Other stories

Postby Nightrider » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:35 pm

The Silken People by Joanne Harris.

This short, but rich in texture tale is ideally suited for a book like this. It's written in the classic, old style fable format set in the world
where magic lives just beyond the darkness of the woods. Where nature is a doorway to supernatural and what could happen if one is fortunate (or cursed) to stumble onto one of the creatures that inhabit that mysterious realm.
Like all good Fairy tales "The Silken People" is a cautionary story that starts with a warning and ends with gruesome and enigmatic outcome. Fun read. Imagery was reminiscent of Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006)....but in a good way. 8-)

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Re: Other stories

Postby Nightrider » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:55 pm

The Ash-Boy by Christopher Fowler

This grisly and rather depressing take on Cinderella must be read to fully experience the story's demented heart. Impailings, incinerations, dismemberments, disease and gender bending...all these things coexist comfortably within the pages of The Ash-Boy. In addition there's omnipresent sense of sadness and misery that's abundant in just about every paragraph. Imagine a tale penned by Hans Christian Andersen as he was sitting inside a slaughterhouse, watching an orphanage across the street burn to a smoldering heap of lifeless rubble...That's the sensation I get after reading The Ash-Boy.
Read it. Soon. :shock: 8-)

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