There is something very satisfying about holding a book in your hands, turning its pages, and getting to know its characters. Recently, however, I tried my very first audiobook, and absolutely loved it. When enthralled by a book, I often find myself constantly on the edge of my seat, or staying up way past my bed time to find out how it ends. I become so invested in the story and its characters that I cannot put it down. This was the case with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. But, since I did not have the physical book with me, I found myself driving a little slower, or taking an extra side street to get home, just to be able to get through one more chapter. Big Little Lies weaves together the lives of Madeline, Celeste and Jane, each with their own family, story, and secrets. Each play their part in a murder investigation, schoolyard drama, and complicated relationships. At the heart of it all? Their big little lies. I enjoyed this book so much, that I will be watching the TV adaptation by the same name – starting Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.
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
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Now that I’m looking right at the cover, I’m a little bit confused: the silhouette looks Tinkerbell-esque, and she is most certainly not from a Grimms fairy tale. That’s not important though. In fact, although there are plenty of fairytale references throughout, including (of course) Snow White, in large part in reference to the protagonist Lumikki, who is named after Snow White, the storyline itself isn’t very fairytale-like (apart from the fantastical elements – not fantasy, mind you).
Fast-paced, with a clear progression of events, As Red as Blood keeps you hooked from beginning to end and is a promising beginning to a trilogy. We do not yet own the next two books of the trilogy, As White as Snow and As Black as Ebony, but I’m looking forward to reading them!
(Spoiler alert under the cut!)