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January 12th, 2006
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Book review: The Wizard of London

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From:tigertoy
Date:January 13th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
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It's a reworking of Andersen's "Snow Queen."

Note, I did include a disclaimer in my writeup. I'm not familiar with the Andersen story -- the name is familiar but I haven't read it -- though perhaps the world in general would call it "familiar". (I don't see any connection between the Vinge and this.)

BTW, do I know you? I don't mind people I don't know wandering by my LJ -- far from it! -- but I'm curious how you got here.
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From:asperityq
Date:January 15th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for not mentioning how I arrived -- I don't believe we know each other, though I'm on the GT-PFRC mailing list (Elizabeth Bonney) and that's how I got here.

The original story's kinda lame, IMO, but you can find it easily on the web, if you decide you really want to know more about Andersen stories that haven't been bowdlerized into Disney movies. To summarize: Kai (boy) and Gerda (girl) are friends, but then Kai's heart is frozen by the Snow Queen, and he skips town to live in the ice castle. Gerda loves him and goes after him, and after adventures in which all parties praise her purity of heart and determination, she finds him, melts his heart and brings him back home. I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been made into a Disney movie, as the original really does have loads of talking animals as well as room for torch songs about the power of friendship.
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