When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn’t stay long enough to wash her. (Kindle loc. 221) My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways. (loc. 37) Holy cats, you guys. This book and my reaction to it are probably going to fall down around my ears like a pack of playing cards or a straw house, but for the moment I am in love.
I was the kid that had the Complete Collection of Grimm’s Tales and The Illustrated Hans Christian Andersen and got really annoyed when Disney didn’t get them right. Cinderella’s sisters are supposed to mutilate their feet to try to get the shoe to fit! The witch needs to kill Snow White THREE TIMES! The Little Mermaid is supposed to die, dammit! That’s the only way the story really makes sense! Basically, I was that kid who wanted her stories dark and gorey. I have a feeling Tales […]
So, we have Alice and her mother Ella living a fairly transient lifestyle. They seem to constantly run in to bad luck. Things catch fire, or strange things happen, and Alice even gets kidnapped once. Ella’s mother, Althea, is an author of a book, Tales from the Hinterland. It’s a book of dark fairy tales that is no longer published, but has a fanatical cult following. It’s also a book that Alice has never read, despite her efforts to find a copy. One day they […]