[ARC] Cat vs Human Fairy Tails by Yasmine Surovec


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Yasmine Surovec, author of the Cat vs Human blog, loves cats (as it was easy to point out reading Poems about Cats), and in this new book she retells the most famous fairy tales focusing on cats, beloved by princes and princesses.

Cat vs Human Fairy Tails is colorful and funny, a must read for the one who love these fluffly deities.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Cat vs Human Fairy Tails by Yasmine Surovec ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

[ARC] Smoke and mirrors (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #2) by Elly Griffiths


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We met Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto during the murder investigation in which their past played an important role, told in the novel The Zig-zag girl.

We meet them again in this novel, Smoke and Mirrors, second installment of their own book series, while they are busy working around the case concerning the disappearance of two children. Edgar is investigating their disappearance, with the help of two subordinates, Emma and Bob, while Max is busy playing in the Aladdin pantomime, out in Brighton’s theatre..

Like the previous novel I think the crime element is well-built, engaging but hard to solve despite the hints. This time the thread under the story are not magician tricks but fairy tales, that show the dark tones the original versions have.

The investigation sees Edgar as main character, with Emma and Bob, both well characterized respect to the previous installment, while Max has a more secondary role, except for his main role as Edgar friend.

Various hints show that the series should increase by other novels, and I think I’ll read them..

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Smoke and mirrors by Elly Griffiths ★★★★

*I read this book in English

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth


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Wilhelm e Jacob Grimm, by Elisabeth Maria Anna Jerichau-Baumann

The Grimm brothers are famous for having collected fairy tales and popular tales, always told by voice, in written edition that was updated and modified during their lives.

The editions of their collections are in fact very different: the first edition contains cruel and violent tales, for the following the tales were modified to make them more suitable to children and less a philological work. Some examples are the fact that snow-white evil queen was in origin the girl’s mother, that Rapunzel gave birth to a couple of twins and so on.

All the fairy tales were not collected during travels in Germany, but they were told to the Grimm brothers by well-educated women who heard them from their mother or household. The novel by Kate Forsyth gives voice to a key person of the Grimm history, but in the shadow of the two brothers: Dortchen Wild, before neighbour and then wife to Wilhelm Grimm and voice of various fairy tales.

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[Intervista] Becca Price


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Becca Price è autrice di due raccolte di fiabe per bambini: “Fairies and fireflies” e “Dragon and Dreams” di cui ho rispettivamente parlato qui e qui.

Entrambe le raccolte sono molto curate nello stile e contengono racconti delicati e molto gradevoli.

Con altri tre blogger abbiamo chiesto un’intervista alla scrittrice che, gentilissima, ha accettato di rispondere alle nostre domande.Abbiamo toccato vari temi (autopubblicazione, illustrazioni, elementi mitologici ed evoluzione della fiaba e messaggi che comunica), il risultato è denso ma molto ricco di spunti.

Riporto qui sotto l’intervista – prima la traduzione in italiano e poi il testo originale – pubblicata anche nei blog di Chagall, Oedipa Drake e Tintaglia.

Le immagini sono tratte da Wikipedia.

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[Interview] Becca Price


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Becca Price is the author of two fairy tales collections: “Fairies and fireflies” and “Dragon and Dreams” I talked about here and here.

Both the collections contains delightful tales and are very well-finished.

Me and other three blogger who read both the books  asked the author for an interview, and she agreed to answer our questions.
We asked about different topics (selfpublish, illustrations,mythological elements, evolution of the fairy tale and message it conveys), the output is dense but very rich in content.

Here follows the interview – before the italian translated version and then the english original one – that is published also in the blogs by Chagall, Oedipa Drake and Tintaglia.

Images from Wikipedia.

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