Fairytales generally end the same way: happily ever after. But I’ve never been able to help but feel that it’s a bit of a stretch to ask me to actually believe that they do just sort of float through life happily ever after, so I love seeing follow-ups to, and riffs off of, some of the more popular traditional fairytales!
In Wooden Bones, Scott William Carter explores concerns I’d say were noticeably absent in the original Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi – why being a real boy is necessarily better than being a wooden puppet, for example*, or developing a concept of identity that is not dependent upon being a boy of flesh and bone – while still adhering more or less to the fairytale structure. Pino, the boy formerly known as Pinocchio (because Pinocchio is too long and cumbersome for everyday use, according to Gepetto), discovers that apart from just being a magical boy, in the sense that he became a real boy only with the aid of magic, he truly is a magical boy, in that unlike regular real boys, he has magical powers.
Of course, these magical powers only bring him trouble (as well as helping him get out of trouble by digging himself a bigger hole), but the trouble is what prompts him to come to the realization that it doesn’t matter whether he’s a real boy or a wooden puppet boy: he’s Pinocchio, and perhaps more importantly, Gepetto won’t love him any less for being one or the other. Continue reading
I just finished Susan Mallery’s A Million Little Things, and found it to be a very appropriate read over the Mother’s Day weekend. This story surrounds three women’s personal stories of grief, family, romance and difficult choices. The story starts off with Zoe who gets trapped in an attic and begins to think of the choices she made in her life, such as changing her career to satisfy someone she thought she loved. Zoe’s best friend, Jen, is struggling as a first-time mom hovering over her toddler son and constantly worrying that he hasn’t spoken a word yet. Finally, Jen’s mom and Zoe’s friend, Pam, cannot seem to move on from her late husband and rejects any idea of falling in love again. These women’s stories intertwine with each other’s as they all have a kind of relationship with one another. Because of these intertwined stories, I was never left wondering what was happening to any character at a particular time. Continue reading
Chasing River is a book I can see myself reading over and over again. In fact, I just finished reading it for the second time. It is the third installment in K.A Tucker’s “Burying Water” series, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if it’s the romance, or the danger, or the traveling, or the totally hot Irish guy, but this one had me hooked as soon as I started it. I love the fact that the story is told from multiple points of view, so that you are able to gain insight into both Amber AND River as characters-separately, and together. I love that the story takes place in Ireland, as it is one destination I would really like to visit. I found myself hanging on to every detail of every landmark or tourist attraction being described, and pictured seeing it for myself one day. I also really love the characters in this book. Each one had his/her place in the book, and it made sense for them to be there. One of the secondary characters (Ivy), is actually cast as the main character in the Fourth Installment “Surviving Ice.” All in all, I love it!! If you’re looking for a series with a storyline that’s not just romance based, give this one a shot. “Burying Water” is the first, and I promise it won’t disappoint. And once you get there, let me know how you feel about “Chasing River.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.