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I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If you've read my other reviews, you'll know that if it's bad, I'll say so, regardless of how I received the book.How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen
Published by Tachyon Publications on November 5, 2018
Source: Net Galley
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A major problem with fairy tales is they were written for a very different era. A time when science was barely known, and a woman’s only acceptable career choice was to be a wife. So I loved seeing Jane Yolen updated them in How to Fracture a Fairy Tale.
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is more Brothers Grimm than Disney Princess. It’s dark and gruesome, and I couldn’t recommend them to small children. Not all the stories have a moral (not all traditional fairy tales have a moral either). Some reviews claim they are all re-writes of existing fairy tales, but I can’t name all the originals. That could be more my limited fairy tale knowledge though. There’s a behind the story section at the end, what I wish was with each fairy tale.
There are 28 tales over more than 300 pages. It drags in part, but with 28 different stories it makes sense I wouldn’t love them all. It opens with Snow in Summer, a Snow White retelling of what happens to the evil witch. Personally, I loved this for the accent it was written in. I heard a Southern US accent while I read, but the next story had a totally different voice. Happy Dens was a snippet of life in a retirement home for wolves. It seems the Big Bad Wolf didn’t get boiled in the pot after all.
My favorite fairy tale was Slipping Sideways Through Eternity. I don’t know what is the original story, but it’s a Jewish girl in New York who can see a spirit. The spirit takes her back to the WWII concentration camps where she saves her grandmother.
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale wasn’t really a how to (more a here are), and it’s not a binge read, but it is a good read.
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