“Once Upon a Fact” Futuristic Fairy Tales Edited by Katherine Tomlinson: Review/Giveaway

by Marilyn Meredith

Details on how to win an ebook copy of this book at the end of the review & a link to purchase it.

Truly, I had no idea what to expect when I started reading, Once Upon a Fact. When I was a kid I devoured fairy tales, including the Brothers Grimm versions. I read all the sanitized versions, too. The collection of fairy tales here all have a science fiction twist. Yes, the ones you’d expect are here like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, but with delightfully different and unique twists. You might be surprised by some of the choices as I was.

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I was delighted by a How to Marry Off your Human by Shauna Roberts which is a take-off on Puss ‘n Boots. One of my favorite authors, Bonnie Hearn Hill, wrote Whitey and Red: The Hunt for Ursa inspired by Snow White and Rose Red. And then there is another, The Pretty Duckling written by Unni Turrettini and inspired by The Ugly Duckling.

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I loved the Cinderella Story by Kaye George, Ella and the Ball. This had all the elements of the favorite tale including the glass slippers and the mean step-sisters, but with modern twists—and a murder.

As I kept reading, I enjoyed the unexpected futuristic take the author wove into the familiar tales. Mermaid in Manhattan was a most unusual version of The Little Mermaid. Bluebeard is retold as a true science fiction story, and is one of my favorites.

I recommend this collection of futuristic fairy tales to anyone who loves good writing, science fiction, and fantasy. It was fun revisiting these stories retold in such imaginative ways.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Once Upon A Fact, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "fact,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 21, 2018. U.S. residents only. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Marilyn Meredith is a Springville, CA mystery author and an ongoing contributor to our Mystery section. Be sure to visit her website; fictionforyou.com

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  1. I am entering and very glad to have the opportunity. No matter what happens, thank you.


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