No furlong further. Since time was,
This sound hath told the lapse of time.

No quiet, which is death’s,–it hath
The mournfulness of ancient life,
Enduring always at dull strife.
As the world’s heart of rest and wrath,
Its painful pulse is in the sands.
Last utterly, the whole sky stands,
Gray and not known, along its path.

Listen alone beside the sea,
Listen alone among the woods;
Those voices of twin solitudes
Shall have one sound alike to thee:
Hark where the murmurs of thronged men
Surge and sink back and surge again,–
Still the one voice of wave and tree.

Gather a shell from the strown beach
And listen at its lips: they sigh
The same desire and mystery,
The echo of the whole sea’s speech.
And all mankind is thus at heart
Not anything but what thou art:
And Earth, Sea, Man, are all in each.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

By the North Sea by A. C. Swinburne
Beautiful piece!