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Some Kind of Fairy Tale summary Some Kind of Fairy Tale, series Some Kind of Fairy Tale, book Some Kind of Fairy Tale, pdf Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Some Kind of Fairy Tale b8e03a682d It S Christmas Afternoon And Peter Martin Gets A Phonecall From His Parents, Asking Him To Come Round He Arrives And Discovers That They Have A Visitor His Sister Tara Not So Unusual You Might Think, This Is Christmas After All, A Time When Families Get Together But Years Ago Tara Took A Walk Into The Woods And Never Came Back


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  1. says:

    A fairy taleon the other hand, demands of the reader total surrender so long as he is in its world, there must for him be no other W.H Audenthis is the epigraph which opens chapter three of joyce s novel, and it is a good place to start this is a deceptively immersive type of storytelling, one which compels the reader forward, accepting the magical elements willingly, but then jarringly calling attention to the novel s very structure, questioning how much is reality and how much is artifice it is magical metafiction.graham joyce has really come a long way, as a writer when i first started reading him, he was writing literary horror stuff, which was good, but never as good, to me, as jonathan carroll doing the same thing, and i always compared the two in my head, to joyce s detriment i think his first departure from that style was smoking poppy, which i remember loving and being impressed by this range that seemed to come out of nowhere since then, i have only read the silent land, which was also an ambitious book, but i think this one is even better.here, he stretches itself, occasionally a little too thin, but he manages to tell a multi layered story, with several levels of unreliability that pokes holes in its own narrative and becomes a puzzle box without an answer he wants your total surrender to his world, but he also wants you to doubt the novel opens with on christmas day, when tara arrives on the doorstep of her parent s home thing is, tara disappeared when she was sixteen, twenty years earlier, and yet she still appears as young as the day she left tara claims to have been kidnapped by the fairies, and held for six months before she was able to return, having no idea how long she had actually been gone she is baffled by modern technology, eats only fruit and nuts, and has developed an eye condition that makes bright light unbearable the story is told through an unknown narrator, tara s admissions to her psychiatrist, and his patient notes and as we are told on the first page Of course, everything depends on who is telling the story It always does I have a story, and though there are considerable parts I ve had to imagine, the way I saw it was as follows. tara s claims are met with skepticism by her family her parents want to believe her, but become increasingly frustrated with her behavior her brother has his own family now, and wants to help tara, but he cannot believe her story, and hopes that the sessions will get to the bottom of the mystery richie is the boyfriend she left behind, who was her brother s best friend,but tara s disappearance shattered that friendship, and richie has been in a holding pattern ever since drink and drugs and rock and roll, going nowhere.tara s reappearance brings everyone together once , but the relationships become strained with her insistence on her story.the psychiatrist s notes are what first start to break down the structure of the narrative dr underwood begins to analyze her story the way bettelheim analyzes traditional fairy tales in his uses of enchantment this disruption of the narrative breaks the reader s gaze and forces the novel itself to be analyzed archetypes, storytelling, lies, memory, integrity it undermines its own professed goal to be something surrendered to.the fairy world, as tara describes it,is not the sweetie pie cottingly fairy variety it is a realm of sensuality and science, equality and wildness but mostly sex traditionally, the fairies stand in for some violation of the sexual s of society they are the wild force that whispers to ustara is mostly revolted by the enhanced sexuality, but parts of that world may have followed her out, both physically and psychologically.i don t want to get too plotty, here, but tara s presence in the real world becomes dangerous to those she loves and she begins to change there is a bitterness, a you can t go back nostalgia that has a feral cling to it, that starts to taint her world the story remains, like a fairy tale, ambiguous.do we believe tara, do we believe the psychiatrist, does our mind catch on the instances of switching in the story one cat for another, one drunk driver for another,the larwood larchwood scene, the multiple epigraphs to the bridget cleary case of 1895, in which a woman accused of being a changeling replaced by the fairies was killed by her husband these burrs stick out in the reader s mind to create doubt, the way a fairy story is meant to, but there are other instances of the permeability of worlds is it the residual sexuality of the fairy world that causes jack to get an erection when he stands near tara and his later erection in the cattery is this woman meant to be another displaced fairy and why no erection for larwood had it faded too much why am i dwelling on the erections of a child i feel like i didn t know what i was reading while i was reading it,in one giant sickbed sitting gulp, and this book is one which demands a second look, to better understand its playfulness and its dark underpinnings so, yeah a good next move for joycecome to my blog


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    Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a fantasy set in modern times Peter is a farrier shoes horses and fixes small, metallic things He has a lovely wife and four beautiful children He also has a sister whom he hasn t seen for nearly twenty years, presumed dead Imagine his surprise, when she shows up at their parent s home on Christmas Day Where has she been Where indeedThe magic in this book isn t in your face, it s hidden in the shadows and rocks of the woods and glens very much like I imagine magic really is The Outwoods was one of the last remaining pockets of ancient forest It was an eerie place, swinging between sunlight and damp, flaring light and shadow a venue of twisted trees, its volcanic slopes of ash and granite ruptured by mysterious outcropping crags of the very oldest rocks in Britain pg 14, ebook.I loved the twists and turns of the story and it had me questioning myself the entire time Is Tara bonkers, injured in some way, or did something outside of her power actually spirit her away There is a veil to this world, thin as smoke, and it draws back occasionally and when it does we can see incredible things pg 142, ebook.I also loved how Joyce used quotations from poetry, books, and an actual trial where a man was convicted of killing his wife because he thought she was a changeling can you imagine to introduce a few of the chapters It was chilling the deadly combination of superstition and violence and the trial in question happened, not in the dark ages, but 1895 Here s Joseph Campbell s thoughts that preface Chapter Twenty Six Nevertheless and here is a great key to the understanding of myth and symbol the two kingdoms are actually one The realm of the gods is a forgotten dimension of the world we know pg 169, ebook.I did not like the surprising vulgarity of this tale, the few violent moments it contains, or when something terrible happens to a neighborhood cat but, if such things don t bother you, you really must give Some Kind of Fairy Tale a try If you don t already, it makes you believe in the possibility of other worlds and every day magic.Some books with similar themes Meeting the Other Crowd non fiction, but reads like fiction , Fairies Real Encounters With Little People non fiction, again, reads like fiction or Passport to Magonia On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds classic work on real people and actual encounters with other worlds.


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    Some Kind Of Fairy Tale is partly set in an Other World a disturbingly fecund and pagan world inhabited by creatures of myth Or is it We are drawn to this other world, alongside the main character, by means of a series of images and archetypes as old as myth itself Or are we The Outwoods is a hundred acres of oak, rowan and birch, of holly and yew, trembling on the lip of an ancient volcanic crater and peering out over the Soar Valley a timeless pocket of English woodland inside the boundaries of Charnwood Forest The trees conduct and transfer energy around the woods The land is a mysterious freak where the air is charged with an eerie electrical quality, alternately disturbing and relaxing The earth echoes underfoot Or all of this is just fanciful talk and the Outwoods is just an ordinary stretch of ancient woodland This is an unusual fantasy novel It differs from from the accepted conventions within the genre, by the author s treatment of supernatural events On one level this is a fantastic tale, on the other a mystery about ordinary folk, capable of rational explanation There are not many fantasy novels where psychiatrists talk of the difference between provoked and contained confabulation, or hypopituitarism, or other physicians discuss X rays and dissect the brain virtually, in order to establish the truth But what is the truth A modern audience wants everything cut and dried, no ambiguity, and certainly nothing illogical Yet that is a comparatively recent view For centuries cultures have lived unquestioningly alongside inexplicable phenomena, seeing no conflict or difficulty integrating it with their lives It was seen as a part of the natural order Graham Joyce grew up in such a family, where the old folks accepted the mystical and supernatural as part of their daily lives This has subsequently fed into his writing, with mystical themes running parallel to a rather humdrum storyline about ordinary folk Take this image, The Lake hears your every word and knows your every thought Or this one, The light was sinister and beautiful at the same time It s a tempting thesis, isn t it One character Hiero yes, well may you analyse that name did not, want to trade a space of light and beauty and knowledge for what he called a grubby set of shadows And Graham Joyce has successfully tapped into that primal yearning for magic inside us all, for a simpler, accepting time, before all our rational doubts and questions.Tara disappeared without trace when she was fifteen At the start of the novel, one Christmas Day, she returns But it is twenty years later, and she has apparently not aged Therein lies the problem We have clues straightaway Each chapter is preceded with a quotation from an eminent writer such as Einstein or Dickens, or a piece of traditional folklore The author says he has chosen writers, whose work champions the fusion of Realism and the Fantastic. If the reader chooses, it may be read as a straight mystery novel, with all the explanatory material a scientific mind could expect But then passages such as this one, about Peter, his sister Tara, and her boyfriend Richie, invite the reader to have another, ancient, perspective, He had a large, lumbering physique, a gentle giant, slow witted according to his own assessment she by contrast was mercurial, slender boned and sharp tongued He was earthly she was aerial He was made of clay and iron she was made of fire and dreaming Peter had a momentary vision of Richie up there in the clouds with her, and on fire So is Graham Joyce a fantasy writer There doesn t seem to be a consensus on this, either by publishers or critics, although Some Kind of Fairy Tale won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2013 At other times his work has been classified as SF, horror, or even mainstream literature In the main, he is thought of as a magic realist But even Graham Joyce himself disagrees with this, saying that his writing is akin to the English weird tale tradition, which includes such writer as Arthur Machen or Algernon Blackwood He terms his style of writing as Old Peculiar The truth is that he writes speculative fiction, which overlaps our current convenient genres , as arguably the best fiction does, and in its best parts conjures up similar feelings to these authors he admires If his work has to have a label attached, then it is metafiction He is a prolific writer, and has won many awards, including the O Henry Award, for both his novels and short stories.Graham Joyce grew up in a small mining village just outside of Coventry to a working class family His origins therefore are similar to those of D.H Lawrence Of this award, he says, I was truly stunned to get a standing ovation when I went to collect the award It was as surprising as it was uplifting and it left me a burly miner s son with an outstanding chip on his shoulder with a heart fit to burst Six months ago my skin was turning blue and I was flat lining in a hospital bed in Leicester after having a terrible reaction to my first dose of chemotherapy His recent experiences then have also fed into this book, in addition to his early childhood ones Perhaps they go some way to explain the imbalance between the parts There is rather too much clinical analysis when the reader is expected to sustain suspension of belief Our trained scepticism rears its ugly head The family saga and lads night out scenario also becomes a little tiresome The deconstruction is fascinating and unusual, but it might have been an even better novel if the fantasy element had been further described, as the writing is quite lyrical and beautiful in places, and to be brought down to earth quite so often isn t always welcome In the final analysis, although everything can be explained to the satisfaction of our current knowledge and reason, Graham Joyce deliberately entices us to believe in his constructed dream, made of smoke and mirrors.The character Tara herself objects to modern classifications, Histrionic personality disorder They don t like being called fairies in the same way that I don t like being called histrionic And in an incident at the end, we hear the the author s voice in a rare moment, to reveal who had been watching him would be to reveal who has been telling you this story all along


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    3 stars There is a veil to this world, thin as smoke, and it draws back occasionally and when it does we can see incredible things This, my second Graham Joyce novel, forced me to ponder what is reality and what is fantasy Is there really a veil to the world that is drawn back, or do we have to use our own power and suspend our own disbelief in order to see beyond what is visibly evident I felt I had to make these choices while reading this book and it seemed a curious exercise My first Joyce novel, The Tooth Fairy, had a similar though unsettling and darker tone throughout After disappearing following a walk in The Outwoods twenty years ago, Tara suddenly reappears and has much to answer to her parents, brother and former boyfriend She has a tale to tell that is quite fantastical or is it Could she be telling the truth or is she suffering from some sort of trauma that has caused her to compensate by telling such an outlandish story Her story is believable in its own fashion Tara s brother convinces her to speak with a psychiatrist, Dr Underwood, upon her return I quite enjoyed this part of the novel and found Dr Underwood s clinical explanations fascinating and plausible as well Just now as I am writing this, I have to wonder if it is not a coincidence that the author chose to name the psychiatrist Dr Underwood His reasoning is told in juxtaposition to Tara s story of her experiences after disappearing in The Outwoods Anyway, this just struck me now and I can t say if there is significance or not Just as I can t quite draw a conclusion about what really happened on that day that Tara went missing.I like Joyce s style of writing good pacing, satisfying and interesting dialogue, well drawn characters, and some vivid descriptions The woods and the bluebells were perfectly enchanting Their perfume stole the sense right out of your head It turned you over and shook the juice right out of you You couldn t walk between them that year, they were so dense you had to swim in them The madness of it The scent was so subtle that it got all over you, in your nostrils, in your cavities, and on your fingers like the smell of a sweet sin Didn t it bind you in blue lace and carry you away Unfortunately, I felt the story fizzled out a bit for me towards the end I can t quite pinpoint exactly what happened maybe I just wanted answers But, I don t think that was the author s intention here I may not be the kind of reader intended for this type of book I struggle a bit with magical realism When presented with a great fantasy novel, I can quickly adapt and grasp onto what I need to believe in order to fully engage with the story Maybe I needed to visit the fantasy world here a little often I felt tied to the real world a bit too much and when I felt tied in this way, I couldn t quite emerge from it This in turn left me even perplexed with the ending.


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    This book was a bit of an emotional ride I knew Graham and liked him, and his death at such a young age came as quite a shock to me For that reason I d been putting off reading SOME KIND OF FAIRYTALE, but now that I have, it seems only fair to say that it s a marvellous story subtle, nuanced and intelligent, filled with resonance and wonder and darkness I can hear the author s voice very clearly quiet and a little ironic, so close it s almost heartbreaking Read it it s special in all kinds of ways but try to remember it in May, when the bluebells are flowering.


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    Even after finishing Some Kind of Fairy Tale I have managed to hold on to the feeling behind the book which is a true testament to the power of Mr Joyce s ability to create mood and character This was my first Joyce book and it came highly recommended by a dear friend and trusted reader and I am so glad that I picked it up and got to experience the exquisite prose and vivid characters.I could tell right away that Joyce was a beautiful writer and a storyteller who prided himself on writing from the heart For me, this book was about love, loss and how magical our lives are, even in the most ordinary of moments And yes, there are other worlds behind the veil but for Joyce the real magic is in our loves and hopes in the here and now and what we do with them.


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    My Number 9 Read for 2015 A Wonderful Surprise 5 Stars I picked this book up on a whim The premise sounded rather interesting and I thought it was worth a shot That said, there was little trepidation as I realized the book contained magical realism My experience with this have ranged from great examples in the work of Jos Saramago to painful uses in drivel such as, The Boy Detective Fails Having no previous experience with Graham Joyce, I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had a deft had and could weave the elements of magical realism with great precision One of the top 3 books I have read this year Plot Summary The story opens on Christmas morning to the Martin family Peter Martin are enjoying a hectic holiday feast while down the road his mother and father are also enjoying the same Soon after drinking an excellent wine and eating the Christmas goose, Mr Martin Sr has a visitor at the door Standing in front of him is his daughter, Tara, who had gone missing and was presumed dead 20 years earlier With her arrival follows, joy, confusion and anger all of which are compounded by her story and her appearance Tara looks as if she hasn t aged since her disappearance and by her own account, she believes she has only been gone for 6 months What follows is a story that leaves the reader questioning the possible and the impossible and whether a fairy tale is truly better than real life My Take I am not an expert in literature I was an English Major for a year and a half and quickly realized that I did see eye to eye with the faculty and their approach After receiving a graded paper that told me I was very close to misinterpreting a novel, I decided I needed to move on The great thing about literature is that there is no single interpretation Great novels can speak to many people and tell many different stories I am interested in finding my own truth in a great work This is one of those novels that lends itself to many interpretation within its delicate layers While I can t provide the literary definition of magical realism, I see it as the authors attempt to take the magical, the unreal, the unexplainable and weave into the world of the normal, the average or the mundane To me, great magical realism leaves you searching for the truth even is an ultimate truth is not available.I could take a academic approach to this work and break it down and try an explain the various elements If that is something you enjoy, this novel certainly provides the opportunity I am interested in the author s ability to develop and combine the various layers On one level, there is a background fairy tale in the story told by Tara There the reasoned and realistic story told through the notes and opinions of Tara s psychologist and when the elements are combined as a whole, we are given a modern day fairy story.This novel was well suited to the audio version and I highly recommend it It brought me back to may childhood, sitting and listening to my grandfather tell me fairy tales In my mind, fairy tales are best told aloud The author is a very skilled writer The words and phrases are all expertly crafted and infused with meaning This story can be enjoyed on many levels If you are not interested in pulling apart and interpreting layers, the basic plot is very enjoyable and well worth your time Final Thoughts I could break down each of the elements I enjoyed but it is suffice to say that is truly a complete novel The reading listening experience was truly magical and left me pondering the my own conception of a fairy tale The characters are engaging, the story is moving and the writing is superb This novel resulted in a book hangover for me and as a result, I am unable to fully express my feelings on this one I highly recommend it and hope you give it a try.


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    A few minutes after I finished the book I gave it a 4 star rating on Goodreads, after sitting for a while and thinking it over I had to switch it down to a 3 star rating First let me say this I read the book in less than 12 hours I was engrossed from page one until the end, my favorite chapters were those from Tara s pov, the ones telling her tale of what happened to her and the mysterious man Hiero pronounced Yarrow The shrink s chapters were interesting as well, someone trying to find rational and very real diagnosis for Tara s absence, subsequent 20 year memory loss , and unexplained lack of aging Her brother and his family were an interesting mix into the story along with the woes of Peter s son and the ginger cat, daily life still goes on even through a traumatic series of events I really liked Hiero, and I would have loved to know about his motives for bringing Tara with him and protecting her as he did but this is ultimately what made me rate the book lower I felt like there was a big gap where Hiero was concerned, crikey, he does some crazy stuff but his motives and most of his and Tara s relationship is skipped over Also, I resent that the land they go to has to be full of sex crazed citizens How clich , I thought for a few moments when Tara was explaining all of the wonderful advances his people had made with physics and the laws of nature and such that the sexuality of the place would be regulated to only a tiny mention, but no that had to take the forefront But really so much could have been built upon the fair folk s higher understanding of life to which Tara apparently learns some interesting things yet that aspect is merely mentioned once and practically ignored for the rest That left me unfulfilled with this story Although I did enjoy reading it and would probably recommend it One tiny thing, I really liked the quotes at the beginning of the chapters, though the ones concerning Michael Cleary were almost scary, what a sad event that happened to his wife view spoiler And what about the very end When Hiero was seen to be eying up Zoe to possibly bring her back to his land It said it was only 4 months after Tara had disappeared for the second time So Hiero follows Tara back to the human world and stalks her, only to get her back and then 4 months later try to seduce abduct someone else I got the impression he was enchanted with her, telling her his secret name and suchI just really don t get why we see him trying to pull Zoe into it as well at the end Although I could see it coming a little, Zoe s picking up so well to Richie s instruction on the guitar, Hiero s folk being so into classical arts and such I suppose that was sort of setting that up in a small way It just irritated me though hide spoiler


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    I ve never heard of Graham Joyce before, but I plan to read of his work I loved this book Not perfect, some flaws near the end but that is subjectively based on my own feminine needs , but so inventive and original It was very hard to put this down Fans of Tana French s In the Woods will enjoy this too Very British, heavy on place set near some mysterious ancient woodlands over a volcanic fault , with a bit of a mystery thrown in.It also starts on Christmas day, so perfect time of the year to read it The plot Tara returns, after disappearing for 20 years Only she hasn t aged She is still 16, and thinks she has been gone for 6 months Joyce deftly arranges a mosaic of different povs that revolve around Tara and the truth of her story was she abducted by fairies, as she claims Only these aren t your average Tinker Bell fairies They are like commune hippies that copulate constantly and have orgies and swim in an orgasmic lake You have to read it The book has gotten some criticism because of this take on fairyland and the crude language that takes you by surprise It is, after all, written by a man My feeling is that this supernatural world is the imagination of a male unconscious, not the feminine ethereal world we re used to seeing as fairyland in women s popular fiction.This is gritty, humorous, and the characters are dead on I usually hate reading from multiple povs but this is one of the few books where I enjoyed them.There s a reason Stephen King put this in his top 10 Read it and enjoy the fantasy Joyce sets up And wonder if it could be true


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    Graham Joyce has just become an author that I will be following This story of a Tara Harris, teenage girl who disappeared in the woods only to return home virtually unchanged twenty years later has totally captured my heart For two decades, her family and her lover have grieved and their lives were indelibly altered by Tara s disappearance and yet now she returns telling a story that nobody can believe Is this a story of something mundane such as kidnapping or is it something entirely different And what impact does Tara s return have on those who have struggled for years to come to terms with her absence view spoiler Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than any truth that is taught in life Johann SchillerFairy tales were first created not to entertain us, but to teach us Perhaps Hansel and Gretel was first told to warn children not to wander off in the woods or to accept candy from strangers, but there are other, deeper interpretations of the stories your parents told you as a child G.K Chesterton once wrote that Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist Children already know that dragons exist Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed It doesn t take long to realize that Joyce has an abiding love of and fascination for the folklore and mythology of his native British Isles Tara s name, for starters, just happens to be that of the ritual seat of the High Kings of Ireland, a place of great mystery and magic Similarly, I doubt that it is coincidental that her brother Peter, has become a farrier, a shoer of horses, a trade long considered natural magicians for their ability to meld the living and the inanimate Even the names of the pubs they frequent, the Green Man and the Phantom Coach, reek of dark and powerful folklore hide spoiler


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