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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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    Kristine Kellogg-Garrison 10-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing & unique - I want to read it again!"
    Would you listen to Some Kind of Fairy Tale again? Why?

    Yes, because I got lost in the book. I loved the plot twists and turns - it kept me guessing. The whole mixing of the crime drama with the fantasy is really original and cool.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth and realness of the characters.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I loved his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Not my typical audiobook but I absolutely loved it. Give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jewel 10-20-14
    Jewel 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I really like this book"
    Any additional comments?

    This is not really a supernatural fantasy kind of book, while the idea of the fairy world is in the core of the story, the actual story revolves around the natural human world with only some brief flashes to the other world.
    And yet this is a great story, the characters are all very vivid and present as real people, the story line is interesting, a little mysterious, not predictable.

    I would most definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Buchanan, MI, United States 03-08-14
    Nicole Buchanan, MI, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enchanting!"
    If you could sum up Some Kind of Fairy Tale in three words, what would they be?

    Whimsical. Dark. Engrossing.


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

    A little bit of a 'Lovely Bones' quality.... Although vastly different story lines, the main character,Tara, is almost like a ghost in the story, trying to help the others understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and intriguing. Loved the story and the characters. It has a dark quality to it and due to the explicit material in several parts, I would say not suitable for teens. But it's wildly entrancing and I would highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janice 02-19-14
    janice 02-19-14
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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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    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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    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 10-19-13
    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2015
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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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    Barry P. Press New York 09-19-12
    Barry P. Press New York 09-19-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 11-26-14
    A. Arrington Bentonville AR 11-26-14 Member Since 2014

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    "SLOOooooooowwww"
    Would you try another book from Graham Joyce and/or John Lee?

    never


    What was most disappointing about Graham Joyce’s story?

    It was slow moving. I did not appreciate the cursing. I don't see any reason to include the Lord's name taken in vein. ever. If you are in to deep characterization this is the book for you. I didn't like any of them though. I started skipping chapters and listening in on the next to see if I had missed anything. I never did, so I gave up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry East Texas, United States 11-15-14
    Sherry East Texas, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Reader Beware....Not an Innocent Fairy Tale!"
    What would have made Some Kind of Fairy Tale better?

    I think it is beyond saving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, exempt that it will not be by this author.


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

    Too numerous to choose. There were so many!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure why I expected, but this was horrible. Don't think because the title suggests it's a type of fairy tale that you can listen with children. You absolutely should not!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie De Georgia 01-10-14
    Debbie De Georgia 01-10-14

    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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