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Mercedes Lackey: The Sleeping Beauty

Heavy is the head--and the eyelids--of the princess who wears the crown…In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs:

For every princess there's a prince.

The king has ultimate power.

Stepmothers should never be trusted.

And bad things come to those who break with Tradition….

But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the guinea pig in one of her stepmother's risky incantations--thus falling into a deep, deep sleep.

When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future…between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a queen.

The moral of the story? Sometimes a princess has to create her own happy endings….

Luna, 2010
352 oldal · ISBN: 9780373803156

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Arianrhod P>!
Mercedes Lackey: The Sleeping Beauty

Ez betetőzte a mesefolyamatot. A címéből arra következtettem, hogy csalódást fog okozni, ahogy az utolsó kötet okozott, amit „bölcsen” legelőször olvastam. Mert az a Szépség és a Szörnyetegen alapult, és ezért én balga azzal kezdtem. Most így végigolvasva, az volt a legkevésbé jó.

Végigjárhatjuk itt az összes alvó szépséggel kapcsolatos mesét, ahogy szegény Rózsi próbálja elkerülni a Tradíciót. Szülei és a Tündérkeresztanyja születésétől azon tevékenykednek, hogy elkerüljék a Tradíció minden próbálkozását, hogy valami szörnyű mesébe kényszerítse a lánykát. De minden ellene esküszik. Először egy horrorisztikus Hófehérke-mesében találja magát, ahol 7 adócsaló törpe emberrablása folytán az erdőben köt ki láncra verve. A „mostoha” megmenti, de épp az utolsó pillanatban ér oda, hogy megakadályozzon két önjelölt kalandor lovagot, hogy csókkal ébressze. Az egyik Siegfrid a viking sárkányölő. Aki viszont az állandóan az útjába varázsolt Brünnhilda felébresztése elől menekül. De Odin fáradhatatlan, van, hogy naponta több vasszűzet is az útjába varázsol. Mivel Rozál Hófehérkének nem vált be, hamarosan Csipkerózsivá avanzsál. Ám már előre sejthető, hogy mindenki a megfelelő párra talál végül, ha a párok kiléte elsőre meghökkentő is.

Mercedes ezt a könyvét Terry Pratchettnek ajánlotta, mentegetőzve, hogy soha nem lesz képes olyan jól írni, mint a lovag. Ebben persze igaza is van, de ezzel a darabbal nem vallott szégyent. Szerintem még a lovag is lefordult a székről röhögtében, amikor elolvasta.

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Arianrhod P>!

To Terry Pratchett.
If I can be half as witty and funny on my best days as he is on his worst,
I will be a happy woman.

(első mondat)

Arianrhod P>!

Siegfried von Drachenthal considered himself to be a very lucky Hero, so far. Hero, because, well, he did Heroic things: slew dragons—only the evil, plundering, destructive ones of course, and only the ones that couldn’t be reasoned with—defeated wicked knights, drove out bloodthirsty barbarians, destroyed rampaging giants and killed every manner of monstrous beast that your average village was having problems with.

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Arianrhod P>!

At the moment, having crossed over the eastern border of a mountainous Kingdom he was hacking his way through the undergrowth of a forest that seemed to go on for an awfully long way. There were all sorts of rumors of war in this area, and war was a good way to do heroic deeds without the complications of princesses or even maidens in distress.

Arianrhod P>!

Heroes didn’t usually have any interest in birds, and the names and categorization of them were generally limited in a Hero’s education to “good to eat,” “not good to eat,” and “singing while I have a hangover, kill it with a rock.”

Arianrhod P>!

That he was supposed to go and wake up a sleeping woman, that they would fall in love, and that this was going to lead to an awful lot of unpleasant things. And that if he didn’t somehow find a way around it, he was Doomed.
At ten, Doom didn’t seem quite as horrid a fate to try to avoid as a Girl was.

Arianrhod P>!

Among his people, a diplomat was someone who talked to his opponent before hitting him with an axe, rather than afterward.

Arianrhod P>!

Such things generally lead to a life of Heroism and Doom. The Heroism part was enjoyable enough. It was the Doom part that Siegfried wasn’t too fond of. Doom was generally painful, and there was never anything good when it was over, unless you were a religious fanatic who was really looking forward to the afterlife.

Arianrhod P>!

“Oh I wouldn’t take that,” the bird had warned as he reached for a particularly enticing golden ring. It was a beautiful thing. It glistened in the sunlight as if it was made of liquid, and it called to him. It whispered to him….

Arianrhod P>!

At twenty, the idea of a Girl all his own seemed rather nice, but Doom was definitely to be avoided. He had begun to think about this, rather than just merely avoiding all sleeping women in fire circles wearing armor. Other Heroes ended up with Princesses, castles, happy endings, dozens of beautiful children. Why couldn’t he?

Arianrhod P>!

“What’s more, my sisters have decided they aren’t going to be so quick to jump to your orders anymore, either. They’re tired of picking up dead men. They’d like some live ones of their own. What are you going to do, put them on rocks with circles of fire around them?” She sniffed. “Siggy and Leo will find them Princes if you do. Niffleheim! I will find them Princes if I have to! I’m sure there are entire marshes full of frog princes that would like to find a sleeping princess that can’t run away when they try to get a kiss! So there. This whole cycle of family drama is over, Father. You just get on that thing you call a horse, and ride back to Mother, and deal with it.”

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