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Hoffman's story advances with a feline economy of language and movement--not a word spared for the color of the sky, unless the color of the sky factors into the narrative. Among the authors who have played with the fairy tale's harsh mercies (e.g. Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter), Hoffman has the closest understanding of the primal fears that drive the genre, and why, perhaps, we never outgrow fairy stories, but only learn to substitute dull, wholesome qualities like personal initiative or good timing for the elements that raise the hairs on our neck and send us scrambling for the light switch. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For me reading this book was like a gift. I have never read Alice Hoffman before, and I am completely baffled how this prosaic author slipped under my radar for so many years. Read morePublished 24 days ago by shanreads
This book stays with you after you've read it. It's the kind of book you can't wait to return to and are disappointed when you've read the last page because you want to stay in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arlynn Fishbaugh
She is one of my favorite authors but this was certainly not one of my favorite books.Published 1 month ago by Lynn Mercurio
Just when I was despairing of reading a modern novel that really grabbed me, I read Alice Hoffman's The Ice Queen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicole S. Urdang
Very easily entertaining. I liked it! Made sense to my scattered mind. Will definitely check out her other books. ThanksPublished 1 month ago by patti
Rather a gloomy book. I kept expecting it to get better or that the protagonist would learn something.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer