Story’s End takes place after the events of Storybound. Una, Peter and Indy have survived the return of the Enemy Fidelus and are out to stop his evil plots. Snow and her mother have been captured by the Duessa and must find a way to escape. Duessa and Fidelus are out to rewrite Story so that only their supporters survive and everyone worships them as the King and Queen of Story. The characters must unite to fight against them and pray for the return of the true king.
This is such a fun series. I love how creative Burt was in the creation of Story with its different districts of characters (Enchanted Forest, Westerns, Internationals, etc.). I also really enjoy the tale of the muses and how they created the Tales until they were imprisoned in an enchanted sleep. Una and her band of resistance fighters are all interesting and complex characters. The ending was completely satisfying and exactly what I hoped for. I am going to keep Marissa Burt on a to-read list.
This collection of Chinese folktales made for a fun read. You can almost hear the voice of the storyteller telling the stories around a campfire or more appropriately a father or mother telling their children’s these fables and tales at bedtime that their own parent told them. The stories cover a wide range of characters from peasants to princesses and kings. There are some morality tales as well with the man character being someone who is not too bright or who is lazy or stubborn. Some of the tales are similar to the fairytales including some dragons making an appearance.
Winner of the Newbery Award Winner 1926.
Fairy Tale Comics takes several old tales and translates them into graphic format. The tales include Puss in Boots, 12 Dancing Princesses, Baba Yaga and many many more. I like the graphic format and think it works really well for fairy tales. However, I feel like some of these tales have been shortened or abridged or just plain changed. It kind of seems like that takes away some of the magic of the tales. I think the illustrations are outstanding though. They are diverse and really fit each of the tales. I wish the narrative was as good as the pictures, but this is a fun quick read and a good introduction to fairy tales.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley.com.
The protagonist Tara Martin disappeared 20 years ago. When she returns she claims she spent 6 months in Faery. Her family and boyfriend have been devastated by her disappearance and respond in various ways to her tale. I’m Not sure this really belongs in SciFi, since the focus is more on the internal psychological world than the magical aspects.
So I liked a lot of the book, but unlike many other reviewers could see the ending from a mile away (well not the epilogue part). Perhaps, it reminded me of the book “Giants of the Frost” by Kim Wilkins.
In this volume:
The battle with the Adversary heats up (literally). Bigby is tracked by Mowgli and begged to return to Snow and the kids. The kids are growing fast and trying to control their shape-shifting abilities, otherwise they’ll never be allowed to leave the farm. Finally, a compromise is reached wherein Bigby may be able to live with his family after all.
This volume does feel really short compared to previous deluxe editions, but it’s a fantastic installment just the same.
Here’s one that’s a must-read for more mature fans of fairy tales. Koertge takes well-known stories from the fairy tale cannon and turns them completely on their heads. In poetry form. Which is totally awesome. Many authors have difficulty getting their point across in 400 pages. Ron Koertge can tell a complete story in a single poem. And this book has tons of them! I loved these post-modern renditions; they feel simultaneously both truer to their original forms than many other modern adaptations and feel more contemporary than ever before. A fun, thought-provoking and fast read.
In the conclusion, the third book in this 2nd trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms, Sarah and Ruith battle their way past an astounding number of evil-doers. Sarah always retains this mousy-ness about her. Ruith thinks she’s oh so courageous, but she’s always hesitant, but insistent. I wonder if the author knew what she was going to do with all the various characters, some of the key players were introduced for the very first time in the second book of the trilogy. I much preferred the charismatic Morgan woman-warrior. Well I hope the 2nd book the the 3rd trilogy is as good as the 1st title in the 3rd trilogy, whenever it comes out.
Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses is a satirical look at fairy tales with a modern twist (and a gruesome one). Ron Koertge does a brilliant job showing the darker side of these tales. I also enjoyed the modern updates. This was a fun quick read.
In this edition: Witness Jack’s rise to fame as he moves to Hollywood to produce an epic trilogy: his own story. Mowgli makes his return to Fabletown. Boy Blue confronts the Adversary in the Homelands and proves himself to be quite the fighter. The Eastern Fables’ land is invaded and envoys are sent to Fabletown, making for a rather interesting cultural clash.
In this volume: Elections are held. King Cole is out of office and Prince Charming is the new mayor of Fabletown. Snow and Bigby briefly revel in the birth of their litter before Snow is forced to take her kids to the farm. Being banned from the farm, Bigby wanders off on his own. Beast takes Bigby’s place as the new sheriff, with Beauty taking on Snow’s former role as the mayor’s assistant. Growing pains are inevitable. It doesn’t help that Charming has made promises that are impossible to keep.
In the meantime, Boy Blue has left Fabletown with several important magical items. His journey is one of revenge against the Adversary.
Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing in the distant future. The man who paid for her surgeries and brought her back to China is long-dead and Cinder has been living with his wife, Adri, and his daughters, Pearl and Peony. Cinder, being a cyborg, has no rights as a human being and is considered (and treated as) property by Adri. Cinder’s only friends are an android named Iko and the youngest of her “stepsisters”, Peony. One day, Cinder is surprised to find Prince Kai visiting her little mechanic shop to repair one of the royal androids. Cinder does have, after all, the reputation for being one of the best mechanics in the country. Nonetheless, she is completely stupefied that the Prince would even deign talk to her. In the meantime, the city is being faced with an outbreak of a deadly plague. Even the king cannot escape its clutches. After Peony falls ill with the dreaded disease, Adri sells Cinder off to the royal lab for plague research (which no “volunteer” has yet been able to survive). When Cinder fails to contract the disease, it is realized that she may be more valuable than anyone, especially Cinder, thought possible. There are, however, a few more surprises in store for Cinder when the Lunar Queen comes down to earth to attempt a marriage treaty with Prince Kai.
Overall, I enjoyed this adaptation of Cinderella. It was not as direct an adaptation as many I’ve read, but the main characters and plot points all seem to be in place. I did find parts of the world-building either lacking or problematic, which I can only hope will be addressed in the rest of this series. It’s fast-paced and engaging, with some unusual twists. The main reveal, however, is very predictable – I had it figured out within a few chapters and spent the rest of the book testing my theories. Sometimes it’s fun to be correct; sometimes it’s a bit disappointing. In this case, it fell more on the disappointing side since it was simply too easy to guess at the biggest plot point. Still, an entertaining read with plenty to discuss thematically.
The not-so-odd tale of young Odd, and three of the Norse gods in animal form, attempting to win control of Asgard back from a frost giant. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. No matter how short the fiction, he manages to put distinctive twists and touches on the tale. Knowing this, I was surprised to read this rather straightforward mythological adventure. It’s well-told, but if I didn’t know this was Gaiman, I wouldn’t have realized it. Certainly worth a read, however.
This is the story of Liesl, Po and Will. Liesl is a young girl who has been locked in the attic by her stepmother. She wasn’t even allowed to see her father before he died. Po is a ghost from the other side who is drawn to Liesl and her drawings. Will is an alchemist’s apprentice and an orphan. He watches Liesl as she sits in her attic. Liesl, Po and Will’s paths cross due to a misunderstanding and a mixup. Suddenly they find themselves on the run as evil adults try to track them down.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a nice almost fairy tale. I love the adventure Liesl and Po and Will take; they are on a quest with a destiny to fulfill. Most of the time I think adults in these books are very one-dimensional and this book is no different, but for some reason it didn’t bother me here. Maybe it was the fairy tale quality of the story. Whatever it was I kind of liked that most of the adults were evil and bad. It is so much more enjoyable when they get whats coming to them.
Cinder’s story picks up right where we left off. She is in prison waiting to be sent to Luna and her execution, but not for long. She quickly escapes with another prisoner, steals a ship and takes off. She is determined to learn more about herself and her connection to Luna, which leads her to Scarlet. Cinderella has been joined by Little Red Riding Hood (wearing a red hoody of course). Scarlet lives on a farm in France with her grand-mere. Grand-mere has been kidnapped and Scarlet is determined to get her back. She meets Wolf who claims to help her, but truly knows more than he is letting on.
I love this series. It is becoming one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Meyer does a fantastic job combining the fairy tales with her futuristic society. I love that we learn more about Luna in this book and what they are planning for Earth. Meyer has truly created a fascinating cast of characters and a story that draws the reader in.
The two volumes of this book are a fascinating and highly enjoyable read for anyone interested in the interactions between various pulp, mystery, adventure, and science fiction characters with real people throughout history. The premise of this book is inspired by SF writer Philip José Farmer’s “Wold Newton” concept which he developed in the 1970s: a “radioactive” meteorite crashed near Wold Newton, England in 1795 and affected several carriages full of people who were passing by. Their descendants became highly intelligent and powerful heroes (or villains) such as Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Dr. Fu Manchu, Doc Savage, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan), and many more. Farmer wrote popular and detailed biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage in which he detailed the family trees of many “Wold Newton Family” characters. Over time, the concept has been expanded and continued by others into the Crossover Universe. Win Scott Eckert has done a fantastic job of compiling references to literary heroes who have met each other (or “crossed over”) and had adventures together, and thus co-exist in the same fictional universe. Volume 1 covers the dawn of time up through 1939, and Volume 2 covers 1940 into the far future. Reading these two books is a fun and highly addictive experience!
Una is a lonely orphan who doesn’t fit in at her school. One day while she is hiding in the library she picks up a book and starts to read. Suddenly she is part of the story. She has been “written in” to the land of Story. Story is a land of characters and tales. Everyone there learns how to be part of the tales, but things are not as wonderful as you might think. A long time ago there was a terrible war. The muses, who controlled the tales, killed hundreds of characters in fierce battles. They were bound to their books and haven’t been seen or heard from again. But is that what really happened? There are characters that don’t believe, characters who want to read the old forbidden tales, characters who want to overthrow the Tale Masters. Una, with the help of her friends Peter and Sam (the cat), must find out what is really going on and who wrote her in.
This is a fun creative book. I will definitely have to read the next one since this book doesn’t really tie up all the loose ends. I like this world of characters and muses and villains; however, I have to admit that at times the book was a little slow for me. I wanted more action and resolution. The end does leave you wanting more and eager to read the next installment.