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I have one or maybe two books from this author on my Kindle, but they languish. I'll probably read them at some point but I don't seem to be in any hurry. As per usual, John, I enjoyed your review and learned a thing or two. I haven't decided how I feel about 'inverted' mysteries yet. I'm thinking I don't like knowing who the killer is up front, but maybe that's because I haven't read any book using this technique that has changed my mind - yet. To me the inverted detective story was an interesting gimmick, worth persisting with for perhaps one short story collection. He seemed to get totally obsessed with it though which is why I've avoided most of his later novels.

I enjoyed his shorter work, but in his novels he does get bogged down. I enjoyed The Uttermost Farthing, but as you say I won't be tracking his book down anytime soon. Austin Freeman. Labels: inverted detective novel , nautical mysteries , R.

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May 04, Kirsty rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult. I did find moments of utter truth and clarity in it, which was a surprise in a YA mystery novel.

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Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database. DiCaprio replaces the paternal figure with the wolf himself.

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Thus, the timeless tale has taken on a new meaning in this era. They must be guarded against all adults. She gets her vengeance by destroying all happy endings, and transporting fairy tale figures into a little town called Storybrooke, with no memory of who and what they once were. Jiminy Cricket, for instance, is now a human therapist named Archie, and Red is a teenager named Ruby who helps run a bar with Granny. In this retelling, rather than the girl and the wolf, the girl is the wolf.

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And the famous red coat is magical. Granny reveals that she was bitten by her late husband, making their children and grandchildren become wolves as well. To keep her daughter from turning, Granny had a wizard fashion a red cloak. Red describes the wolf in terms better fit for describing a human rather than an animal. Perhaps, Red must learn to guard herself from herself.

Another interesting recent series, Grimm , reimagines various Grimm Tales as criminal cases. Detective Nick Burkhardt is a descendent of the Grimm brothers, who were supposedly the first criminal profilers rather than storytellers. They also happened to have had magical abilities: they could see evil wolves and gingerbread-baking witches within killers and child molesters. The pilot episode reimagines Little Red Riding Hood with the wolf as a sexual predator who kidnaps little girls wearing red hoodies.

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Why not an imagining from the perspective of the wolf? It seems only natural to want a glimpse of the criminal mind. But rarely does this happen. Perhaps our culture still reels from the fear of attack — so much so that our fears make us unwilling to step outside ourselves, and imagine how our enemies see us.

We have not yet been able to understand. Thus, the perspective shift in narrative has not yet occurred. Instead, we are hungry for revenge. For instance, the thriller Big Bad Wolves gives the predator a taste of his own medicine. Two men, the father of the latest victim and a vigilante detective, kidnap the man suspected of kidnapping and killing little girls. The symbol of the red hood has transformed into a red hijab — an allusion to the decade discourse on the veil. Laila Lalami calls these narratives chronicles of the veil. Then some horrific event — a sexual mutilation, a potential honor killing, a forced marriage — causes her to flee from the father or brother or husband.

Often, a concerned Westerner, perhaps a reporter on assignment abroad […] helps this young woman write her dramatic story of escape.

Fairy tales are malleable. If once told as social commentary, as didactic moralism, or to lull children to sleep, now fairy tales have crossed through the realm of magical encounters and metaphors. The very reality that fairy tales are able to evolve across culture and time is what makes them necessary to us. They have the capacity to help us understand complex topics and tend to offer a counter world to ours where things are resolved. Perchance we find ourselves returning to these tales because they help us navigate our way through the world.