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Tinder | [Sally Gardner]

Tinder

A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Tinderbox. Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail.
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Publisher's Summary

A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in Costa Award winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Tinderbox.

Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?

Fairy tales are often the cruellest stories of all; in this exquisite novel Sally Gardner writes about great love and great loss.

Read by Robert Madge.

©2013 Sally Gardner (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Linda-Ann Forrester
    4/25/14
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    Story
    "Wow, start to finish in one night. Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Tinder in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, terrifying and Satiable!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt there was three parts to this book, all of which I favoured. The middle where he reaches the castle was my favourite. I was there with him, I could feel, smell and hear everything like it was right here with me.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Madge’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No one could have done a better job, he fitted the soldier perfectly.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me grip with fear and such sadness for what had happened to his sister and the girl in the red cloak. That was very personal for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened from start to finish in one night, I was so hungry for more. I didn't want it to end. I don't think Sally could've re written this better, I love this type of story. I love the original and hans Christian Anderson is one of my favourites, I'm sure he would have loved to have heard such darkness and macabre in his story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Samantha Clark
    UK
    7/10/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Not a Fairy Tale for Younger Ears!"
    If you could sum up Tinder in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, mysterious and gothic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinder?

    The appearance of the Lady of the Nail. Chilling!


    What about Robert Madge’s performance did you like?

    His gentle voice not only suited the character of traumatised young soldier, Otto Hundebiss, but also suited the style of writing. If it weren't so darned creepy, you could easily be lulled to sleep with his bedtime story reading!


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

    Not really. It suited being listened to in the evenings... probably best tucked up on a stormy night!


    Any additional comments?

    For a more in-depth review, check my blog at: http://literary-loves.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/tinder-by-sally-gardner.html

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steph B
    in a caravan somewhere
    6/3/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not quite magical enough"

    I'm not quite sure why, but Tinder didn't enthrall me in the way I hoped it would. I enjoy fairytales by modern authors such as Neil Gaiman but felt this one lacked a truly magical spark. There are a number of unexpected flashbacks which made the story a bit tricky to follow on audio as if I missed a few seconds, I wasn't always able to pick the story up again easily.
    Based on The Tinderbox tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Gardner has cleverly worked the trauma of child soldiers and civil war into her story and set in in the period of the 30 Years War about which I know precious little but am now intrigued to research. She tells us a little about her influence and inspiration after the tale which was interesting to hear.
    Robert Madge does a good job of the narration and his voice fits how I imagine Otto would sound. The story trips along at a good pace with frequent fantastical imagery, but some descriptions are overly repeated which I found annoying. For example, the 'pointless quill' of a lawyer is a great visual phrase, but I didn't need it hammered home so many times in quick succession.
    As is typical of fairytales, the characters are not particularly well developed, there are goodies and baddies a plenty and they tend to stick to type. I did like the Lady of the Nail and the hotel keeper is fun.
    Reading other reviews, I have discovered the printed book is illustrated by David Roberts which adds greatly to the atmosphere of the tale. Perhaps for Tinder, this would have been the better option, however I don't think I will be buying a second version to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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