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 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 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)