[personal profile] melannen has been culling her bookshelves by playing "Fuck Marry Kill" via poll. In the interests of doing the same, and also getting back to posting more book reviews, I have decided to join her. (I am doing "fling" rather than "fuck" just because my posts get transferred to Goodreads and I don't want EVERY post of mine on there littered with fucks.)

How to play: Fling means I spend a single night of passion (or possibly passionate hatred) with the book, and write a review of it, or however much of it I managed to read. Marry means the book goes back on my shelves, to wait for me to get around to it. (That could be a very long time.) Kill means I should donate it without attempting to read it. You don't have to have read or previously heard of the books to vote on them.

Please feel free to explain your reasoning for your votes in comments. For this particular poll, I have never read anything by any of the authors (or if I did, I don't remember it) and except for Hoover and Lively, have never even heard of the authors other than that at some point I apparently thought their book sounded interesting enough to acquire.

Poll #18415 FMK: Vintage YA/children's SFF
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 50


The Spring on the Mountain, by Judy Allen. Three kids have magical, possibly Arthurian adventures on a week in the country.

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Fling
19 (48.7%)

Marry
10 (25.6%)

Kill
10 (25.6%)

The Lost Star, by H. M. Hoover. A girl who lives on another planet hears an underground cry for help (and finds chubby gray cat centaurs if the cover is accurate)

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Fling
22 (53.7%)

Marry
13 (31.7%)

Kill
6 (14.6%)

The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy, by Penelope Lively. Lucy visits her aunt in Hagworthy and is embroiled in the ancient Horn Dance and Wild Hunt.

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Fling
27 (61.4%)

Marry
6 (13.6%)

Kill
11 (25.0%)

Carabas, by Sophie Masson. Looks like a medieval setting. A shapeshifting girl gets accused of being a witch and runs off with the miller's son.

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Fling
19 (46.3%)

Marry
12 (29.3%)

Kill
10 (24.4%)

Of Two Minds, by Carol Mates and Perry Nodelman. Princess Lenora can makes what she imagines real; Prince Coren can read minds, but everyone can read his mind. (Ouch!)

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Fling
22 (52.4%)

Marry
11 (26.2%)

Kill
9 (21.4%)

telophase: (Default)

From: [personal profile] telophase


I read The Lost Star overnadoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandover as a kid and remember nothing about it except (a) the six-limbed aliens and (b) a story the protag remembers her scientifically-minded mother telling her as a bedtime story one night, about how an atom in her little finger was born in the heart of a star. I am afraid the Suck Fairy might have gotten to it, but I don't know.
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From: [personal profile] the_rck


I have generally found that Hoover's books hold up pretty well but are also far more dystopic than I realized as a child. The Lost Star was one of my favorites. I'm not sure when I last reread it, but I was an adult and still liked it enough to keep it.

I have found, though, that I don't bond as strongly with new-to-me books by Hoover now. I'm pretty sure it's a change in me. The ones I still enjoy are the ones I read as a child and as an adolescent.

The main character in The Lost Star is the child of two astronomers and has opted to train as an astronomer simply because that was the only field in which she could have human teachers as opposed to computer courses. I believe that she ends up at an archaeological dig after crashing while on a supply run.
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From: [personal profile] rymenhild


I haven't heard of any of these, and they all sound like delightful book review fodder.
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From: [personal profile] coffeeandink


I really loved H.M. Hoover as a kid. I think I've read Carabas and it was okay, but not particularly memorable (thus "I think"). But that might have been another Masson book.
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From: [personal profile] the_rck


I think Tattercoats is a variation on the princess whose widowed father decides to marry her.
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From: [personal profile] conuly


Yes, and she marries the prince after wearing three mysteriously beautiful dresses and cooking dinner for him.
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From: [personal profile] coffeeandink


The Marie de France books weren't that good, unfortunately. :(
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From: [personal profile] sophia_sol


Oh, I loved Of Two Minds when I was a kid! I don't own it though so haven't reread it since, so I have no idea how well it stands up to reading as an adult, and I'm rather curious. I don't even remember a single thing that happens in it.
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From: [personal profile] rmc28


I haven't read this particular Lively, but I read several others by her repeatedly as a child, mostly in my primary school library, and she is flagged in my head as someone worth reading. (Although a skim of her Wikipedia page makes clear there are lots of hers that I've not read)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa


I have read none of those books, but all sound interesting to me!
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From: [personal profile] gehayi


Same here. They all look like they're worth a fling, at least.
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From: [personal profile] torachan


I've never heard of any of these, but The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy sounds the most interesting, so I voted for that.
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From: [personal profile] blueswan


Those sound like books I would have enjoyed at one point or another, therefore I voted to fling them all. Penelope Lively is a name that feels familiar, I may have read other books by her.
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From: [personal profile] naomikritzer


I loved H.M. Hoover as a kid, but this one doesn't sound familiar; they probably didn't have it at my library (or on the bookshelves at my school).
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From: [personal profile] ranalore


I admit it, I have not read any of these and I voted fling on most of them, just because I would love to hear what you think about however far you make it through them. The one I voted marry on was Carabas, because I may not know the author, but between the title and the summary, I smelled a fairy tale retelling, and I quailed at the possibility it was dreadful. So, I figured voting marry would put off the revelation my foreboding might be right.
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From: [personal profile] mrissa


I admit that while I voted "kill," my version of "kill" includes "read the first page and move columns if applicable."
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From: [personal profile] nextian


I remember really wanting to love Of Two Minds (and indeed rereading it several times because the premise was so juicy) but even at age 13 I was pretty sure it was terrible. I'd toss it.
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From: [personal profile] conuly


There's a sequel, too. It isn't much better.

Similar title, better written (but pretty thin compared to most middle grade and YA today): Being of Two Minds, by Pamela F. Service. (She's right up there with Hoover as an unsung great of middle grade sci-fi.)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid


I voted marry for the Hoover and the Lively because while I haven't read those books, I have read other books by them I liked a lot. Lively won a Booker Prize for her lit fic book Moon Tiger
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From: [personal profile] conuly


The only one of those I've read is Of Two Minds, it's meh. However, H. M. Hoover is one of the unsung greats of middle grade sci-fi. Even her mediocre is worth a read. You should definitely take a chance on that one.
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From: [personal profile] vass


I haven't heard of any of these, and am accordingly a) impressed, b) recusing myself from voting, and c) looking forward to the review of whichever you do read.
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From: [personal profile] alias_sqbr


I haven't heard of any of these so didn't vote, but this is a cute idea :)
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From: [personal profile] melannen


Ooh, how did I miss this when it first went up! I am glad my idea is spreading (like a virus.)

Hoover is the only one I have ever heard of but I would love to know if the suck fairy has visited before I try to re-read Morrow.
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From: [personal profile] brigdh


I have read exactly none of these, so all my votes are based on your brief summaries. This is a great idea for culling bookshelves, though!

From: [identity profile] desperance.livejournal.com


You don't seem to have an option for "Fall in love with for evermore" - which is what you should be doing with The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy. [NB it is possible I may be biased here, but that seems unlikely, right?]
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