Toad Words And Other Stories

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
From author T. Kingfisher comes a collection of fairy-tale retellings for adults. By turns funny and dark, sad and lyrical, this anthology draws together in one volume such stories as "The Wolf and the Woodsman," "Loathly," and "Bluebeard's Wife," along with an all-new novella, "Boar & Apples."

Author's Note: Many of these stories have appeared in various forms on the author's blog.

Available ebook formats: epub

About T Kingfisher

T. Kingfisher lives in North Carolina and has won the Hugo and Mythopoeic Awards, under a different pen-name.

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birdyrabbit reviewed on July 7, 2016

Beautifully written, creative, fresh and thoughtful takes on timeless tales. T. Kingfisher has a magic touch.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
epsiloneridani reviewed on Aug. 16, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories. These are very well written retellings of classic fairy tales such as Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Snow White, and so on. We already know the stories, so here the author focused the writing on the characters, their thoughts and feelings, and what impact the events of the story has on them. I also like that we get to see the other side of the story, told from the view point of the "bad" or secondary characters.
The stories carry a dark irony, with a more mature and realistic tone compared to the children's versions of the tales, but there is still magic in them.

My favorite story is "Loathly", which was really tragic and dark and beautiful. On the other hand I thought that "Boar & Apples" (the longest story) was charming but lacked the depth of the other tales in terms of tension and characters development.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Elizabeth McCoy reviewed on Aug. 5, 2014

This is an awesome set of short stories (& a little poetry). Funny stuff, grim stuff, funny-and-grim stuff... Get. Read. It's good.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anne V reviewed on Aug. 5, 2014

I can honestly say that Ms. Kingfisher's works have been enjoyed by family members between ages 8 and 80... my mother swiped my copies of Digger, loaned them to her sister, and then never got them back as they'd disappeared with the grandkids.

These stories are just as good, and likely to have the same fate...
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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