Once Upon A Time by Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong

Once Upon a Time book review brothers grimm kevin tong

Title: Once Upon A Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales
Author: Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong
Genre: Fairy Tales, Myths
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

The book itself will be small and gift-sized, and will feature original illustrations by a fantastic artist named Kevin Tong. Tong worked as an artist on LOST’s art campaign and currently does amazing concert posters. His aesthetic is dark and edgy, and lines up nicely with that of the show-exactly what we’re going for with these illustrations. For our book, he’ll illustrate the cover, six full-page interior pieces to go with the tales featured in both the book and the show (Snow White, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty), and a combination of small, decorative images and borders to adorn the interior pages.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book is a collection of 30 fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm. The original versions of these stories are more complicated (and gory) than what Walt Disney has turned them into.

For example, in the story of Cinderella, there is no magic. There is no fairy godmother. Cinderella just happens to have luck on her side. The stepsisters do not have a happy ending at all.

Most of the stories surrounded the same themes: Greed. Selfishness. With these in mind, you would think there would be no happy endings, but there were. Despite someone doing the wrong thing, they still came out on top sometimes.

Some stories were hard to read. I only recognized seven out of the 30 stories. It was easier to read those seven and be impressed by the changes that were made to them.

Overall, the stories weren’t that bad. Even if some were a little bit odd.

Once Upon A Time by Brothers Grimm and Kevin Tong get 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“And the miller was afraid and did as he was told. And that just shows what men are.” –Brothers Gimm, Once Upon a Time

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Writing Weekend

Friday: I didn’t do much. I’ve had a head cold for the past week so after work on Friday I didn’t do much of anything. I had the opportunity to go to the movies, but when you have an off-and-on headache that doesn’t want to quit, a dark, loud movie theater is the last place you want to be. Instead, I took a bath and started reading a new book.

Saturday: I felt much better, but still under the weather. I managed to get a few things done, though. I started editing the first part of Detective Florence‘s second draft. The edit was due on Sunday for my writer’s group. Of course I left it until the last minute. It was in my mind all month, but the 15th of the month always seems so far away until it’s staring you right in the face.

I also continued to read the book I started on Friday. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, yet I couldn’t put it down at the same time. Go figure.

Sunday: I skipped church due to my cold. It was nice to have an extra day to stay home and do nothing. I finished typing up the edited second draft of Detective Florence and sent it off to my writer’s group. Then I spent the majority of the rest of the day reading that book.

Kris is house/pet sitting this week for our neighbors so I went over to their house for a couple of hours last night just to hang out. A new episode of Once Upon A Time was on, so we watched it in their gorgeous living room.

On a side note, I finished reading that book this morning. I’m going to give it a review once I finish reading the trilogy and do all three books at once. Given the ending of the first book, I think that would be a better way to do it. I have a love/hate relationship with that book, so I have no idea how the rest of the series is going to go.

This Week: I plan on starting my outline for Camp NaNo next month. It’s something I should have already started, but of course I didn’t. It’s spring break this week for school, so at least I won’t have any homework to do.

I also plan on getting some of my April posts done so I can focus more on NaNo next month.

In addition to that, I need to continue writing and editing Detective Florence 2 as well as read and edit the stories my writer’s group submitted. There’s only four, so I think it will give me a chance to really take my time with each one.

How was your weekend?