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A supernatural British comedy of manners pits a family of jaded city dwellers against some rambunctious country ghosts.
The Impossible Fairy Tale is the story of two unexceptional grade-school girls. Mia is "lucky"she is spoiled by her mother and, as she explains, her two fathers. She gloats over her exotic imported color pencils and won't be denied a coveted sweater. Then there is the Child who, by contrast, is neither lucky nor unlucky. She makes so little impression that she seems not even to merit a name. At school, their fellow students, whether lucky or luckless or unlucky, seem consumed by an almost murderous rage. Adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by cruelty and soul-crushing hierarchies. Then, one day, the Child sneaks into the classroom after hours and adds ominous sentences to her classmates' notebooks. This sinister but initially inconsequential act unlocks a series of events that end in horrible violence. -- amazon.com
It's a beautiful day for a Renaissance Faire, and the Watterson family is having a blast taking in ye olde fun and games-- until a magician's illusion turns into a real spell, and all of Elmore is cast into a fairy tale world of quests, danger and magical adventures! Can Wizard Darwin, Knight Anais and Jester Gumball save Richard from his everlasting turkey-leg0induced sleep, or will the citizens of Elmore remain trapped in the Middle Ages forever?
This world is full of mysteries, and if you learn to commune with it, you’ll acquire invisible friends, who won’t let you fail. In “Uncia or Precious Nothing” a scientist invents a device that enables him to travel to peoples’ hearts. There he meets a fantastic Bird – the quintessence of Love and Light in the Universe. He uses her rays to create a remedy to save a human heart from darkness and fear. Uncia, an imprisoned teenage princess, falls in love for the first time. The Bird teaches her how to travel without a body to find her love. Their adventures engage the world as an infinite musical instrument, where every living soul leads out a unique melody that can’t be rewritten. “Uncia or Precious Nothing” unveils an invisible side of the world, the side that’s full of mystery and magic. And above all, it gives hope in the endless journey of Life. Written by the multiple Russian national prizewinner for song lyrics, Andrey Morsin, this extraordinary novel reveals an original visionary concept of the Universe intricately woven into a fairy-tale for all ages. Publisher: Animedia Company.
'Fabulously funny and festive. An absolute treat full of warmth and romance' - Alex Brown, author of The Secret of Orchard Cottage A wonderful, heart-warming Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball. What readers are saying about A Fairy Tale for Christmas: 'Filled with Christmas cheer...a captivating story!' 'A lovely, warm read...highly, highly recommended!' 'A beautiful sparkly warm festive book that will have you feeling ready for the Christmas season!' 'A warm, funny, festive read... an unmissable festive treat' 'A gorgeous, funny, touching story... I was hooked from the first page!'
" Explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century. In his examinations of key classical fairy tales, Zipes traces their unique metamorphoses in history with stunning discoveries that reveal their ideological relationship to domination and oppression. Tales such as Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Rumplestiltskin have become part of our everyday culture and shapers of our identities. In this lively work, Jack Zipes explores the historical rise of the literary fairy tale as genre in the late seventeenth century and examines the ideological relationship of classic fairy tales to domination and oppression in Western society. The fairy tale received its most "mythic" articulation in America. Consequently, Zipes sees Walt Disney's Snow White as an expression of American male individualism, film and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz as critiques of American myths, and Robert Bly's Iron John as a misunderstanding of folklore and traditional fairy tales. This book will change forever the way we look at the fairy tales of our youth.
Kafka, Gothic and Fairytale is an original comparative study of the novels and some of the related shorter punishment fantasies in terms of their relationship to the Gothic and fairytale conventions. It is an absorbing subject and one which, while keeping to the basic facts of his life, mind-set and literary method, shows Kafka's work in a genuinely new light. The contradiction between his persona with its love of fairytale and his shadow with its affinity with Gothic is reflected in his work, which is both Gothic and other than Gothic, both fairytale-like and the every denial of fairytale. Important subtexts of the book are the close connexion between Gothic and fairytale and between both of these and the dream. German text is quoted in translation unless the emphasis is on the meaning of individual words or phrases, in which case the words in question are quoted and their English meanings discussed. This means that readers without German can, for the first time, begin to understand the underlying ambiguity of Kafka's major fictions. The book is addressed to all who are interested in the meaning of his work and its place in literary history, but also to the many readers in the English and German-speaking worlds who share the author's enthusiasm for Gothic and fairytale.

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