Well it's been a while since we've had a book review and me being me I decided to post one on a fairy tale, but just a little twisted. In a nice way.
There is a popular trend in books with the retelling of fairy tales. It’s been around for a while, are you old enough to remember the Fractured Fairy Tales from the original Bullwinkle and Rocky Show? If not, look them up some time as they are hilarious. The fun is still around although some take it really seriously.
The good guys are the bad guys, the bad guys are really good guys or at least they had a good reason for being bad so that counts as being a good guy, the good guys and bad guys are zombies…ZOMBIES?!
Zombies? Really? Fairy tales weren’t creepy enough in the first place, with evil queens wanting to eat princesses’ hearts, granny eating wolves, giants grinding bones to make their bread and such that they had to go to zombies? On second thought, maybe that isn’t such a big leap. Fairy tales aren’t exactly Disney in their original forms.
Note to self: a new entry on the list of the things I do not do, I do not do zombies! Creepy is one thing, gross is quite another. Sorry zombie lovers.
Moving on this particular fairy tale retelling is a sample story called Little Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood by Bruce Lansky and Timothy Tocher. In this version of Little Red Riding Hood we have L.B. (short for Little Bad) Wolf trying to locate his missing father, Big Bad Wolf. His mother doesn’t want him to go after his father, having had relatives who had issues with Three Little Pigs and a boy named Peter which did not end well. L.B., of course, doesn't listen and is off to track his father down. Kids, they know everything. He runs into a little girl who turns out to have been the last person to see his father before he did his disappearing act. She’s called Red Riding Hood, so named due to her mother taking advantage of a fabric sale and being determined to use every scrap of the yardage, much to her daughter’s dismay. Who knew fabric sales could be so ruinous to a child’s self-esteem? Anyway Big Bad apparently went off to Red’s granny’s house and now Red is taking goodies to granny every day. L.B., after some negotiation, takes Red’s place, and her goodies, and is off to granny’s to see what has become of his errant father.
SPOILER: No grannies or girls wearing unfortunate red clothing are eaten during the course of this story! And there are no zombies either, which is just as well as I don’t do zombies.
Oh right, I covered that already.
Anyway it’s a fun little story, especially the 1, 2 Thousand (read the book if you want to know what it means). Also being a free sample it gives you the idea of what the full book New Fangled Fairy Tales is about, where other fairy tale classics get the same humorous treatment if you are so inclined. I liked it and maybe you will too.
Unless you were expecting zombies.
Mystery writer C.L. Ragsdale is the author of The Reboot Files a Christian Cozy Mystery Series, and a superhero story called Chasing Lady Midnight. A California native, she loves to "surf" the web to research plot details for her fun, quirky stories. She has a degree in Theatre Arts which greatly influenced her writing style. Working in various fields as a secretary has allowed her to both master her writing skills and acquire valuable technical knowledge which she uses liberally in her plots. Although that is where she got her idea for The Secretary, she is not an evil mastermind. Although some of her former employers might disagree. These days she contents herself with knitting while contemplating her next diabolical plot. Story plot that is.
THE REBOOT FILES: The Mystery of Hurtleberry House, The Island of Living Trees, The Harbinger of Retribution, and The Wrong Ghost.