The Wilful Eye (Tales from the Tower)
Margo Lanagan (Tender Morsels), Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland (Worldshaker), Margaret Mahy (The Seven Chinese Brothers), and Martine Murray (Henrietta There's No ...more
The Wilful Eye is a far superior effort to The Wild Wood. This is mainly because Margo Lanagan's opening s ...more
'The Distribution Of The Head', (an adaptation of The Tinderbox) - this one really stood out to me because of the gruesomeness and the character building. You'll understand when you read it.
'Eternity' (an adaptation of The Snow Queen) - the premise behind this one was particularly intere ...more
Six of the world's most exciting and best - loved writers have chosen fairytales as inspiration for this spellbinding and subversive short - story collection. Six writers - Margo Lanagan, Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland, Margaret Mahy and Martine Murray - have taken inspiration from stories that have shaped us all, tales like 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'The Snow Queen'. This collection carries universal themes of envy and desire, deception and abando...more
I loved Isobelle Carmody's retelling of Rumplestiltskin, but felt that Margaret Mahy's version of Babes in the Wood was a little forced as was Rosie Borella's Snow Queen. Margo Lanagan's retelling of the Tinderbox was just disturbing. I really enjoyed Richard Harland's version of Beauty and the Beast up to a point, where the underlying themes and so forth became forced, rather than implied, it would have been better to have left it with the Beast's story a ...more
Algunas de las historias originales no me son tan familiares (Babes in he Woods o The Tinderbox), pero en el fondo todas las historias lograron mantener una atmósfe ...more
To be honest I didn't really enjoy this story very much. It was very dark and the main character is very disturbed and unlikable/unrelateable. The descriptions of rape and violence made me quite uncomfortable and the disjointed way the story was written while clever, I found slightly boring. Once read though, and after reading Margo's explanation of what she was doing with old fairy tale, I gained a greater appreciation for the message behin ...more
The six rewritten fairytales in this book are The Tinderbox; Rumpelstiltskin; The Ice Queen; Beauty and the Beast; Babes in the Wood and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. There are six more to come in the next book – i ...more
Anthologies I like where something similar was done: anything Terri Windling is associated with, Donna Jo Napoli's books, Robin McKinley, Pamela Dean, Tan ...more
The arrangement of the stories was the best part - alternating between a traditional retelling of a fairytale, with a completely modern set (Australian cities) retelling of a fairytale.
I now can't wait to get to the second volume!
A retelling the fairytales, done nicely and capture your attention.
In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle's published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy ...more