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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  978 ratings  ·  266 reviews
A lushly illustrated set of dark, captivating fairy tales from the bestselling author of The Gospel of Loki with illustrator Charles Vess (Stardust).

The beauty of stories; you never know where they will take you. Full of dreams and nightmares, Honeycomb is an entrancing mosaic novel of original fairy tales from bestselling author Joanne M. Harris and legendary artist Charl
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Joanne Harris It won't be available until autumn 2021. …moreIt won't be available until autumn 2021. (less)
Phil Bowman It’s definitely a fantasy world, of insect royalty, and beings of different “aspects” - a king or a cloud of moths. And there are living mechanical ch…moreIt’s definitely a fantasy world, of insect royalty, and beings of different “aspects” - a king or a cloud of moths. And there are living mechanical characters, and people passing between Worlds. But all that is as you say “natural” to the world built for the story.

As far as I recall (and I’ve just finished it today) there are no witches or wizards, and no one really casts “spells” as such. (less)

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Oct 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars

‘This is a tale the bees tell…..’

This is a collection of (very) short interconnected stories most of whom are linked by the Lacewing King and of course, the bees. We meet a multitude of insect rulers such as the Spider Queen in the nine worlds and other characters such as the Halloween King and the Clockwork Princess. There’s a lot of magic, a fair old bit of cruelty (well, you’d expect that in a fairytale, Grimm by name grim by nature), some are really lovely and sweet as honey, others
Whispering Stories
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This is a gorgeous collection of super short (2-5 page) stories that read like a cross between fairy tales and fables, each interconnected to a larger picture. The Lacewing Prince is a selfish and cruel ruler of the fair folk, touching many lives with his behaviour, but as time goes on he starts to face the consequences and mature.

They’re really easy to read and particularly good if you only have a couple of minutes to spend reading at a time, though I w
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
May 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Honeycomb is a collection of dark fairy tales. There are two books within this novel and the collection of stories consists of independent tales as well as interrelated tales that tell the story of the Lacewing King. The novel has the feel of Aesops Fables combined with the tale of Ulysses in The Odyssey. It is a slow read.

Though some of the stories were entertaining, most of them for me were somewhat of a grind. As a whole, Honeycomb was a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps I expected more. I'm s
Ranjini Shankar
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book!

Honeycomb is a kind of book that is difficult to describe. It’s a set of dark fairytales. It’s an interconnected group of tales. It’s a fantasy. It’s horror. It’s science fiction. It’s about family and growth and love and guilt. It’s about seeking perfection at the cost of humanity. It’s about different worlds that look different but share a heart. It’s about one family but also about many. It’s about war and peace and consequences of each. And as my
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Forget Alice, these are the stories you'll want to read and the creatures you'll want to meet in 2021. And there are a lot of them. These folks will make your head spin. Some creepy, some crafty, some cruel, some cute, some ready for bed, some that keep you awake at night. A great addition to anyone's Joanne Harris collection.

Thank you Netgalley and Gallery/Saga Press for the ARC.
☼ Sarah ☼
Harris' Honeycomb may appear, at first glance, to be a collection of one hundred unrelated tales — but in reality, most of these short stories of faerie folk and princesses and gardeners are interwoven, so that characters from one little vignette will show up again a while later. This book shines when it's taking us through the life of the Lacewing King, king of the faerie folk, and does several other stories well (particularly the one about the gardener, the dancer, or the woman with red shoes) ...more
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The ending was not in any way the perfect ending that I had imagined it to be, or what it was close to becoming towards the end. It took a very sharp turn to a different ending. However, this different ending was the only ending that made sense.

This book is also fantasy. If you don't like fantasy, you really will not like this book at all. The entire thing is all made-up worlds, names, and creatures. Also, the storyline is scattered around, so if you love very solid storylines, you will absolut
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite treats over the last couple of years has been reading the novellas that Joanne has been quietly forming that have rewritten the Child Ballads for a modern audience. They have been a wonderful marriage of lyrical prose and subtle yet atmospheric illustration, in little packages that have been able to be read in one sitting – and then reread.

Honeycomb follows a similar pattern, but of all of Joanne’s work of this type to date it is bigger, more complex and more ambitious. It wo
Ishi Time
Oct 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Magical, whimsical, and beautiful!
Feb 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
There is a tale the bees tell.... A fairytale novel built of interconnected stories. A magical adventure through the nine worlds connected by the river Dream. Some of the stories read like fables. The prose and the storytelling have the feeling of very old fairy tales with a few modern tweaks here and there to characters and tropes. The Fae (or Silken Folk in this book) are full of nature magic and trickery. Like the old stories, there is violence and death. As some characters keep coming back, ...more
Jessica Haider
Mar 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
review coming soon

thank you to the publisher for the review copy!
Holly Westendorf
Jun 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is the first book in a long time that I actually absolutely hated. It’s the never ending story that you actually want to end. It reminds me of a really boring, knock off of Catherynne Valente’s In the Night Garden. Like Valente’s book, it is made of a series of short stories that tells one much larger story. Unlike Valente’s book, Honeycomb’s short stories are impersonal and drag on and on and often have no point in regards to the bigger story. A lot of these come off as brief synopsis’ to ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Liked the first half after that things started to get bland to me so I skimmed alot.
Tim Hicks
Mar 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This goes on my very short list of six-stars-if-available books.
It's the fairy story that complements all the others.

I've read a lot of fantasy, and I always dread picking up yet ANOTHER retelling of Sleeping Beauty etc (sorry, Witcher fans, and exception for ALL of Neil Gaiman's reworkings).

"It's a story the bees used to tell, which makes it hard to disbelieve" will stick with me, especially when reinforced by the folklore that when someone dies you have to tell the bees because they are the
Simoné Eloff
Oct 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-tbr
10/10/2020: Available to "Read Now" on Netgalley! ...more
Max Reads
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before we even actually get into the content of this book I want to just quickly talk about how this book is an entire experience in itself brillianty enhanced by the illustrations of Charles Vess, whose art style is sat perfectly and comfortably somewhere between Arthur Rackham and Alfred Bestall, who illustrated and painted the Rupert comics and annuals. If you pick up this book, flick through it and pause on its full page illustrations, there's a good chance you'll be tempted to buy it based ...more
Honeycomb was interesting read , I took my sweet time reading it. It was not the type to keep you gripped in its fantasy world and I am of opinion fantasy world are met for you to lost in it.

It's a collection of short stories of fantasy world called nine worlds. And the bees sings the story of all time.

This book follow the story of a fairy Princess starting from a story telling how he was born . Inbetween the story about him , there's story of clockwork princess, story of an animal farm or othe
Aarna Parimi (Taylor's Version)
I received this book as a part of a giveaway. Honeycomb is a book with multiple dark fairy tales, in a realm known as the nine worlds. I personally don't like darker fantasy books, and I found this novel to be a little slow. I think that this book should have been a little faster, but I do not think it was for me, as I did not really find it to be similar to most books that I enjoy. However, I do believe that anyone who enjoys darker fantasy novels will enjoy this book, which is why I have given ...more
Joelle Egan
Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat), offers a creation myth frame around a compilation of updated morality tales and fables in her upcoming release, Honeycomb. The beautiful and emotional illustrations are by renowned artist Charles Vess. Split into two “Books,” the collection presents a world of insect-like fairies that is parallel, but invisible, to the human one. Book One, “Long Ago,” describes the formation of the insect universe and its various tribes. Most of the action in the chapters cent ...more
Angelique Simonsen
Sep 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aww this was beautiful! Adult fairy tales
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lushly imagined, beautifully illustrated and with the kind of wit and wisdom that is so often missed in fairy tales. Just perfect!
Jodie Cotgreave
Oct 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully illustrated collection of short fantasy/faery stories. I loved the characters, their connections to each other and the illustrations that brought them even more to life. The choice of Charles Vess as illustrator was a fine one and his ethereal drawings are perfectly suited to the charm of the words.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars / 7/1o

I was very excited to receive a copy of Honeycomb as I love Joanne Harris' other books live Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki. Honeycomb was different from Harris' other works, of course, but it was magical in its own right.

Within the span of more than 400 pages, the author weaves (pun intended), one hundred dark fairytales, some of them loose retellings or last-minute
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Good: Timeless, modern, macabre, and lyrical faerie tales
The Bad: Very little; a few stories feel decidedly "eastern" in an old-fashioned way
The Literary: Exceptional world-building and character development in a fairy tale format

Honeycomb is a collection of exactly one hundred original fairy tales. Many of the stories stand alone and feature humans, including kings, gardeners, dancers, toy makers, or animals like dogs and cats and those who life on the farm. But the heart of the fantasy nar
Elley Murray
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars

This is such an odd yet amazing collection of tales. I love how the stories are so interwoven and linked - even the ones you don't expect to be. (The world's a honeycomb my love, the world's a honeycomb.) In the beginning I didn't much care for the repeat appearances of the Lacewing King in the various stories, and when I got to a Lacewing King story I'd take a break from the book and go read something else for a while... But by the end he (and his stories) really grew on me.

Uncompleted, but early awaited ...
I think that this is the best book of the year for me.
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5/29/2021 A truly delightful if occasionally dark mosaic novel of fairy tales. Full review tk at

6/1/2021 What a sumptuous delight of a novel that greatly satisfied both the craftsman and the girl-in-search-of-the-fantastic living inside me! Joanne M Harris has turned her considerable talents to a mosaic novel crafted as a compendium of fairy tales that are both wildly original yet hearken back to the tales we already know, usually giving the reader a deft twist if not
Joy Sim
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book of fairytales started off slow for me, as there were various characters and stories that didn’t seem connected to each other. It became quite engrossing once I got pulled into the world-building and connection between stories.

Over the course of reading this book, I found myself flipping back to older stories and connecting the dots - the author did a good job sharing just enough information to connect characters across stories, without spoon-feeding us too much. It did keep things int
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