Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: The Seed & Other Fairy Tales

The Seed & Other Fairy Tales
by Joseph Hillenbrand


How do you measure yourself? By family, friends, enemies? By what you fight for? Or what you fight against?

Follow the tales of those struggling to find an identity of their own. A little girl with a ghost as a best friend. A woman who hates wishes. A man lost in the secret kingdom of frog people. A girl at war with her god. And a pair of soldiers on a deadly mission of peace.

The seeds have been sown. The storm is coming. Who will grow and who will drown?

Let's get one thing out of the way (cuz I'm kinda going to geek out in a bit), I enjoyed this book. 
Now, let's get to the why. 
I am a huge fan of fairy tales. Classic ones, retellings, modern ones, etc. If there's a fairy tale out there, I want to read it. What I enjoyed most from this collection was that it wasn't a direct retelling. The tales were written in a way where you understood where the inspiration came from, but it was not a direct repeat/retelling. This was definitely refreshing. 
The stories were incredibly well-written and included great illustrations. What's a fairy tale book without illustrations, am I right? 
There is incredible description - such detail goes into the author's writing. 
And the icing on the cake? It's creepy. It reminded me of Grimm's fairy tales - not too shabby!
There is creepiness folks. Read at your own risk. 
Read anyway.

About the Author

I was born, raised and still live in the outskirts of Chicago. Every few years a move a little further west. Slowly inching my way to California. I love the big sky, the vast plains, the harvest moons of the Midwest.
I grew up reading comic books and playing G.I. Joe. Watching wrestling and listening to Led Zeppelin. I drew, I wrote, I strummed. I learned Stone Temple Pilots and I read Beckett. I grew and I withered.
I have spent the majority of my time in software - from support to development to management. And with my first book out now, I'm trying to get back to my roots: telling stories. 

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