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)
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.
cant think of specific title. just a good story mixing reality with fantasy and myth.
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.
This was my first G. Joyce novel and my first listen with John Lee. Looking forward to more of either/both!
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.
The title. Maybe the blurb? I thought I was getting a completely different book than what it turned out to be.
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.
John Lee, yes. Graham Joyce, definitely not.
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.
I liked Lee's narration, but it seemed like the story would have called for a female reader. The reading was okay.
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.
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?"
awesome - really gets you involved in the story
you were never really sure if she was telling the truth or not.
Great story teller
Cannot say without giving away the story -
If you still have a great imagination - pick up this book. I can't say enough about it.
Addicted to Audible
and the moral of this fairy tale is "Never accept rides from strangers". A very interesting book which will stick in your mind.
This book was a fascinating study in delusion (or not) and all ofthe characters seemed real and interesting. I would recommend it.
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.
Please see answer above.
Richie (the former boyfriend from 20 years ago) was one of the most interesting characters in this novel.
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.
None at this time.
Author DeAnn DeVille
Odyssey of Wonderland
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.
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.
Odyssey Through A Wonderland
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.
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.
More time spent explaining and exploring the "fairy" world.
Yes. He did a superb reading job. He made the book much more enjoyable than it may have been with a different reader.
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