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Agatha Christie: Sinister Spring (HarperCollins Publishers 2023) In addition to her 66 novels, Agatha Christie also published 14 volumes of short stories during her lifetime, which provided plentiful material for her thematic short story collections, which have been published in English by HarperCollins Publishing and in Hungarian by Helikon Kiadó since 2020. Since she wrote a story for each season and holiday, it was easy to group them for the new series. It is interesting, however, that the Christmas Crimes short story collection published by Európa Kiadó in 2019 is unique because it is a domestic grouping and was published in Hungarian only. This was re-published for Christmas 2022 with the same cover style as the new series. This collection contains mysterious stories with a spring atmosphere or set in spring. It was published in England in 2023 and this year we were finally able to read it in Hungarian…

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Cerrie Burnell: Swifter than Starlight (Puffin Books 2023) Wild Rose, the girl who was raised by wolves, and Aurelia, the cursed princess, fled Silverthorn with the forest folk and all who feared the Queen. They set up camp in the forest of another kingdom, and since then their camp has welcomed everyone who has been ostracized by society for some perceived or real fault. Seven years have passed like this. Lilac also ran away from her evil stepmother and left her sister Clover behind. Hester is Aurelia’s sister, who finally got her lost sister back and found a new friend in the camp. Their fate is intertwined with the future of the kingdoms, when the relative peace ends with the disappearance of the prince. The story is again a new interpretation of European folk tales and Grimm’s tales, in which the classic fairy tale elements – the forest, the crumbs…

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Lauren St. John: Dead Man’s Cove (Orion Children’s Book 2010) I first came across Lauren St. John’s writings in the Winter Magic short story collection, where her story was my favorite and I decided to read more from her. The author grew up on a game reserve farm in Zimbabwe. The experience had a great impact on her, which is reflected in her works, such as the White Giraffe and in her involvement in the work of the Born Free Foundation. Her mystery series were also published, starring detectives Laura Marlin and Kat Wolffe. I read the first part of Laura’s adventures. Laura Marlin has an interesting name and she is also an interesting person. She lives in an orphanage, but she still likes it better than her possible foster parents. However, one day her uncle (her mother’s brother) finds her and takes her in. Laura has always dreamed of…

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Ash Harrier: The Deadly Daylight (Pantera Press 2022) Alice England lives with her father, who runs a funeral home. Alice often helps him prepare the bodies for the funerals. She does not find this strange or scary, as it is a tribute to the deceased’s life and part of the final farewell. Death is natural for Alice not only because she lived her whole life among funerals, but also because her own twin was a stillborn. However, one of the deaths has a greater impact on her because she knew the deceased and suspects that the circumstances of his death are not as clear as the police think. Alice has a lot in common with Violet, who is allergic to sunlight: they both are ‘creatures of the night’, pushed to the edge by their classmates, now they find each other and investigate the mystery together. The story may seem scary…

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Paloma Corredor. The history of comics* (originally published by Editoral LIBSA, Madrid in 2020 under the title El Cómic) Nowadays, we consume a lot of image-based content on the Internet, so it’s no wonder that comics are also very popular. Storytelling in pictures is as old as humanity itself: even prehistoric people expressed their thoughts with cave drawings. The immediate predecessor of the comics/graphic novel genre was the political caricature published first time in 1830, and then the comics reached their first glory days at the beginning of the 20th century. Geographically, it can be divided into American, European, Latin American and Japanese comics. According to their genre, they can be about superheroes, science-fiction, comedy-satirical, war, fantasy, criminal or historical. They can be addressed to adults or children. Tarzan, Dick Tracy and Flash Gordon were the first representatives of the genre in the United States. They were followed by Superman,…

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Since 1996, AbeBooks has provided a place for independent sellers to sell their new and used books and for buyers looking for rarities. In addition to first editions and dedicated copies, you can also find magazines, photos, maps and letters on the site. The millions of books and other items come from sellers from more than 50 countries. It is a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008 and it has several international sites. At the site, I read about the most expensive sales of 2023, from which I highlight the books that I am familiar with. A first edition of Harry Potter sold for £70,000. In 1997, Bloomsbury published only 500 copies, of which 200 were for promotional purposes and 300 were for libraries. One of the latter ones was this book from the Edinburgh Public Library being sold here last year. A total of 27 people borrowed the book before…

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Maria Surducan: The Mermaid (Cluj, 2020) A well-known character of the Eastern European/Russian/Slavic folk tales is the (water) spirit of Rusalka/rusalki with magical powers, who is often translated as mermaid or siren. Its Greek counterparts are nymphs, while their Eastern/Southern Slavic name is vila, which most of us know from Harry Potter. Some people derive the creature of Rusalka from pre-Christian paganism, which was a positive character at the time, symbolizing fertility and good harvest. Only from the 19th century she became a feared creature. The mermaids are also indirectly originated from them. She is usually depicted with long, unbreaded hair, because at that time, according to Slavic traditions, unmarried people had to wear their hair like this and had only wore it in a tight bun when they got married. Maria Surducan’s Water Fairy also has similarly long hair, for which the illustrations were made by Anna Júlia Benczédi.…

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Alex Moldovan: Olgica and the Dear Grandpa* (originally publised by Editura Arthur in 2016 under the title Olguța și un bunic de milioane) Many thanks to Cerkabella Könyvkiadó for sending me the book! Olga Tomescu, or Olgica, as her family calls her, is a schoolgirl from Cluj. She is not popular at school, and it doesn’t help that she is super-intelligent – her IQ is incredibly high, she has a pitbull dog and, according to her, she was born as a troublemaker: everything she touches turns to dust and ashes. Our story begins on a Friday afternoon, after school, when Olgica, against her will, has to go with her old aunt to spend the weekend with her. (Olgica’s mother is very ill, and her father works abroad.) In addition, Olgica’s grandfather also appears, with whom her father had such a fight that they broke up totally. What is he up…

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István Tótfalusi: The Nibelung-story* (Magvető Könyvkiadó 2017) People have always been interested in where they came from and how the world was created, because they wanted to believe in something. This is why legends and fairy tales were created. The firsts of these tales come from the Northern lands and later reached the territory of today’s Germany along the Rhine, from where they came to the North again in the early Middle Ages, during the great migration. The name Nibelung has been known since the 10th century and refers to creatures (dwarves) who could make magical objects. One such item was a ring that could rule everything. In order to create their majestic home, the Valhalla, the gods make a deal with the giants, who demand high price for their work. The gods can only redeem themselves with large amounts of gold. However, the gold was not theirs. It was…

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Tell me if you need a friend – Contemporary Scandinavian children’s poems* (Móra Könyvkiadó 2023) Bence Patat, translator and one of the biggest exerts of Northern European literature, has created a selection of Scandinavian children’s poems, which is unique even in Scandinavia. In this volume, we can read poems of 16 authors from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. All poems were written from a child’s perspective. The poems are not grouped by nation, but by theme: they describe friendship, family, school, fears, environmental protection and the very difficult question of existence. The chapters got their titles from one of the poems. We can see very beautiful expressions of how important bonding is for children, or that they see a good example in front of them in the family. For the first time, we can read a children’s poem in which they show how it feels when someone…

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