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RHODES,  DAN
Little Hands Clapping

Taking its title from Browning’s famous poem about the Pied Piper, Rhodes weaves a collection of stories steeped in the tradition of European folklore, but with a dark and contemporary edge reminiscent of Tim Burton. Myths of beauty draw together around a macabre museum of suicides, and a survivor of the Hamelin tragedy.

indexed under: Pied Piper
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RUSHFORTH,  PETER
Kindergarten

This novel uses fairy tale imagery and mythology to evoke the horrors of the holocaust – think Hansel and Gretel about to be burned alive and eaten by the witch. I had only heard good things about this book in advance, but was quite disappointed: the characters were hollow, the prose turgid (and sometimes sloppy), and the metaphors were so laboured they lost any power.  It also felt quite dated.

indexed under: Hansel and Gretel
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RUSSELL,  CRAIG
Brother Grimm

A psychological crime thriller, exploring the motives for a serial killer’s fairy tale-inspired killing spree.  Also includes a novel-within-a-novel about the murderous interests of one of the Brothers Grimm.

indexed under: multiple stories, Hansel & Gretel
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