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PARKIN, CASSANDRA
New World Fairy Tales

A series of stories presented as the result of interviews with the protagonists, mirroring the method of collecting tales preferred by the Brothers Grimm.  I enjoyed the re-interpretation of tales in a modern setting, although some felt a little stretched.  It was a relief to read literary stories rather than romantic fluff as per many re-told tales, although I wasn’t quite convinced that the interview style really worked in this context, as the author clearly wanted to write literary prose which tended to jar somewhat with the voices of her characters.  I wish she had not chosen to adopt an American backdrop to her tales (although I realise that Louisiana voodoo and New York skyscrapers were necessary ingredients to the stories), as the carefully built vernacular voice fell flat for me.  Maybe this is why I failed to be especially moved by these stories, despite really wanting to feel their magic.

indexed under: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, multiple tales, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Three Little Pigs
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PASULKA,  BRIGID
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

indexed under: Baba Yaga
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PEARCE,  JACKSON
Sisters Red

A young adult novel.

indexed under: Red Riding Hood
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PEARCE, JACKSON
Sweetly

A young adult novel, due for release 2011.

indexed under: Hansel and Gretel
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PRATCHETT, TERRY
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Led by the Amazing Maurice, a cat who can mysteriously talk) the educated rodents of the title invade Discworld’s townships to con them out of money. Also in on the scam is Keith (a stupid-looking human) who pipes the rats away from the towns in return for cold hard cash. Although written for a young adult market, this shorter novel is actually darker than much of Pratchett’s other work, although of course it retains his trademark sense of humour.

indexed under: Pied Piper
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PRATCHETT, TERRY
Witches Abroad

One of Pratchett’s three witches has unexpectedly found herself in ownership of a magic wand, and she soon finds herself in the middle of a story that nobody can fail to recognise – a story intent on reaching its expected conclusion regardless of attempts to intervene.

indexed under: Baba Yaga, Cinderella, multiple tales, Sleeping Beauty
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PULLMAN, PHILIP
I Was a Rat!

A children’s story about one of Cinderella’s pages who does not return to rat-form after midnight, and how he copes with life as a boy.  See Coachman Rat by David Henry Wilson for an adult novel beginning with a similar basic premise but darker themes.

indexed under: Cinderella
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