Author: Harvey Jacobs
In: Snow White, Blood Red (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales
Dates read: 13th February 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: Are you some angel?
Elsie thought she was going to a small town to die quietly and alone. That was until she found Persimmon…
The entire time I was reading this short story, I was remembering watching the movie Thumbelina as a kid. And how much I truly loved it. And then, when the little film reel in my head stopped, I started thinking about the original Hans Christian Andersen tale that I read only a few months ago.
Some short story seem to be quite a long read, and even though they are a small number of pages, there is a lot of complex information squeezed into not much space. This isn’t really like this. Yes, a fair amount happens throughout the story, but it is simple and open. It’s honestly just a cute, modern retelling of an old classic. Not one that is twisted and turned beyond redemption (like many within this collection). There’s still a little adult content in this, but not enough to make it uncomfortable.
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