Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Wolf at the Door (book review)

A Wolf at the Door is a collection of retold fairy tales by authors such as Garth Nix and Neil Gaiman. Some were funny, some disturbing, some enchanting. And one I just didn't understand, "The Seven Stage a Comeback."

My favorite stories were "Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens" and "Cinder Elephant," both of which were on the humorous side. "Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens" was a retelling of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." I thought the ending was a bit of a letdown, but still enjoyed it very much. "Cinder Elephant" was, of course, a retelling of Cinderella. I like this even more than I like the original fairy tale. It was funnier and it had a nice twist to it. This book had a wonderful variety of stories, and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more collections of fairy tale retellings.