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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,507 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whos ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Indigo (first published November 7th 2013)
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Dannii Elle
If A Monster Calls and Coraline had a book baby, this would be it!
Jean Menzies
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
This story is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale Tinderbox and whether familiar with the tale or not the inspiration is evident to the reader in the creation by Gardner of a lengthy and magical fairytale-esque story. If you think of a traditional fairytale, unnerving and often gruesome then you can speculate the experience of reading an elongated version of such a story; this is what you will get when you read Tinder. This is definitely for fans of the eery fantastical folktale. And ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“There are too many ghosts walking this earth. They weigh heavy on the living.”

I read this back in October of 2016 and I'm just reviewing it at the end of January 2017. I loved this book so much but I felt a little intimidated about reviewing it. I feel like to give a really in-depth review I would need to read it a couple of times to really get a good grasp on all the themes. I'll do my best to give my thoughts on the book as is though. I'd give this a 3.5 rating but that could change once I
BOOK REVIEW: Tinder by Sally Gardner
I’d been in battle since dawn. Like my comrades, I’d fought for all I was worth, though I knew ours was a hopeless cause. About me lay the dead and the dying, their blood – our blood – made the carpet of leaves more crimson than autumn had intended.

Tinder is one of those slightly eerie, engrossing tales. You know right from the start that no matter how much things are looking up for a protagonist throughout the story, something is coming that will flip it al
Magrat Ajostiernos
Retelling oscurito y molón, perfecto para estas fechas, y las ilustraciones son una PASADA ♥
Really good, I didn't know much about the original Tinderbox fairy tale but that didn't stop me from loving this. The ending wasn't what I expected, it was rather twisted but in a deliciously evil way. The story and characters overall were written well, there were some parts in the middle that did drag though. The illustrations were lovely and creepy, and really added to the atmosphere of the story. Recommended for anyone in the mood for a fairy tale.
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Ohhhhhh, I enjoyed this one!

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Tinderbox, and staying true to the old school, dark fantasy fairytales. Not that prince saves princess, everything is peachy, type of fairytales. This one is dark and violent. And just straight brutal. All the things that I love about stories 👍

Not only was the story great but the cover art and the illustrations are beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful at that! Definitely not shy of the gore.

Werewolves and war and love, Oh my! I defi
Yasmin ✨
This book was all right, I guess. It wasn't an awful experience reading this, but it just didn't captivate me. The illustrations were stunning and I definitely do not regret buying this book, but the story was kind of meh.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story hearkens back to the old school fairy-tales. Dark, bloody and sad with murder, rape and dead bodies littering the ground. This is definitely not for children! The illustrations are incredibly beautiful and capture the creepy, melancholy mood perfectly. I'm not familiar with the story this retelling is based on so the ending was a complete surprise. From the tone of the whole book I suspected it wouldn't be a happily ever after but I was not expecting what happened! This is a tale that ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely stunning! When I first started this one I was expecting a creepy story with amazing illustrations, but nothing that would shock and amaze me that much! First of all, this is actually a fairytale retelling of "The Tinderbox", which happens to be one of my favorite childhood stories! Gardner wonderfully turns this old tale into a new story being way more creepy, yet thrilling and excited. Secondly, set in the Thirty Years War this books also has a dark atmosphere and does ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
Tinder is a retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Tinderbox, told through the eyes of a soldier who walked away from the horrors of war. The original tale had a soldier too, but in true fairy tale fashion, I don’t think it lingered on his mental state too long and the dogs, now wolves, are turned into more complicated characters. It is also beautifully illustrated by David Roberts.

I wasn’t very familiar with the original tale, but even if you are I suspect you will still be surprise
Jo Reads
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tinder è una favola, a tinte molto macabre, che non è altro che una metafora sulla guerra e sui disturbi da stress post traumatico che questa si porta dietro. Nonostante noi siamo catturati dalla storia di Otto e dal suo amore per Tinder, la Gardener non ci nasconde mai che la loro storia favolistica va letta in un complesso molto più ampio.
L'autrice spiega, nella postfazione, che è sempre stata innamorata della favola dell'acciarino di Hans Christian Andersen e ha voluto tributarla mediante qu
That was a bit of a disappointment for me. It had promise but actually ended up being quite boring. I have read a couple of Sally Gardner's books before an enjoyed them so was expecting more. It was actually quite hard and slow to read when it really should not have been. The illustrations in it were a good thing they added atmosphere and depth, but the illustrations were actually more enjoyable than the writing! It also had one of those endings that I actually hate and makes me want to scream o ...more
Marianne - November Words
3.70 stars
It's a creepy, highly imaginative story. This book is a retelling of Tinderbox, by Hans Christian Andersen, and with its twists and turns, it makes you shiver and want for more. I didn't like the style of some of the illustrations inside, but they gave me chills nonetheless. The ending was.. unexpected, but I liked it!
Overall it's the perfect Halloween story.
Kath Elizabeth
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-copy
One of the weirdest but most magical stories I have ever read.

Tinder is the story of Otto, a soldier who has fought in a war in 1642. He dies in the war, but when death comes for him he cheats death and begins a journey, not knowing where it will take him. During his journey he comes across many things - wolves, magic, ghosts, gold, death and the love of his life. Otto will do anything to be with Safire, his love, but first he must free her from her prison.

Tinder is such a magical, lyrical stor
Giusy P.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non ci sono parole per descrivere questo libro. L'ho iniziato senza sapere cosa aspettarmi, senza sapere quasi nulla della storia. Mi sono lanciata nella lettura ed ogni pagina è stata una scoperta.

"Una volta, in tempo di guerra, quando ero un soldato dell'Esercito Imperiale, vidi la Morte camminare. Portava sul teschio una corona avvizzita fatta di ossa e biancospino fresco attorcigliato. Intorno allo scheletro si era avvolta un mantello d'oro lacero, e alle sue spalle si stringevano gli spett
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2017
Interesting story, though there are many aspects of the curse that weren't fully explained. Writing was meh (a lot of telling and I wasn't all too connected to the characters so). The illustrations were a great addition and super creepy style.
Gabriela Kozhuharova
Кървава и зловеща приказка, разкошно илюстрирана от Дейвид Робъртс.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5

This wasn't what I expected it to be, and I didn't even really have any anticipations going into it. Maybe I would've given this a higher rating if I'd known what I was getting in to beforehand, but that's not what happened lol

I saw this in a shop on my trip to England- I'd never seen or heard of it before. I picked it up because it was called Tinder and I thought it was funny because of the app, so I flipped through it and saw it was illustrated, all black and white, with a f
This book is awesome ❤

Both the prose and illustrations are beautiful and haunting. I kinda predicted the ending, but still, when it comes, it hits right in the feels!
Oh, if you're wondering, yes, this is retelling of HC Andersen's Tinderbox.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves twisted fairy tales and doesn't mind gory things.
Valy P.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed-copy
3.75 stelle!
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Mi sono ritrovata a leggere questo libro quasi per caso. Non ne avevo mai sentito parlare e, se non fosse stato per un consiglio di una mia amica, penso che non lo avrei mai scoperto. Mi sono fidata e l’ho iniziato praticamente a scatola chiusa, senza leggere né trama, né recensioni. L’unica cosa che sapevo in partenza era che si trattasse di un retelling.
“Tinder” è un libro molto particolare, che è stato in grado di prendermi c
Francesca Verde
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-miei-libri
Ho scelto questo libro per il mese di Dicembre per due essenziali ragioni: primo l'alternativa proposta per il book club non mi ha troppo colpita; secondo, è un libro che mi ha sempre incuriosita, ma che non mi sono mai azzardata a leggere per quelle illustrazioni oscure e terrificante, seppur così ben fatte e integrate nel racconto, che mi hanno sempre terrorizzata.

In effetti, a primo impatto tutte quelle immagini cupe non mi hanno granché catturata, ma sono subito diventate splendide e interes
On the shortlist for the Carnegie 2015, Tinder is Sally Garner's retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale 'The Tinderbox.' I love a good fairy-tale, and I love a beautifully illustrated book... But I really didn't like this like I expected to. I never found that really magical spark that pulls me into the story... if I hadn't had a quiet day to get it down in one go, I have a feeling it would have taken me a while to get to the end of this one.

Otto Hundebiss (which means Dog Bite) i
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem ich Tinder beendet hatte, war mein erster Gedanke: “Das hätte episch sein können!” Ganz so stark fand ich das Buch am Ende dann doch nicht, aber klasse war es trotzdem – für die Epik fehlte dann nur ein bisschen Fülle, die sich auch wirklich gelohnt hätte bei den ganzen wunderbaren Details, die sich in der Geschichte verstecken. So hat das Buch mehr etwas von einem Märchen – einem Märchen mit wunderbar düsteren Illustrationen (aus der Feder von David Roberts), das wohl auch eher was für ...more
Meredith Fletcher
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark and Twisted Fantasy lovers
Oh my days....I am in love! Not only is the storyline great but the pictures are perfect! Thank you Sally Gardner and David Roberts!

Otto Hundebiss is wounded in battle but cheats death. He is met by a half-man half-beast who gives him a pair of dice which will tell him the way. O his travels he meets Safire a beautiful and mysterious girl. With the power of the tinderbox Otto would give anything to be with his love.

I love the plot and how the story unfolds. I think that the images really bring t
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I bought this book just because I loved the cover - I was looking for some Halloween reads and this one just seemed so wonderfully dark and beautiful. In the end, I enjoyed it more than I had expected. Tinder is an interesting and imaginative retelling of The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen - a story about werewolves and dark magic, beautiful princesses and evil duchesses. But it's not just a fairy tale. It's also a thought-provoking story about war, violence, prejudice and ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Why I bought this book was definitely because of its cover. I saw the cover and instantly loved it along with the illustrations inside it. The story was great, and the illustrations added to the overall effect of the book. However, the writing style was a little difficult to get into. That's why My rating of this book is somewhere between 4 and 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Una volta, in tempo di guerra, quando ero un soldato dell'Esercito Imperiale, vidi la Morte camminare. Portava sul teschio una corona avvizzita fatta di ossa e biancospino fresco attorcigliato, e alle sue spalle si stringevano gli spettri dei miei commilitoni di recente strappati, ancora giovani, alla vita.

Cominciamo facendo una precisazione, e se mi conoscete sapete già cosa sto per dire: non riuscirò mai a rendere giustizia a questo romanzo. Non bastano le parole per spiegarvi ciò che ho pro
Veronica 🌙
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-reviews
Ed è allora che vedo la morte.

Tinder di Sally Gardner si presenta come il retelling della fiaba L’acciarino magico scritta da Hans Christian Anderson ma in realtà è molto, molto di più: la fiaba dello scrittore danese rappresenta solo il punto di partenza, l’ossatura della storia della scrittrice inglese, in quanto essa viene arricchita da piccoli accorgimenti e altre tematiche esterne alla fiaba che rendono questo libro qualcosa di nuovo e unico nel suo genere.

La storia si apre con un giovane
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Sally Gardner grew up and still lives in London. Being dyslexic, she did not learn to read or write until she was fourteen and had been thrown out of several schools, labeled unteachable, and sent to a school for maladjusted children. Despite this, she gained a degree with highest honors at a leading London art college, followed by a scholarship to a theater school, and then went on to become a ve ...more
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“My captain once said that you meet people in your life who you believe will be your companions on the road, only to discover that they fall by the wayside. Others who you meet without design climb mountains with you,” 5 likes
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