Monthly Archives: August 2011

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

DATE FINISHED: August 19th, 2011

RATED: ***

SYNOPSIS:  A schoolgirl with a high IQ and a mother in deep depression, befriends a homeless girl for a school project, but soon finds she is out of her depth.

THOUGHTS:  I think if I had read this book as a teenager I would have loved it.   Read more of this post

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Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

DATE FINISHED: July, 2011

RATED: ***

SYNOPSIS:  Have you ever considered the logistical flaws of the average fairy tale? Vivian Vande Velde has, in depth. This collection of stories presents alternative versions of Little Red Riding Hood,from various perspectives…

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The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber

DATE FINISHED: June, 2011

RATED: ***

SYNOPSIS:  Primarily the story of Lump, a boy raised by a witch & treated cruelly by humans , whose destiny is to fulfill the Rumpelstiltskin tale.  This is fiction aimed at children, probably aged around 9 upwards.

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Echoes by Laura Dockrill

DATE FINISHED: May, 2011

RATED: ***

SYNOPSIS:  Acollection of tales by performance poet Laura Dockrill, combining supernatural stories with contemporary versions of traditional fairy tales as well as some entirely original stories (with varying degrees of success).

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Brother Grimm by Craig Russell

DATE FINISHED: May, 2011

RATED: **

SYNOPSIS:  A thriller/murder mystery set in Germany, about a serial killer who poses his victims in tableaux from Grimm’s fairy tales, e.g. Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel etc

THOUGHTS: Read more of this post

Summer catch-up

I anticipated a summer of reading, but in fact have read very little at all, recently, due to other projects with claims on my time.  I did not keep notes of what/when I read at the time and thus the 4 posts which will follow (appear above) are written retrospectively. I have a newly revised to-read list, though, and regularly scheduled programming will soon resume…

One of my choices for summer reading this year was The Missing by Tim Gautreaux which I found disappointingly slow and not especially well-written.  It is currently languishing in part-read state and may at some point be completed & honoured with a review, but equally possibly not.

Although I have not been dedicated to this blog in recent months, I have updated the appearance/header etc, and also added a new issue of the neverendings e-zine (see top of left-hand side bar).