House Spirits to Keep You Company
 

House Spirits to Keep You Company

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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
 

The Great Hunt

Classic SFF Review

 
A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A. M. Justice – Cover Reveal and Excerpt
 

A Wizard’s Sacrifice

Cover Reveal & Excerpt

 

Browsing all articles tagged with fairy tales.

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
5

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell: a partnership fated to succeed from the start. Gaiman’s modest, restless prose teamed with the trademark art of Riddell results in a frank and glorious narrative that blends elements of well-known fairy tales to create a haunting new story. Refreshingly, no names are mentioned, but it’s clear that Gaiman’s protagonist […]

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The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds by Neil Gaiman
5

This is a review of the book and the performance which took place on 6th July 2014 in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. When I was a little girl I loved dark stories – like fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers or ghost stories for example. Either read in the darkness of my bedroom with […]

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Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord

Redemption In Indigo by Karen Lord
4.5

There’s a small, but flourishing, group of Caribbean writers of African descent working in SFF at the moment, and I’m starting to read their work and, so far, finding it excellent. The language of this book of Karen Lord’s, for instance, is highly competent, more so than in all but a few books I’ve read (like me, […]

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Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome edited by Stephen Jones

Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome edited by Stephen Jones
5

Reading fairy tales can be more thrilling than visiting haunted houses and dungeon attractions. So how scary are fairy tales? Fairy tales and legends had a very long oral history before they began appearing in print. Although all countries have their own tales and legends, reflecting their beliefs and character, many of them have a […]

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Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
5

Beauty is the retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale; all the elements are here, the impenetrable forest, the cursed princess and the handsome prince. This final story in Sarah Pinborough’s trilogy of fairy tale retellings closes the circle started in Poison, but whilst being the last book released, chronologically Beauty is the first story […]

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A Twist in the Fairy Tale

A Twist in the Fairy Tale 

I love fairy stories and folklore. I love the adventure and romance alongside the capacity for great darkness, the strange rules that don’t always quite make sense, the sense of an old magic that has existed since the beginning of the world, the ways in which the stories adapt and change, and the odd way […]

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My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the family-favourite animated movie, My Neighbour Totoro, Viz Media published the story in novel format, as well as featuring a new edition of the previous picture book. Released in 1988, My Neighbour Totoro was the third movie of Studio Ghibli, producers of other highly successful and beloved titles like […]

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
5

‘No doubt we shall have to sit there all bloody evening listening to some awful drivel about fairies.’ – William Heaney Thousands of people go missing every year in the world. Some of them might never come back, but those that do, after a long or short period of time, have different stories to tell […]

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The Enduring Power of the Fairy Tale

The Enduring Power of the Fairy Tale 

Over the last two weeks, my kids and I have begun watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix. What is it about the classic fairy tales that have kept the collective conscious enthralled for centuries? I ask that question a bit facetiously. There is no denying the simple power behind The Brothers Grimm and their […]

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Charm by Sarah Pinborough

Charm by Sarah Pinborough
5

This review contains spoilers. If you have yet to read Poison, read this review with caution. How do you follow the re-imaging of Snow White, why with the re-imaging of Cinderella. Both have a similar core story, wicked stepmother, distant father, girl dreaming of something better. All the elements are there, but as with Poison, […]

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
4.25

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fairy tale about a boy who stumbles into a mystical world interwoven with his own. There are villains and heroes yet no one character in the cast of six is decidedly good or evil. The characters are described with emotions and desires that – in […]

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Poison by Sarah Pinborough

Poison by Sarah Pinborough
5

Snow White lives the idyllic life of a fairytale princess, she has the love of her father and of the people, she has the loyalty of the dwarves who toil all daylong under the mountains. But her stepmother – the Queen – is not happy with the way Snow White lives her life and feels […]

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