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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  49 reviews
What would you do if you found an evil dwarf in your bathtub?

In Robert Darkly’s case you scream like a girl… and then you get taken on a journey to an entirely different world living just on the other side of our own reality; a world where fairy tales are real but not in the way we’ve come to expect them.

The aforementioned dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin, has escaped the Tower pri
Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 9th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Shelves: lol, fantasy

3 stars for the entire thing plus one star for the “What people say about the novel” (Totally got me! Bahaha!)

An absolutely fun and surprising read. A mesh up of numerous fairytales which I’m sure influenced the author as a child and compelled him and his wildest imaginations to retell these tales through this modern, hilarious story of a 28 year old average man named Robert who one day found himself suddenly dragged into Thiside, the world of fairytale characters (Just don’t let them catch you
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
"To be honest, I don't find you physically attractive, you're not bred from the best stock, you're very gangly, you don't say the right thing, and taking into account all the evidence, it seems like you are going mad.

That's the kind of romance in this book. It's a take on a different world that I loved. There is Othaside (normal world) and Thiside. I love how the world's are entwined and our reality of fairy tales aren't what really happened. It's so fun reading this book.

Now that dang ending
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Ironically, I've been on a dark fairy-tale kick this month. When I saw Stiltskin, I knew I had to snatch it.

Imagine, if you will, there is a world next to ours. One that contains every magical fairy-tale character you've ever learned about as a child. It's called Thiside. Now, take every lovely, warm, fuzzy, cozy memory of all your favorite characters and demolish them with a fucking chainsaw. You have the world of Stiltskin.

In Thiside, there are the kingdoms of Oz, the Beast, and even the Kin
Montzalee Wittmann
Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley is by far one of the odds books I have read. Mix some Monty Python, snarky come-backs, mash-ups of fairy tales, and imagine the author being high while writing the book (although I am sure he wasn't but don't go by the book). It is so bizarre it works. I can't even begin to describe it, but now I know where the decorative lawn gnomes come from, how fairies have sex, and where to get therapy for it after I have seen them doing it.
Athena Shardbearer

Recommended to me by Andrea & Shandra

I was given a free copy from the author Andrew Buckley in exchange for a honest review. Well this book was awesome.

One of my favorite movies growing up was Alice in Wonderland. The whole falling through a tree to a different world, discovering a talking white rabbit, the Mad Hatter, tea parties and a crazy Red Queen. This is not really about just that story, but all the other fairy tales we read as children.

Now I'm going to be honest for a seco
Wart Hill
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was so much fun.

When can I get book 2?!

I read this book, took a break to crochet General Gnarly of the Warrior Gnomes of the Grimm Mountains into existence, and almost forgot I had a review to write.

Then I remembered I have a review to write.

Here's what this book is: a giant ball of epic, wonderful, insane, beautiful, crackiness. Which is pretty much a summation of the types of books I tend to love. Hitchhiker's? Yup. Dirk Gently? Yup. Anything by Christopher Moore? Given.

So add Andrew Buck
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.

You think you know our traditional fairy tale characters? Think again. Welcome to a world in which exists Thiside and Othaside. Othaside is where we are right now. Thiside is where everything else is. Robert Darkley has always felt different. Strange things have always happened to him. He learned to accept them. But when he walks into his bathroom and finds a dwarf with a knife in his hand, even he's a bit shocked. Robert is then involved on a quest t
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Ever felt as if a book is too good to only be in print? Like it needs to have a bigger stage.. Saaayy.. a movie??!!
It's like that with STILTSKIN!!!!

Oh gosh, it's a whirlwind of adventure!! I'm so proud to say that I read this book!

Alright, first things first..

The characters.. There are many of them here, but only a few that you'd understand right off the bat. A lot of them are complex and some of them, I only got to understand in the end. I would say that these characters are portrayed uniquely
Paige  Bookdragon
Oct 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Paige by: Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Shelby gave this a 5 star. Unlike in romance genre, I trust Shelby when it comes to fairy tales..
Byron Edgington
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here we have a fantastical romp, a tour de force combination Mother Goose meets C.S. Lewis, meets Wind in the Willows, meets L. Frank Baum, meets the Jabberwock and a few other proto-typical made-up ghoolies and ghosties and Gnomes, oh my! Taking a page from Lewis Carroll, there’s even a rabbit hole of sorts, a series of doors that allow passage from thiside, to othaside, provided the traveler keys the passage with the correct bodily fluids, of course. This all makes perfect sense in the reverse ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars

Originally posted here:

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Stiltskin was humorous, dark and mysterious and introduces some classic fairytale characters in a unique new manner. I really enjoyed the world that Andrew Buckley created and the plot was quite intriguing. I have to say though that I felt awful for Robert throughout most of the book. His life was kind of like a sad country song for
Pop Bop
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Bizarro is Best

A few years ago I read a wonderful book by Robert Rankin titled The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. It was my first experience with bizarro fiction humor and I loved it. The most succinct definition I've seen for bizarro fiction is from Wikipedia: "Bizarro fiction is a contemporary literary genre, which often uses elements of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque, along with pop-surrealism and genre fiction staples, in order to create subversive works that are as weird
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Curiosity Quills.

Rumpelstiltskin has been imprisoned in the Tower for years and years. Now, somehow he has escaped and he’s on a mission to finish the dastardly deed he started so many years ago. But first, he has to pass a message to the Mad Hatter’s son, Robert Darkly who doesn’t live in Thiside with the rest of the weird and dark fairy tale denizens. Robert lives in Othaside or as we call it, normal rea
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Robert Darkly is having a bad day. He lost his job, his girlfriend broke up with him, and his landlady is pissed off at him. Now there's a Dwarf in his bathtub who seems to know him. What is going on?

Vivid and multi-layered descriptions and mysteries fill the narrative creating an intense, enjoyable world(s). To a degree, the frequently interspersed humor is reminiscent of Douglas Adams.

Characters are unique, varied, humorous, with dark moments, histories, and/or genetics.

Overall, a fun read.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Robert's day couldn't be worse. The night before, his on-off girlfriend suddenly dumped him for good and couldn't even give him a reason why. The next morning, he gets fired, out of nowhere and for no apparent reason. To make matters worse, he leaves his umbrella at work on a rainy day. At home, his landlady complains about his wet shoes because they ruin the floor. The only thing that could possibly help now is a long, hot bath. But then a dwarf suddenly drops in Robert's beloved bathtub. From ...more
Matthew Cox
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I read Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish, I knew I wanted to read more from Andrew Buckley. Stiltskin did not disappoint. The story follows the moderately hapless and ever-gangly Robert Darkly as he is going about a very odd day. Robert is no stranger to strange days, as strange things have strangely been happening to him for as long as he can remember.

After being cruelly deprived of a much-needed warm respite by the presence of an irritable dwarf in his bathwater, Robert gets d
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Olubukola by: Free copy from Netgalley
This book is so funny. From the fictional reviews to the very last page where your jaw literally drops, I laughed all through. Buckley wrote with English humour, which I quite enjoy. The characters were also very rich. My favorite, of course was Robert Darkly himself. I could relate with his slightly out of place feeling, and although not much else is quick about him, he has a quick wit and biting sarcasm.

The relationships between the characters developed at a reasonable rate, and I loved that.
STILTSKIN - by Andrew Buckley

This novel is a retelling of all the fairytale classics that I have known to come to love as a child. Stiltskin is a dwarf, who breaks out from the tower prison with help of a mysterious person. He was sent to the Otherside to give the mysterious person's son a message. The Otherside is Reality where people like you and me live. Who grew up reading about the Fairytales in books. The Thiside is the land of Fantasy where all our beloved characters of our Fairytales liv
Carl Hackman
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Richard Darkly has had a crappy day and has no idea of how much worse it is about to get. The fact that a homicidal dwarf landed in his bathtub and a lunatic fairy renders him unconscious is just the beginning of the adventure - no scratch that, I mean nightmare - which is about to follow.

Strange things have happened to him throughout his life and he has come to expect them. But when he is thrust into another world where the characters from fairy tales of childhood seem to live, but not exactly
Shawna Briseno
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley:
Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley

Twisted. Hysterically demented. Creepy. And that was just the prologue of this little take on tales from the Brothers Grimm. The Mad Hatter, Jack from the Beanstalk, the Muffin Man, and the City of Oz make an appearance among many others. In this version, Rumplestiltskin has escaped from prison and is on a mission for revenge. A warning: This is not the fairy tale you may remember from your childhood. There's plenty of violence with a liberal
Michelle Hauck
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Judging by the cover art and book blurb I expected Stiltskin to be quirky, but I didn't expect to enjoy the humor and tight plot of this fairy tale retelling quite so much.

The characters were entertaining. The humor was nonstop. The plot pace was fast. And if you like quirky plot twists and turns, you've found your story.

The ending seemed to be wrapping up in a neat package then--blam--another crazy twist!

Feisty gnomes and dead witches, insane prisoners and magic, doors to other worlds, this on
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Stiltskin! It was a great mix of humor, fantasy, and darkness. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I prefer a neatly wrapped up ending. It was well written though and very enjoyable.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. I am doing a fairy tales retold reading challenge this year, and this book fits that perfectly. This was a funny’s a bit snarky and reminds of Terry Pratchett’s or Robert Asprin’s style of writing.

Robert Darkly has always had strange things happen to him throughout his life. But a Dwarf showing up in his bathtub is among the strangest. When Robert is drawn into events beyond his knowledge because of his unknown father, things get
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I received an ebook copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

2.5 stars.

While the idea of retelling fairy tales and/or making them bastardised versions of darker truths is nothing new in itself, I think Andrew Buckley did a good job in building his world. In this world, nothing is as bright and pure as we were led to believe as children, and Robert Darkly is going to discover it fast. Some were thiefs; some were murderers; some were imprisoned in the Tower, or died, while others ma
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress...

I received a digital copy of this title from Curiosity Quills.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Bunny-stabbing dwarf escapes from imprisonment and goes on the rampage through a door in reality. Robert assumes his day was as bad as it was going to get. Then he discovers said dwarf in his bathtub. Silly Robert. Things can ALWAYS get worse.

3.5 stars

We love a bit of silliness around the shelf and this book has silliness in bucketloads. Not just silliness thou
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Andrew Buckley was born in Manchester. As a child he wrote a story about a big blue dinosaur which got awarded by his elementary teacher with a gold star.
In 1997 he moved to Canada where he attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program where he graduated with excellence.
After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television he worked in marketing and public relations for several years before venturing into a number of content writin
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hate saying that I did not finish a book, I would rather pretend that it did not happen and not tell anyone about it. But since this was a review book I could not do that. I had to fess up that this book was just not for me. That is the one reason I hate admitting defeat is that people assume that it was a bad book. In this case it was a really well written, coherent book. I just found it too much, (reminded me
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor, adventure
No Spoilers or story summery in this review:
Andrew Buckley has a wonderful sense of humor that is just off center enough to score consistent bulls eyes. In his latest novel 'Stiltskin' he manages to keep you smirking, chuckling, and laughing throughout the tale. The novel has the odd and sometimes twisted look at the inanely normal that his fans have come to love. If you are fan of 'Death the Devil and A Goldfish' you will certainly want to picking up this book.

At its heart Siltskin is a very d
Mar 01, 2014 added it
Shelves: fairy-tales, fantasy
A messed-up fairy tale with Rumpelstiltskin as the title character, with a Men in Black type of agency policing the fairy tale world and an eye-catching cover sounded like an interesting premise, but I found it somewhat lacking.

I read this title as an ARC from Netgalley.

It took me a while to read because I just could not get engaged in the story. I would read a little and then find something else I would rather read more, and get back to this when I finished. The story is told in a humorous and
Robert Darkly has had a pretty unlucky life- suspensions, breakups, job losses. After a particularly rough day, Robert comes home to find a knife holding, homicidal dwarf (Rumplestiltskin) in his bathroom and a frying pan wielding fairy. He, of course, does what any man would do- he starts screaming like a girl.
Robert soon discovers there is another realm. A realm where most of our favorite fairytale characters exist- Snow White, Rapunzel, Beast, Belle, the White Rabbit etc. Robert must help Li
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Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. He pitched and developed several screenplay projects for film and television before completing his first two novels, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH and STILTSKIN, both published by Curiosity Quills Press. Andrew also writes under the pen name 'Jane D. Everly' for his HAVELOCK series of novels.

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