On October 7th the world will be introduced to seven new fairy tales told in the style of the masters, the Brothers Grimm and Han Christian Andersen. “Seven Tales” includes a fearful king and his seven daughters, a boy and a giant, a little orphan girl who changed the life a a queen, a miller who learns a lesson about himself and his sons from an old hag, twin girls separated at birth whose lives cross paths and teach a strict king a lesson he’ll never forget, another boy and another giant, and a vain and hilariously stupid princess.
G. C. McRae writes the stories that teach us life lessons that build character, often with very dark twists. Although each story has a happy ending, sometimes it’s not quite what you would expect. And the road to the happy endings are sometimes violent and downright nasty, but remember, the real story of Snow White was very dark before the prince wakes her with loves first kiss. This is what I mean by ‘old time storytelling’. McRae has tapped into that element that keeps readers riveted to every word, eagerly awaiting what comes next.
The stories are not long and because the print is on the larger size, they are easy to read. I loved each story and I can’t even tell you which I wold choose as a favorite. I can tell you, however, that when this book hits the market this fall, you must add it to your collection, if you are a fairy tale collector. I hope that someday this book, currently in trade paperback, will be reprinted with the classic and beautiful hard cover that would actually look great on a library shelf.
Until then, don’t deprive yourself of these wonderful stories. I hope there will be more volumes in the future. I will own them all! The back cover has this blurb:
A girl who loves sneaking. Seven daughters who all pretend to be the same person. A witch who tricks a man into carving his own children out of stone. And just for good measure, a giant or two, who may or may not be friendly.
In the Seven Tales, G.C. McRae proves he is a master of the ancient art of storytelling. With shades of 1001 Nights, Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, McRae’s original fairy tales bring a freshness and hilarity to the world of castles and queens.
That blurb perfectly describes what you can expect inside.
Once again, “Seven Tales” is set for release on October 7th, 2015. You can find out more about G. C. McRae on his website, and follow him on Twitter, @gcmcrae.