I have always loved mythological creatures, but I think too many YA paranormal books focus on four creatures: vampires, werewolves, angels and fairies. So with the help of my followers (really they did all the work, I just wrote down the books into categories), I have compiled a list of books with underrated mythological creatures. Just to clarify, I haven’t read most of these books.
So if you like:
- Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
- Siren by Tricia Rayburn
- Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
- Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
- Ingo by Helen Dunmore
- Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
- Ascension by Kara Dalkey
- Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
- Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
- Wake by Amanda Hocking
- The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
- Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Tempest Rising by Tracey Deebs
- Lies Beneath series by Anne Greenwood
- The Siren by Kiers Cass
- Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison (A retelling of Hamlet)
- Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
- The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw
- The Hollow by Jessica Verday
- Shade by Jeri Smith Ready
- Hereafter by Tara Hudson
- Ruined by Paula Morris
- The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
- Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen (a trilogy) by Garth Nix
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
- The Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- Personal Demonsby Lisa Desrochers
- Demon Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan
- The Demonata by Darren Shan
- My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent
- Sidhe’s Call by Christy G. Thomas
- The Banshee Initiate by Kelly Matsuura
- Runemarks by Joanne Harris
- The Goblin Wood by Hilari Bell
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
- The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynn Jones
- The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey
- Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
- Eon by Alison Goodman
- The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
- Enchanted Forrest series by Patricia C. Wrede
- Dragonkeeper series by Carole Wilkinson
- Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
- Deep Secrets by Diana Wynne
- The Collector by Victoria Scott
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Other by Karen Kincy
- War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.
- Firelightby Sophie Jordan
- Talon by Julie Kagawa
- Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
- Pegasus by Robin McKinley
- Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
- Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
- Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
- Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis
- The Changelings by Elle Casey
- The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel
Barnaby Grimes by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke
- Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jager
- The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
- The Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
Trickster gods and demons:
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (A retelling of Beauty and the Beast)
- Books of Great Alta series by Jane Yolen
- As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
- Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley
- Half Human by Bruce Coville
- The Madison Avery series by Kim Harrison
- Wildefire by Karsten Knight
- The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
I’m going to oh-so-unbiasedly add Tides to the selkie list. <3
HOW TO SNEEZE IN TEN LANGUAGES
So apparently, deaf people sneeze silently.
And this article says the sneeze sounds we make are just cultural habits and we don’t even need them.
Although it does also say “Very little deaf-sneeze research exists”.
Thanks a lot, government.
"The following account of the Fleet, and of the various histories of the voyages of the vessels which compose it, has been written out by me at the request of the owners. I have also made for them the drawings and the chart which illustrate the account.
The owners of this small merchant fleet had nowhere else handy to float their vessels in than the small and winding Gara river and a very small pond…”
A Little Fleet (1909), written and illustrated by Jack Butler Yeats.
Also available as a free ebook on Project Gutenberg.
ONE OF THE GREAT BEAUTIES OF THE DIGITAL ERA IS TO LIBERATE SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY - IT MIGHT BE A CHAOTIC SPACE OF FREE ASSOCIATION SOMETIMES BUT THE CONTEMPORARY EXPERIENCE OF DIGITAL RE-MEDIATION IS ENORMOUSLY LIBERATING.
WE DON’T FEEL THE LEAST ALIENATED BY THIS;
APPROPRIATION AND RECONTEXTUALIZATION IS A LONG-STANDING BEHAVIOR THAT HAS JUST BEEN MADE EASIER AND MORE VISIBLE BY THE UBIQUITY OF INTERNET. IN A FEW WORDS:
WE ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT FAIR USE OF OUR MUSIC, AND WE CAN ONLY ENCOURAGE A NEW COPYRIGHT POLICY THAT PROTECTS FAIR USE AS MUCH AS EVERY CREATORS’ LEGITIMATE INTERESTS.
PHOENIX on the right to remix
from their blog.
Bravo. This, in the end, is the only “victory” that matters, because copyright is for artists.
Ice orchestra performs in ‘gigantic cosmic igloo’
You know music is great when it gives you chills, and in the case of Ice Music, that’s meant quite literally.
Based in Luleå, Sweden, Ice Music is a frosty artistic project in which bundled up musicians celebrate the spirit of snowy Lapland winters by playing on instruments handcrafted from blocks of ice.