- Hardcover: 186 pages
- Publisher: Tenebris Books (November 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909845396
- ISBN-13: 978-1909845398
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,316,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Willow, Weep No More: A Tenebris Books collection of Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 30, 2013
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When I think about it, I don't actually know much about fairytales and what exactly they should be. To me personally, and with my limited understanding, they are small imaginative stories/tales that encapsulate the beauty and ugliness of life, but at the same time throw away, and/or blend, the lines between them in some form or another. I know there's more to them than that, but the above allows you to see the angle I'm coming from when making some comments on this collection of fairytales.
The stories in Willow, Weep No More are wonderful and seem to match the above description well so I guess I must not be too far from the mark. I really enjoyed how each story has a unique view on the contrasts of life, and in a magical way each story imaginatively intertwines those contrasts both beautifully and darkly, but in a way that often makes you see the dark and/or ugly as beautiful, and the beautiful as dark and/or ugly. It is a wonderfully creative collection.
To add to the creativity and flavour each story has been decorated by a lovely piece of art; each talented artist's contribution is certainly a credit to the Willow, Weep No More fairytales.
I loved this collection and below are some of my thoughts on each story.
-The Lady in the Moon and Her Lantern, by A.R. Cook
I loved the Characters. The Cauldron Man was unique and I loved the imagery that was attached, it was very eerie. The story had a good `journey' feel to it too. I also liked the moral aspect of sacrifice and how in many ways we can all be lanterns to others if we try. The ending was distinct and very creative, which made the whole story even better.
-Glint of Gold, by Christina Elaine Collins
A good story overall. I wasn't drawn into it the way I was with some of the others, but I loved the nods to fairytales. I think the issue might have been Dianna's character. For me personally, and this is very subjective, I struggled to have any sympathy for her so struggled to be drawn into her experience and journey. But as I said, a good story overall, and for its creative nods to fairytales it definitely deserves to be in this collection.
-The Heart of the Forest, by Selina Carr
I really enjoyed The Heart of the Forest. This story is a quaint tale of family love, forgiveness and the sacrifices needed to obtain it. It's a very simple, but sweet story that made me go, "awww, how cute" at the end. I enjoyed the theme of sacrifice and what can be obtained by it. Nice work.
-Grave, by Hazel Butler
This tale was strikingly creepy and haunting. It's definitely an adult's fairytale. It was beautiful too and I really liked that it was both creepy and beautiful. In that respect it reminded me of A Nightmare Before Christmas, and that is only ever a good thing in my eyes. I also liked it because it was very human in the emotions and circumstance it addressed. (Spoiler Alert) It portrayed a feeling of hope despite what has happened in the past, that through effort, growth and choices anyone can be beautiful no matter what they've done. This story certainly touched my heart the most and was my favourite of the collection.
-The Possibility of Wings, by Sharda Dean
Another great story. The Possibility of Wings is a well conveyed moral story of how society and cultural norms can affect those who are different. In a way it's like Frankenstein, but from a perspective of outward beauty instead of ugliness; this is very clever and this story has an interesting ending.
-Raindrop, by Honor Thompson
Raindrop has some wonderfully traditional elements of past fairytales, but with its own unique voice. This is a beautiful tale of looking beyond the surface of a person and their masks. (Spoiler Alert) It magically and elegantly shows how love can soften even the hardest heart of stone and lift any curse. I love raindrop's character and this is a story I am likely to read often.
-The Girl Who Made the Moon, by David Tarleton
When I read this story it made me think of The Princess Bride a little. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I think the characters that fall in love remind me of Buttercup and Westley. I enjoyed it for that reason, but at the same time it didn't feel massively fairytaleish to me. It felt more like a romance story with a pitch of fairytale dust sprinkled over it. That said if it had contained more it would have been too similar to the others, so perhaps it's good that it didn't; I guess this way it keeps itself distinct from the others. All that said it's a good story of love and loss with a nice fairytale aspect.
-Evelyn and the Painted Cave, by Michelle Basson
I found this story very interesting and thought provoking. The scene and setting reminded me of cold and gray days in Cornwall on a stone beach surrounded by cliffs. As I read I felt like I was watching this story unfold in a place similar to my memories and because of that I felt attached to the story from the go. I certainly felt for Evelyn's character and think anyone could relate to the themes of expectations, reality and escapism. (Spoiler Alert) I especially liked the struggle between reality and Evelyn's creations, and the way those lines were bent and broken. It is always a struggle for those who create their own realities to know which one is the right one, especially when the one created to escape can actually bring more happiness. I really enjoyed this story because of this theme being covered so well; especially with how the story concludes.
-After the End, by Erin Thorne
After the End was the most fun of all the stories. It made me smile from start to finish. This is a tale of family, revenge and perspective. An awesome sequel to the original! I absolutely loved it.
-The Two Fables: Willow, Weep No more, and Morning Star
These are inspiring and beautiful, and both crafted in a way that lifts the heart, mind and soul.
As you can probably tell I loved this collection. It is captivating, diverse and magical, and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves. This is a must have for any reader who enjoys fairytales and, to quote the collection, it's perfect for, `all those whose hearts thrill at the words once upon a time...'