What more what you want from a book? I missed my stop reading this on the bus as I got so sucked into the story and wanted to know how it ended. It is a very clever book with twists and turns that interlink. It is very well written and can be enjoyed by children and adults as well. I am looking forward to more books from Carol
Wow. Beautifully written, the way the separate stories intertwine into one is just magical. Carol has such an affinity with words - the language really is simply beautiful, which is not something I can say I've noticed to myself when reading other books but I was so struck by it here I feel I have to mention it. I cannot do her enough justice in this review!
i really enjoyed each chapter of this book, even more so with the tales intertwining. i was trying to put the pieces together as i read, to solve the tale. it left me wanting more- the sign of a good book!!
Loved this book. Fairy stories in the truest sense of the word - some darker twists and no Disney whatsoever. Enjoyed the interweaving of the tales though each of them also stood alone. Would have liked more illustations during the stories.
Having worked with Carol in her role as "the Short Story Lady" on her bespoke fairy tales for children, I was expecting a collection of something similar from a full-length book. I'll also put it out there that I gave up on short story collections when I was ten, finding them disjointed and dull.
So imagine my reaction when on a freezing February morning Carol handed me her kindle to read the story so far.
Half an hour later, and despite having the tone down (child-friendly, but with just enough darkness to engage an adult reader) and images for the cover art in mind, I refused to budge from the frosty bench until I'd finished the story so far! My fingers were loosing circulation, but I /had/ to finish this book: it was quite unlike any short story collection I had read before...
Alas, at that point the story was not finished. Even now I can't possibly guess how it's going to end, with so many engaging narratives vying for a place in the forefront of my mind. I soon learned from reading the book that seemingly insignificant details, or loose-ends, have every possibility of being the key to the entire story. There's a surprising interconnectedness to the seven individual parts, and the tone of the writing is thrilling: reminiscent of an original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, bringing up that tension at the pit of my stomach that has sadly been lost from the modern fairy-story (sorry Disney). As a child, I would have loved this collection in the same way that I did DiCamillo's 'Tale of Despereaux' (the book, not the candy-coated movie).
I want to find out how this story ends not because I know the author, not because of my investment in the cover art, but because - in short - it is a GOOD BOOK (and for two pounds and a couple coppers, that's a rare thing to find).