Most Memorable and/or Fucked Up Fairy Tales: The Twelve Brothers

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In the year I’ve been running the Tess Talks Fairy Tales series on this blog, I realize I haven’t really talked about Grimm’s all that much, which is an oversight that must be corrected immediately. Luckily, my Christmas present to myself was Jack Zipes’ new translation of Grimm’s, featuring previously unpublished material. I had inadvertently stumbled upon a cornucopia of WTFery. I am likely to cover a lot of these stories in the months to come, but for now I’m going to tell you the story of The Twelve Brothers

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My Top 10 Most Hated Tropes in YA Fiction (2)

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Just in case you’re not in the know, a trope is a term used to describe a reoccurring literary device, often to the point of being cliché, and they are impossible to avoid in fiction novels. But there are so many tropes out there we don’t always realize we’re in the presence of one. Some just aren’t that common, some we actually love (breaking the Fourth wall can liven up any story), but some are just so overused, so stupid and so painful to see that it’s about time I made a list about the ones that annoy me the most.

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Review of The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

Once upon a time, at 8pm, you are unusually tired for this time of night. You make the executive decision to curl up in bed and allow a book to lull you to sleep. You’ve got several books on the go at the moment, ones you are enjoying tremendously, but you don’t fancy any of them tonight. You want to read something you’re not already invested in, something you can just read a couple of pages of before you drift into the inevitability of an early night and not remember anything you’ve read come the following morning.

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Tess’s Top 10 Reads of 2014

#10 – Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

 

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Horror
Pages: 409
Published: 2014 (Pan MacMillan)

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Review of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

When I first read the blurb for The Bone Season, I imagined it would be a dystopian, supernatural version of Inception, with possibly a hint of The Matrix. Awesome, right? Yeah, it was nothing like that.

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