A New Kind of Fairy Tale: Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger Mini Book Review

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Raven Girl

By Audrey Niffenegger

Released May, 2013 by Abrams Comicarts

Length: 80 pages

Genres: Fantasy(Fairytale) and graphic novel

Rating: three and a half stars

Acquired: Purchased

 

This short, unusual fairytale stems from when resident choreographer Wayne McGregor, for the Royal Ballet in London, asked Audrey Niffenegger if she would collaborate on a new dance with him where she would write the story and he would create the dance. When asked what kind of story, he simply said a new fairy tale. Thus came this illustrated, twisted, dark, funny, strange, and oddly charming and whimsical  fairy tale about a postal man who falls in love with a Raven and has a child with her.

At only eighty pages, including the illustrations drawn by the author, this fairy tale is rather short; but, not without meaning. It’s one part love story (post man meets Raven who hasn’t learned to fly and takes her home with him because he thinks she’s wounded. A typical boy meets girl at first sight plot) one part identity crisis ( Raven and Post man somehow procreate and have a child hat squawks like a raven, but looks otherwise human with arms and no feathers) one part metamorphosis (if I tell you, I’ll ruin the ending!) and one part, what just happened? Everything you love in a fairytale. There are so many things going on in this macabre story. You have a half raven/half human girl that doesn’t know where she fits in this world. I felt for her, yet was ashamed of myself at times for thinking of how ugly she looked. I will say she got a happy ending. Two, really. And, well deserved.

I loved this little, quirky book. There isn’t much to say. Just pick it up and read it. The illustrations alone are fantastic to look at. The story is great, too. I wish I could have seen how Wayne McGregor interpreted this into a dance. The costumes would be great. Well done, Niffenegger. Definitely something different for me. I was excited about this book and very glad I was not disappointed at all.

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Stacking the Shelves…with too many good books

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Stacking the shelves is a book meme hosted by the lovely people at Tynga’s Reviews. It allows us to tell the world about our new books and it’s a good way to know about new titles, get to know other book-lovers, and find out what everyone else is reading.

In case you didn’t get to read my rather long post before this, I recently purchased a lot of books at a festival. I went him with twenty-one books. Then, with the two netgalley books I got, book overload is happening at my house. Because I added so many, I will just link up a few that I am really excited about.

THE BEST OF THE BEST

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A little back story on this gem. I have waited for over a year to purchase this book. It sold out last year at the festival and I got the last copy this year, the tenth anniversary copy mind you. After I finish up two or so netgalley books, I am going to crack open this baby. It isn’t available at any bookstores, really. It is published by a small Canadian press called Coach House that has a great collection of books. This was the one vendor I was dying to visit. Too bad I could only buy this book as I spent the rest of my money.

 

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and way too many more to post and link. Just follow my reviews 🙂

 

Happy reading!

 

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