Before reading: I didn’t really care for The Sky is Everywhere, as I found it somewhat icky, manipulative, and ultimately shallow. But hey, a gay co-l...moreBefore reading: I didn’t really care for The Sky is Everywhere, as I found it somewhat icky, manipulative, and ultimately shallow. But hey, a gay co-lead. Mainstream YA fiction doesn’t have nearly enough of that. I was massively impressed this year by Rebel Belle despite finding Hex Hall super mediocre, so maybe I can find another authorial turn-around.
After reading: Unfortunately, Noah is awful. In the past, he’s a super-pretentious artiste who thinks like he’s stepped out of a John Green novel edited by David Levithan in an especially soapy mood, and in the present he acts out his idea of what a normal guy is which is a generic a-hole. Somehow Jude is better both in the past when she’s the outgoing peppy one, and in the present when she’s reclusively retreated into herself...actually I’m reminded of Bridget from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, except her spiral isn’t just from hooking up with a boy.
Plus while both romances are on the instalove side, at least hers isn’t some way-stereotypical PSA-y thing that Nelson must’ve “researched” by watching The CW. And her boy seems much more like a person than his, whose semblance of a personality is mapped onto him by Noah more than it exhibits itself in reality.
Mmm...also, each of them has a weird narratorial quirk: Noah likes to envision a scene or scenario as a work of art and title it. She likes to quote from her gran’s quirky/magical guide to life, with comments. His is annoying, hers is cute.
To the plot: ZOMG the melodrama of it all; fairly engaging if over the top. (view spoiler)[So: In the space of about two days, Jude loses her virginity to her (unbeknowst to her) brother’s bully; their mother walks in on Noah with Brian, and Brian’s panic makes Noah so mad that he outs Brian in public; Noah finds out that his mom’s having an affair and wants a divorce, and she dies in an accident.
Jude has a guilt complex especially coupled with how she gets into her brother’s dream private art school (dream largely because it’d get him away from homophobic public school kids) and he doesn’t, after she secretly doesn’t mail in his application out of jealousy of his aggressively flaunting his newfound status as their mom’s favorite (when she’s been their dad’s favorite for years). Oh, and Jude falls for her mom’s boyfriend’s ex-addict assistant who’s technically illegal for her as he’s 19, and who’s seen naked by her brother first (though she does spend 7 minutes in heaven with her brother’s boyfriend before the two boys have their first kiss).
Noah has a guilt complex about hiding his mom’s secret so stops being able to talk to Jude, and about how he lives a lie that’ll make it easier to fit in. Oh, and he lies to his dad that his mom wanted to make up with him, and after his mom’s funeral he lies to his mom’s boyfriend that she never loved him anyway. (hide spoiler)]
5 quotes I like from from Jude’s POV: (view spoiler)[Then a deeper groan, which must be Guillermo’s. Because they’re lovers! Of course. How stupid could I be? The English guy is Guillermo’s boyfriend, not his long-lost son. But he sure seemed straight when he was taking pictures of me in church and when he was talking to me outside the studio yesterday too. So attentive. Did I misread him? Or maybe he’s bi? And what about all Guillermo’s hyper-heterosexual artwork? And not to judge, but cradle-rob much? There’s probably a quarter century between them.
Imagining the meadow. Imagining the relaxing effing meadow!
At CSA, I’m fairly penis-neutral in life class.
So he faked the call and was pretend-talking to no one just to get away from me? Just to stop me blathering on like that? My throat constricts. We’re never going to be okay.
“It’s like we’re at the beach.” I resume the position beside him. “Or in our coffins.” “What I like about you is how you always look on the bright side.” (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Reads like Grisham. I kinda hate the two main dudes - both the lawyer and the cop. So superior and smug and boring. Luther’s somewhat interesting, but t...moreReads like Grisham. I kinda hate the two main dudes - both the lawyer and the cop. So superior and smug and boring. Luther’s somewhat interesting, but the whole “Oh I love my daughter more than anything” angle is sappy and he pretty much peaks during the book’s central murder. His daughter irritates me pretty much throughout. Especially cuz she’s supposed to be So Much Better than Jennifer, who the book and Jack in his douchey monologue want to paint as a horrible human being. But Jennifer doesn’t even appear much despite being his fiancee, cuz humanizing her would make it harder for the reader to dismiss her. The author even makes her dad verbally trash her. Okay then. Burton and Collin are whatever. Sullivan peaks in his last scene and is forgettable beforehand. The president is of course an awful villain.
Gloria Russell is a queen though. One of my favorite character tropes is the woman who will do anything to seize what she wants, regardless of how ruthless she has to be. Too bad that the author gets bored of her and she kinda just fades into the background. And the text is entertaining in a trashy way.(less)
I read only the epilogue to see how everything turns out, as I got tired of Rachel awhile ago and don't want to put up with a few hundred more pages o...moreI read only the epilogue to see how everything turns out, as I got tired of Rachel awhile ago and don't want to put up with a few hundred more pages of her.
Looks like in the Harry Potter vein than the Sookie Stackhouse vein. Which is better, character-wise, even if it's also not very well-written. (view spoiler)[So everyone's happily ever after. Trent's daughter marries a demon-blood, thus totes officially ending the war. Al, the Oscar winner, teams up with Trent to come up with a way to finally get a demon-elf child so Rachel and Trent will finally get married. She knew that his having a 'barren' wife would remove some of his power.
I never really liked Trent, but I don't like Rachel either, so whatever.
Ivy and Nina are HEA. Good for her, as she is great. Jenks seems good.
I dunno, I kinda wanted to see someone major die. Or Kisten to come back to life and make Rachel less annoying via a re-relationship. Oh well. Looking forward to whatever Harrison does next, as her other series have had better protagonists. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
These tales are certainly longer than the Grimms’. I was reading from one collection which organized the tales into genres, but I realized that it was...moreThese tales are certainly longer than the Grimms’. I was reading from one collection which organized the tales into genres, but I realized that it was far from complete so moved onto another collection. Though either they became less interesting or else I was burned out on fairytales by then so had fewer thoughts to spare about them.
Artist and Society Nightingale: “In China the emperor is Chinese, and all the people around him are Chinese.” - Sure, okay. Gardener and Gentry: Er, I don’t see the point of this. His bosses are moderately dicks. Flying Trunk: He can’t get to her cuz he can’t bother to walk there, or cuz doing so would show his lack of godliness? Will o’the Wisps: How meta. And incredibly dull and convoluted. Something: Eh, the brothers part is whatver and is the bulk of the story. Yeah yeah critics are evil. I do enjoy the bit about the old woman. What One Can Think Up: Oh look another one about critics being suck. The Most Incredible Thing: Oh I like this. Good proper fairytale ending. Cripple: There sure are a lot of fairytales embedded within the fairytales. “‘I want to hear the one I know.’” - Oh look commentary. Also, fiction is better than clothing apparently. Oh that story about the wife who wants to be God is in Grimms. Mmm, I dunno what to make of his miracle.
Folktales Tinderbox: So it’s okay to behead people who help you, and to murder those who would prosecute you for your crimes. There’s also a bit here about false friends which seems a bit random. Little Claus and Big Claus: What obnoxious, psychotic asses. The bit with the sexton is in one of the Grimm tales...ah, The Little Farmer, the notes say. What is with the destruction of elderly corpses around here? Traveling Companion: Pretty good I would say. Though I’m unsure by what mechanism the princess is evil in the first place. Hmm, the notes say that it shows misogyny; interesting. It is a bit much for him to dunk her head under the water three times, but there is a magical zombie involved, so. Wild Swans: So the 6 Swans in another version. The bit about brown=ugly is kinda racist. I don’t like the ending; it’s too abrupt, and the king isn’t punished for being such a doubter. Plus it’s too blase about the youngest brother’s wing. Swineherd: I have to wonder, given how far he’s willing to go, if he eventually marries her. Or if he’s just awful. Hmm, the notes discuss how the lesson is patriarchal and sadistic towards “shrews.”
Originals Little Mermaid: Disney’s version is one of my favorite films ever. The original is also gorgeous, but so sad. Thumbelina: So love at first sight, an ode to shallowness, and forgetting the existence of parents asap. The Shadow: Very clever tale, and while the shadow is a big a-hole, he is completely believable as a character. The ending is fitting. Bronze Pig: Mmm, kinda nice, but what an abruptly tragic ending. Rose Elf: How morbid. The romance is very...Andersen, as far as I’ve been able to read. Ib and Little Christine: Melancholy mood in a way that again fits the author very well. Ending certainly makes sense. I wonder if the nuts are supposed to be magical or prophetic or what. Galoshes of Fortune: Good beginning; very promising and not what I would expect. But the series of disjointed anecdotes is just...okay.
Bottle Neck: Such a melancholy, full tale with nice twists and turns. Andersen so far seems to excel more when he goes for saddening the heart. Fir Tree: A bit too sad for a protagonist I can’t bring myself to care about. She Was Good for Nothing: Hmm. The romance is pretty typically Sad-Andersen. The mayor’s a big ass. The Little Match Girl: A classic, and sad, but very short. The Neighboring Families: The matricide seems to be forgotten/ignored pretty quickly. Portugese Duck: Racist with a grisly ending. The Porter’s Son: It’s a very full tale, but the ending seems pretty abrupt like Andersen just didn’t feel like any more buildup before the happily ever after. And I don’t entirely see the connection with the couple. What is with the book’s obsession with Thorwaldsen? Never even heard of him. Red Shoes: Hmm I don’t remember the renditions I’ve read being so super-Christian. Under the Willow Tree: Andersen pulls this ending (or something similar) a bit too much. Ugly Duckling: Never cared for the message of the story, but the original is way more abusive and upsetting than I’ve ever heard. People are so awful. The Top and Ball: Somehow, I take it that the last sentence makes very clear the human misogynist bent. Brave Tin Soldier: Yet another gloomy, depressing tale. Shirt Collar: What a perv. Snow Man: Oh no, Olaf! Storks: Uh, a bit insensitive about miscarriages I must say.(less)
What I got from the first half of the book: Jobs is an unrelentingly awful a-hole. Lots of technical information that bored me. To be fair, it was all...moreWhat I got from the first half of the book: Jobs is an unrelentingly awful a-hole. Lots of technical information that bored me. To be fair, it was all about stuff before I was born so I had no connection.
But then it gets to Pixar. I also happen to find movies way more interesting than computer tech. And admire Pixar even if I find their movies often overrated.
Some more blah-ness. I do remember the iMac in elementary school. The school only had a couple of them because they were new and not entirely proven yet, but the kids found them cool cuz they were prettier than the other computers and I *think* the privilege to use them rotated.
I don’t start thinking “Ooh, cool” until the 21st century stuff. Which kicks off with Apple stores, which of course now are omghuge. Thought the anecdote about people camping up for store openings reminds me of why I find Apple fans a bit...obsessive and overzealous.
Now we get to iTunes/iPod. iTunes of course helped prevent the music industry from flopping to the online pirates of the world. Its % of the digital sales market is astounding. Now with the rise in streaming its influence is slowly declining and having people once again bemoan the state of things, but anyway. Yes, I care much more about music than computer tech as well. Lol, it mentions that iTunes is to blame for the Black Eyed Peas getting huge; I do remember how iTunes ads were a big deal and would make songs hits. Not so much anymore.
iTunes store, yes, now here’s my interest! I’m obsessed. Fascinating how the store only came about as a way to sell the iPod...I’m pretty sure I knew that already but still. I did not know this: “Subscription services that allowed customers to stream songs but not keep them, so you lost access to them if your subscription lapsed...Indeed they would earn the dubious distinction of becoming number nine on PC World’s list of ‘the 25 worst tech products of all time.’” Given, as I already stated, the immense rise of streaming cutting into music sales of late. Oh yes, 99 cents...though now most hits are $1.29. 70% to the record companies; is that still true? Yes, Jobs’s pushing for being able to buy any individual track has had huge repercussions. For one thing, Taylor Swift wouldn’t have over 40 T40 hits if the only songs available to purchase were her radio-promoted singles. Oh the days when Mariah was a must-have artist. The elusive chanteuse indeed. Lol, Sheryl Crow too. Hmm, iTunes sold a million songs in its first 6 days; 70 million first year. Last week, digital sales (for iTunes and lesser retailers) totaled 20 million. In 2007 iPods were half of Apple’s revenue; damn. Ew, John Mayer.
Oh yes I remember Antz vs. A Bug’s Life. Yes Disney Animation did have lots of flops, but recently Tangled started a resurgence, and that led into Frozen being one of the biggest smashes of all time, bigger than the conclusion of Pixar’s crown jewel. Of course, that’s after this book. The best commencement speech ever, huh? Okay then.
Maybe if I was one of those Apple addicts I might have liked this more. But I’ve never bought a single one of their products, so.
Some notable quotes: ‘I didn’t want anyone to know I had parents. I wanted to be like an orphan who had bummed around the country on trains and just arrived out of nowhere.’ - Shut up you hipster.
Grilling her about how much money it would take to get her to have sex with another man. - Great role model for misogyny here.
‘Here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out okay.’ - Well it did...but it’s not like that works for everyone.
‘They don’t even have a word for vegetarian,’ he complained (incorrectly). - Ugh making vegetarians look bad with his odiousness.
He rejected one of her renderings of a rabbit, an icon for speeding up the mouse-click rate, saying that the furry creature looked ‘too gay.’ - GoodBYE.
‘They were a force for evil. They were like ATT or Microsoft or Google is.’ - Whatever, you yourself seem more evil than Google.
In fact there’s no reason to believe that Moritz was jealous or that he intended his reporting to be unfair. Nor was Jobs ever slated to be Man of the Year, despite what he thought. - Delusional, party of one.
He wore jeans and sneakers to meetings with Japanese managers in dark suits. When they formally handed him little gifts, as was the custom, he often left them behind, and he never reciprocated with gifts of his own. He would sneer. - Culturally insensitive POS.
In 1982 Apple’s annual sales were $1 billion, while Microsoft’s were a mere $32 million. - Mmm, fascinating, compared to now.
‘We both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.’ - You tell him, William.(less)
Easily the #1 tale is Oh If I Could But Shiver aka The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was: Hmm, I like the concept and the execution is super c...moreEasily the #1 tale is Oh If I Could But Shiver aka The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was: Hmm, I like the concept and the execution is super clever; the only great story overall! Definitely not what I traditionally think of with fairytales. Also, dark + morbid = win.
The rest of the stories I list mostly more or less in the order I read them; many tales I have no real opinion about: Hansel and Gretel: Well, this is one tale I’ve heard since I was a little kid. Either I forgot or didn’t read that the stepmom dies but the dad survives. Snow White: Disney’s made this iconic. I’m not a big fan, but it’s better than the original apparently, in which Snow White comes off as a bigger idiot. Cinderella: Cinder-elly, Cinder-elly. I do like novels based around this tale. The ‘source’ is on the bare side. Rapunzel: And Flynn?! Just kidding. Oh so originally Gothel’s deffo an enchantress, and the mother is an idiot who’s only sick cuz she’s greedy to eat some rapunzel. Eh. And the parents knowledgably give Rapunzel to Gothel. And the dude is a prince. And Rapunzel’s more of an idiot. More eh points. Frog Prince: Wait, but she’s awful. His manservant loves him way more, boo. Disney again wins.
The Goose Girl: I recognized this tale because of...I wanna say Shannon Hale’s take on it? I think I mildly liked it. This tale only sparks up with the gory ending. 6 Swans: Ohhhh...I didn’t know that Daughter of the Forest was based on an actual fairytale. I thought it was on GR’s Top Fairytales list just because the plot was so obviously fairytale-esque. But I see the premise is identical. Though the middle is a bit different: instead of her being burned as a witch while her husband’s away in an attempt to hide betrayal, she’s being burned with her husband’s consent cuz her stepmom-in-law frames her for doing away with her own kids. Mmm, I don’t know how I feel about the husband doing that. I will say that parts of that novel are quite rich, even if others are unnecessary and draggy. Faithful John: What a morbid ending. I know I’ve read a version of this or at least something very similar, but I have no idea where. Maybe in Greek mythology? Wikipedia gave me: Amis et Amiles, yes. Better version there. Rumpelstiltskin: Convenient ending. And the greedy king doesn’t get anything coming after his awfulness. Maid Maleen: Meh. I much prefer the novel treatment by...er, is it Shannon Hale again? Especially since the chambermaid is completely ignored, and we learn again that ugly people are evil.
The Little Brother and Sister: I have to wonder if this is one of those child bride deals, given how she has to run away from her stepmom and now she’s a queen. Super-weak ending. Dummling and the 3 Feathers: The transformation makes me think a bit of Cinderella. I dunno what the point of the story is though. Catherine and Frederick; Turnip; Rejuvenated Little Old Man; Lean Lisa: Um...what. Bearskin: There’s a fairytale about an enlisted soldier? I don’t see what the devil gets out of this deal tbh. Water of Life: Weird story with too much summary. I also don’t see why the king isn’t punished.
Mother Holle: The narrator seems to imply that beauty should=better/good. Total meh. 3 Little Men in the Wood: Oh another evil stepmom. The ending is almost the same as The Goose Girl’s. Little One Eye: So the lesson is that ugly people are evil. Great. Cat and Mouse: I don’t particularly like it, but it certainly makes sense. Good Bargain: What an arsehole. And I think there’s underlying racism?
12 Brothers: Erm, this is just the 6 Swans, except with a dumb pointless beginning and less exciting climax. 3 Snake Leaves: What a wacko. No explanation for her personality, or its change. And the king’s willing to execute his daughter? Weird. White Snake: What he kills his horse wtf. Why is the princess so uppity? Shouldn’t the king be mad that his servant stole from him? Fisherman and his Wife: Oh women are greedy nags. What a great lesson. Very anticlimactic end. Why does the flounder have such magic anyway? The Riddle: That was stupid. I was hoping for an actually interesting riddle.
Mouse Bird and Sausage: Okay a talking, walking sausage? Also, the lesson is to do what you’re supposed to or you’ll suffer a horrible death? How antidemocratic. 7 Ravens: Wait didn’t the brothers turn into ravens in 12 Brothers? Okay then. The sun and the moon eat people? Why does she have to cut off a finger? Devil with the 3 Golden Hairs: Kinda good esp the ending, but it makes me wonder about the boy’s adoptive and birth parents. And the devil seems really stupid. Clever Else: Wtf is this. So...sleeping merits losing everything you have. Godfather: Wait, if he is the devil, why is he helping this dude and having him miraculously heal people? Weird.
Godfather Death: Better, teaches a better lesson. Fitcher’s Bird: Kinda a happier Bluebeard, but more randomly plotted. Juniper Tree: Super grisly, and the ending while arguably fitting is...bizarrely nonchalant. Plus the father is completely oblivious. Old Sultan: What? Animals having duels with seconds? Okay then. Foundling: Wait but what about the mother? And if the woman’s a witch couldn’t she do something besides being a cook for a forester? Plus I’m unsure why she waits for so long to eat the boy, and why she has no desire to eat the girl (at least based on how she confesses her plan).
Thrushbeard: Wtf. This is a lesson about how emotionally abusing your wife is the best way to make her pliant. Knapsack Hat and Horn: Wait. But. This is a lesson that brute force and tyranny is the way to make people obey you. Sweetheart Roland: More like asshole Roland. And the witch is killed way too easily. Golden Bird: Why 3 brothers? The king’s an asshat, except for he’s kinda right in that the protagonist is an idiot. I don’t see why the fox has to help him; can’t he get someone else to behead him? The way the ending’s worded, technically the fox could still be dead though I’m presuming he’s not. 2 Brothers: Why can’t the chickens be saved too tho? How small is this country that there’s only one eligible maiden left? Or is it that ladies marry off asap to guarantee not being eaten? The lesson is: don’t sleep too much or people will come and behead you. If you save someone’s life he/she should be your servant. Don’t help old women cuz they could be witches. Don’t kill your brother even if you think he was with your wife. And it’s okay to lie to a witch and kill her cuz she has it coming. Wait what’s the point of having his head backwards initially?
All Fur: Creepy initial premise; totally contrived plot afterwards. 12 Huntsmen: A story centered around sexist ideas. And sometimes breaking the vow you make to your dad on his deathbed. Death of the Hen: The lesson is that everyone dies. Tough. Gambling Hans: Is that allowed, to smash a soul to pieces? Golden Children: Disjointed and stupid overall.
Young Giant: What a psycho. Little Farmer; King of the Golden Mountain; Blue Light: Three more of those weird “yay for being an awful asshole” stories. There are more than I’d like in here. Clever People: The lesson is that it’s okay to be an asshole if you find people dumber than you to trick. And threatening to be a domestic abuser is okay. Jew in the Thornbush: Super racist. No thanks. The Expert Huntsman: Well the king’s an ass, but he’s not the hero so that’s okay-ish I guess. The 2 Kings’ Children: Super random and bad and inexplicable.
St Joseph in the Forest: Greed gets you killed horribly, gotcha. God’s Food: How very depressing. Clever Little Tailor: Sorta a tale about the benefits of animal abuse. Stubborn Child: So the lesson is that if you don’t obey you die. And then if you resurrect (or if you’re buried alive I suppose), it’s okay for your mother to beat you to keep you in your grave. 3 Journeymen: One of the better tales, but I dunno how to feel about “the devil” being the savior. Maybe if it was Death.
Prince Who Feared Nothing: Pretty haphazardly plotted, and with some vaguely racist undertones. Drummer: Arbitrary, and the tail part of the story is pretty identical to a few others in the collection. Master Thief: I like his cleverness, but I see no reason why he presents himself to the count who’ll want him dead. Aside from plot contrivance. And his tricks largely depend on people being idiots. Little Hamster: Why would he be so obsessed with marrying such a crazy sociopath? And, I don’t see how the princess is able to see him when he’s inside a fish or inside an egg, but whatever. Old Woman in the Forest: He’s a tree and a prince? Bran Stark is that you?
Devil and his Grandmother: Why would he give them an out - is that in his contract? Also isn’t there another tale with that exact climax? Faithful Ferdinand and Unfaithful Ferdinand: What a wacky story. Would you really want to marry a woman who’s willing to murder someone to avoid marrying him? Is the beggar the prince at the end? How did the horse get turned in the first place? Iron Stove: WHAT is with stories where a beautiful maiden has to sneak into her beloved’s room for multiple nights to convince him to marry her instead of his new fiancee, but he’s been roofied so can’t hear what she’s saying? I think this is the third one at least. Is this a common thing? I also don’t see wh she loves him anyway aside from his hawtness. 4 Skillful Brothers: Why are there so many helpful people in the world with magical powers or objects? I know these are fairytales, but really. It gets repetitive. Especially if it’s rigidly structured thanks to there being 3-4 main characters each with a different magic thingie. Pretty Katrinelya: Is this supposed to be a story?
Worn-Out Dancing Shoes: Wait but why is the king so mad about his daughters dancing? Why don’t the princes and princesses get married instead of having to sneak off every night? Why are the princes cursed for dancing? What a dumb tale. 6 Servants: Dying from pining over a hawt girl he’s never seen before? Stupid. Wait but if these servants are totally willing to follow this stranger and do whatever he wants, I would think they’d want to stay with him after he gets what he wants. Guess not. White Bride and the Black Bride: Racist. And teaches you that sometimes you should behead animals in the hopes that they become princesses. No silly Princess and the Frog kisses here. Iron Hans: Erm, I don’t see what the boy did to release him from the spell. Or why the boy’s so obsessed with the golden ball. Or why the authors are obsessed with blondes. Also the story kinda implies that little boys kidnapped by strange men can live happily ever after cuz the strange men might be good people. Donkey: Erm, why does he wear the donkey skin at all? Why would a king let his daughter marry a donkey? Why is it so important that the main characters marrying are super-hawt?
12 Lazy Servants: Super tedious and pointless. Griffin: Erm there’s a tale with pretty much the same plot elsewhere, complete with the king having a miserable fate for being an arse. I’m also not sure what to make of the adjective “simple” which is used a lot in the book but perhaps not entirely accurately. Strong Hans: At least one hero who picks up some random strangers and makes them his servants learns that that’s not the best way to go about hiring people. Sharing Joys and Sorrows: Hey here’s one anti-abuse tale. Doesn’t quite make up for the other tales that kinda have the opposite moral. Life Span: How incredibly depressing and ageist.
Goose Girl at the Spring: Well the part about the 3rd daughter not being a good enough suckup sounds very very familiar… Eve’s Unequal Children: The lesson is that ugly people deserve worse lives because they’re ugly. Poor Boy in the Grave: Depressing tale but it has quite an interesting ending. I supose one lesson is that alcohol is bad. (less)
Pluses: A gay side character. (view spoiler)[Whose boyfriend gets killed almost immediately, cuz sexualized gays are a no-no. (hide spoiler)] Lillian is kinda cool and interesting. However, we don’t get nearly enough time with her, even if people talk about her a bunch.
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