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, Melinda Jane Harrison <jharrison3@m...>
> Excited newbie still buying books. Anyone on the list read Lilith
Title character & her domain are one of my favorite "takes" on the
vampire overlord concept (memo to Dracula: you're a ruddy amateur ;)
The "little people" are also I think rather well done. But somehow
the whole doesn't quite stand up...something about the concept of two
different "best beloveds" (inherent in the myth, of course, so
MacDonald is kinda stuck with it), offends the romantic in me. And
the reform of a certain major character in the late stages smacks a
little too much of brainwashing for my taste (I'm w/ Chesterton: "God
sent man forth a free knight/Who might betray his Lord" or however
that bit goes).
Of his other fiction, I prefer Princess & Curdie to Princess & the
Goblins (they can be read out of order with zero damage to lucidity),
and my favorites of his fairy tales would be the Day Boy and the
Night Girl (werewolf alert! Well, sorta, anyway...), and that story
about the princess who waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.
> Would like recommendation to MacDonald's work. I already have
> work. What
> about Lord Dunsany's stories. I only have one.
Had trouble getting into Dunsany, myself. Which is odd, because I
can blast through Merritt, E.R.Burroughs, Russell Thorndyke,
Lovecraft w/o a backward glance...