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Carthick's Unfairy Tales

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An evil dragon. A damsel in distress. A concerned father seeking a savior. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who be
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published January 5th 2018
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I discovered that T. F. Carthick's first book 'Unfairy Tales' was coming out this month, I couldn't wait to get it and read it.

'Unfairy Tales' is a collection of seven fairy tales. All the tales are famous ones which most of us have read. But that is not the end of the story. Because there is more to them than meets the eye. The stories are all told from an unusual, unexpected point of view. Sometimes, the person, who we think is the bad person in the original fairytale, tells the story. W
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carthick has the unique talent to look upon the familiar from a strange vantage point and make it appear funny and wonderful. Here he applies it to well-known fairy tales to make them seem hilarious and fascinating. Be warned! If reading this book permanently skews the way you see the world, I am not to be held responsible.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
'I have always found men more fascinating than mice'.... Thus starts Carthick's first Unfairy Tale, "Of Mice and Horses".

Moving far away from the age-old clichés, Carthick's Unfairy Tales present a fresh, alternate and intriguing take on 7 different fairy tales - Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Goldilocks, The Pied Piper, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the beanstalk and Rumplestiltskin.

The titles of the seven stories are inspired by titles of classic books. The author's ability to be lucid and philoso
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here's a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn't just the women. It's the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she's the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don't want a ...more
Anirban Nanda
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shorts, fantasy
I was hesitating to pick up this book. But now that I have finished this I want to thank its creator Carthick. I forgot how much I loved fairy tales when I was a child and this book reminded me that the true essence of any writing is the innocent joy of storytelling, and nothing else. No great literary technique, no wordplay, is worth it if the story itself is not there. A collection of 7 stories, this book questions and reinterprets old children's tales w.r.t. modern perspectives. The celebrate ...more
Archana Sarat
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any parent, who is in the habit of narrating bedtime stories to their kids, would understand when I say I am bugged of fairy tales. Do you know how many times I’ve enacted ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’? It’s just a little more than ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Snow White’. It’s only in the last couple of years, since Geronimo Stilton and Wimpy Kid have taken over the household, and bedtime-story duties have been handed over to the hubby, that I’ve finally escaped from the whole routine of voice modulati ...more
Shantala  (Shanaya Tales)
When I started reading this book, I did not know what to expect, because fairy tale re-tellings, or actually re-tellings of any kind, can get really tricky. Especially because more often than not, we already have a certain set of feelings, opinions and prejudices about the original story (stories in this case) which can influence our experience of the re-telling.

However, I have to say that I did not have to worry about this when I read Carthick's Unfairy Tales, because even though he essentially
Rohit Sharma
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My wife still calls me my "Mamma's Boy" and I don't mind it even at this age as I am what I am :). Now what has my Mamma got to do with this book? You ask? A lot. I always love and cherish a book or a story which sends me more closer to my mom (don't worry she is all healthy and awesome). This book sent me back in time when I was in sixth standard or something, back then as soon as I usually start my walk back to home from school, I would pray that "God, please I want to have Halwa today". And a ...more
Mahesh Sowani
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a child I loved fairy tales. As I became an adult I started thinking over those tales. The flaws were apparent. The good people were always fair and beautiful, while the evil ought to be dark and ugly. The sole aim of the heroine's life was to win the heart of the prince. The tales were fatalist and some where even downright sadistic. Do we wish to tell such tales to our children? Certainly not.

Against this backdrop Carthick's Unfairy Tales comes as a bright change. This collection is a retel
Ushasree N
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is nothing ‘fair’ about the fairy tales

“What if” is the undercurrent key word behind the Unfairy Tales of Carthik. As the blurb above suggests, the author sought to answer the question ‘what if’ in the modern context. As the blurb above suggest, ‘You will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.’ That is a guarantee.

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Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, e-books
Wonderful just wonderful, Carthick's been my friend for many years now although primarily through our blogs but I did ended up meeting him once too. Coming to the book of course as my friend he gave the copy of the book for an honest review. This is as honest as it gets this book is wonderful. Carthick has a wonderful creative mind which turns up ordinary into extraordinary.

This book has 7 fairy tales which you would already know and love but after they go through Carthick's treatment they retai
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Carthick’s Unfairy Tales” is a collection of seven fairy tales all retold in a remarkable satirical way. Just as the title implies, there is nothing magical about the book. However, it is not too dark or sinister too. The tone of the book is both light and serious and the narrative is fast paced. Light enough for you to laugh out loud and serious enough to make you ponder on the human condition. All the seven stories have titles inspired by great works of great authors like Dickens, Steinbeck, ...more
I have never read a fantasy book by an Indian author so when a friend said he was writing one, I was very eager to read it. This review is not sponsored and I did not receive a review copy from the author. I got my own copy.

Even though I love fairy tales, I have never read any retelling except Fables (which is not technically a retelling). I had nothing to compare this book to, except for the original tales. If I were to compare these with the original sexist tales, these were pretty good storie
Ruchi Singh
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Fairy Tales have been part of every kid’s childhood, be it grandparents/ parents narrating the stories at bedtime or school’s activities exposing the kids to the make belief world.

Sometimes the stories are so familiar that one is not very keen to read them again. But what if they are told with a difference? What if the friend turns the foe, or the prince is actually not a knight in a shining armor? What if the story is being told from an animal’s point-of-view? Yes, that is what you’ll get in th
Tanim Mozumder
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you remember the first story that you read? Do you remember how you came to be introduced to fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White and the like? As for me, I do not. It feels like I have always known those stories from birth. And when something that you have believed from the time that you understood perhaps, that time existed, comes to be challenged, how would you feel? Something that you had created a beautiful imagery of and had always fantasized about, but now whose basic values are bei ...more
Pradnya K.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had tried reading Grimm brother's fairytales but couldn't read many. They felt a bit too dark and sinister to my tastes. There's only so much darkness one can consume and remain unaffected. Unfairy tales, inspired from the same stories, however, are different from them. These are told from the perspective of characters other than protagonist, like a nice telling a story of Cinderella.I wished there would be few more stories to it. Initially I wasn't captivated by the book but as soon as I read ...more
Percy Wadiwala
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best writers are those who have a voice that is all their own, and TF Carthick certainly is one of them. In ‘Carthick’s Unfairy Tales’ he brings his unique skills, his whimsical style and quirky perspective to bear upon the age-old fairy-tales we are all so familiar with. Sometimes featuring a change of perspective, sometimes an examination of certain facets we may have ignored, he makes these simple morality tales into farces or tragedies, proving that truth is a matter of how you look at t ...more
Shalini M
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first came to know about this book from SRR (the virtual reading group I am a member of), where it was lauded with rave reviews.

As the title indicates, this is a collection of stories – retellings of popular fairy tales, but with a different take. Some have a twist from the usual narrative, while others are told from a different PoV. One or two are in the lighter vein, and all of them are thought-provoking. The different perspectives that the author has presented are fascinating, and often mak
Ramesh Grandhi
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was slightly hesitant about picking up a book based on Fairy tales. However, I decided to take a chance to see what take this author would adopt and I am glad to say that after reading them my expectations were more than met. Carthick (the author) looks at the world around us differently. Old Socrates had his why, what and who but Carthick seems to revel in What If? With his imagination that can only be termed zany, his ‘what if’ becomes a potent tool. Wielding this tool as a seasoned professi ...more
Mayuri Nidigallu
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
#BookReview: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales: A retelling of seven tales from the days of yore.

Genre: Short Stories. Fiction. Fantasy
Pages: 134
Available in Paperback and E-book format

The Plot:
Ever wondered what happened to the horses who drove Cinderella’s pumpkin turned carriage to the Ball that changed her fortunes and life?
Or thought about what may have gone on inside Rumpelstiltskin’s mind as he went about doing what he did?
What made Hansel and Gretel survive the Witch?
Or what happened to the Fro
Archana Purohit
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had heard a lot of good things about this book on a reading group online I am member of. However, the writing left me thoroughly disappointed. The concept, telling fairy tales that most of us love, from a different perspective and bringing some nuance into the telling, seemed interesting. However, the writing felt amateurish. At times it felt as if it was trying too hard to be clever, like someone would do for a school parody or something. Once the perspective from which the story was to be to ...more
Soumya Prasad
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. This talks about the true nature and color of humans without all the unicorn fluff! The author has given a fantastic realistic twist to the otherwise silly and far-fetched tales.

While 'The beans of avarice' is my favorite of the seven, I also loved 'The frog who would be king' for a decent take on feminism.

Definitely worth a read. Definitely better than most of the Indian author crap that comes out these days.
Deepa Duraisamy
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I initially bought this book, I wasn't really sure what I was going to be reading. Whether they would be modern re-takes on age old fairy tales or if they were going to be modern stories inspired by those fairy tales. Thankfully, it turned out to be neither. A practical, more realistic, totally unique perspective written or seen through the eyes of some of the other characters, stories that question some very basic choices made, some very inherent behaviour especially those within the human ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book in Kindle format from a Goodreads Giveaway.

This is a fun little read consisting of fairy tales written from unconventional points of view. I would recommend this for developing critical thinking and just for fun. I can imagine instructors using it to inspire students for their own creative writing.
Vinay Leo R.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review at A Bookworm's Musing

I loved reading the twists in the retellings of seven fairy tales in this book. From the seven, I loved “The Frog Who Would Be King” and “What the Hobgoblin Did” the most. And “The Beans of Avarice” and “No Country for Wild Beasts” were my least favorite. I didn't dislike these two, but I didn't like them as much as I did the other five. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a collection of “unfairy tales”, but it was quite nice. I would recommend it to any reader who is open
Radha Sawana
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You would think you know your fairy tales, but this book will surprise you at every turn. My favourites were 'The Beans of Avarice' and the Goldilocks story, but frankly, every tale was a pleasant surprise. Not to mention how each story made you wonder if you had gotten your heroes and villains wrong all this time. Maybe Aladdin was not the goodie guy you thought he was? Maybe Cinderella's joys were someone else's woes? It would be great to see this writer try a part 2 of this anthology, coverin ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Thanks to the author for a review copy of the book in lieu of an honest review. I was not paid or otherwise compensated in any way for this review.

Fairy tales are written for impressionable youngsters; Unfairy Tales are written for discerning adults.

The values and perceptions of  the modern world are not the same as those of the times when the Perrault, Anderson and the Brothers Grimm penned down their stories. Today, their stories seem biased, bigoted and even regressive. Humans hav
Sundari Venkatraman
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must say that Carthik is a fascinating storyteller with strange twists to his tales, which is exactly the theme of his latest work, Carthik’s Unfairy Tales. This is a collection of seven fairy tales, retold in the author’s unique style.
Of Mice and Horses:
This is the story of Cinderella, told from the viewpoint of the mouse who had been transformed into a glorious steed by the fairy godmother on night of the grand ball at the palace. Alas, the horse turns back into a mouse at midnight. While Ci
Arpan Ghosh
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Name – Carthick’s Unfairy Tales

Author – T F Carthick

Format – Paperback

Page Length – 134

Publication Date – 5 Jan 2018

Language - English

My Review:

The cover of this book has given me a shock. It is wonderfully designed. In the cover, there are many things- a tree on which a beer is riding to reach the top of the tree, a full moon in the sky, a joker standing beneath the tree,  a ghost horse rider and some other things- these have made the cover so attractive that can bring people’s attention t
Kashish Agrawal
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carthick’s Unfairy tales – the title of the book itself generates curiosity in the minds of the readers. All of us have read the age-old fairy tales but what do unfairy tales mean? That’s the beauty of this book.

I liked the concept of the stories. It was new for me to read. I have read a few stories ending with unpredictable twists. However, these stories were from a different perspective. Have you ever imagined the story of Cinderella from a viewpoint of that mouse who had turned into a horse f
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T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of ...more
“These humans must be real crazy. Does the idiot prince have a foot fetish or something? Can he not recognize her by face? Anyways, we mice will never understand the ways of men.” 0 likes
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