We begin with a poor young tailor, so desperate to marry the beautiful girl he loves that he steals a valuable spinning wheel to make his beloved a golden wedding dress out of straw. He succeeds, but in the process he madly (and magically) spins himself into becoming ...more
This book starts off with a sex scene. Like, all out, sex scene.
If you, like me highly disapprove/ do not read this kind of stuff, DO NOT read his book.
I must admit, I didn't finish it. Which is why I'm not rating it. I don't care how amazing the rest of the book is, I don't read this kind of stuff.
I'm 14, and I DON'T recommend this book.
I am not fond of the third person present tense as a point of view for literature in general. While it can be done well, it usually feels stilted and awkward. It ...more
I might have to read it again someday. I definitely want to read (ev ...more
Rumpelstiltskin is the tale of a young peasant girl, a millers daughter who spins fine yarn. So fine that her father is always boasting of her. One day he goes too far and boasts that she could spin straw in ...more
Rumplestiltskin, but in the end, it left me cold. If you want a version of that traditional tale, try Curse as Dark as Gold. I thought it was much, much better.
You know what? Donna Jo Napoli's books are kinda like this:
They start with a bang (lol, did I just make an excellent pun or what?), they move ahead with full steam, with whistling and rattling, and then it all crashes into a wall and everything ends. Cheerful, amirite?
In my opinion, Spinners was going great. It was dark, like all her books, full of misery and suffering and tragedy. The characters were complex, the fairytale connections were delicious, the momentum of the book was incredible. But ...more
My only complaint is how abrupt the ending was, and the only reason why I might have given this book three stars instead of four. The authors invested a lot of thought into the background story and ...more
What I thought: This is another fantastic fairy tale book by Donna Jo Napoli. Her expansion on the original tale is inspired ...more
Favorite quote: A name is a person, the spinner wants to say. A name is an emblem of worthyness.
The rumpled man was once able to spin straw into gold--but this gift took everything else he had. Saskia uses her gift for spinning to provide for herself and her father. When Saskia's father boasts to the king that she can spin straw into gold, the circumstances bring the rumpled man to her dungeon. Will the complicated secrets that tie them together save her or kill them both?
This unusual retelling of the Rumplestiltzkin story is written from the point of view o ...more
If you like fairy tales with a small bit of sex and violence added, you might want to pi ...more
Sadly, I'd forgotten how the book ended so I read through to the end, only to remember how much I can't stand the way the book ends. I won't give any spoilers, but I just find the ending terribly and unsatisfying ...more
You'll learn in this book.
It was a strange feeling being in the mind of a character you've known so long, but didn't really know.
But, while I thought the plot was interesting and intriguing, the writing style was dry. I enjoyed his backstory SO MUCH, givin ...more
Rumpelstiltskin became Rumpelstiltskin. He wasn't always a deformed little man who just spun straw into gold and tried to take the Queen's baby.
In this story Rumpelstiltskin, is known throughout the book as the spinner. As the story begins the reader learns that the spinner was once a young man who was in love. He was a tailor and made his living weaving and fixing clothes. The young woman the ...more
At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to make the neighbors wonder. But dear dear ...more