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:: Kissing the Witch

Wow. This was awesome. Got it on loan from a co-worker and tore through the whole thing last night and this morning. The subtitle is "Old tales in new skins" and boy does it deliver! Thirteen classic fairy tales stunningly reinterpreted, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "The Little Mermaid," linked together in a chain of stories. The female characters are clearly the stars of the show, and although they're not all heroines or self-rescuing princesses or even wise, some of them, they're most definitely three-dimensional, real, vibrant women. Like Tanith Lee's Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, it's as if someone shattered a book of fairy tales and created a mosaic out of the fragments -- shivery, sensual, disturbing, wonderful, frightening, exhilarating, and infinitely intriguing.

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were_duck
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
I love Emma Donoghue!! Hood was a foundational text for me, but Kissing the Witch comes in a close second. <3
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