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Kingfisher ➬ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk From author T Kingfisher comes a collection of fairy tale retellings for adults By turns funny and dark sad and lyrical this anthology draws together in one volume such stories as TheFrom author T Kingfisher comes And Other PDFEPUB #234 a collection of fairy tale retellings Toad Words Kindle for adults By turns funny and da 45 stars for this fine collection of folk and fairy tale based fantasy short stories by Ursula Vernon T Kingfisher Reorganizing this review to fix the mess the GR librarians made when they incorrectly merged some of my reviews here Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureT Kingfisher is the name used by author Ursula Vernon for her adult fiction although some of her T Kingfisher works fall into the young adult category like The Seventh Bride and some of her Ursula Vernon works are adult works like her wonderful Nebula award winning short story Jackalope Wives Regardless of the name she uses I’ve been searching out her fiction ever since reading “Jackalope Wives” T Kingfisher writes lovely fairy tale retellings and other folk and fairy tale flavored fantasies usually with a twist sometimes dark and disturbing always thoughtfulIn Toad Words and Other Stories T Kingfisher has collected many of her folk and fairy tale based short stories This collection includes eight stories based off of old tales such as “Toads and Diamonds” “The Little Mermaid” “Peter Pan” and others including one that was entirely new to me the “Loathly Lady” Three short original poems also fairy tale themed are included in this collectionThe title story “Toad Words” is a very brief tale in which the sister who was cursed to have amphibians fall from her lips every time she speaks the result of speaking rudely to a fairy tells how she unexpectedly discovered some hidden benefits of her curse“You’ll grow into it” the fairy godmother said “Some curses have cloth of gold linings” She considered this and her finger drifted to her lower lip the way it did when she was forgetting things “Mind you some curses just grind you down and leave you broken Some blessings do that too though”“Toad Words” is a short but impactful tale that will particularly resonate with readers who are concerned about endangered species“The Wolf and the Woodsman” is a twisted version of “Little Red Riding Hood” where a girl named Turtle ― who actually doesn’t wear a hood of any color let alone red “that was added later because it alliterated” ― helps her grandmother and a kindly wolf take care of a problem with an overly familiar woodsman Though the story veers away from the classic tale there are several humorous callbacks to some of the time honored lines in the original“Bluebeard’s Wife” This story is another very different take on the Bluebeard folk tale from the point of view of Bluebeard’s wife In this version Althea the wife has two prying sisters who have annoyed and badgered her all her life As a result Althea has a deep sympathy towards her husband’s demand for the one room at the top of the tower in their manor to remain private So when he entrusts her with the key to the room she informs him she really has no interest in peeking in his room and drops the key in an urn and just leaves it thereUrsula Vernon aka T Kingfisher commented on her blog where she originally published this story “I am honestly rather sympathetic to Althea here because I would be the woman on camera going ‘No I had no idea he was a serial killer’ that nobody believes You get used to things you don’t have a suspicious mind andwell Knowing someone has done horribly evil things doesn’t neatly replace all your knowledge of living with someone does it What are you supposed to feel and what do you really wind up feeling instead”The twist here is an intriguing one as Kingfisher explores the ramifications of Bluebeard’s wife having this type of personality but otherwise this version of the tale is very uick and one note Kingfisher’s later retelling of Bluebeard her YA novel The Seventh Bride is much imaginative and memorable Free online on T Kingfisher's website “Loathly” is based on the medieval “Loathly Lady” stories which now have fallen into obscurity but are based on the motif of a woman who is enchanted to appear physically repulsive and is transformed into a beauty when a man desires her in spite of initial ugliness In this story Kingfisher takes a very dark and adult view of the woman’s enchantment which forces her to make untenable demands of traveling knights and kill them when they refuse to comply and of the way that various knights react to the situation as well as the woman herself It is a grim and rather gruesome tale but also a poignant one“The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight” is another brief amusing twist on the classic tale Ursula the sea witch explains that she really didn’t want the mermaid’s voice for herself but took it to protect the secret of their underwater societyNo I took her voice for two simple reasons ― she was a twit and she was in love I took one look at her and knew that she’d spill everything she knew in that pretty human boy’s ear and then where would we beSo Ursula gives the mermaid’s voice to an albatross who has ambitions of being an opera star It’s not her fault that the prince isn’t really interested in an odd mute girl who’s rather ditzy however beautiful“Never” is another very dark story based on the Peter Pan tale The Lost Boys and the occasional girl stolen by Pan to live with him in Neverland actually lead a wretched existence There are reasons no one ever gets old in Neverland It’s a disturbing and melancholy tale with a few haunting revelations and one of the most memorable stories in this collection“Night” is a one page vignette about the cast members who put on the eternal show of starry nights eon after eon for very slowly evolving life forms It’s an imaginative and humorous tale so brief that it’s not particularly notable but it makes a nice amuse bouche preceding the final tale in this collection Boar Apples my favorite in this collection is a novella length retelling of “Snow White” in which Snow hangs out with seven talking boars and feral pigs rather than dwarves I loved that twist along with a few others in this novella Snow is a very pale generally biddable girl with a stubborn streak Her mother the ueen is a cruel woman with no love at all for others including her own childThe ueen’s witchblood came from an ancestor many years removed who had loved a troll and been loved in return with little thought for the conseuences The ueen’s blood ran hot and cold and when she had found the mirror she had no thought but to use it The demon did not have to seduce her with words or visions; she came essentially pre seduced This offended the demon’s notion of its own craftsmanship but it did save timeWhen the neglected Snow turns seventeen the demon in the mirror tells the now aging ueen that Snow is fairer than her ― mostly just to stir up trouble The ueen orders the huntsman to kill Snow; he takes her far from the castle where they run into a group of wild hogs that are interested in having a human stay with them and help them with their needs preparing meals and helping them sell the truffles they gather The hogs have distinct and often amusing personalities And Snow slowly comes to “the end of what being uiet and biddable could do for her” which is a very good thing once the ueen is finally told the truth by the gleeful mirrorI love Kingfisher’s voice in these tales ― they’re filled with dry humor and whimsical details that make reading them a delight and they’re often uite insightful about human nature and life If you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings this collection shouldn’t be missed especially since it’s only 399 for the ebook Several of the short stories in this collection are available to read free online; Kingfisher generously lists her online short fiction here on her website including that aren’t included in this Toad Words and Other Stories collection I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for a review Thank you

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Bluebeard's Wife along with an all new novella Boar ApplesAuthor's Note Many of these stories have appeared in various forms on the author's blo It's really difficult for me to review short story anthologies because I am TERRIBLE at stopping and letting one story rest and germinate a review in my head before I start the next one It's like did you know that many books have CHAPTER BREAKS where average mortals STOP READING AND GO TO SLEEP That is also not my strongest conceptSo instead the stories all end up happening in the same world for me even when they obviously aren't Oops But happily because this book had a folk tale theme at least it worked out ok for me Maybe I'll do it like a middle school awards assemblyCreepiest goes to The Wolf and the Woodsman for a really excellent and bone chilling depiction of stalkingNever gets the award for Most Heartbreaking because there's no way out Boar and Apples wins for Most Satisfying It has everything I didn't know I wanted including a charming pun as a central premiseBluebeard's Wife gets Most Wistful for depictions of just wanting a little respect and privacyLoathly was in the running for Most Wistful but will have to settle for Most Misandrist In a good way Magic is terrible kidsAs for the poetry I think that poetry is arrows shot at a smaller mark than prose but I really enjoyed Bait for the way it reuired reading through and then listening to Poetry man It's wicked hardVernon's writing style is wry and detached and observational It keeps a lot of things from becoming overly sentimental And once in a while she hits a turn of phrase that makes me wish people could do what she does He had apparently been a very evil man but not actually a bad oneAnd sometimes it's so funny and true that you can't help but sort of huff out a laughI wish I could do salamanders I would read Clive Barker novels aloud and seed the streams with efts and hellbenders I would fly to Mexico and read love poems in another language to restore the axolotl Alas it’s frogs and toads and nothing We make do Clive Barker WOULD produce salamanders Then I had to think about what amphibians other writers would produce Imagine the sad little mudskippers you'd get from reading Clive Cussler insteadThe seamstress had always had a great desire to sew something with puffed sleeves and the fact that Snow stared at them with great astonishment and mild indignation did nothing to diminish her moment of glory AHAHAHAHA PUFFED SLEEVESRead if You too grew up on retold fairy tales and Anne of Green Gables And if you like people who keep their authorial wits about them instead of getting carried awaySkip if You are a nice earnest person who will not appreciate realizing that this whole beautiful story was probably born as a late night punAlso read Seas of Venus for a MASTERFUL construction of an entire novella leading to a TERRIBLE pun And um The Girls of the Kingfisher Club for another narrator not afraid to let you know she's thereOh And Jane Yolen's Sleeping Ugly You should certainly read that too Yup

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Toad Words And Other StoriesRk sad and lyrical this anthology Words And Other eBook #184 draws together in one volume such stories as The Wolf and the Woodsman Loathly and I glommed an absurd amount of T Kingfisher on my holidays basically consuming her entire adult backlist and I regret nothing except that there aren't This is a delightful collection of stories as imaginative and elegantly written and readable as one would expect from this author I find her combination of humour sharp insight and kind heartedness incredibly soothing to my soul