MORE UNFAIRY TALES
(Carthick's Unfairy Tales Book 2)
A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.
What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?
The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.
Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.
You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick's Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.
Having enjoyed reading the first book called Carthick’s Unfairy Tales, I decided to read this one also by TF Carthik. This is once again a collection of five fairy tales with twists unique to the author’s style.
The cover looks gorgeous and colourful, even better than the last one. Congrats!
Hats off to the author’s vivid imagination, turning all these classic tales into something else altogether.
If on a Winter’s Night a Dwarf
The title made me guess that it’s about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and I was glad to know that I was right. The narration is from the view point of the seven dwarfs and is a thumb-in-nose take on the original. Each of the seven dwarfs speaks about his take on Snow White’s impact on their lives.
Lost Love’s Labors
It took me a while to realise it’s the story of the Beauty and the Beast. Unexpected twist in the tale. Well done.
The Jungle Tale
Red Riding Hood! This one read like a strangely botched up story. Though the add on about the lost little wolf was nice to read.
Daughters and Lovers
Rapunzel! A modern twist and a witch with a heart. One of the better stories in this collection.
Shoes and Man
This is the twisted tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker. It shows—as do all the stories in fact—the mean nature of human kind.
While the stories are well written, I wish they could have been more show than tell. They could also have been shorter and crisper.
You must give it a read if you like twisted fairy tales, as unfairy as they can get.
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About the author
T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.
He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.
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