Fairy Tale

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Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself - and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder. Because within the shed is a portal to another world - one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the 'Fair One'. And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time. A story as old as myth, and as startling and iconic as the rest of King's work, Fairy Tale is about an ordinary guy forced into the hero's role by circumstance, and it is both spectacularly suspenseful and satisfying.


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It was pure joy to read.

Stephen King’s new book isn’t what you’d expect it to be. He explores areas that he’s never explored before; fairy tales. This fresh adult oriented book inspects the darker and more sinister side of fairy tales.

Fairy Tale is about a suburban boy named Charlie Reade, but he’s gone through some stuff that no suburban boys should have gone through. His mothers death, which resulted in his father’s alcohol problems. When Charlie is 17, his life changes. He saves the life of an old recluse called Howard Bowditch and befriends his old dog, Radar. Bowditch has an old shed in his backyard and sometimes Charlie hears strange and abnormal sounds from the shed. Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch, “helping out the elderly,” and that kind of stuff. When he starts to grow fond of the old dog and his old owner, Mr. Bowditch dies, leaving Charlie with a very surprising legacy. Inside old Mr. Bowditch’s shed is the portal to a fairy tale world. But in this parallel fairy tale dimension, all isn’t right, because it’s controlled by an evil entity called Flight Killer.

It’s obvious when reading this book how much King enjoyed writing it and it’s a joy to read as well. King’s prose is simple and accessible but still beautiful. The characters in this book feel real and so do their emotions. Fairy Tale is a book that you can’t help but love. It’s got the feel and pace of a classic, but somehow manages to be fresh and new as well. This is the book to get anyone to start reading or out of a slump. It was pure joy to read.

Aarni, harjoittelija, Helsinki Kirjatalo