Once upon a time, and a far away land....
This is a 261 page fairy tale of sorts, except that it's more developed, and instead of being just one of the main fairy tales, it encompasses elements of several of them. There's wicked stepmother, several princes, Rumplestiltskin as well! This is quite a treat! I enjoyed it!
This was a comedic tale with references to several fairy tales - Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. The story centers around a castle overgrown by vines and everyone within it cursed by a magically induced sleep. Sounds familiar huh? Except when Prince Althestan comes to kiss a sleeping princess, he finds 3 princes there instead. Calling in his headstrong cousin Vevila and 3 wizard friends (rotund Rueberry - always eating, young Mazigian - not overtly cautious, and white haired Zenpfennig - pompous and gold-loving), for help, they all encounter Urticacea - a crazy witch who is adament that she is keeping everyone asleep for their "own good" and to "protect" her princes from the evil of the world. Things just get crazier from there. The witch insists they throw Vevila into a cell to make her pass a princess test, Rumplestiltskin appears, Vevila keeps trying to escape, other princesses start to appear, many screaming matches occur between all. While I thought the whole concept was very witty and original, this book wasn't my type of humor since all the characters felt like giant caracatures to me, so I give it 3 stars for being OK. I think that is just a matter of taste in humor though.
this is a really funny book - it's a great read! it encompasses a bunch of fairy tales in a really original way - highly recommended.
Cute combination of many fairy tales, pleasant book for when you don't have enough brain power for Tolkien or such.
Featuring very amusing views of famous fairy tales, this book will have you never seeing fairy tales the same way again. Some puzzling plotting near the end that veered off from the skewering of fairtales had me slightly disappointed, but a great read nonetheless.
Hard to get into and then find out Rumpelstiltskin is in it!! Not my thing.
From the back cover: "Whimsical....a sweetly offbeat fantasy."