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Old Apr 19 2006, 06:13 PM   #1
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Well, it's official: I have now read ALL of Patricia Wrede's books! There was one that I hadn't ever been able to find at the library, but I just ordered eight out-of-print books including that one - and several others too! She has several series - one set in a fantasy world called Lyra, one in Regency England that has a Royal College of Magic, and my all-time favorite, the Enchanted Forest series, which play havoc with the established "rules" of traditional fairy tales. For example, in the first book, Dealing with Dragons, Princess Cimorene is bored with being a princess and can't stand the prince she is betrothed to, so she runs away and ends up living as a dragon's cook. Being "captured" by a dragon is a perfectly proper thing for a princess, so her parents can't complain, and her only problem is convincing knights that she doesn't want to be rescued. Until the wizards show up...

The thing that I love most about all of her books is the banter. I can't describe it. Her characters say the most outrageous things in the gravest of situations. They all have laugh-out-loud moments. This is the author you wish would write more.

The Enchanted Forest Series
Dealing With Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Calling on Dragons
Talking to Dragons

Lyra
Shadow Magic
Daughter of Witches
The Harp of Imach Thyssel
The Raven Ring
Caught in Crystal

Regency England/Magic
Mairelon the Magician
Magician's Ward
(With Caroline Stevermer)
Sorcery and Cecelia, or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot
(Being the correspondence of two young ladies of quality regarding various magical scandals in London and the country.)
The purloined coronation regalia
(Being a revelation of matters of high confidentiality and greatest importance, including extracts from the intimate diary of a noblewoman and the sworn testimony of a lady of quality)

Other
The Seven Towers
Snow White and Rose Red
(retold in an Elizabethan England near the border of Faerie)
Book of Enchantments (short stories)
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Wow, I'm really digging this thread up from the basement. But, I just read her latest book and it was as good as usual. It was YA, but I just ignored that for a change. It looks like it's the beginning of a series.

(Forgot to say, the title of the book is The Thirteenth Child and is somewhat analogous to Card's Alvin Maker series. At least that's what it brought to mind.)
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I have read all the Enchanted Forest ones, but none of the others/
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I had heard about Thirteenth Child but haven't had a chance to read it yet!
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I remember Snow White and Rose Red as a Grimm Brothers production.
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As a what? Would that be a theatrical production? Do you think they used her version of the story?
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I WAS refering to the literary version: but I think there has been a ballet of the story as well.
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Patricia Wrede! The Enchanted Forest Chronicles are among my all-time favorite series, and are actually responsible for my first discovering Pern; as soon as I finished I went and asked the librarian for other books with "non-evil dragons".

I've also read Book of Enchantments and the Regency England books, but those were all I was ever able to find, I never knew she had others. I'll have to go looking for the rest.
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