This was a rather enchanting fairytale with a modern edge, boisterous and entartaining. Elizabeth is a student at a new school. Her mother is dead and...moreThis was a rather enchanting fairytale with a modern edge, boisterous and entartaining. Elizabeth is a student at a new school. Her mother is dead and her father remarried. She doesn't have many friends. However, after having written a paper on the Grimm brothers, her social studies teacher recommends her for a job working at a library. It's not just any library, it lends out objects rather than books. There are collections of tools, music, fine art and pretty much anything else made by human hands. There is also something called the "Grimm Collection" and after having proven herself worthy, Elizabeth gets the key to that room as well.
However, all is not well with the Grimm collection. Things are disappearing. Elizabeth's colleagues working the same position she does, are worrying about it. Aaron, the senior page, is deeply suspicious and Mark, a basketball player from Elizabeth's school, keeps borrowing the seven league boots without asking. Anjali who has a crush on Mark keeps helping him. The four pages have to learn to trust each other to find the real culprit before they are blamed for the thefts of magical objects. Anjali's annoying little sister Jaya is quite a resourceful character whose protective charms save them more than once.
I thought I had a good take on Grimm's fairytales, but there are a few mentioned here that I have never heard of before - such as the twelve dancing princesses. However, like with all fairytales some are more commonly retold than others. This was another successfull recommendation to me by goodreads. It's suitable for anyone looking for a light, magical read with a dash of romance in it.(less)
Rating 3.4* out of 5. This was a tale in the true Grim(m)style - dark and grisly. The best part was the author's commentary. Doesn't sound like someth...moreRating 3.4* out of 5. This was a tale in the true Grim(m)style - dark and grisly. The best part was the author's commentary. Doesn't sound like something anyone would like, but it was spot-on and very funny.
As for Hansel and Gretel, well, they take off from their parents after their father the King had cut their heads off. He had his reasons, but the children were not amused. Then they go carousing through vaguely familiar fairytales. But well, they carouse only to the cake house, after which they grow up very quickly and they journey becomes even more of a struggle. There is lots of blood and gore and various horrible deaths on the way. None which strike me as truly stomach-turning, but this after all a fairytale. Even if it's Grimm.
I suppose the main reason for this book was showing how washed-out Grimm's fairytales have become through the years. The author does that marvellously well. There wasn't much of any moralizing in the story either, which was a relief. Still, I'm left wondering what the point of this really was. It was a fun romp, but it feels like missed something. (less)
This was a difficult book to rate. On the one hand it is an amazing achievement - wonderfully wrought, beautifully told, full of fantastical creatues....moreThis was a difficult book to rate. On the one hand it is an amazing achievement - wonderfully wrought, beautifully told, full of fantastical creatues. On the other hand it is terribly difficult to read. The stories unfold like a Russian doll - there's a story in a story in a story in a story. Worse, the book is divided into two parts. It was laying a 5000 piece puzzle from two different corners and without the cover of the box to help. Phew! It's a relief it's done. And yes, I had to finish, there was no question of giving this up.(less)
Rating 4* out of 5. I don't know why I've had this on my kindle for almost a year without reading it - it's a true gem and I loved the first book, "A...moreRating 4* out of 5. I don't know why I've had this on my kindle for almost a year without reading it - it's a true gem and I loved the first book, "A Tale Dark and Grimm". One of the things I particularly enjoyed is the voice of the author commenting certain events or actions. Normally I cringe at such a thing, but here it fits. This is, after all, a fairy tale and commentary is occasionally warranted.
It's a short book, I read it in one evening and there was no question of going to sleep before I had finished. I needed to know what happened to Frog, Jack and Jill, who need to find a seeing glass or they will die. Along the way they encounter a mermaid, goblins and a giant lizard. There is obvious moral in this tale, without it being moralizing for that reason. It also happens to be one of the things I've learned myself: "the older I get, the less I care about what other people think of me and the happier I become".
This is a highly readable little book. The story is good, there is insight into human nature, complete with some bloodcurdling horror. I was about to say it isn't a children's book - but this is certainly no worse than an average Grimm fairytale!(less)
This is a re-writing of the Snow White tale, mostly out of the the view of the Queen. There was some high-flying literary experiments going on here th...moreThis is a re-writing of the Snow White tale, mostly out of the the view of the Queen. There was some high-flying literary experiments going on here that I did not have the patience to try to understand. So when my boredom reached it's peak at 30%, I left it.
This is not a bad book I suppose - so don't let me deter you from reading it, if you fancy to do so - it just was not to my taste. Wrong book at the wrong time.(less)