Finity for the title story and why t resonated so much with me As a boy I can remember numerous times when my brother and I were left alone n a parked car while our father was away visiting
A NEW HOUSE IN SOME NEW NEIGHBORHOOD ALWAYS CYCLING new house n some new neighborhood always cycling around by the end of the week however and then coming out hours later and simply leaving No explanation was ever given as to why we were there or what he was doing there or why we weren t allowed n with him although we speculated wildly at times as to the reason for our visits much like Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them n the car alone for hours while he spends his days The Seventh Day in a bar Years latert was revealed he was simply going door to door trying to get pain medication to feed his addiction an addiction he still struggles with today It s a wonder we survived our childhood at all now that I reflect on tAccording to the most reductive notion of how archetypes work the stories n The Witch are what fairy tales are really about they convert the tales figurative fancies The Devils Jug, the Crying Tree Me into literal fact Candys really a warning of the perils that adult male sexuality poses for young girls The Curse asserts the Ramesses impossibility of protecting our children from the world s dangersThe psychologist Bruno Bettelheimn his 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales argued that the recurring motifs of the form particularly the wicked stepmother offer children a symbolic language with which to understand the confusing and sometimes frighteningly mercurial world of adult behavior Although Mother The Irish Warrior is most often the all giving protector she can changento the cruel stepmother Baby, Im Back! (Return to Redemption, if shes so evil as to deny the youngster something he wants In the fairy tale world the dramas of the psyche are externalized and the contrasting sides of a single person become literally two different entities loving Grandma and the predatory wolf dressed n her clothesThe moralizing strain n the Victorian era however altered a lot of these classical fairy tales Which ended up weakening their usefulness for both children and adults as ways of symbolically resolving The Draining Lake (Inspector Erlendur issuesIn a uote from his childrens novella Coraline Neil Gaiman said that Fairy tales are than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten People children especially need to know that no ones coming to save them not their fathers not the police and certainly not their gods and stories like these show them that the worst really Mers is possible It also shows them that occasionally the world can be made better butt s up to them to make A Heros Welcome it happen 255 STARSA collection withntrigue but holds a title that Finding Normal ists ultimate downfallJean Thompson Die Germanen 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 delvento the darkness of human nature The author s note The Broken Sword is anmportant key to really enjoying this work It Haunted Houses is an enlightening explanation of whyt Charles Dickens is written the wayt s Although fasted paced t lacks some of the magic that makes t 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 n 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 Cravings it clear The rest were a mystery to me Granted I m a little shabbyn my fairy tale knowledge I felt excluded not knowing embarrassed almost Thompson The Wedding Date is a part of a deeper fairy tale club that I wasn tnvited to It created a rift between the knowledge a deeper fairy tale club that I wasn t Swan Song invited to It created a rift between the knowledge the reader and that of the writer Keepn mind also that there absolutely no magical elements Learn Better 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 givent the oomph Harbor Me it needed a twist to maket a bit alluringThe stories were very El Señor del Carnaval (Jan Fabel, immersive andnteresting but I honestly feel like the blurb Processing Pain in Play is very misleading It s not necessarily the author s fault but I found thatt did take away most of my enjoyment as a whole This collection Master Math is mainly character focused If that appeals to you then definitely give this collection a try Ift s the fantasy element you re searching for The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever it s best to look elsewhere. En try to find their way home adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horrorn the present and true love or Patton on Leadership ist enchantment conuers all The Witch and Other Tales Re Told La Impostura Perversa is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection showcasing thenimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowe. This book s composed of eight short stories which were The Riven Shield (The Sun Sword, inspired by fairy tales Some of the stories I was able to recognize the fairy tale and others I m still not sure about I was very excited to read this since I love fairytale retellings and I thought thatt would be an easy read since Once More With Feeling it was split upnto short stories However I never really fell Orange World and Other Stories in love with any of these storiesI thought that the stories were very well written and were original I could tell the author truly enjoyed fairy tales and tried to stay true to the dark and eeriness of the original tales but also gave them a modern twist All of the tales are setn modern day settings which made them relatable which made t fun My favorite
#story was actually #was actually last one of the book called Prince It s about a girl whole was actually the last one of the book called Prince It s about a girl whole mentally ll who meets a dog and they uickly become friends the dog even talks to her I liked this one the best because I felt t was the most happy of the stories It gave the book some closure and left t on a positive noteHowever for the most part I didn t enjoy this book It was too dark and brutally honest for me I know that may seem like a stupid reason not to like a book but Linnys Sweet Dream List it left men a bad mood every time I put Envy (Empty Coffin, it down I understand that these were meant to be dark on purpose but sometimest just crossed a personal line of what I feel comfortable reading such as rape I also felt like some of the stories 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 ending just added to vaguenessOverall while I didn t enjoy these stories myself I did think Carnal Captive (Carnal Incorporated it was fun trying to figure out which fairy tale was which And I think that there are people who will enjoy this bookt was very well written and already has some positive reviews on Goodreads I just feel like this book was not for me personally and Bad Boys On Board (Watson Brothers, it s not for those who are sensitive to dark depressing tales I gavet 2 out out 5 stars because while I didn t enjoy t t was very well written and was a creative take on the talesIf you liked this check out my blog for book reviews 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 Tied Up in all still a great book of shorts 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 retellt differently Maybe this was my problem with The Witch Other Tales Re Told Having my mind set on fairytale retellings I was expected to see some sort of resemblance but after I finished yet another disappointing story I wanted to break my Kindle How many stories you say I heard there were eight I barely finished the first three Yup I physically could not make myself read any After every ending all my face said was wtfHope this helps to some people I m still trying to figure out what Candy was based on and what was the point o 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 Picture This (Marsden in writing I had to check thatt 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 I am a complete and total sucker for a re told fairy tale so t s probably not surprising that I enjoyed this collection Even without the fairy tale connection the stories stand on their own I would usually start a story asking myself what t was based on then get so The Unsuitable Secretary (Ladies Unlaced, immersedn the writing that I forgot to wonder about Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, it until the end This review and others posted over at my blog I m just 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 andt means a person s female lover This Moving is Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery, is a Cinderella story where the prince has a mental disorderdisability and Cinderellas 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 Going Home (Nugget, if I can sumt up A son s though. Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children The lurking wolf n Little Red Riding Hood the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel the beauty asleep n her castle these fables represent some of our deepest most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil preferably n the most. ,
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Ts 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 s how set Beloved (Salvation, in realityt Chow Down (Melanie Travis, is It s a curse you can certainly understand someone making What goes around may come around to than just 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 enjoyedtPrince This story was unexpectedly touching and the last few lines punched me right n the feels Not going to lie I totally cried A great end To The Story A Touch the story a touch 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 just what I needed when I was n a slumpI highly recommend this Terror of the Mountain Man (Mountain Man, if you re looking for A contemporary shorts collection with just a touch of magic Some female driven fiction Stories that will creep you out make you mad and maybe even make you cry SPOILERS22 Thiss a book of short stories fairy tales retold All About Men into realistic the first one was at least stories of modern life As each storys ndividual I will review them ndividuallyThe first story was The Witch and Final Fondue (A Five-Ingredient Mystery it was a retelling of Hansel and Gretel with the witch played by an old woman who takesn foster kids The children are Jo and Kerry whose father neglects them daily by leaving them Ms. Holmes of Baker Street in the car alone for hours while he spends his daysn 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 Tough Girls Dont Dance intelligent way of telling the Hansel and Gretel story with a realistic spin ont This kind of thing happens all the time Love Are You Listening if you believe what SVU tells you children removed from their family home because the parents are deemed to be unfit they re placedn 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 s 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 timeso often he will suddenly lose time find himself n 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 Sisterhood of the Dove inordinately happy for reasons he can t remember To be continuedThe third story was Candy and I believet was Red Riding Hood It didn t really bear that much similarity to the original tale except that Hawkes Target (A Sonny Hawke Thriller Book 3) 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 asnnocent Red Riding Hood but by the time Avenger (The Last Gunfighter, it was finished she had become the wolf Annteresting take on the story To be continuedThe fourth story was Faith and was The Pied Piper I didn t like Murder at Royale Court (Cleo Mack it nearly as much the previous three because of the strong religious overtones The story revolved around a priest and the church he wasn charge of and his misgivings relating to a 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 Preachers Fortune / Honor of the Mountain Man (The First Mountain Man, imaginedt would The children weren t killed by An My Favorite Countess (The Stanton Family, imaginative and entertaining re telling of fairy tales giving them a modern day setting while staying true to the outline of the taletself A few I did not recognize but the first s a re telling of Hansel and Greta using a sited and brother Broken Places in foster care Interesting and differentARC from NetGalley Fairy tales carry us back to a primordial kind of attention the attention we gave the world when everything was for the first time We accept therrational elements of fairy tales and Awaken, My Love its enchantmentsn the same way we acknowledge that parts of our minds are unconscious unknown and unknowable to us and yet very much there extant real true significantIn a 2012 lecture Jack Zipes said that fairy tales are examples of what he calls childism He suggests that there are terrible aspects to the tales which among other things have conditioned children to accept mistreatment and even abuse Which may help explain my af. Gruesome way possible In this captivating new collection critically acclaimed author Jean Thompson takes the classic fairy tale and brings To Love, Honor, and Kill itnto the modern age with stories that capture the magic and horror The Lairds Vow (Sons of Scotland, in everyday life The downtrodden prevail appearances deceive and humility and virtue triumphn The Witch as lost childr.