In Magical Realism the writers interweave, in an ever-shifting pattern, a sharply etched realism in representing ordinary events and descriptive details together with fantastic and dreamlike elements, as well as with materials derived from myth and fairy tales.* The stories weave enchanting spellbinding plots that offer dramatic and romantic journeys for the readers. Whether the spell cast through food, music or just through plain old fashioned chants– the stories will leave you desiring more– the sinful indulgences and the bewitching ways of these mesmerizing women. The books all have a fun lyrical quality that makes the reading even more enjoyable.
After some major “fisticuffs” in the back room of the OWL, I absconded with the fresh new copy of Sarah Addison Allen’s newest gem The Sugar Queen. Her first book, Garden Spells was a mystical delight filled with all the right elements for an entertaining read. In her stories Allen weaves romance, supernatural powers and transforms everyday life into magic.
For the most part Sarah Addison Allen’s books are filled with refreshing and enchanting characters with a mix of mystical love potions. Sugar Queen was a fabulous follow up from her debut novel and I look forward to her next novel in 2009. I really enjoyed the candy theme as well. Each chapter is titled after an old favorite! Lemon Drops, Sour Patch,Mellowcreme Pumpkins– ahh and off I go to the Litchfield Candy Company– Want my advice? Stock up before reading this book!
My suggestions for some good magical reading!—
The Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (FIC ESQ) A novel in monthly installments with recipes, romance and home remedies.
Law of Love by Laura Esquivel (FIC ESQ) A story of time travel and reincarnation accompanied with Puccini arias and Mexican danzones( cd included with book).
Chocolate by Joanne Harris (FIC HAR) A beautiful woman vexes the villagers with her confections.
Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman. (FIC HOF) ” Everyone in town is somehow touched by Nora, the women,who are at once jealous of her sensuousness and emboldened by her example.. the men, who discover a mixture of female power and passion beyond their previous experience…..”
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint (FIC DEL) An artist has the power to craft images so real they come to life.
The Last Song of Dusk by Siddarth Dhanvant Shanghvi(FIC SHA) A young woman has a gift for singing songs so alluring….
sparks fly from her finger tips
Echoed voices in the night
she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight
wooo hooo witchy woman, see how
high she flies
woo hoo witchy woman she got
the moon in her eye
She held me spellbound in the night…
This post is brought to you by Audra– Enchantress of the OWL (ha)
*adaptation from M.H. Abrams’ A Glossary of Literary Terms, 6th ed. (Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1993) as cited by Dr. Robert P. Fletcher of West Chester University.
*picture from Marvel Comics