Book Review :: ‘Carthick’s Unfairy Tales’ by T F Carthick

Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. CarthickBlurb:
An evil dragon. A damsel in distress. A concerned father seeking a savior. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than meets the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed mice. And bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

My Review:
Fairy Tales have been part of every kid’s childhood, be it grandparents/ parents narrating the stories at bedtime or school’s activities exposing the kids to the make belief world.

Sometimes the stories are so familiar that one is not very keen to read them again. But what if they are told with a difference? What if the friend turns the foe, or the prince is actually not a knight in a shining armor? What if the story is being told from an animal’s point-of-view? Yes, that is what you’ll get in the collection ‘Carthick’s Unfairy Tales’.

The seven fairy tales that have been retold with a twist are; Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pied Piper, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel & Gretel.

The best thing of the collection is the unique spin-off the author has taken for each of the tales. Each re-telling shows us a different flavor be it; the characters ‘point-of-view’, the characterization itself, or the varied emotions and the ending.

Author has explored the various facets of animals, human emotions and reactions in the stories, and re-weaving the change expertly. I particularly liked the idea of the story being retold from the point-of-view of the side characters.

Fluent narration with impeccable language the collection takes you from one story to another seamlessly. One cannot put the book down once you start. Readers of all age will find the collection enjoyable.

Although each story was enjoyable in its own way, my favorite is the Unfairy Tale of ‘Cinderella’ where no fairy appears and a mouse plays role of a psychologists and guide to a fellow mouse. Have I got you intrigued enough? For more read ‘Carthick’s Unfairy Tales’ by T F Carthick.

I look forward to reading more from the author.

Blog Tour by The Book Club of CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

Read an excerpt

This was wrong at many levels. The mayor’s despair and eagerness to solve the problem was understandable. But from what I have seen, no human problems come with quick fixes. Haste seldom helps. One requires patience to get to the depth of a problem and attack it at its root. A holistic solution does take a lot of time and effort but the benefits are long-lasting. Quick fixes, on the other hand, end up aggravating the situation. Take this situation of the rats itself, for instance. While the mayor may not have realized it, the fact was that the people of the town had brought this upon themselves. A few years earlier, people had complained of snakes. There were just a few of these reptiles, but still the people had complained incessantly. So, snake-catchers had been summoned to exterminate the snakes. Then, a few months’ later, stray dogs had become the object of the people’s ire.

“They keep barking all night. They just don’t let us sleep,” they had complained.

And they began to make a big fuss of how dogs were a public menace and exaggerated stories of dogs attacking humans started spreading, till finally the town council had to yield. Dog-catchers were commissioned and the dogs were done away with. With the elimination of their natural predators, wasn’t it natural that rats should multiply? But people just don’t realize these kinds of things. That is how people have been all the time. They wanted quick-fix solutions to all their problems then, and they want quick-fix solutions to all their problems now. They never learn.

Also, I suppose the mayor probably thought he would never be called upon to follow through upon his promise. So, he promised a grand reward just to appear to be doing something. That is another folly of humans, especially the leaders. They care more about perception than actually getting things done. And often initiatives undertaken to manage perceptions end up doing more harm than good.

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About the author

T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on

He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

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