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The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
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Jan 01, 2011

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bookshelves: novel, currently-shelved-guestroom, queer, fairy-tales, all-of-my-reviewed-books
Recommended for: fairy tale fans who enjoy clever concepts
Read in January, 2009

I really love retold fairy tales, but I also have what I think should not be a terribly picky rule: a clever concept is not a substitute for a story. A disappointingly large number of so-called "fractured fairy tales" fail this simple test, and the cover art and blurb for this book were not very promising, to the point where I would not have picked it up at all if I hadn't been rather impressed with this author's book Goblin Quest , which had a clever concept and a very good story. This book does not have a story which is that good; it's decent, but nothing exciting, and frankly if I hadn't already had my expectations lowered by the cover I might not have finished it. On the other hand, there was a lot of heavy exposition coupled with many, many threads left dangling, which means that sequels would be starting from a much nicer place, story-wise. I'll keep an eye out, and in the meantime I don't disrecommend this book to fairy tale fans.
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Lightreads You really do need to read Gregory Maguire.

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