Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups by Lucinda E. Clarke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Unhappily Ever After, where the plot's made up and the rules don't matter...ahaha. Three Kings. Three Queens. Ill pairings and unsettled unhappiness all around...Until Queen Cinderella decides to hatch a plot.
The Good: The satire and wit were in the spotlight, Clarke writing wonderfully between a casual narrative and an upright, proper story. I cringed a few times, expecting a bit of overwhelming crass from a few characters (who shall be left unnamed; I think you'll know them when you see them), and yet, I was relieved that the raunch stayed at bare minimum. And was still sort of funny.
The Bad: I can't really say. I don't remember anything 'bad' about it.
The Overall: If you want gritty, over-the-top action, a story that rushes you through the exposition, and one that takes itself far too seriously, you will be disappointed. Clarke understands the narrative of this story very well, and thus, the pacing and narrative takes itself about as seriously as the original Batman. However, Clarke does great at keeping all the terms and concepts inside of a Fairytale Land, even down to explaining why there's a TV in every palace. This book was great, and is worth the read.
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