Sunday, 18 November 2012

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version
This book is a collection of fifty fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm retold by Philip Pullman. It explores everything from the infamous Cinderella to lesser known tales such as Thousandfurs and The Girl with No Hands.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I found the slight adjustments made by Pullman in the tales were very well done, and really enjoyed the notes at the end of the stories that told you why he had changed this or that, and gave you an insight into different interpretations of that particular story.

I was also introduced to many amazing fairy tales that I have never before come across and probably never would have if they hadn't been included in this collection. Amongst some of my favourites were One Eye, Two Eyes and Three Eyes and The Singing, Springing Lark.

 Overall, I very much enjoyed every page of this book, and would highly recommend that you pick it up if you enjoy fairy tales. Remember, you're never too old for a dose of fairy godmothers or three wishes.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful novel!

Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley

This book revolves around our main character Edgar who is on a visit to his Uncle Montague's house. On every visit, Uncle Montague shares with Edgar some of his many tales of terror. However, Edgar has noticed that all of these tales stem from particular objects...objects that are all in his Uncle's house...

This book is a collection of short scary stories interwoven within a bigger, creepier story. The writing is just descriptive enough to really send tingles down your spine, and the plot moves very swiftly from one spooky story to the next, making it all the more fun and entertaining to read.

I really liked Edgar as a main character; he acted much the same as I would have done in the situation, and I liked how he was always curious to find out more. At times I was really creeped out by Uncle Montague, but I suppose that is allowed, seem as it is a scary story collection!

At first I thought the stories in this book weren't going to be too scary, but as I delved deeper into the novel, I found myself being even more scared. I don't get scared easily by books, but this one definitely did it for me; the stark reality of some of the stories was enough to creep anyone out!

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and recommend you pick it up. 5/5 stars!