So many fairy tales and childhood fantasies have been revamped these past years. Some have been tremendously successful in their retelling, leaving you in awe as the loose ends of short stories came to full fruition. As if filled with facts that made the fantasies true, they've been recreated with great skill. Others have come with pieces that assisted in the original story but fell through, cataclysmically through the interest floor, crashing and burning. Gretel, by Christopher Coleman didn't fall, but it didn't fill me with he excitement I'd expected. Let me show you why...
The story has great promise, since the Hansel and Gretel story doesn't have a lot to go by, but Gretel isn't quite the same story. It begins with an immortal finally reaching cessation. Unsure if they'd be able to find the one ingredient necessary in prolonging their life, till someone calls out. That's what begins the tale. But it's Gretel, the daughter of the woman and man who Do Not send their children out into the forest to save on food, sets out to find her missing mother.
I loved the idea of this story, because I've wanted to know more about Hansel & Gretel all my life! But this story took way too long to get things going. Normally I finish ebooks faster than paperbacks and hardbacks, but this one took me an extended timeframe. I kept falling asleep. It was way too detailed and will with unnecessary bits!
The setting is ambiguous, leaving me confused as to how I should have been seeing things. There were cars and phones and such things, but other descriptions made me believe it was either a dystopian era or maybe back when vehicles weren't as prevalent. Yet, The System, a form of government or police, drove about in dual-dammed vehicles, filled with computers and gadgets of all sorts! And they lived in what was considered the backcountry, but if that's so, the the evil that threatened the town and Gretel had to have been the Sticks! I don't know, but if I can't SEE what I'm supposed to be seeing, there's trouble for me.
Lastly, though the idea of a sorta modern-day H&G story was cool, the story moved way too slow for me. The best parts lay at the end; and even with them being pretty awesome and gory, I was not compelled to move on to the other books. If the others are like this, then it's not worth the push. It's a fun story and pretty cool when the going gets going. Gretel is available everywhere. Check it out, if you dare.
Gretel, Book One
Independent Publishing, Amazon Services
October 31, 2015
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