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The Woodcutter by [Danley, Kate]
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About the Author

Kate Danley, an award-winning actress, playwright, and author, is a member of the Acme Comedy Improv and sketch troupes in Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Danley’s screenplay Fairy Blood won first place in the Breckenridge Festival of Film screenwriting competition in the action/adventure category. Her debut novel, The Woodcutter, was honored with the Garcia Award for the best fiction book of the year, was the first place fantasy book in the Reader Views Literary Awards, and the winner of the sci-fi/fantasy category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kate currently lives in Burbank, California, and works by day as office manager for education and exhibits at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 665 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y30722
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 333 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The idea of the book seems sound, fairytale characters all meshed together in a new story. The problem is it's been done before and with more depth, think TV shows like the 10th Kingdom, Grimm or even aspects of Once Upon a Time.

The story itself was quite good, although some of the chapters were far too short at a paragraph or two at most. For me the biggest problem was the characters. In the original fairy tales the stories are plot driven and the characters are stereotypical and one dimensional, but for the length of a fairytale it works. However once you get to a full length novel where you characters are faced with something entirely new, you expect far more depth from your characters. Unfortunately only the main character of the Woodcutter was given any substance and even that was fairly shallow.

A reasonable read if a bit shallow, but not one that is going to set the world alight unfortunately.
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By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2012
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"The Woodcutter" is a modern fairy tale with a Grimm's Brother darkness. Leading character The Woodcutter is a creature of magic himself; the Steward of the Forest who ensures there is balance between good and evil in the 12 magical kingdoms. Yet when those of noble birth destined for greatness are murdered, The Woodcutter leaves the forest to investigate and put a stop to a growing evil.

I loved the mix of whimsy, magic and romance (true love's kiss really does win the day); which worked well with the darker moments as some characters' dreams are crushed whilst others face death. This book brought to mind fairy tales that I loved as a child and haven't thought of in decades; The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Twelve Dancing Ladies, plus classics such as Snow White, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. These characters and many other familiar faces are cleverly woven into the plot and each play an important role during The Woodcutter's quest. There are some heart-breaking moments as The Woodcutter uncovers a dastardly plot; whilst the powerful finale is a wonderfully fitting end to a beautiful story.
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By Kirsty VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2012
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The Woodcutter was an interesting idea, I was sure I was going to love it because who doesn't like fairy tales? After reading it though, I honestly believe if it ain't broke don't fix it!

The Woodcutter is basically a Frankenstein monster of all the pretty tales you grew up with as a child. Practically every fairy tale you can think of has been dissected, and sewn back together in an unattractive and messy way.

I really didn't like the narrative and flow of the book. I was only a few chapters in, and had to check the book was not part of a series. I felt that I was being dropped into a world I should have already known about, and should not have needed explaining. You are swapmed with an overload of information at once, which made the first part of the book feel very bogged down and clunky. The VERY short chapters also made for a jarring and disjointed feeling, and made it difficult to really get absorbed in the book.

To be honest the story became a little repetitive as it went on. At every challenge the Woodcutter faced he seemed to be defeated, only to find a predictable solution and carry on the next trial to do it all over again...

Not a book I would read again. I wasn't keen, but with so many familiar and well loved characters making an appearance, it will appeal to some people.
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After the first few pages I began to agree with an earlier reviewer who complained that the characters were all cardboard cutouts: But then I realised that there is little or no character development in (so-called) "fairy stories" - one or more stock characters do something daft, get into trouble, and either come to a bad end as a warning (The Brother Grimm and their ilk) or are miraculously rescued as a bedtime story (Hans Christian Andersen et al.).
The nearest description I can manage is that it is similar to a text-based computer game of the Sword and Sorcery group (You are standing in front of a cave labelled 'dragon's den' - there is a sword on the floor <pick up sword>).

I'm no expert on "Fairy Stories" but I don't think there is anything original in this book. The style is aimed at children but it is commendably free of patronising or "twee": it could possibly be read aloud as an extended bedtime story or given to young children as an alternative to Harry Potter (with only very minor editing - I'm not sure how seven or eight year old children react to prostitution but the reference is vague).

In sum: I found it a bit heavy going and could wish more thought had been given to the publisher's blurb (with especial reference to the target age group): but it cost very little and was probably worth the price.
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This is definitely not the most beautifully or well written book and at times the author over writes making it all a bit too much but the concept is fantastic, she brings the characters to life beautifully and your depth of feeling for and with the main character is unsurpassed. All in all a great read and one I have already recommended to friends and family.
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