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The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories (1981 original; edició 2014)

de Robin McKinley (Autor)

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From ensorcelled princesses to a frog that speaks, an enchanting collection of fairy tales from the Newbery Medal??winning author.
The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. There is nothing to show a boundary, at least on the mortal side of it; and if any ordinary human creature ever saw a faerie??or at any rate recognized one??it was never mentioned; but the existence of the boundary and of faeries beyond it is never in doubt either.
So begins "The Stolen Princess," the first story of this collection, about the meeting between the human princess Linadel and the faerie prince Donathor. "The Princess and the Frog" concerns Rana and her unexpected alliance with a small, green, flipper-footed denizen of a pond in the palace gardens. "The Hunting of the Hind" tells of a princess who has bewitched her beloved brother, hoping to beg some magic of cure, for her brother is dying, and the last tale is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in which an old soldier discovers, with a little help from a lavender-eyed witch, the surprising truth about where the princesses dance their shoes to tatters every ni
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Títol:The Door in the Hedge: And Other Stories
Autors:Robin McKinley (Autor)
Informació:Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2014), 228 pages
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The Door in the Hedge and Other Stories de Robin McKinley (1981)

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    ncgraham: The obvious recommendation ... can't think why LT didn't provide it!
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There wasn't really anything unique about these fairy tales, nor did they have a particularly excellent descriptive style to make the retelling interesting. Everything was hyperbole and completely unnuanced: every princess/prince beautiful and perfect and beloved by literally everyone, the weather always lovely, etc. I enjoyed Rana's story the most. ( )
  hissingpotatoes | Dec 28, 2021 |
Nobody does fairytales like McKinley.

(Also it's so fun seeing the origins of 2013's Shadows here in a book published in 1981.) ( )
  the_lirazel | Apr 6, 2020 |
Absolutely beautifully rewritten and expanded classic fairy tales. Expands on the air of wonder and mystery with delicately flowing pictures of scenes and people. Featured by the NYPL on its e-book website and I can see why. I've loved McKinley's fantasy novels before but this is special. Thanks NYPL. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
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 more 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. ( )
1 vota sedelia | Jul 18, 2017 |
The Stolen Princess : 2 stars. Slow-going.
The Princess and the Frog: 2.5. Wish it had been longer. More Lian-as-frog scenes, and a more dramatic magical showdown.
The Hunting of the Hind: 2.5 stars. I like how the quiet, cast aside sister saves her Prince brother.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses: 3 stars. Decent retelling of a familiar tale. Not too clear though how exactly the spell was broken. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my grandfathers: Albert Turrell, who told me stories even more wonderful than those I could find in Andrew Lang, and Thomas McKinley, who was a soldier and fought for a Queen
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The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbour.
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Fantasy. Short Stories. Folklore. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

From ensorcelled princesses to a frog that speaks, an enchanting collection of fairy tales from the Newbery Medal??winning author.
The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. There is nothing to show a boundary, at least on the mortal side of it; and if any ordinary human creature ever saw a faerie??or at any rate recognized one??it was never mentioned; but the existence of the boundary and of faeries beyond it is never in doubt either.
So begins "The Stolen Princess," the first story of this collection, about the meeting between the human princess Linadel and the faerie prince Donathor. "The Princess and the Frog" concerns Rana and her unexpected alliance with a small, green, flipper-footed denizen of a pond in the palace gardens. "The Hunting of the Hind" tells of a princess who has bewitched her beloved brother, hoping to beg some magic of cure, for her brother is dying, and the last tale is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in which an old soldier discovers, with a little help from a lavender-eyed witch, the surprising truth about where the princesses dance their shoes to tatters every ni

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