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text 2016-08-27 13:03
Review: The Tinderbox (Penguin Little Black Classic #23) by Hans Christian Andersen
The Tinder Box (Little Black Classics #23) - Hans Christian Andersen

Goodreads summary:

Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen's tales made him an international star, taken to the hearts of children and adults for their beauty, sorrow and strangeness. Included here are 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'Big Claus and Little Claus'.
 

My opinion:

There are six fairy tales in this collection: The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, The Princess on the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and The Red Shoes. Out of those fairy tales I liked The Tinderbox and The Steadfast Tin Soldier the most. I just wished they would have included his most famous fairy tale: The Little Mermaid. However, this is a great collection if you don't know where to start with his work and are not sure yet if you want to read all his fairy tales. 

 

What is your opinion about Andersen? What is your favorite fairy tale by him?

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review 2016-04-21 20:27
Graphic Novel Review
 The Red Shoes and Other Tales - Metaphrog

*Book source ~ Free from NoiseTrade

 

From Goodreads:

There once was a young girl, who was pretty but poor. So poor she had to go barefoot. Her name was Karen and she loved to dance. When Karen becomes an orphan, her great aunt takes her in. One day on a shopping trip, she is bought a beautiful pair of red shoes. The shoes magically come to life and steer Karen down a path she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams, or nightmares. This fresh take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic “The Red Shoes” is a tale of hope, obsession and guilt, retold and lavishly illustrated by multiple-Eisner award nominated creators Metaphrog. Also included is an adaptation of Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and an original story, “The Glass Case”.

 

I can’t believe I’ve never read the two Andersen stories. I’m seriously deficient in the classics. I get the gist of the tales from this graphic novel, but I’ll still want to read the actual books someday. The Glass Case is an original and it's not bad. The artwork is ok. It’s not horrible, but I wasn’t wowed either. All-in-all it’s an enjoyable way to spend the 20 minutes or so it takes to read it.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-red-shoes-and-other-tales.html
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review 2015-12-30 12:30
Illustrated Classics
 The Red Shoes and Other Tales - Metaphrog

Three Hans Christian Andersen tales, the Red Shoes, the Glass Case and the Little Match Girl beautifully illustrated and presented here.

 

I loved the subdued tones and highlights throughout the artwork.  The depictions of the feet dancing away with the red shoes and the poor girl with her stump legs were not gruesome, completely clean, no blood or bone, but somehow that just made the whole thing creepier yet.

 

Each of these three stories has something of the creepy to it, something other worldly, creating a nice collection to read together.  The Glass Case, was to me the most bizarre and creepy and kept me thinking afterward what exactly happened.

 

Would be a good introduction to Hans Christian Andersen.

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text 2015-11-02 22:19
My October 2015
Touching Fate - Brenda Drake
No & ich - Delphine de Vigan
 The Red Shoes and Other Tales - Metaphrog
Fresh Romance #1 - Janelle Asselin,Kevin Wada,Savanna Ganucheau,Amanda Scurti,Sally Jane Thompson,Arielle Jovellanos,Sarah Vaughn,Kate Leth,Sarah Winifred Searle,Sarah Kuhn
A Reunion Of Ghosts - Judith Claire Mitchell
Manga Classics: Emma - Po Tse,Jane Austen,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan
Grischa: Goldene Flammen (Grischa, #1) - Leigh Bardugo,Henning Ahrens
Touching Fate - 4 stars
No & ich - 4 1/2 stars
The Red Shoes and Other Tales - 5 stars
Fresh Romance #1 - 4 stars
A Reunion Of Ghosts - 5 stars
Manga Classics: Emma - 4 stars
Grischa: Goldene Flammen (Grischa, #1) - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: No & Ich, A Reunion of Ghosts

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Paint My Body Red, The City Center, Welche Farbe hat die Wahrheit, Scintillate (I'm so close to just giving up but there aren't that many pages left. I have to finish it. You just don't stop racing a bit before the finish line. Right?!)

 

That month was weird. Seriously. I'm thankful for the 3 graphic novels/Manga that I read, cause otherwise I would not be happy with the amount of things I read. But the quality of the books were actually really good. So quality over quantity, right?

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text 2015-10-14 22:06
A Bunch Of Free Comics and Graphic Novels From NoiseTrade
Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising - Joshua Dysart
Fresh Romance #1 - Janelle Asselin,Kevin Wada,Savanna Ganucheau,Amanda Scurti,Sally Jane Thompson,Arielle Jovellanos,Sarah Vaughn,Kate Leth,Sarah Winifred Searle,Sarah Kuhn
 The Red Shoes and Other Tales - Metaphrog
The Only Living Boy - David Gallaher,Steve Ellis
Gladstone's School For World Conquerors #1 - Armand Villavert Jr.,Mark Smith



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