RABT Blog Tour: “Funny FairyTales” Series by Reut Barak

 

Title:  Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Genre:  Humor

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  May 13, 2017

Descriptive Blurb:  The new Snow White, with the vicious queen Anagrola, the confused and sarcastic mirror Shraga, and the most gifted seven men you’ve ever met. 

The traditional tale, with a new development – snow white is not pretty, but smart, the mirror, Shraga has a hate-hate relationship with the jealous queen, and the dwarfs are each craft masters. 

 

 

 

Review

“A well-turned tale…”

My Impressions:  Another retelling of the Grimm Tales…really?  But what can I say, I’m a sucker for a well-turned ‘Tale (tee hee).   But seriously a cute premise and some amusing teasers and taglines won me over.

The Plot Thins:  So, this is a modern spoof of the original Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.  It’s a fable in the truest sense of the word…the short, simple story of the intelligent, not-quite beautiful but hard-working heroine Snow White…who is well-liked by everyone except her step-mother (the queen).  The queen stupidly plots to kill Snow with a poisoned apple (see next section for more on this).  The seven dwarfs are actually artisans each with their own special talent.  This is a source of much humor during the multiple attempts on Snow’s life by her apple-wielding step mother.

Lore and Lunacy:  The story pokes fun at some of the classic elements of the original tale.  Snow White herself and her incandescent beauty…she’s just ok-looking in this version.  The ridiculously vein step-mother and the poison apple she employs as a murder weapon.  The Dwarfs don’t fall for the old poison apple trick…so she runs through a bushel or two before Snow finally eats one (tee hee).  And lastly, the magic mirror.  He’s not just a rhyming enabler anymore…but a snarly hater who tells the Queen (Step)mother where to get off…lol.

Minor Beefs:  There are some odd typos present.  With the writing done in such a simplistic way, it seems almost lazy for there to be as many obvious typos as there are.  Also, the end was too abrupt, I thought.

Random Thoughts:  Should this really be a single, stand-alone book?  Wouldn’t it be better to combine it with the latter two entries in the trilogy (Cinderella & Red Riding Hood) to form a Funny Fairy Tales Anthology?  The short length of the stories, the simplistic plotlines, the spoof-ish  nature of it all just naturally lends itself to a big-book-of-tall-tales type compilation.  Certainly, there should be some warning to potential readers that the story is literally a fable told in five or six pages of narrative inexplicably spaced out over approximately 150 pages to form a book.  Literally, there are only one or two sentences on each page!  Some pages have four or five sentences.  I read the entire “book” in like 5 minutes.  No joke.

The Verdict:  Over too quick, but I liked it.  Short, cute, and funny.  It made me laugh.  Plus, this was a nice break from some of the darker full-lengths that I read.

 

 

 

Title:  Cinderella

Genre:  Humor

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  May 13, 2017

Descriptive Blurb:  The new Cinderella, with the mysterious blue fairy godmother, the cunning step-sisters, and a woman, who for the life of her, just can’t stop cleaning! 

The traditional tale, with a new development – a new young fairy godmother, Cinderella as a neat freak allergic to dust and with step-sisters who are good and desire to save her. 

 

 

Review

“Cin Takes a Holiday.”

My Impressions:  Light-hearted…and charming as expected.

The Plot Thins:  Like the first book, this is a modern spoof of a classic Grimm Tale.  This time the author takes Cinderella and her step-sisters out for a night on the town.  Cinderella is a dust-busting neat-freak who’s allergic to just about everything but air.  Because of all the sneezing, wheezing, rashes, and Benadryl, she’s become a socially-repressed shut-in.  (I guess they didn’t have internet there.)  Her step-sisters are some-timey…nice, then naughty, then nice again.  The step-mother turns out to be Mommie Dearest…no surprise there.  And lastly, Alice (yes, that Alice) makes a cameo as the blonde-haired, blue-dress-wearing fairy Godmother.

Lore and Lunacy:  There’s some hilarious drivel about a naked dream and an allergy-curing rabbit hole.  It’s difficult to explain without sounding like a loon myself.  Anyhoo, like its predecessor, this is a fable…which means, there is a moral lurking in the woods along with Alice.  Moral:  Never trust your step-mother.  They’re always evil.  (Clearly, the Grimms had some mommy issues.)

Minor Beefs:  Nothing much to complain about except the length, but I get tired of beating the same drum so, keep calm and read on.

Random Gray Matter:  My thoughts tend to lean the same way as with book one…should this really be a stand-alone?  Wouldn’t it be better to combine all three fables into a Fairy Tales Anthology?  Or if not, please warn the populous to expect a short story.  Because…on Amazon it says the book is 160 pages long…which it is.  But there’s only one word on some of the pages.

The Verdict:  Reads like a plot outline.  Still, its short, cute, and funny.  Thus, I’m happy.

 

 

 

 

Title:  Red Riding Hood

Genre:  Humor

Age category:  Adult

Release Date:  May 13, 2017

Descriptive Blurb:  The new Red Riding, with the hood that leads to fame and fortune, the mysterious wild wolf, and a grandmother so evil, she could rewrite the history of sin. Red’s not little anymore!

The traditional tale, with a new development – the grandmother is exceptionally vicious and the wolf very wise, red riding hood is a young curious and passionate woman exploring the life of fame, and the topic of false accusation is strong in the book.

 

 

Review

“She’s not your Grandmother’s Grandma.”

My Impressions:  Not quite as coherent, plot wise, as its two predecessors.  But light and fun all the same.

The Plot Thins:  Red gets famous overnight due to her fashion-forward Hood-wearing.  (who knew.)  On the cover of Medieval vogue.  Most date-able bachelorette.  Then her background with evil Grandma comes out and all her popularity vanishes.  She has to go on the lam.

Red goes into the woods to hide from the shame.  Meets wolf and is afraid because of all the scary stories Grandma told her about wolves.  She talks to the wolf, because the hood allows her to understand animals.  While fleeing from the benign wolf, Red eats some hallucinogenic mushrooms.  And to make a short story…even shorter…Everyone gets arrested.  The evil grandma for trying to eat an endangered species, the wolf for trying to seduce a minor, and Red for consumption of mind-altering mushrooms.  The three hatch a plan to let the wolf escape.  And then they leave town.  Grandma continues her life of evil in Salem, while Red goes to Harvard.  Its all very odd.  Yet amusing.

Minor Beefs:  What?  No romance?  *cries softly*

Random Grey Matter:   Why not re-write all the most popular fairy tales…Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel…etc, and release it as a kicking Modern Fairy Tale Spoof-ology?

The Verdict:  Quick read, low-maintenance fun.

 

Purchase Links

 

Snow White

Amazon

iTunes

Barnes and Noble

 

Cinderella

Amazon

iTunes

Barnes and Noble

Red Riding Hood

Amazon

iTunes

Barnes and Noble

 

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About the Author

Reut Barak is a freelance journalist, previously published in National Geographic online. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford, and has worked and traveled internationally. This is her first book series.
Well, no not really… The true story is:
Reut was born in Camelot in the year 1201, following the famous explosion of the northern dragon tower.
She has a degree in fantasy and science fiction from the University of Atlantis and this record can be found in the central library, now twenty thousand leagues under the sea.
She likes phoenix riding, dragon fighting and painting the roses red.

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3 thoughts on “RABT Blog Tour: “Funny FairyTales” Series by Reut Barak

  1. Hi D. Alyce Domain.
    Thank you so much for this amazing review.
    I would like to clarify that this is a series – there will be box sets as we go along, of course.

    To make sure that everybody understands how short the stories are – I have been working with Kindle and we’ve made the free samples 40% of each book (!!!) so people know exactly what to expect!

    I made a quick video of the reading 🙂 https://youtu.be/acmrkh-Ofu8

    cheers
    Reut

    1. Hi, despite the short length all three were quite fun to read. And I think you are right to make it known what to expect. If you are planning to add more fairy tales to the series, Drop me a line when the next one comes out and I’ll review it for you. D. Alyce

      1. Great to hear! Hansel and Gretel coming out in the next couple of days. Kindle are currently sorting out the prices, to align with the $1.99 standard of the series. It’s already out on Nook. The 50 poll readers who have won iBook copies for Hansel and Gretel will be notified once the book is live.

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