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Fitcher's Brides (Fairy Tale (Tor)) - Gregory Frost
Fitcher's Brides (Fairy Tale (Tor))
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The tale of Bluebeard, reenvisioned as a dark fable of faith and truth1843 is the “last year of the world,” according the Elias Fitcher, a charismatic preacher in the Finger Lakes district of New York State. He's established a utopian community on an estate outside the town of Jeckyll's Glen,... show more
The tale of Bluebeard, reenvisioned as a dark fable of faith and truth1843 is the “last year of the world,” according the Elias Fitcher, a charismatic preacher in the Finger Lakes district of New York State. He's established a utopian community on an estate outside the town of Jeckyll's Glen, where the faithful wait, work, and pray for the world to end.Vernelia, Amy, and Catherine Charter are the three young townswomen whose father falls under the Reverend Fitcher’s hypnotic sway. In their old house, where ghostly voices whisper from the walls, the girls are ruled by their stepmother, who is ruled in turn by the fiery preacher. Determined to spend Eternity as a married man, Fitcher casts his eye on Vernelia, and before much longer the two are wed. But living on the man's estate, separated from her family, Vern soon learns the extent of her husband’s dark side. It's rumored that he's been married before, though what became of those wives she does not know. Perhaps the secret lies in the locked room at the very top of the house—the sin-gle room that the Reverend Fitcher has forbidden to her.Inspired by the classic fairy tales "Bluebeard" and "The Fitcher Bird," this dark fantasy is set in New York State’s “Burned-Over District,” at its time of historic religious ferment. All three Charter sisters will play their part in the story of Fitcher's Utopia: a story of faith gone wrong, and evil coun-tered by one brave, true soul.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780765301956 (0765301954)
ASIN: 0765301954
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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altheaann
altheaann rated it
This book is quite radically different from the other entries in Terri Windling's 'Fairy Tale Series.' Most of the other books Windling selected stayed much closer to the classic feel of fairy tales in their retellings. I knew that, from what I'd read in other reviews, and for that reason waited qui...
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
0.0
One of the obvious challenges in adapting most fairy or folk tales into full-length novels or films is how to extend them from their generally brief and undetailed versions to take 200 pages or 2 hours. Quite a few adult adaptations add in sex scenes. Disney fills up time with musical numbers. Frost...
Bun's Books
Bun's Books rated it
3.0
The Bluebeard tale reset in a 19th century cult waiting for the end of days in upstate NY. On the plus side, this is good and creepy. The author captures the atmosphere of upstate NY really well. In fact I will admit that may be that he captured it well enough to make me uncomfortable and dislike...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
Another in Terri Windling's Fairy Tale series, in which a common story is retold. In this case, Frost chose to translate Bluebeard into 1840s America. Quite good.
Jammies' books
Jammies' books rated it
4.0
This is a truly amazing re-telling of "Bluebeard." Even though each one of the three sisters exemplifies a certain 'sin,' they are all well-rounded and interesting characters. Frost's choice of setting and time period added to the book's fascination, because the turn-of-the-century apocalyptic cul...
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