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The Raven and the Reindeer (2016)

by T Kingfisher

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It's a gritty, fleshy retelling of the Snow Queen story, which I admit gave me some sleepless moments in the middle of the night while I was reading it. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 25, 2017 |
I loved it! The Snow Queen is _not_ a favorite fairy tale - it's a little too flat and bland for me. This version is not at all bland. Oddly enough, Gerta's lack of self-esteem didn't annoy me too much - mostly because she just kept on doing things, even while telling herself that she wasn't worth anything. Kay makes rather more sense here than in the usual version - I'm delighted that Gerta sees through, or beyond, him. Mousebones is great, and I like Janna - I'd like to see more of her story, too. Ursula Vernon has a strong, quirky voice - I've only read a couple books by her, but I follow her online. I kept recognizing comments Gerta, or Janna, or Mousebones, or some of the various old ladies made as being the sort of thing I'd expect from Ursula - partly because they were entirely unexpected, but made perfect sense. I need to read more by Ursula. And I suspect I will reread this quite a few more times, and find new delights each time. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 22, 2017 |
As 2017 simply hunkers down in the bitter cold of winter, I find myself drawn to fairy tales and fantasies: the kind of stories you could tell beside a fire with the storm raging outside. This novella was my first encounter with T. Kingfisher (the pseudonym of Ursula Vernon), an author whose books have often been recommended to me by Goodreads. It’s a retelling of The Snow Queen, which I’ve read many times in my much-loved childhood copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Smart and knowing, The Raven and the Reindeer delivers up all the magic without any of the piety, and with a marked glint in its eye...

For the rest of the review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/04/the-raven-and-the-reindeer-t-kingfisher/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 4, 2017 |
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