Toad Words and Other Stories

Toad Words and Other Stories

T. Kingfisher / Mar 28, 2020

Toad Words and Other Stories From author T Kingfisher comes a collection of fairy tale retellings for adults By turns funny and dark sad and lyrical this anthology draws together in one volume such stories as The Wolf and the W

  • Title: Toad Words and Other Stories
  • Author: T. Kingfisher
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  • Page: 433
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  • From author T Kingfisher comes a collection of fairy tale retellings for adults By turns funny and dark, sad and lyrical, this anthology draws together in one volume such stories as The Wolf and the Woodsman, Loathly, and Bluebeard s Wife, along with an all new novella, Boar Apples Author s Note Many of these stories have appeared in various forms on the aFrom author T Kingfisher comes a collection of fairy tale retellings for adults By turns funny and dark, sad and lyrical, this anthology draws together in one volume such stories as The Wolf and the Woodsman, Loathly, and Bluebeard s Wife, along with an all new novella, Boar Apples Author s Note Many of these stories have appeared in various forms on the author s blog.

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      • T. Kingfisher

        T Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen name of Ursula Vernon In another life, she writes children s books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half dozen Junior Library Guild selections.This is the name she uses when writing things for grown ups.When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.


    1. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:T. Kingfisher is the name used by author Ursula Vernon for her adult fiction, although some of her T. Kingfisher works fall into the young adult category, like The Seventh Bride, and some of her Ursula Vernon works are adult works, like her wonderful Nebula award-winning short story Jackalope Wives. Regardless of the name she uses, I’ve been searching out her fiction ever since reading “Jackalope Wives.” T. Kingfisher writes lovely fairy tal [...]

    2. I'd read the title story from this author (aka Ursula Vernon, for her kids' books) some time ago online, and it made an indelible impression. It sets a high bar for its companion stories to get over, but they stand up well even in comparison, especially "Never" and "Boar and Apples".Especially "Never". Oh my yes. On so many levels.Mode/subgrenre is fairy tales retold for 21st C. grownups of all ages, interrogating the text with a lot of skiffy-minded logical questions, sometimes hilarious, somet [...]

    3. If you’ve been following my reactions to T. Kingfisher’s longer retellings, it’s probably no surprise that I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Despite the stated belief that she can’t write short stories, this should make it very obvious that she can: with wry humour, with tenderness, with care, with cleverness. Each of these stories has its own spin on the original fairytales; each has its own voice and shape, and sometimes it goes quite far from the original — but always in a [...]

    4. It's really difficult for me to review short story anthologies, because I am TERRIBLE at stopping and letting one story rest and germinate a review in my head before I start the next one. It's like did you know that many books have CHAPTER BREAKS, where average mortals STOP READING AND GO TO SLEEP? That is also not my strongest concept.So instead the stories all end up happening in the same world for me, even when they obviously aren't. Oops. But happily, because this book had a folk-tale theme, [...]

    5. So good to have so many of Ursula Vernon's smart, down-to-earth, slyly funny fables in one place, and with a new novella (casting the seven dwarves as intelligent, principled boars!) to boot. I haven't seen rewrites of the familiar fairy tales this interesting and creative since Tanith Lee's Red As Blood.

    6. Yes. Get this book. It's a charming and delightful collection of short stories and poems, mostly retellings of classic fairy tales. Get this. It's well worth it.

    7. This was a collection of short stories based on different POV in certain fairy tales. They were clever and amusing and lovely to dip in to.

    8. This is an ASTONISHINGLY good set of fairy tale and modern-mythos retellings. Funny, bloody, serious, heartbreaking. One of the hallmarks of T. Kingfisher's work (including writing as Ursula Vernon) is a kind of very sensible, now-what-do-we-do-about-this mindset, and it runs through all the stories and poems here. Her heros and heroines never take too much time googling about the situation. It is what it is, I speak toads into existence/peter pan is always surrounded by children and I'm growing [...]

    9. I totally didn't cry at "Boar & Apples" and I'm not tearing up now thinking about it.So there.Very highly recommended.

    10. what a lovely collectionthis is a set of adult fairy tale retellings wherein adult means thoughtful and complicated rather than HBO style 'just add sex and blood!!!!' adulti read them all in one long bus ride so i don't have much to say about individual stories per se but as a whole i found them very down-to-earth and sympathetic to their characters. also this has what is maybe my favourite bluebeard retelling? possibly because most bluebeard retellings i've seen follow in the tradition of angel [...]

    11. Tear-wrenching and hilarious stories, often at the same time, this was so lovely and now I need every single thing written by Vernon/Kingfisher. Felt quite Diana Wynne Jones-esque, but certainly brought its own apples to the table. (And impossible not to think of Seanan McGuire's Indexing, but that's just because these are fairytales, after all.)

    12. I loved Digger, but I am *madly* in love with this story collection. It honestly reminds me a lot of the best of Connie Willis' short fiction, and it has a sensibility similar to that of Terry Pratchett. Go, read this. Now!

    13. I glommed an absurd amount of T Kingfisher on my holidays, basically consuming her entire adult backlist, and I regret nothing except that there aren't more. This is a delightful collection of stories, as imaginative and elegantly written and readable as one would expect from this author. I find her combination of humour, sharp insight and kind-heartedness incredibly soothing to my soul.

    14. I'm a fan of twists on fairy tales, so this became my first purchase of this author. Overall, this is a good collection of subversions and retellings that explore the fairy tale world and tropes without necessarily being fairy tales themselves. Individual stories:"It Has Come To My Attention": Was surprised to see poetry in a short story collection. Poetry isn't really my thing, so it took me a couple of reads to understand what was going on, but once I did, its punchline made me smile."Toad Wor [...]

    15. Wonderful, inventive work in all of these stories. The titular Toad Words was worth the price of admission for me, with its whimsical, old-style magic — a girl who produces amphibians from her mouth when she speaks — used for both a charming character sketch and an uplifting concept of bettering the world. I also absolutely loved the novella Boar & Apples, which is an inventive, well-fleshed retelling of Snow White. A family of sentient boars and pigs replace the classic tale's dwarves, [...]

    16. This was so satisfying and great. The novella-length Boars & Apples is just about brilliant - I can't tell, quite, if it's a mondegreen pun ("snow white and the seven - what was that? wars? that's ridiculous. oars? BOARS? well, there's apples"), but regardless of that, it's beautifully executed, as are each of the others. I remember a few (Toad Words) from Kingfisher's LJ, but much of the book was new to me, as was the concept of the Loathly Lady story (which I am verrrrrrry interested in).I [...]

    17. I cried at the very first short story. These aren't exactly retellings of old fairy tales, they're the makings of new tales that have all the magic, teaching, and showing true stories have. They're all amazing, and they all cut to the heart of the kind of truth that can only be told in a fiction.I love these. I've reread them already several times, and I suspect that I have to get a physical copy just so that I can really sit down with them, wrapped in a blanket, with tea and a fire just to rere [...]

    18. Twisty retellings of some popular fairy tales. Very twisty retellings. The majority of the stories were good, solid 3-star stories. The Little Red Riding Hood was perhaps 3.5-stars, but what lifted this anthology to 4-stars as an overall rating was the Snow White story. It alone was worth the read.This is my second T. Kingfisher, and it will NOT be my last.

    19. T. Kingfisher / Ursula Vernon has always had a great imagination. I've followed her art (and the stories that it tells) for something like 15 years now. Her short stories are just as fun. I particularly like the down-to-earth approach that her protagonists tend to have; it's more common sense than I usually see in fiction! And the title story here is just excellent.

    20. 4.5 starsThis is a side of Ursula Vernon I wouldn't have expected (but for the story of Ed in DIGGER): Cat Valente without the poetry. Beautifully crafted retellings of classic fairy tales with some twisty-ness added. Just shy of perfect.

    21. This was wholly delightful. Worlds of enchantment. I haven't enjoyed a book of fairytales so much since reading The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley.

    22. 1st read - 2014: Lovely!I so enjoy her writing. More please!Recommended if you enjoy short stories like Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, or Theodora Goss10/27/16 Reread

    23. I think two of Kingfisher’s best talents lie in character-building and dialogue, as I’ve noted in other reviews. Her narratives in general also produce a wonderful, magical feel to them. And Kingfisher’s imagination in building out new aspects of old fairy tales never ceases to amaze me."[The muffins] went glop, which is not an appropriate sound for muffins to make upon contacting wicker, but Turtle was pleased by this, because the last batch had gone clonk and glop was progress of a sort. [...]

    24. How strange, how strange…you’d think you’d notice something like that.And instead you just sit up one day and think, “I used to care about that.” She felt an odd little pang, not so much of mourning but of a suspicion that she should be mourning, and wasn’t.The only bad thing about this book is that the stories are far too short.Toad Words and Other Stories is a set of fairytale retellings, all of which subvert the roles of the characters and are told with a variety humour-touched m [...]

    25. I've loved Ursula Vernon's short fiction whenever I've run into it in other anthologies or magazines. This collection of fairytale retellings (and some poetry) is a lovely example of her work - sly, full of sarcasm, the beauty of wild natural places, and women of all ages rolling up their sleeves and getting on with living in their worlds. Some pieces I found too short but I mostly liked all of them. The stand outs for me were "Boar and Apples", "Bluebeard's Wife" and "Night". This collection is [...]

    26. What's not to love? I adore Vernon's fairy tale retellings, and this is an anthology full of them. Her insight into those of us who have had difficult lives on the fringe of what's considered "normal" or "ideal," and her strange sense of creativity, make her a treasure. I'm bored of "twisted fairy tales," but Vernon's writing avoids the contrived and tacky grimness that typically defines the genre while retaining the allure of dark magic that makes fairy tales so resilient.Retellings of note: Li [...]

    27. The way T. Kingfisher writes is brilliant. This is the second collection I've read, and while they have a distinct style, there's nothing repetitive and the stories are all wonderfully unique and engaging, which can sometimes be difficult for fairytale retellings.The re-telling of Snow White - Boars & Apples is definitely one of my favourite versions, up there with Gaiman's version (tho for very different reasons) and the Boars were completely and utterly wonderful.

    28. This was included in The Halcyon Fairy book. I enjoyed it, but the writing is a bit uneven, and it's not her best work. "Boar and Apples" in particular is rather rambling. But "The Wolf and the Woodsman" is very good, as is "Bluebeard's Wife", and they display some of the talent that is better developed in Bryony and Roses, and The Seventh Bride.

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