- Paperback: 86 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1530111595
- ISBN-13: 978-1530111596
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,640,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coexist: A fairy tale Paperback – February 20, 2016
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About the Author
Anna Tan grew up in Malaysia, the country that is not Singapore. In 2015, she traded in a life of annoying other bean counters for one of annoying the online world with questions about life and death and everything in between. The answer is sometimes 42. When she is not writing or nitpicking over other writers' copy, she can be found reading a book or attempting to organise her room. She can be found online at www.annatsp.com
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He settled her safely to sleep until morning when he intended to show her the way home.
However, more was to happen!
Her father had gone looking for her, and younger sister Mary had followed curiously. The three of them came across so many species that take care of the forest. Even Jane's mother was worried enough to make her entrance into the forest bringing undone manny secrets hidden for too many years.
A wonderful story of how it is never to late to learn tolerance and to put down pride and take up friendship which is so much better for all.
I received this book for free and voluntarily reviewed it. Please read and enjoy this fantastic lesson on tolerance. It is a great read.
Expect adlets - half human, half dog - dryads, centaurs and elves, with more to come. All because a girl was late getting home from picking herbs. The humans in the tale seemed to be only reacting, not changing anything nor themselves, and everything or everyone else seemed to want to follow a preset way of behaviour appropriate for their species. Until about halfway we follow a different character in every chapter, which stops us from getting to know any one well. So the characters I liked most were actually small children because they just took what they saw for granted once they got over their fright.
Nice enough writing style but I did find too much crammed in for a short story and thought better focus would have helped. The read is suitable for YAs or adults.
This was a free download. I chose to write an unbiased review.
There are humans, fairies, elves, wood spirits and a whole cast of characters in this fun making-the-fantastical-seem real book.
The humans tell their children many cautionary fairy tales, designed to gain their obedience and maybe a little out of concern for their safety. What they don't know at first is that long ago, a pact was made between the humans and elves to have no contact with each other - and the means by which that was accomplished was that the humans would have access to the forest during the daylight hours and the elves could be out at night. You see, the elves didn't much care for the humans (did they ever)?
So, good daughter Jane goes out to gather some herbs for her mother, who was creating some sort of tonic. Unfortunately, she got caught out by a sudden thunderstorm (cue the ominous movie music), and had to spend the night in the woods. Luckily she did not have to wait without shelter, as a young part-man-part-dog, took her in and said he would guide her back to the village after the rain stopped. Well, the rain didn't stop that night.
Imagine, being young, alone in a place you are not supposed to be after dark, and a thunderstorm comes up and your rescue comes from a being only half-human? Jane seemed to take it in stride. Most of us, with our 'logical' brains would try to convince ourselves that we were hallucinating, I think.
A theme of tolerance runs through Coexist. Not many characters get along with many others at the beginning. Threats pass back and forth amongst the species as well as within each group. Later, several long-held secrets are revealed in an entertaining denouement.
We have our different countries, religions, skin colors, genders, social or financial classes, and many other variables that seem to separate us. But we are all human. Everyone should just Coexist!
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
I received this free copy for an honest review.