Fairy tales are often though as stories for young children. One note characters and predictable plots are often the hallmarks of this genre. But, if a writer can think out of the box with three dimensional characters and unexpected plot twists, the adult reader may be as engaged as the child reader.
Angela Carter’s 2011 book, The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories is an adult twist on the traditional and sometimes simple fairy tales. Pulling from a number of well known fairy tales, Ms. Carter’s adaptations are dark, sometimes violent and not for young children.
Did I like this book? Well it was short, but the length of the book is usually not a determining factor. In truth, the book was simply okay. But if I am looking for fractured or adult fairy tales, I would not go back to this book.
Do I recommend it? No.