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The Grimm Curse (Once Upon A Time Is Now) (The Grimm Curse Series Book 1) by [Carpenter, Stephen]
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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV5C4Y
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A very clever and fun read. Too bad it's only about 100 pages or so. I'm hoping for more stories in the series. Is it a series? Hope so!
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I was expecting more from this re-imagining of the tale of the Brothers Grimm. Unfortunately, the book actually reads as if the main character, an adolescent boy, wrote it...and not in a good way. The story could've been great, but it fell so flat because of the writing style.

For instance, action was frequently emphasized by using CAPITAL LETTERS, something I found annoying and distracting. Detail was nearly nonexistent and the plot wobbled everywhere despite the fact that the entire book takes place over about three days.

This is a great idea, but please send this book back to the editor and let its true potential out!
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I bought my 13 year old a Kindle for an early Christmas gift, and decided to buy a few fantasy books for it first, and I read The Grimm Curse and thought it was just great. My 13 year old LOVED it. It's a whole new take on the old Grimm fairy tales and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, good read. Kids or grownups!
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I really wanted to like this one, it sounds like it had so much potential and it would be a fun ride. That being said, this book isn't as good as it should have been.

The story is about a boy, named Jake, who is the last remaining member of the Grimm family. As a result, he has to take over the role of the Huntsmen because all of the Grimm Fairytales are real, and it's up to Jake to control all of the Fairytale characters. It seems that there's a rash of vanishing children, and it seems that a local witch is involved. I don't want to say to much more about Jake, because I want the reader to discover certain things about Jake.

I did have a few problems with this.

1) The writing style of the author. The author's writing style is very poor. It's as if someone in elementary school wrote this book. The action in the book isn't really thought out and is lacking excitement. The action is very poorly written and not really fleshed out as it should have been. Also the author seems to like to use caps to express emotion. Things like POW, BAM, WHAM, BANG, "You think WE should do this?" "No, I think YOU should do this!!" After a while, it was very annoying, and took away from the plot. Also, the writer wrote in both first and third person. When it was in third person, it was hard to who was telling the story. It's just a very odd mix, and that too, took away from the story.

2) The story needs an editor. There are some awkward sentences in there, and odd word combinations. Things like, "It cost $5 bucks." If you have the dollar sign, then you don't need the word "bucks". If you have the word "bucks", you don't need the dollar sign.

3) This is short story, 83 pages. I wish the author took more time to develop a full book.
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Great novella! Fast-paced, clever and just grim enough to make you wince. I chuckled throughout at the young narrator's internal dialog - not unlike 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' meets 'Lord of the Rings'! Thoroughly enjoyable and fingers crossed that it's just the beginning of a great series.
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I've been watching Grimm on NBC since it first aired. It's okay, but it seems to be missing something. I found out about this book a few days ago and figured I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did.

I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and I would put this book on the same level as that series. It's funny, smart, creative and has it's own darkness to it. However, the story line is nothing like the TV show....which is probably why I liked it so much. The only similarities that the book and show share is the character's name (Jacob Grimm), the fact that he's a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and he can see pretty crazy stuff.

That is where all connections between the book and show end.

In the show, Jake's an adult.
In the book, Jake's a kid.
In the show, Jake's a cop.
In the book, Jake's a high school student.
In the show, Jake has an aunt.
In the book, Jake has an uncle.
In the show, the aunt had a trailor.
In the book, the uncle had a house.
In the show, Jake is engaged.
In the book, Jake doesn't even have a girlfriend.
In the show, Jake sees all these weird creatures in Portland, Oregon.
In the book, they're all confined to the town in which he was born.

So, if you're a huge fan of the show then you'll probably be disappointed in the book.

I hope that we can see more of these stories from Stephen Carpenter. As others have already noted, the book's only downfall is that it is way too short. I read it in a day.
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I, too, would like to see this book continued, but Mr Carpenter is too busy writing for the TV show GRIMM on NBC that he co-created based on this book. Instead of a teenager, the TV series is about a detective that uses his abilities as the last Grimm to solve crimes. It has several similarities to this book. Hopefully once in a while, Mr Carpenter can add books to this one and start a series because the story is very original.
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