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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
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Aug 17, 12

Read from August 09 to 17, 2012

I won a copy of this from somewhere, but for the life of me I cannot remember if it was via Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, First Lit, Read It First, or somewhere else. Either way, I received my copy from the publisher. I really enjoyed this book, especially the quotations at the beginning of each paragraph from writers, authors, and scholars I love, such as Joseph Campbell, Shakespeare, and Marina Warner. Fairy tales fascinate me--and have ever since I took a children's literature course during university; similarly, I'm a big fan of Freud, Jung, and psychoanalysis in literature, so the character of Vivian Underwood was also a nice addition (and his case write-ups of TM were fascinating). "Some Kind of Fairy Tale" offers an intriguing hook and I eagerly awaited the denouement. Much like "Niceville," the ending of Graham Joyce's story also remains ambiguous, which is a bit frustrating for me, who likes everything tied up nicely with a bow. But the story itself moves along at a nice clip. The only thing I really could have done without is the Martin house full of annoying children. The wailing, the whining, the brattiness... totally unnecessary. Zoe and Jack were fine, but Josie and the other one were a waste of space.
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