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Views from the Tower

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Eleven enchanting fairy tale short stories:

After spending her whole life isolated in a tower, Rapunzel’s salvation is finally at hand, but she may have merely traded one form of captivity for another…

Special Agent Alice Harrison of the Office of Narrative Order should know better than anyone not to follow a suspicious (and suspiciously good-looking) man in a white rabbit s
ebook, 94 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Tall House Books (first published July 29th 2012)
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Views from the Tower is a selection of fairy tales re-imagined. Some are flash fiction - which is new to me, but totally fun - and others are longer, more along the lines of a traditional short story. All are delightful, impressive, and quite honestly far too short. (Maybe I'm a fairy tale junkie -- I just can't get enough!)

A few of my favorites, to whet your appetite for a bit of fun fairy tale r
I'm torn about this book. The writing is pretty typo free, but the style is a little lacking. It is technically correct, but it needs more detail and tone. It's almost as if Grey were frightened to try in some places and worried more about the technical aspect as oppose to the style aspect. Both are important. Because of the style problems some of the stories fall a bit flat.

However, the lack of style is made up for by the twists in the tales. The first three stories which are mediations on(by)
Nancy Kelley
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Views From the Tower offers eleven new perspectives on fairy tales we all know. It starts with three flash fiction tales based on Rapunzel, where we get an idea of what it might have been like for her to be trapped, to have a way out, and finally to take charge of her own destiny.

From there, Grey moves on to other tales, such as Rumplestiltskin, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess and the Frog (see my review of this story here), and Snow White and Rose Red. Think you know these stories? Think ag
Veronica Ibarra
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
I am a fan of short stories in general. Throw in a fairy tale twist and I'm hooked. Grey's collection is full of intriguing ideas I would love to see expanded and explored further. I really like how her mind works, and was even pleasantly surprised in a few places. It isn't often I read anything in which something happens I didn't see coming, but there were a few moments of sheer brilliance that will now plague me intensely. The over all effect was 4 out of 5, but I can say that one of my favori ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has some good stories in it. But the truth is it is even shorter than it pretends to be. Over 40% of the "book" is really an excerpt from another book for sale by that author. That seems a high percentage of the book I thought I was getting to be taken up as "advertising."
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
They weren't finished fairy tales-they gave you a hint about the end and then you'd have to figure it out yourself. It's a great prompt book or it can give you idea's for how fairy tales can be re-written.
Joanna Peterson
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-readathon
Views from the tower is a collection of short stories.
While all the stories are clever retellings of familiar fairy tales, I absolutely adored "oh my fairy godmother" and Grey's take on the frog prince.
Danica Lamphere
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short anthology of different perspectives from various fairy tales, imaginative and unique and I only wish a few of them had become full books in themselves.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Clever use of the reader's knowledge of fairy tales, but too brief with not enough substance to be truly enjoyable.
Alyssa Greatbanks
Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
The stories weren't too bad, but they were very short, too short to really tell you anything. Not to mention a little over half of the book was just excerpts from another book.
This was a compilations of short fairy tale retellings. I loved most of them. Nice light read and fun.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
My only complaint... They were too short... I wanted to know more! :)
Samantha Adkins
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A clever collection of reinvented fairy tales. Jessica Grey has an engaging writing style that is easy to read and highly enjoyable. Each story left me wanting more.
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Jessica Grey is an author, fairy tale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives with her two children near Colorado Springs, where she spends her time writing, complaining about snow in April, and drinking way too much caffeine.

Jessica writes witty, modern Jane Austen adaptations and Young Adult fairy tales featuring strong girls and magic.

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