Free download É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free å Jean ThompsonBut it left me in a bad mood every time I put it down I understand that these were meant to be dark on purpose but sometimes it ust crossed a personal line of what I feel comfortable reading such as rape I also felt like some of the stories A Kiss To Change Her Life just dropped off and didn t have an actual ending which was a little frustrating The stories themselves are already pretty vague on details so to not have a definitive endingust added to vaguenessOverall while I didn t enjoy these stories myself I did think it was fun trying to figure out which fairy tale was which And I think that there are people who will enjoy this book it was very well written and already has some positive reviews on Goodreads I ust feel like this book was not for me personally and it s not for those who are sensitive to dark depressing tales I gave it 2 out out 5 stars because while I didn t enjoy it it was very well written and was a creative take on the talesIf you liked this check out my blog for book reviews SPOILERS22 This is a book of short stories fairy tales retold into realistic the first one was at least stories of modern life As each story is individual I will review them individuallyThe first story was The Witch and it was a retelling of Hansel and Gretel with the witch played by an old woman who takes in foster kids The children are Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them in the car alone for hours while he spends his days in a bar They try to find their way home but end up getting picked up by the DCFS Department of ChildrenFamily Services who place them with the witch while they try to work things out with the children s fatherI thought this was a very intelligent way of telling the Hansel and Gretel story with a realistic spin on it This kind of thing happens all the time if you believe what SVU tells you children removed from their family home because the parents are deemed to be unfit they re placed in a foster home but are mistreated by their new family even worse than before To be continuedThe second story was Inamorata a retelling of Cinderella from the guy s point of view The original story of Cinderella is complicated here by the fact that the prince has permanent brain damage from a car accident when he was a child that has left him with random memory blackouts Every so often he will suddenly lose time and find himself in a different location or situation than where he was only moments before The story follows his attempts to find the girl who left her shoe behind and left him feeling inordinately happy for reasons he can t remember To be continuedThe third story was Candy and I believe it was Red Riding Hood It didn t really bear that much similarity to the original tale except that in a couple of scenes she was on her way to Grandma s house and the final words of the story were that she was going to gobble him up alive So she starts off the story as innocent
Red Riding Hood but by the time it was finished she had become the wolf AnRiding Hood but by the time it was finished she had become the wolf An take on the story To be continuedThe fourth story was Faith and was The Pied Piper I didn t like it nearly "As Much The Previous Three Because Of The Strong Religious "much the previous three because of the strong religious The story revolved around a priest and the church he was in charge of and
His Misgivings Relating Tomisgivings relating to land agent who was taking most of the town s children away to begin a new settlement I don t really know the story of The Pied Piper but this didn t end with the Piper as the bad guy as I would have imagined it would The children weren t killed by the Piper it was a band of brigands who slaughtered them and took all the supplies they had been carrying with them to the new settlement To be continued32 The fifth story was clearly Goldilocks and the Three Bears from the title Three onwards I didn t find it particularly interesting It read a bit like a family drama in which nothing much happened The mother leaves one night after having had enough of the father We then spend some pages learning about each of the three bears the children she left behind It becomes clear over a slightly disastrous Thanksgiving dinner that the father wants the mother to come back although he hadn t made any effort to reason with her prior to this disastrous dinner Each of the children make an attempt to draw her back to the family but only the youngest thinks of going to see her She agrees that she has missed the family even the father and that it s time she came home but the child decides that he will stay away that it s his turn to have time away from the father A bit slow and boring To be continuedThe sixth story s origin was a mystery to me until the very end Finally I realised it was a truly twisted version of Rumplestiltskin It becomes obvious why an overprotective father is so worried about all the things that could happen to his teenage daughter because he knows what drunk teenage boys are capable of and now the savage acts of his past have come back to haunt him A good story with a bit of a mystery working out where the fairy tale came into things and what made the father so paranoid about what might happen to his daughter It played on a number of my own fears and I completely side with the father he had very good reasons for his paranoia To be continuedThe seventh story s origin was even of a mystery than the last one I m still not. En try to find their way home adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present and true love or is it enchantment conuers all The Witch and Other Tales Re Told is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection showcasing the inimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowe.
255 STARSA collection with intrigue but holds a title that is its ultimate downfallJean Thompson is an amazing author Her stories leap off of the page which make them a fast read They hold all the darkness and moral weight of fairy tales but also delve into the darkness of human nature The author s note is an important key to really enjoying this work It is an enlightening explanation of why it is written the way it is Although fasted paced it lacks some of the magic that makes it memorableThompson describes her work as a loosely based fairy tale retelling There should definitely be an emphasis on loosely based It s so loose the story falls off the page Although I was in rapture at the plot I realized about halfway through that I had no clue what fairy tales these were based off of Only two made it clear The rest were a mystery to me Granted I m a little shabby in my fairy tale knowledge I felt excluded not knowing embarrassed almost Thompson is a part of a deeper fairy tale club that I wasn t invited to It created a rift between the knowledge of the reader and that of the writer Keep in mind also that there absolutely no magical elements in this collection I half expected this to be a magical realism collection but the majority of stories are contemporary All excluding The Prince which has a talking dog I feel like that s really what was missing from the story Perhaps magic elements would have given it the oomph it needed a twist to make it a bit alluringThe stories were very immersive and interesting but I honestly feel like the blurb is very misleading It s not necessarily the author s fault but I found that it did take away most of my enjoyment as a whole This collection is mainly character focused If that appeals to you then definitely give this collection a try If it s the fantasy element you re searching for it s best to look elsewhere This review and others posted over at my blog I m ust going to give a few random thoughts on each storyThe Witch A take on Hansel and Gretel Absentee parents but sort of by accident and a foster mother I enjoyed this a lot and I liked the daughter s POV and the open ended endingInamorata I looked up the definition and it means a person s female lover This is a Cinderella story where the prince has a mental disorderdisability and Cinderella is deaf It s oddly cuteCandy Hmmm This one was open ended too and didn t work for me I wasn t sure what message I was supposed to get It s a tale of reputation and cybersex and making your own termsFaith A Pied Piper tale from ye olde times darkThree Mehh This didn t pan out for me I don t even know if I can sum it up A son s thoughts on his mother s abandoning the familyThe Curse This one was rough and could be triggering to some not overly graphic but does reference rape The horrifying part of this story is how set in reality it is It s a "CURSE YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND SOMEONE "you can certainly understand someone What goes around may come around to than ust yourselfYour Secret s Safe With Me A man s latest wife gets the best of him This one was long and the end was frantic and dream like I enjoyed itPrince This story was unexpectedly touching and the last few lines punched me right in the feels Not going to lie I totally cried A great end to the story a touch melancholy but still hopefulIf Thompson wants to write collections with the same feel slightly magical somewhat morbid contemporary magical realismy I ll be than happy to buy and read them This was ust what I needed when I was in a slumpI highly recommend this if you re looking for A contemporary shorts collection with ust a touch of magic Some female driven fiction Stories that will creep you out make you mad and maybe even make you cry These were great short stories that most of them I had heard of before Some had a different spin to them and others were brand new to me I enjoyed these some better than others obviously But all
all still a great of shorts An imaginative and entertaining re telling of fairy tales giving them a modern day setting while staying true to the outline of the tale itself A few I modern day setting while staying true to the outline of the tale itself A few I not recognize but the first s a re telling of Hansel and Greta using a sited and brother in foster care Interesting and differentARC from NetGalley I received an advance copy of this book from NetgalleycomI love Fairy Tales and re telling of fairy tales too These 8 stories were so different in writing I had to check that it was not a compilation by different authors Too many of the following stories I was surprised when all of a sudden I had to look to see that was the ending Was that IT I liked the Hansel and Gretel DCFS angle in the first storyThen I was a bit confused at times ust what tale some of the stories was a re telling ofThe last story the best of them all It did leave me with a better feeling about the whole book The Author s note was a very good one and I was all set for a book that I was going to enjoy than I ultimately did If I had 3 wishes The stories would have had a clear link to the fairy tale it was referring toThe stories would have had of an ending the old fairy tale or fable moral of the storyThe last story would have been longer I was really enjoying it Who doesn t love fairytale retellings It amazes me how many times the human mind can come up with different sides of the same story and Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children The lurking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel the beauty asleep in her castle these fables represent some of our deepest most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil preferably in the most.In All Still A Great