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[Download ePUB] The Rumpelstiltskin ProblemAuthor Vivian Vande Velde – Betadvice.es

A friend of mine picked this book up at a used bookstore and decided it would be something I would like Well, I love children s literature, including fairy tales I have a particular soft spot for fairy tale retellings so I can see what my friend saw I would see in this slim volume Do you see what I mean Ok Down to business The six retellings in this book are all interesting twists on the original I definitely preferred some over others and probably liked the last one the best However, I made the mistak of reading this volume as I wouild a book, straight through and in order of presentation While it is an interesting read and I love the concept, I would highly reccomend reading each story as an entity of its own Read something else completely different in between stories to keep the plot freshish Vande Velde has kept the main elements of the original tale in each of the six versions presented so it does get a bit tedious when read as a novel.Take them as the short stories they are meant to be and this volume is a wonderful study of possibilities. WARNING SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW Well, overall that was very cute From the utterly charming introduction I was hooked this authoress has a real talent for doing the super short story but delving so deeply into the nooks and crannies of fairy tales with such humor There was only a few things that kept me from giving it a higher rating A Fairy Tale In Bad Taste While this was a really funny set and had hysterical scenes scattered through it, things turned grisly.Straw Into Gold This one was absolutely lovely and would have been five shining stars except for one thing at the end I was laughing throughout and absolutely loved the Elfin Rumpelstiltskin with his sweet charm and sensitivity I absolutely loved him and the main girl as a couple and his clever plan to help her The one thing I didn t like was that she left the king for Rumpelstiltskin at the end Even if the King was a disinterested bore I didn t like the theme of unfaithfulness shrug I wish there had been a little tweaking here to change that one thing then it would have been perfect The Dumovoi OH MY GOODNESS squealing I want a dumovoi I want one, I want one so BAD This little guy was so cute, oh my, I just wanted to hug him Words fail for how utterly imaginative and delightful this story was and Rumpelstiltskin as a furry little teddy bear that lives for cream and making people happy PERFECTION I was squealing and laughing through the whole thing and yelling at my kindle when the girl who spins who is hardly a heroine was so cruel to him OH MY WORD, Rumpelstiltskin s poor little heart as he tries frantically to make this brat happy it is laugh out loud hilarious It s going to take me a while to recover from this overwhelming sweetness of this book and this character it is SO GOOD The only thing I didn t like was the ending where it implied that the poor sweet baby ended up preferring cats to people I would have preferred him to have a nice new home with a nice family.Papa Rumpelstiltskin This was so cute a father daughter team who must use their wits to outsmart the king and their own bumbling Ms Rumpelstiltskin This one was VERY clever, no question, but I wasn t quite as involved with the characters since they are really anti heroes As Good As Gold THIS ONE WAS SO HILARIOUS Prince Gregory was one of the best Prince characters I have ever read Polite, decent and entirely independent He can calmly recognize that a girl is pretty and still discern that her character is lousy and that he wants nothing to do with her His polite way of dealing with the conniving spinner who is a hoot herself was absolutely hilarious and I loved how he turned the tables on her at the end THIS ONE IS PRICELESS Content Grisly first story involving a troll that eats relatives and wants to eat a baby One story features a girl leaving her husband for not very good reasons after she was stupid enough to marry him One crude word OVERALL Such fun I can t wait to check out from this authoress. If you ever thought that the Rumpelstiltskin tale left something to be desired, then this is the book for you Author Vivian Velde takes the story as it has come down to us through the ages, points out its weak spots, and then writes six alternative stories featuring Rumpelstiltskin The tales vary much and there is sure to be one that appeals to you than the original story Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this collection. Such a cute collection of stories I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed nearly all of the stories They were all unique retellings of Rumpelstiltskin There were two stories that were favorites and I had such fun reading this. I love fairy tales and I totally love fractured fairy tales Vivian s view of the whole story about Rumpelstiltskin spoke of comedian levels of humor As if I were watching her on stage discussing this story and how it totally doesn t make any sense at all How did they get from point A to point D where did all the middle of the story go At the castle the king locks the girl into a room and tells her, Spin this straw into gold, or tomorrow you shall die Not my idea of a promising first date I enjoyed reading Vivian s 6 stories of different variations of what could have happened with Rumpelstiltskin Straw Into Gold was my favorite. Let s consider Rumplestiltskin for a minute we all know the story There are some severe problems with it even so than normally seen in fairy tales Among them 1 Why in the world would the miller tell the king something as stupid and obviously false and impossible as my daughter can spin straw into gold 2 How the heck did he MEET the king in the first place 3 Why does the daughter go along with this and what is her freaking name, anyway 4 Why does she decide to marry the guy who threatened her life and forced her to make all this gold in the first place It just doesn t make a great deal of sense And so begins the book, which is a collection of several possible answers Each of the stories is a fractured fairy tale of sorts, and all Rumplestiltskin The story remains the same, the circumstances range from blackmail to insanity to a long night drinking vodka in a local bar.A wonderful read through a well known tale. In The Rumpelstiltskin Problem, Vivian Vande Velde writes six wildly different stories that fix the Rumpelstiltskin story to answer questions such as why a miller would claim that his daughter could spin straw into gold, why Rumpelstiltskin wanted a baby, or why Rumpelstiltskin would accept a gold ring or necklace as payment when he could spin all the gold he wanted out of straw All of the stories were just slightly outlandish, but mostly fun Fixing a fairy tale in this way is a clever idea I want a writing teacher somewhere to try this with their class and let me know how it goes I d like to read the stories that are generated Have You Ever Wondered Just What Was Going On When That Odd Little Man With The Long Name Stepped Up And Volunteered To Spin Straw Into Gold For The Miller S Daughter If You Stop And Think About It, There Are Some Very Peculiar And Rather Hard To Explain Components To The Story Vivian Vande Velde Has Wondered Too, And She S Come Up With These Six Alternative Versions Of The Old Legend A Bevy Of Miller S Daughters Confront Their Perilous Situation In Very Different Ways Sometimes Comic, Sometimes Scary Most Of The Time, It S The Daughter Who Gets Off Safely, But Sometimes, Amazingly, Rumpelstiltskin Himself Wins The Day And In One Tale, It Is The King Who Cleverly Escapes A Quite Unexpected Fate Before reading, all I knew about Rumpelstiltskin was that he was a dude who could spin straw into gold I loved Rumple in Once Upon A Time but I didn t know the folk tale which is why I m very glad that the author started the book by giving us a brief introduction to the original story And I loved the way she told it, by pointing out all the ways in which the story was ridiculous and implausible in a good way.I can t say for sure that everyone will appreciate this particular brand of humour I read a review by someone who found it offensive but I liked it Because the truth is, the story doesn t entirely make sense and I don t think the author was trying to criticize or insult that More like she was just pointing out that we love these stories because of how quirky they are It was also her way of giving us a little precursor to the rest of the book, and telling us that it shouldn t be taken seriously and that it s just good fun.After the introduction, there are six different version of Rumpelstiltskin s story And I have to praise the author for how different all the stories are, not just in plot, but also in tone and which characters were features to what degree Some stories are pure entertainment like the first one while others are heartfelt Some have Rumpelstiltskin as a protagonist, others as an antagonist Some are from his perceptive while one is even from the perspective of the king.Still, I wouldn t recommend reading all six stories in one sitting There are a couple of tropes that are features one too many times Also, the stories are just enjoyable individually.Overall, this was a great compilation Not only am I now familiar with Rumpelstiltskin s story, but I also know a bunch of different versions of it I love retellings and I think the author did a wonderful job with these I loved her style of storytelling and especially her humour In fact, I m currently reading her Cloaked in Red which, you guess it, features stories about Little Red Riding Hood. This book is a collection of 6 Rumpelstiltskin retellings I liked this collection a lot than the Little Red Riding Hood one, Cloaked in Red, but that for me wasn t that hard to do Each story seemed different than the last, which was nice since they all are dealing with the same fairy tale If you are looking for something quick to read and for it to be a fairy tale retelling, you might enjoy reading The Rumpelstiltskin Problem.3.5 stars