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Book Title: The Wicked Wood|
The author of the book: Isobelle Carmody
Edition: Allen & Unwin
Date of issue: September 28th 2011
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.1
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I didn't find this short story collection as engaging as the first one, The Wilful Eye. Both collections were mixed bags, as is to be expected with a collection of its ilk, but this one had more miss than hit stories for me.
I really loved Seventy Two Derwents by Cate Kennedy with its distinctly Australian and distinctly child-like flavour. I also loved Learning the Tango by Catherine Bateson- a retelling of The Little Mermaid in feminist verse form. The Ugly Sisters by Maureen McCarthy reminded me of Wicked and I am beginning to wonder if the fairy story revisionism mixed with recasting the evil villain trope is now getting too predictable. I found Birthing by Victor Kelleher to be forgettable and I found Glamour by Kate Thompson to be a bit pretentious in a creative arts degree kind of way. And then we get to Glutted by Nan McNab- something about this story just really put me off. I thoroughly disliked it. I couldn't engage with the characters and I didn't particularly care about the plot. This may just be a personal preference thing as I don't like horror much and this story definitely had horror overtones.
I liked that more of these fairy story revisions went off the regular map, but I just couldn't connect with the stories in the same way. Maybe it's just the amount of stories I read, but I found most to be predictable and boring, regardless of the new spin on an old tale premise.
The Wicked Wood: 2.5/5 stars
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Read information about the authorIsobelle Carmody began the first novel of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still in high school. The series has established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.
In addition to her young-adult novels, such as the Obernewtyn Chronicles and Alyzon Whitestarr, Isobelle's published works include several middle-grade fantasies. Her still-unfinished Gateway Trilogy has been favorably compared to The Wizard of Oz and the Chronicles of Narnia. The Little Fur quartet is an eco-fantasy starring a half-elf, half-troll heroine and is fully illustrated by the author herself.
Isobelle's most recent picture book, Magic Night, is a collaboration with illustrator Declan Lee. Originally published in Australia as The Wrong Thing, the book features an ordinary housecat who stumbles upon something otherworldly. Across all her writing, Isobelle shows a talent for balancing the mundane and the fantastic.
Isobelle was the guest of honor at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention. She has received numerous honors for her writing, including multiple Aurealis Awards and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Australia and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter.
Librarian's note: Penguin Australia is publishing the Obernewtyn Chronicles in six books, and The Stone Key is book five. In the United States and Canada this series is published by Random House in eight books; this Penguin Australia book is split into two parts and published as Wavesong (Book Five) and The Stone Key (Book Six).
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