The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've always been a fan of familiar things retold in new and innovative ways. Whether it be a reworking of two folk songs into one new piece or a re-envisioning of Shakespeare in a different era, I love tracing the new lines back to the original.
This book did just that - combining the similar elements of several fairy tales and then creating a common link to tie everything together in a way that seems almost natural. The author would tease out each new character so you had to dig deep in your childhood memories to see if you could figure out which fairy tale would come next.
Sure, this book was written a bit melodramatically, but overall, the style helped create atmosphere and the subject material lent itself well to the style.
Very enjoyable for a fast read.
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