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The Woodcutter Paperback – November 6, 2012
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I had a glorious time reading this book. I truly couldn't put it down. The Woodcutter is a fascinating protagonist and a noble one. The climax of this story doesn't disappoint either. I won't give anything away, but it was truly heart-stopping.
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Kate Danley skillfully weaves her story around well-known fairy tales...through her adept writing, she conveys fantasy and mystery, making this book a definite page-turner. --Irene Watson, Managing Editor of Reader Views --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are definitely some cliched moments and there are a couple of places where the story wraps up too neatly, but on the whole, I found myself intrigued with how things played out. The fact that there were multiple antagonists as well as multiple quests for the Woodcutter to solve worked nicely for me. I also liked that while he finds out the threads of the plot, he can't quickly solve the problem. Multiple types of mythlore within the story was also a bonus to me.
I could have lived with fewer chapter breaks because they made the beginning of the story more choppy than necessary, but overall it didn't overly detract from the story on the whole. It's not an intensely deep story, but it's not entirely fluff either. I enjoyed it and found myself wanting to finish it just to see how it all wrapped up. I recommend it if you enjoy faerie tales, particularly those with a twist.
I think the last book I read that affected me this powerfully was the third volume of Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry, which I had been waiting to read for some years after finishing the first two, read in a public library with the tears pouring down my face. I still remember the feeling and it's been at least 20 years now.
I found this to be absolutely wonderful. I grew up reading and loving fairy tales, especially Lang's "color" fairy tale books. The story contains elements that many of us know to be "true"...even if we stopped really believing a long time ago. The effect of cold iron, the power of a name, the magic of 3 days passing, a quest, the power of truth and honesty, and of course, true love.
Somehow Danley manages to weave all this together and make it absorbing, not childish and not a "snip and stitch" patchwork quilt of images from other stories. I'm over 40 and was absolutely enchanted (in the sense of feeling as if I were under a spell)...and at least for the duration of the book, I believed. I believed with all my heart.
The writing is...I can't describe the writing. To me, it's beautiful. It's lyrical and sparse and somehow conveys so much of emotion, seemingly effortlessly. I don't even want to analyze it more closely because I don't want to dissect it. How can I put it...when I read this, the perception of individual words and any thought of an author vanished. I wasn't reading "writing." I was reading the story.
The words twisted around my heart and I was taken deep into the story. When I read "Have you ever heard the sound of a pixie touching the ground?" I didn't *need* a description.Read more ›
The pacing was fantastic and it kept me awake late at night wanting to read more and more ("just one more chapter!").
The plot is muddled and largely nonsensical. Matters aren't helped by the fact that Danley seems far more interested in the quantity of familiar characters included than in the quality of their development. All are paper-thin and one-dimensional. While this may work for a short story (e.g. fairy tales), it's different for a novel. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which characters are included, it's just a random hodgepodge. Another hindrance is that each scene is extremely brief - a couple pages or so each. Very little effort went into meaningful development of any kind. The Woodcutter proceeds from scene to scene at a furious pace. A mansion makes arbitrary appearances. There's rampant addiction to pixie dust. There's a precarious relationship between the twelve kingdoms and the fae. But none of these things are explained in a convincing way and their interrelationships are assumed but never concretely supported. The potential danger looming on the horizon is never clearly described.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. The story was threaded through and through with so many old fairy tales, including the obscure Twelve Dancing Princesses, one of my personal favorites. Read morePublished 9 days ago by dolly and me
The Woodcutter is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Kate Danley takes fairer tales and weaves her own brand of magic and fantasy into them. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brandi
I love this book which takes a fairy tale setting and loosely based fairy tale-like characters and creates a very original, fantastical, imaginative story that is mesmerizing -... Read morePublished 26 days ago by jc911
I loved the ease of the read. Thought for a moment my heart would break but it didn't, of course. Beautifully done.Published 1 month ago by martha richardson
Some of the things in the plot were too adult for me. I like reading true fantasy. Describing the hanging breasts of a madam, and the similarities of Pixy dust and coke aren't what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jim copley
A mixture of stories brought together well but without much depth. Good vacation read for fun but no connection to characters. Easy, fast and premise was good.Published 1 month ago by Rhondawtt
The Woodcutter is responsible for keeping the world of fairy balanced with the common world. You meet a lot of your favorite fairy tale characters in this book.Published 1 month ago by CAROL.J NUTTLE
A skillful blending of favorite fairy tales to create a stirring and tender melding of nature and magic blended through love. Would that our world had a Woodcutter!Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer