Fairy tales

The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

What if one of those ugly wishes, we mutter in anger before thinking it through, came true? That is the defining moment in the childhood of the protagonist in “The Ice Queen”, and it turns her into ice. Feel not and be not tempted to make wishes. As an adult, she is then stroke by […]

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Lille Duduk og Store Godok

En listig lille bog med underoverskriften: en opbyggelig fortælling for de små, men “Lille Duduk og Store Godok” er ikke så uskyldigt, som en bog, hvor fortælleren er John Silvers papegøje, lyder. Dog finder jeg heller ikke, at fortællingen giver alt religiøst en overhaling, som bagside kommentaren får det til at lyde. Jeg vil snarere […]

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The Third Angel – Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is a magical author, who understands serendipity and the art of magical living and storytelling. I always find myself immersed in her stories and find to extract a little of her fairy dust to my ordinary everyday life. Reading “The Third Angel” is no different. “The Third Angel” consists of three interconnected stories […]

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Little Black Book of Stories – A. S. Byatt

“Little Black Book of Stories” contains five short stories with dark, Gothic tentacles that coil around the reader’s mind. I love the mixture of fairy tale and realism in the stories that lead rationalism astray. The tales in “Little Black Book of Stories” are written for different occasions, but have enough commonalities to flatter each […]

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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time… how many stories begin with these words? When I hear them, I nestle in my reading chair, ready for an adventure on the page. An adventure back to bygone times, where princesses were held captive in towers or slumbered for a hundred years, where dragons lived in remote caves and could […]

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