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Lynn E. O'Connacht
on March 29, 2013 :
Even though these are folk or fairytales for a fictional world, these three tales can be read on their own easily. You can trace the fairytales McCoy drew on to tell at least the shorter two of the tales. I /loved/ 'The Bear Prince'. It was utterly delightful and I foresee myself opening this ebook at random intervals just to reread it. 'The Princess and the Sheep's Wool' suffered a little from the fact that I haven't encountered the world these tales are set in before, but that wouldn't have bothered me one whit had I read this at a younger age. I would have adored it all the more for the way it so strongly ties into a different culture, actually, so it may be a bit hit-and-miss for readers on the whole.
Still. I thoroughly enjoyed this little collection and only wish there'd been more of these folktales in the collection to enjoy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2011 :
A fictional world is defined by the people in it, and the things they hold in common. Things like fairy tales.
These stories introduce a world other than the one I live in. It shows what the people of this world value. Self-reliance, courage, cleverness, charity, and of course, justice. Where one can be cunning without being deceptive.
This world is different enough to be novel, without being so alien I can't understand it.
Plus, they are also good stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2011 :
A collection of fairy tales that feel like the eldest you've found: dream-like and strange and yet familiar. My favorite of the three was "The Bear Prince," with its pale palette and sense of escape through virtue; but "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight" was haunting and passing-strange in that "who thinks of these things?" way, with details to match, and "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool" is a fine retelling of the Princess and the Pea, with smell rather than touch as the royal tell-tale.
If I have an objection to these, it's that they are too few. You end up in their psychological space and just as you're accustomed to it, the e-book is over. Stories like this for me work best if they either stand alone and are over so quickly they feel like a needle to the arm, or so long a collection that you can become adrift in them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 16, 2011 :
These three stories have a great classic fairytale vibe to them. My favorite is probably the first the eponymous, "The Bear Prince." It reads similar to old Russian folklore to me, strange and lovely, and very evocative of a world where magic might be peaking at you around the edges of snowdrifts. The author's afterword was an unexpectedly interesting bonus, and brought up some details about the greater setting of this fairytale world I probably wouldn't have thought of. All in all, a great first ebook.
(reviewed the day of purchase)