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23 December 2006 @ 08:38 pm
Raiders of the Lost Bookshop  
Have you ever remembered reading a book whose name and author you can't recall? That happens to me a lot. Once I posted a request on this lj that resulted in me finding and, later, buying said book. So I thought I'd try again, Christmas being a time of miracles and all.

I can remember the storylines of these three books, so I'll put them under the cut for ye to peruse at your leisure.



1. I can remember the name of this book -- Adam's Ark -- but not the author. Amazon has nothing. The storyline runs as follows: a little boy can talk to animals, namely his pet cat. His father is involved in animal testing and when the cat has a litter, her kittens are sent to his lab -- despite the father promising he'd do no such thing. When the cat dies and tells the boy this on her deathbed, he resolves to Save The Animals. He ends up going to a zoo and talking to dolphins and, possibly, setting them free.

2. This is a book about lesbians, although I didn't realise this until the second time I read it. It's a retelling of fairytales but as lesbians, as far as I can gather. One story segues into the next, told from the first person, but the first person changes with every chapter. I distinctly recall one quote from the Beauty and the Beast chapter: "Some thought they saw a beauty and a beast; some, two beauties; and others, two beasts." (Obviously that's not accurate.) Strange that I can remember that and not something useful, like the ISBN number ...

3. The last is a children's or YA's book of short stories. Two of the stories stuck with me: the title one, which was about a girl in a circus. She was a trapeze artist who was always warned not to swing backwards off the trapeze, for it lead to another world. She got to know the Prince of the country, who was 'deformed' because he had silver birthmarks all over his body that formed a constellation of stars. In the end, they both jump backwards off the trapeze, with his birthmarks to guide them. The other: about twin sisters, whose mother and father each made a deal with Light and Dark in exchange for their daughters (I think they were poor or something). In the end they grew up, one never being able to laugh, and the other never able to cry, with Light blonde and Dark brunette. I always felt more sorry for Light; I don't know why I thought crying was more important than laughing, although in my life it certainly turned out to be the case. I'm pretty sure this author was Irish.

Any help much appreciated! And Merry Christmas, in case I'm not online before it is.
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Hai senpaiscoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
I have a terrible habit of accidentally stealing from libraries. It would be less terrible if I didn't accidentally steal awful books. I wish I'd stolen Adam's Ark from the library where I used to loan it out every second week!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Oh noes pandascoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Same here, although I didn't get that for a good long while ...
Trinity Daytrinityday on December 24th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
It looks like someone already beat me to Adam's Ark, by Paul Stewart. I haven't read it, but apparently I rule at google.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Silver Pair: soppyscoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
And why wouldn't you? :D
she's not a girl who misses muchmaudlinrose on December 24th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
The third is The Door into Air by Margaret Mahy. :)
she's not a girl who misses much: look in the bookmaudlinrose on December 24th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Actually, it's The Door In The Air by Margaret Mahy. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kabajiscoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
That's the one! God, I loved that book.
Melanie: Random } Reading4am_secret on December 25th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Your second one there reminds me of a book that I've been searching for. Maybe I should post about it, since it seems helpful :) All I remember was that it was a feminist take on many fairy tales. The only one I remember for sure in there was Little Red Riding Hood, and there were a few others I didn't even recognize...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Jin: nonononoscoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
It certainly seems to work for me!
on a yellow spaceship: milkmaid faceo_glorianna on December 30th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Hello! I jumped here from a link in _ohreally and am currently reading "Interview with a Hero." I hope you don't mind me friending you?

Oh, one last thing: your university in Ankh-Morpork = ::glee::
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Snakey thangscoradh on January 8th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Not at all, I like new friends.

Unfortunately my tenure as an alumni there is entirely imaginary, but a girl can dream!
on a yellow spaceship: milkmaid faceo_glorianna on December 30th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Oh, regarding your third question, -both- stories are in Mahy's short story collection, which maudlinrose has mentioned. There is another wonderful story in the same collection about a child whose father was a bridge maker.