Book review(s): Poison, Charm, and Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Fairytales are for children, right? Wrong, if you go by Sarah Pinborough’s retellings of Snow White (Poison), Cinderella (Charm) and Sleeping Beauty (Beauty). I’m assuming I don’t have to recount the basic plot points of any of those three stories, and I can’t really expand on how Pinborough changes them, and adds to them with…

Book review: Grimm Tales for Young and Old told by Philip Pullman

We all know the stories of Cinderella and Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, but how many of us have read the original versions of them? Or at least, the versions recorded by the Brothers Grimm in one of their editions of Children’s and Household Tales? I confess I haven’t, so it was with very little knowledge of…

Reading challenge book 17: Beauty by Robin McKinley

Book 17 in my challenge to read one book (I haven’t read before) a fortnight in 2012 is Beauty by Robin McKinley. I’ve been on a bit of a fairytale kick recently, and this is one of a number of retellings of fairytales I’ve read. As you might have guessed from the name, Beauty is…