My lurgy-addled brain (which told me it was a good idea to do the 45 min walk to the shops this morning with only two coffees and a Haigh’s marshmallow square in my belly), has just meandered through this review from Beyond Fiction. It’s a very nice review indeed. Thanks to Mr Reviewer, Simon Marshall-Jones. And thanks to Mark Deniz who pointed it out. 🙂
Angela Slatter writes fairy-tales for adults, but not just any fairy-tales. They are not just ribald retellings, or tales which have been subverted merely for the sake of it. No, Ms Slatter delves much deeper than that, pile-driving her way to the core of the traditional fairy-tale, the type that we know so well courtesy of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. As Jack Dann notes in his introduction (Caressing with Razors), many of these ‘traditional’ tales were themselves subverted to fit a patriarchal agenda, to shape the gender roles so beloved of the society prevailing at the time. Times have changed, but more often than not those traditional tales haven’t, and they are retold countless times preserving the original intent of the ‘retellers’.
Ze rest lives here.