To take a known tale and turn it on its head is no small task. I quite loved how TF had done it in the first volume of unfairy tales, so was quite eager to read this second one.
First impression comes from the cover art and without a doubt, this was a better design compared to the first volume’s.
What I liked about each of the stories was that going by the title, one couldn’t guess which fairy tale was going to be retold, and each title itself was a clever spin on a book’s title. My favourite of the five retellings was the first one, particularly because of the spin on the names of the main characters and their character sketches. To read the tale from various points of view was also fun. I liked the third story too, and the twist to the fairy godmother in the fourth.
While I didn’t love two of the five, I don’t think they were badly written by any stretch of the imagination. Just that they didn’t appeal to me as much as the three favourite stories.
If you are a reader who loves fairy tales and can’t take seeing that world upside down, this ain’t a book for you. For those open minded to that possibility, this is a collection of equal quality as the first volume. Here’s hoping more such retellings come from his pen (or keyboard) in the future.
Title: More Unfairy Tales
Author: TF Carthick
No. of Pages: 144
Publisher: Self published
Rating: 8 out of 10