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A Spindle Splintered
A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
"A vivid, subversive and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness and a good working knowledge of fairy tales." Katherine Arden It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no-one has lived past twenty-one. Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Hitchhikerbooks
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Bailedbailed

This reads like a high school kid‘s creative writing project.

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Kerrbearlib
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I am really enjoying this Sleeping Beauty retelling. It‘s wild to learn that in the Disney version, Aurora only has 18 lines. What the Hello Kitty?

#fairytales #retelling #audiobook

Image from the film Sleeping Beauty.

LibrarianRyan I loved this book. Wait til the sequel. 1w
Kerrbearlib @LibrarianRyan just finished it, it was so good! 1w
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ErraticElle
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A fantastic reimagined & fractured fairy tale. The narrative & the characters are incredibly entertaining. The story is very short, but packs a punch & really explores the original tale. The writing has a YA flavor to it with a bit of a Marissa Meyer feel. It's a story that tackles some strong topics but doesn't take itself too seriously. The subversion is masterfully done & the blend of fantasy with real world was a lot of fun. Excellent read!!

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Johanna414
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This audiobook lasted me just long enough to put the first coat of paint down on my daughter's bedroom floor. I really liked the idea of it, but it ended up being just a low pick for me.

AmyG I like the floor color. 2mo
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DimeryRene
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Short, cute audio so far. Have not read a fairy tale retelling ever, I don‘t think!

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Lara.Tomme
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Fun short read, liked the original concept and always like fairy tale retellings.
Good audiobook too.

3.5 ⭐

#sribd #audiobook

Kerrbearlib Currently listening to the audiobook and really enjoying it! 2w
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SW-T
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Totally underestimated how fun this would be. Loved how this took the Sleeping Beauty story in a totally new direction. Short but impactful, loaded with pop culture references, and full of friendship, danger, hope, love, and determination. Definitely plan to read the sequel.

#authorcrush

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kwmg40
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This short work, nominated for the 2022 Hugo Best Novella award, is a terrific take on the Sleeping Beauty folktale! #hugo2022 #hugoawards

I finished the #20in4 readathon with a grand total of 12 hours and 15 minutes. Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting!

booklover3258 The sequel A Mirror Mended just came out this month. :) 3mo
kwmg40 @booklover3258 Thanks for that information! I definitely want to read the sequel. 3mo
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DebbieGrillo
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A modern day retelling of sleeping beauty that delves into fairytale folklore and explores the idea of a multiverse. Strong female characters who fight curses, the patriarchy, and premature death. Truly delicious!

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Cathythoughts Interesting quote ! 3mo
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TheBookWitchON
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I absolutely adored this book. To all the girls that deserved a better story, this book is for you.

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kissmehardy
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I'm not usually a novella person, but I loved this! Zinnia, Charm, and Prim actually got some reasonable character development, which is normally why I shy away from novellas. And all the Easter eggs/references! I almost screamed when I got to "Harold, they're lesbians." #fantasy #fairytales #retelling

Kerrbearlib Listening to it now and really enjoying it! It‘s witty and entertaining. 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly
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This is what I could find in my house in the way of fairy tale retellings for our #LMPBC group. @ozma.of.oz @wordslinger42 @KristiAhlers The only one I haven‘t read is A Spindle Splintered. I‘m also open to buying something different!

ozma.of.oz I‘ve read all of these except for Dark of the Woods! But I‘d be down for a reread of any. And A Spindle Splintered is utterly delightful! The sequel just came out a week ago! 3mo
KristiAhlers I‘ve read A spindle Splintered it was a really good read. 3mo
wordslinger42 I very recently read Uprooted, but I'd love to read any of the others! 😊 3mo
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Clare-Dragonfly I guess we‘ll go with Spinning Silver then? @ozma.of.oz @KristiAhlers @wordslinger42 And we read our own pick in July, right? 3mo
wordslinger42 @Clare-Dragonfly Sounds great to me! 3mo
KristiAhlers @Clare-Dragonfly yes! 3mo
ozma.of.oz Yup! Looking forward to it! 3mo
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DebbieGrillo
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MoonWitch94 Ohhhhhhh I feel this one. 3mo
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Mccall0113
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Finn is sleepy.

DinoMom Finn is gorgeous! 3mo
CoffeeNBooks What a sweet pup! 3mo
BkClubCare PUPPY!! 3mo
suvata Finn is wonderful! 3mo
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vlwelser
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This is a fun Sleeping Beauty retelling. It's very YA. And the #audiobook is super short.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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BekaReid
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Opening line: "Sleeping Beauty is pretty much the worst fairy tale, any way you slice it." Immediately pulled me in, and I devoured this novella in one sitting.

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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I don‘t want to give too much away but this story really gives the Sleeping Beauty character so much agency. I can‘t wait for the follow up story.

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Zuhkeeyah
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A fun reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. It includes some entertaining multiverse references that actually end up making sense. Thank you to Alix Harrow for giving me a chance to finally use the Disney knowledge stored in my brain.

May #bookspin is complete! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5mo
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GirlNamedJesse
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It may be short, but this is perfect! I love feminist retellings of fairy tales and this is like a meta version of just that in spades! And to top it all off, it‘s funny! Loved this and can‘t wait for the sequel. 👑

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Ruthiella
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A quick read. Only 119 pages and many are illustrated, though the illustrations had seemingly nothing to do with the story? This is a reworking of Sleeping Beauty narrated by a modern woman who is terminally ill and not likely to live past her 21st birthday who accidentally gets sucked into a multiverses of briar rose et al stories and has to circumvent the established boundaries of the fairytale... Not my usual fare.

#Booked2022 Myth retelling

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds interesting, even if it‘s not your usual kind of book. 👏🏻📚 6mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! Exactly what @BarbaraTheBibliophage said …cool choice 6mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen That‘s one of the neat things about reading prompts like this! It makes me more adventurous. 😃 6mo
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sarahgreatlove
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One of my favorite fairy tale retellings! A sleeping beauty story, I loved the narration and the story was so fun. I‘m excited for book 2 and sad there won‘t be more. This is novella length, nice and short. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BennettBookworm Alix Harrow is so awesome! 6mo
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bookandbedandtea
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This tale repositions the Sleeping Beauty story into one where women take charge of their circumstances and make choices for themselves rather than accepting the decisions being made for and about them. It has a serious message about the plight of women through the ages yet it's fun too.

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bookandbedandtea
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So I immediately Googled.

ozma.of.oz Yeah, that‘s a rough one. 😞 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I couldn't not Google it. 7mo
bookandbedandtea @ozma.of.oz @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I knew the horrible, original version of the story (though I tend to forget until I'm reminded again) but I don't recall ever hearing her called that. 7mo
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Johanna414
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#bookmail makes for a good end to the week - especially since I don't have to work next week! I wonder how many books I can read over break?!

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claudiuo
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First book in a new series, Fractured Fables, by Alix E. Harrow and I really liked it (like everything I've read by her until now). A retelling (more like a re-imagining I would say) of The Sleeping Beauty, complete with multi-universe and a real princess. Also a critique to the way princesses are presented in fairy tales, and especially in this one. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks This is my first read in the newly restarted #PromptMaze.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Scochrane26
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Really enjoyed this novella & happy that it will be a series. Sleeping Beauty, feminism, diverse characters, strong women—love it.

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AmandaBlaze
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I read this story in one greedy gulp. An awesome retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the women finally rescue themselves and others like them. I'm so glad this is my first book read in February.

AmandaBlaze #SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView So happy this is a new series! 7mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 7mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Even among the nerds who majored in folklore, “Sleeping Beauty“ is nobody's favorite. The romantic girls like “Beauty and the Beast“; vanilla girls like “ Cinderella“; goth girls like “Snow White.“ Only dying girls like “Sleeping Beauty.“

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LibrarianRyan
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4.5 ⭐ Wow. What a fantastic retelling of sleeping beauty. This is a short novel it leaves itself open for multiple sequels that I can‘t wait to read. The modern sleeping beauty is actually a sick young woman with a fatal disease. It‘s her 21st birthday and people with her disease don‘t see 22. Celebrating her birthday in the top of the tall tower she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel as a joke, but that is where the joke ends.

LibrarianRyan Zinna Gray is transported to another room where she has the ability to save another sleeping beauty and to learn more about the past and history of the current, future, and other world sleeping beauties. This book is part fairytale part fantasy, all adventure and all heart. It is faithful but also completely unfaithful to the Disney stories you know and to the historical stories you don‘t. This book is fantastic and I can‘t wait to read what come 8mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This was a fun feminist & queer take on Sleeping Beauty! A quick little audio.. I really enjoyed this while finishing an #audiopuzzle. #bookspinbingo #freespace @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
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witchyreader13
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Got this book from my Creepy Christmas swap partner (thank you so much!). A unique twist on the old damsel in distress version of Sleeping Beauty, I give this high marks for friendship over romance, LGBTQ+ friendly, fatal/chronic illness visibility, and female characters who find the strength to make their story their own. I recommend to any woman who struggles & feels like her life is not within her control. Take your story back! 💓

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emily_roamswild
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Mehso-so

Super short, fun and sapphic re-imagining of “Sleeping Beauty”. A little too short for me. I struggled to connect with the main character and I enjoyed the storytelling but part of this fairytale trope is simplicity. However, I think I prefer more The Wood and the Woodsman style fairytales. But for a academic look at fairytales, it‘s a nice think piece.

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TracyReadsBooks
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I really enjoyed this feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty which turns everything on its head, throws in the multiverse, and sees women taking charge of their own destinies. Absolutely loved the inclusion of Arthur Rackham‘s illustrations…after some modifications, of course. A novella, this is a fast, fun read.

elkeOriginal I enjoyed this too! Glad it is a series 😉 9mo
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rjsthumbelina
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Christmas ambience on, toddler napping, time to settle in with a favorite author! It didn't knock January out of my favorite spot, but def worth the read. And anxiously awaiting book 2! 1st book finished for #anywayyoureadathon #dashingdecember and #Melscozyreadathon. Only found 3 words for #WGwordsearch -30 pts #Wintergames2021 @StayCurious #averymerryreadathon #wrapitupreadathon #bookspinbingo #averymerrybingo #festivereadathon #wintercosy

rjsthumbelina #adventathon 3 hrs for all readathons = +300 points+16+30= 346 points 🎄 9mo
kspenmoll Congrats on your reading, with a toddler no less!!‘ 9mo
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bookwrm526
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LOVE a good fairytale re-telling, and this one had some interesting angles. I actually wish it had been a little longer, but it was a satisfying story and Harris nailed the ending (I was afraid she wouldn‘t).

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Laughterhp
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I wasn‘t really sure what to expect with this one. Overall, I liked it. It was a quick, dark fairytale retelling. It ended on a hopeful not, but like not too hopeful. I think Alix E Harrow might be slowly becoming an auto read author for me.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers +16pts #TBRRead
#BookSpinBingo - #DoubleSpin (Audio)
#AVeryMerryBingo - free space
#AVeryMerryReadathon
#LittensListen
#WinterCosy
#Wrapitupreadathon

keys_on_fire Ooo I love fairy take retellings! Stacking! 10mo
TheSpineView Awesome 🤩📖📚 10mo
Jadams1776 🎉🎄🎁🎅🏻👍🏻 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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I‘ve never read any ‘twisted‘ or revised fairy tales before, so this was a new genre to me. I wasn‘t sure before I started but figured it was only short (3.5 hours on audio) so I might as well give it a go.

This is based on Sleeping Beauty and, actually, I really enjoyed it. I do think it‘s a bit simplistic / basic for the #ToB though; there‘s nothing particularly groundbreaking/special about it but maybe that‘s just because it‘s not my genre.

Cinfhen Ohhh, a short audio…that‘s my jam 🎶😁 10mo
Ruthiella I put this one on hold at the library. I‘ve heard good things and the length definitely encourages me to try it! Retold fairytales aren‘t really my thing either, but I am willing to be converted. 10mo
BkClubCare I thought it was fun. 🤩 10mo
Megabooks I hate retold fairy tales, so I‘ll take a pass unless it makes the shortlist. Great review! 10mo
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janeycanuck
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I wasn‘t too sure about this because fairy tale retellings have been hit or miss for me and I‘m not crazy about science fiction/fantasy. But this was fun! I think how short it was helped, the story had to keep moving. It was also quite funny and the drawings throughout are so lovely!

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Lindy
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Frothy fun spun around a solid feminist core, with a multiverse of queer, not-sleeping princesses that resemble a “mismatched set of Valkyries” facing down fatal illness, a prince who‘s more of a “sentient cleft chin” than a hero, and… whatever else impedes their self-actualization. Novella-length #audiobook read by Amy Landon.

BkClubCare Laughed out loud a few times, too 👍 10mo
Lindy @BkClubCare 👯‍♂️😁 10mo
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/fzJWZ7CFJCM

Enjoy!

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BkClubCare
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#CaresBooksandPie #CaresPieShow

Starting this #TOB2022longlist now, after baking the custard part of these Apple Cider Cream Pies for today‘s pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my parents. #iLovePie #ApplePie

xicanti They look so good! 🤤 10mo
BkClubCare @xicanti ah, but wait til cloudy mounds of heavenly whipped cream is heaped upon these beauties 10mo
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janeycanuck
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Ooh, is there anything better than picking up three holds from the library when you have a long weekend ahead of you?

#libraryhaul

Cinfhen Nice!!!! 10mo
BkClubCare I am starting A Spindle Splintered right now! 😊 10mo
janeycanuck @BkClubCare I think it‘s got the shortest hold list so will probably be the last of the three I pick up but I‘m really looking forward to it! 10mo
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

I didn‘t read much this last week. My 3 read were short fast reads with only I Can Make this Promise planned for #MGBuddyRead. I liked the tagged book best. I put Villette aside to concentrate on Dr. Z which I didn‘t touch all week.

This week I WILL catch up on the Wilkerson buddy read, finish the Zafon for #AuthorAMonth and make progress on Z. Beyond that I can‘t predict. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen @Well-ReadNeck was just talking about your tagged book & I was wondering if I‘d like it… I‘m not sure it‘s my thing but I may give it a shot 10mo
Cinfhen Good luck with #DrZ …. It‘s proving to be a buzz kill 10mo
Crazeedi Hey there my friend, I'm sitting in my sunroof with the wood stove and the quilt I received from you a few years ago, my sister just asked where I got the beautiful quilt, I told her the story. She loved it too🥰 so glad you're on #TeamGameSleighers!! 10mo
Deblovestoread @Crazeedi That is so sweet! I consider my quilts hugs and I am so glad you are being hugged today! Winter Games will be a blast, glad we are teammates👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
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KristiAhlers
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Not. A. Fan. I don‘t know if it‘s the smacking about the head and face with pop culture references or the length ( short people less than 120 pages) or the overworked effort into making this one matter. Pick one or all in any event it fell flat. Which is sad as I was looking forward to her feminist twist on a retelling of sleeping beauty. Even the illustrations on every page wasn‘t enough to save it.

kamoorephoto Bummer! 10mo
KristiAhlers @kamoorephoto I was so disappointed! I looked forward to this so much. I loved her book Once and Future Witches so figured she‘d knock this out out of the park. Sigh. I mean some are truly enjoying it so there is that. 10mo
ShyBookOwl Aw. I got the audiobook for $4 a couple months back but haven't listened yet 😕 10mo
KristiAhlers @ShyBookOwl maybe it will be better being narrated. Sometimes that does make a difference 10mo
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ozma.of.oz
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A modern Sleeping Beauty falls through the multiverse into a more classic Sleeping Beauty tale, & promptly decides fuck that noise & sets off to rescue them both.

This is a clever subversion of the fairy tale that nods to countless retellings. With unexpected turns, thoughtful inclusivity, curses that aren‘t really curses, and a space princess, this delighted me & I immediately went to see if there is going to be a 2nd & preordered it. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

ozma.of.oz And there‘s a pop culture reference towards the end where I laughed so hard I almost choked. 😆 10mo
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steph_phanie
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I didn't LOVE it, hence the So-So.

Last year I read Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc. I felt echoes of that work here. The idea of reclaiming these old sexist and ableist tales is enticing. However, a Spindle Splintered just missed the mark for me. I almost think the brevity of it is what holds it back. I would have preferred the story and characters a bit more fleshed out. Beautiful cover and artwork. ⭐⭐⭐

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Professional_Book_Dragon
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Mehso-so

This was okay. I appreciated the idea but I didn‘t really enjoy the follow through.