Some Kind of Fairy Tale is the mesmerizing new novel from acclaimed author Graham Joyce.
Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth.
For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished.
Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a one-of-a-kind journey every bit as magical as its title implies - and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.
Graham Joyce, a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.
©2012 Graham Joyce (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Joyce blends reality with fantasy in this modern-day fable.… Though Joyce envisions an intriguing realm nestled against our own, what’s most compelling are his characters’ chaotic emotions and reconnections as they struggle to cope with what they can’t understand.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Reality and fairy tale are beautifully interwoven in this contemplative story about relationships, love, and dreams. In a unique blend of thriller and fantasy, Joyce creates a delightful page-turner that his fans and newcomers alike will find hard to put down.” (Booklist)
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
It reminded me a little of Neil Gaimans Ocean at the End of the Lane. Where the person telling the story was an unreliable narrator. It was a story that was either made up or remembered that way through a child's perception. In this story the person was an adult which suffered a trauma as a child or young adult (15 yrs old) and so to protect herself she remembered being in some kind of fairy tale world. When she disappeared 20 yrs earlier it affected the people around her and their stories are told as well. The story kept me interested throughout and it was one that makes you think about what you might have remembered as a child that didn't quite happen that way.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
I am not usually into fantasy books but this book had plenty of non-fantasy in it to keep my interest. The fantasy part was interesting but not too overdone for me. All the characters were interesting and well fleshed out. There was humor, drama, a psychoanalyst (to try and figure out the fantasy) and fantasy (of course). The writing was very good and the narrator was excellent.
This is the kind of story that I love. The characters were all very three dimensional and real. There was a a bit of supernatural in a very natural world and an intriguing amount of mystery. I highly recommend.
Say something about yourself!
The novel keeps you guessing until the end. The narrator does a good job conveying the accents of the characters as well.
Every time I think of this book, I remember another aspect of the story/performance that I love.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about John Lee's narration, but as I continued to listen, the tone seemed to be a perfect fit for the story. Somehow simultaneously mundane and other-worldly.
Some of my favorite scenes that I don't think have been mentioned by other reviewers include Richie's interactions with Peter's family and the relationship that develops between Peter's son and the elderly next door neighbor (probably my favorite character).
As I'm writing this review, I'm realizing this book deserves a repeat listen.
it goes on and on about things Graham Joyce wants (mainly sex) mean while, i want the story to get on.
The entire plot has one wondering if it is truth or fiction about Tara. Hauntingly well written , one finds oneself wanting it to be true or maybe not? I listened to the book last week but it has a memorable presence in my mind. I am not a sci-fi fan and this is not strictly that. Listen and understand how a tale can be woven of complex fabic.
First, I loved the gentle accent and then the plot with its twists and turns. Not every aspect is spelled out such as how Yarrow can survive a death blow and were Tara and Yarrow lovers? so it kept me coming back for more.
Nice accent and gentle words.
No suggestion. Perfect name
Never written a review before but had to do so with this book.
While there was some obvious things, I really liked some of the twists and turns. The quotes from all different sorts of people plus the "historical" account of the wife was supposedly switched with a fairy. I don't know if it was true or not but it was a nice detail and added believability.
The most memorable moment was the ending, both the ending and the epilogue ending.
I admit I thought I was getting a bit more of the fairyland than the book presented but I liked how grounded it was in the human world.
I will admit readily that the superior reading and wonderful accents were one of the main reasons I bought the book, and both did not disappoint.
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