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Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Edward Carpenter
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Get ready to root for the bad girl in this short story that gives the dreaded "evil queen" from your favorite fairy tales her own voice. Good? Bad? Misunderstood? Love her or hate her, you won't be able to ignore her, or to put this book down until you're finished.

Please note that this is a short story, written as a submission to the Kindle Singles collection, and priced accordingly. It is 9 pages long (approx. 3000 words) and contains author's notes that highlight the personal thoughts and historic influences that led me to write this little tale.

I hope you enjoy the story, and thank you for supporting independent, self-published literature. Your candid reviews, Tweets, blog posts, Facebook sharing and recommendations to friends are all greatly appreciated!

Best Regards,

Edward H. Carpenter

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RQUZ3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #818,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Evil 19 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever wish that Snow White, Cinderella and the rest of the heroines from fairytales would just quit telling their sob stories? Want to hear from the "evil stepmother's" side instead? I know I do, especially since watching Wicked in London's West End. That Dorothy was such a brat!

I loved the writing style of this story immediately; Carpenter is one witty writer. We meet the Queen as a young Princess and follow her path to villain/adulthood. She's devious, ruthless and oh so delightfully evil, but no more so than many male leaders that dominate the history books, as the author points out in his note at the end of his story. In this tale, we learn that Snow White was the original owner of the magic mirror, vain little thing, tsk tsk. Hansel and Gretel may have escaped the gingerbread house but they didn't get very far after that, thanks to our vengeful Queen. We also learn that Sleeping Beauty's rescuers were on a mission to "get paid" and "get laid". Warning to traditionalists: the stereotypical Prince Charming is nowhere to be found in this fairytale.

I really enjoyed reading this spoof and how all the various characters and elements of much loved fairytales came together. Read this dark comedy for a laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wicked 3 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whimsical but with a darkly satirical twist, 'Happily Ever After' is an amusing retelling of Snow White (with a few other fables thrown in for good measure) from the bad gal's perspective. It's lightly penned with a decent pace and there's enough there to raise a few smiles. I would have liked the formatting to be slightly more manageable - some paragraphs are rather dense - but once you get used to that there's some work here to appreciate. The narrative style works well. No typo issues that I spotted, for all that. A nice piece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Evil 9 Mar 2012
By Emma Meade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever wish that Snow White, Cinderella and the rest of the heroines from fairytales would just quit telling their sob stories? Want to hear from the "evil stepmother's" side instead? I know I do, especially since watching Wicked in London's West End. That Dorothy was such a brat!

I loved the writing style of this story immediately; Carpenter is one witty writer. We meet the Queen as a young Princess and follow her path to villain/adulthood. She's devious, ruthless and oh so delightfully evil, but no more so than many male leaders that dominate the history books, as the author points out in his note at the end of his story. In this tale, we learn that Snow White was the original owner of the magic mirror, vain little thing, tsk tsk. Hansel and Gretel may have escaped the gingerbread house but they didn't get very far after that, thanks to our vengeful Queen. We also learn that Sleeping Beauty's rescuers were on a mission to "get paid" and "get laid". Warning to traditionalists: the stereotypical Prince Charming is nowhere to be found in this fairytale.

I really enjoyed reading this spoof and how all the various characters and elements of much loved fairytales came together. Read this dark comedy for a laugh.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Today she'd be a coporate raider... 24 May 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In fairy tales of long ago (and not so long ago) women have generally fallen into two categories: the `good' but essentially helpless ingénue and the powerful but evil older witch/queen/stepmother. As has been often noted, strong women were rarely given a positive spin. More recently the trend has been to redeem the bad girl - a prominent example would be Gregory Maguire's novel, 'Wicked', which reimagines the Wicked Witch of the West as a rebel fighting for the powerless against a wizard tyrant. The other story? Propaganda.

In his short story, `Happily Ever After', Edward Carpenter goes back to the original fairy tale queen, but rather than redeem or exculpate her, he celebrates the strength of the malevolent queen in all her ruthless, goal-oriented glory. And even better, he has a great deal of fun spinning his madcap plot. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more - the unapologetic voice of the `wicked' queen or the clever inclusion of several random fairy tales into the main narrative.

This short story was a delight from start to finish. My only warning: use caution when drinking hot beverages while reading this story, in case of accidental snorting of said beverage while laughing out loud.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars she would win the apprentice me thinks 24 Dec 2012
By Ionia Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So, if you are over the top fed up with princesses that get everything and the evil queen just being evil just because she is, this is the book for you. I laughed my way through this title and congratulate the author for taking the old fairy tales that have been repeated over and over again in different forms and giving them a new and really fun twist. This short story was a very quick and pleasurable read. I look forward to reading further work from this author and recommend that you give it a try as well. So much fun!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved this well written, humorous short story! 25 Aug 2012
By Good Book Alert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Told from the POV of the "wicked" queen, it drew me right in, beginning with how the wicked queen got shafted by her new husband, and then by her stepdaughter. I was laughing aloud by the second page, and couldn't wait for the ending. I was only sorry this was a very short story, so it didn't go on longer.

I identified with the queen immensely, and was rooting for her all the way. I really enjoyed how the author brought in unrelated fairy tales, like the Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and others, as not only did that add more humor, it made complete sense the way they were tied together in this story.

If the sap of fairy tales has every annoyed you, this refreshing story is just what you need to make you feel better. I'll never watch another Disney movie without thinking of this story.

Lecherous dwarves! Well-endowed huntsman! Siegfried the enforcer! This is not a good book...it's a great book!

Note: A free review copy was provided by the author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a good book...its a GREAT one! 24 Jun 2012
By Tara Fox Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I reviewed this book for Good Book Alert, and the review will post there shortly. But I enjoyed this so much that I wanted to put up my rating today! :)
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