Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Stepsister Scheme
Can the three princesses track down Armand and extract both the prince and themselves from the clutches of some of fantasyland’s most nefarious villains?
Review: OK, so I'm trying a new format for my book reviews. I felt like I either just got really wordy and went on and on, or didn't have a lot to say and the reviews were too short. This will at least give you some more info--although most of it is easily available somewhere (like Amazon.) I'll try it anyway.
Jim C. Hines, a native of my part of the woods, apparently (kinda sorta a neighbor of mine, I guess) has written a well-regarded fantasy comic/parody series about goblins, and now he's also got a 4-book series about fairytale princesses. This isn't new; the entire series was completely in print almost a year ago now, but it's still relatively new, since even the first book only was put into print three years ago. (I've never made any attempt to be trendy with my fantasy reading habits anyway--most of what I read has been in print for some time. I also dislike starting series that aren't already finished, nearly so, or at least putting out new episodes at a steady and fast pace.)
Although I specifically bought just the first book in the series to see if I want to go on, I don't think I'll be buying the rest. I may yet pick them up from my library though. I thought the weight of the concept and all the baggage that that entailed was difficult to overcome, although Hines makes a good enough effort at it that it does work fairly well. However, for the next three books in the series, he mostly layers in more fairytale concepts--the Little Mermaid and Little Red Riding Hood, specifically, before finally going with a more original take for the last book in the series. This concerns me a bit, because like I said, the concept and its baggage was already the most difficult thing to overcome as it was.