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)
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.
The depth and realness of the characters.
No, I haven't, but I loved his narration.
Not my typical audiobook but I absolutely loved it. Give it a listen.
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.
Whimsical. Dark. Engrossing.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
lover of good books
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.
I think it is beyond saving.
Not sure, exempt that it will not be by this author.
Too numerous to choose. There were so many!
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!
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.
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