‘Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…..’

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, in the land of make believe, a young man called Nathan set off to make his fortune.  Toting his spotted hanky he set off down a long windy road to see what adventures he could find.  He played his flute as he walked and his music enchanted other people who travelled alongside him recounting stories of their own.  Anyway, This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn, Nathan is taking us tough travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic for discussion is:


Fairy tales are real in fantasy land.  They may seem like stories told to kids, but in fantasyland they are very, very real.

Okay, I’m not sure if I’m on the right lines for this one but here goes:

  1. Beauty by Robin McKinley – A retelling of Beauty and the Beast
  2. Poison, Beauty and Charm by Sarah Pinborough.  These are three excellent books.  Each one contains a number of different, well known, fairy stories and mashes them up into a wicked and darker version of the original story.
  3. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marilier – this isn’t a retelling or reimagined fairystorY (well I’m not sure if it is or not) but it’s a fantastic read and I really can’t recommend it enough.
  4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente.  Whimsical and Wyverns.
  5. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

And, they all lived happily ever after.

The End

11 Responses to “‘Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you…..’”

  1. jessicabookworm

    I didn’t think of fairy tale retellings. I quite literally went for fairy tales told inside fantasy books. I always seem to take this topics a little too literally 🙂

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Having just finished Pinborough’s excellent “Murder” I will certainly try the trilogy you mentioned: she does “wicked and dark” in a great way, indeed…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really love her fairytale retellings. They’re so good.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Sharry

    Ah, Dreamer’s Pool! I wasn’t aware it was based on a fairytale but I am just so much more excited to read it, now!

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Dreamer’s Pool was the first one I thought of!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It did seem to fit this week’s theme! Although as usual I had self doubts about whether the theme really meant something more!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Sharry

    Beauty is certainly a classic. I forgot to add that one to my list 🙂 Also, the Sleeper and the Spindle…I haven’t read this one yet! Must put it on my tbr list straight away!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do like Neil Gaiman, The Sleeper and the Spindle isn’t my absolute favourite of his but if you enjoy fairytale retellings it was good.
      Lynn 😀

  6. mervih

    Pinborough’s books sound very interesting and I also enjoyed “Beauty”. Those Valente’s books are in my TBR.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I actually really like Sarah Pinborough and highly recommend her books. She’s one of those authors who refuses to be pigeonholed. And she is quite wicked.
      Lynn 😀

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