Monday, July 23, 2012

Should be a Movie: The Scorpio Races

      There are some books that have an almost mythical power to bring you to another world.  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is such a tale. The story is set in a chilly November on an island with strange and untamed water horses.  Every year, men compete in the Scorpio Races, a horse race around the beach.  The catch is, if the horses touch the water, they turn into beasts and may just drag their rider into the water to die.  Kate "Puck" Connolly becomes the first girl to compete in the races, and on an ordinary horse no less.  She must fight for her place on the beach and for her life among the water horses.  Along the way, she befriends Sean Kendrick, a fellow rider whose heart is with the horses and the sea as much as Puck's is.
     The book was staggeringly original and fresh amid the deluge of urban fantasy novels and rich with setting, characters, and island lore.  In movie form, it's dangerous tone and mythical atmosphere would translate brilliantly.  If you are a fan of The Hunger Games, or any of Kristen Cashore's books, you will revel in discovering this chilly story that makes legend real.   When The Scorpio Races is made into a movie, I'll race you there.

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