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Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel | [Graham Joyce]

Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    janice holt, fl, United States 02-19-14
    janice holt, fl, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Really enjoyed, LOVED narrator/reader"
    What did you love best about Some Kind of Fairy Tale?

    the characters and the reader's interpretation of their conversations and thoughts. Very funny sometimes! Had a good outloud laugh more than once while driving. it was also very easy to visualize everything in the story.


    What other book might you compare Some Kind of Fairy Tale to and why?

    cant think of specific title. just a good story mixing reality with fantasy and myth.


    Who was the most memorable character of Some Kind of Fairy Tale and why?

    Ritchie, Jack, and Mrs. Larwood. Ritchie for his deep love for Tara, and his honesty and sly wit that showed itself on many occassions. I could envision him very well, and happy for how his life finally turned for the better at the very end. Jack for his youthful adventure and efforts to solve his interesting problem. Mrs. Larwood (sp?) as the bizarre neighbor with her cake and lemon soda.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first G. Joyce novel and my first listen with John Lee. Looking forward to more of either/both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 02-14-14
    Deborah MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastical Realism"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-13-14
    Kelli MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 02-13-14
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    "Eh."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The title. Maybe the blurb? I thought I was getting a completely different book than what it turned out to be.


    What was most disappointing about Graham Joyce’s story?

    It was just not the story I was expecting. I expected it to be more similar to fairy tales and less a vague shadow of a fairy tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 01-12-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I wish I'd read the other reviews more carefully"
    Would you try another book from Graham Joyce and/or John Lee?

    John Lee, yes. Graham Joyce, definitely not.


    Has Some Kind of Fairy Tale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely I would avoid the genre. I had found it as a bargain two-for-one deal, which might should have been a clue to me, but I've so enjoyed other Audible bargains that I went for what I thought was listed as a "mystery." To me, a mystery is a book that presents puzzling, enticing clues and engages me to "solve" the riddle in a way that weaves in all the various threads. This was no mystery to me. It was a "you'll never guess what happened" that was solved simply by saying, "Well, in the world that I've invented in my mind, it could all happen." That is no solution. There's also a lot of sort of crass, throw away sex that ended up having no meaning or connection to the story whatsoever. "She hugged a tree while he took her from behind," and then moving on. That was it. Who was it? Why were they doing that? Hmm, dunno, just wanted to throw that in, I guess.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I liked Lee's narration, but it seemed like the story would have called for a female reader. The reading was okay.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Some Kind of Fairy Tale?

    Either get rid of the "watch me shock you" meaningless sex scenes, or make them meaningful to the story. I don't know, though. That wasn't really my biggest gripe.


    Any additional comments?

    It was like listening to a two year old make up a story; "And then I flew and then I rode a horsie and then I was Superman and then I was a flower and then can I have some lunch?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 10-19-13
    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I WOULD GIVE THIS 10 STARS IF I COULD"
    What did you love best about Some Kind of Fairy Tale?

    awesome - really gets you involved in the story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    you were never really sure if she was telling the truth or not.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great story teller


    Who was the most memorable character of Some Kind of Fairy Tale and why?

    Cannot say without giving away the story -


    Any additional comments?

    If you still have a great imagination - pick up this book. I can't say enough about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Northern Maine 07-27-13
    Ann Northern Maine 07-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible

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    "Every fairy tale has a moral..."

    and the moral of this fairy tale is "Never accept rides from strangers". A very interesting book which will stick in your mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary A. Rosenberg 02-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    "I really enjoyed this book"

    This book was a fascinating study in delusion (or not) and all ofthe characters seemed real and interesting. I would recommend it.

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    Barry P. Press New York 09-19-12
    Barry P. Press New York 09-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Rich Characters, but a Somewhat Lackluster Plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook, but not very highly. If one is interested in a low-key, slower-paced type of story line, then he/she would probably enjoy this book.


    Would you recommend Some Kind of Fairy Tale to your friends? Why or why not?

    Please see answer above.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Richie (the former boyfriend from 20 years ago) was one of the most interesting characters in this novel.


    Could you see Some Kind of Fairy Tale being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see an abridged version of this book being made into a movie, perhaps starring Ellen Page and Matt Damon or James Franco.


    Any additional comments?

    None at this time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie De Georgia 01-10-14
    Debbie De Georgia 01-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Author DeAnn DeVille

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    "...not Alice but Sexy in Wonderland!"
    If you could sum up Some Kind of Fairy Tale in three words, what would they be?

    Odyssey of Wonderland


    What other book might you compare Some Kind of Fairy Tale to and why?

    My first thoughts were of Looking Through The Looking Glass or possibly Alice and Wonderland . I would say more of the latter due to the fact Tara returned from this fairyland to try and readjust to normal life because there have been many variations of that story in itself which would collate it to this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes I loved in this book which makes it rather hard to put a finger on the best one. If I had to pick one, I would say the story of sex women..., it was rather shocking. I like shocks in a storyline and it wasn't so much of a jolt that it turned me off from the story, in fact it added a tasteful allure to the audio.


    If you could rename Some Kind of Fairy Tale, what would you call it?

    Odyssey Through A Wonderland


    Any additional comments?

    I was skeptical of John Lee's ability to pull off the female lead however he did a wonderful job. I loved this novel so much that I listen to it twice and would listen to it again just for the bliss of it. I highly recommend this novel it was delightful and enjoyable to listen to. This was my first Graham Joyce novel, however I will certainly search out more of her work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 06-21-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just okay"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was interesting enough. You really never knew exactly what was the truth or what really happened until you got towards the end. Made me want to keep listening to find out if this was all true or a figment of her imagination.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More time spent explaining and exploring the "fairy" world.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. He did a superb reading job. He made the book much more enjoyable than it may have been with a different reader.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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