Tooth and Tongue
Bret Fetzer
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Tooth and Tongue: 15 Fairy Tales

Bret Fetzer
Pistil Books

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Another collection of fifteen fairy tales from the repertoire of Bret Fetzer, the stories in Tooth and Tonguerange form the gruesome to the humorous in the true tradition of classic fairy tales.

A young girl uses cunning to outwit a devious bird in "The Red Raven."

"The Bottle-Green Beetle" tells a poignant tale of a brother and sister, separated at birth, and their bizarre and magical reunion.

A prince in search of the most beautiful woman in the land ends up with more brides than he can choose from. The would-be wives compete for his attention and each meet with and untimely end in "The Three Portraits."

"The Pretty Stepsister" is a tale of sibling rivalry and unexpected revenge.

Set in ancient China, "The Parched Garden" is a tale of a poor old woman with more daughters than she can afford to keep. She discovers a cunning way to find them safe homes, but it almost costs her life.

"Little Shadow" is the story of a wealthy king who makes a deal to trade his daughter with a desert demon to save his life. The king betrays the demon in an attempt to save his daughter but ends up losing her anyway.

In "The Two Charlottes," a precocious young girl is taken by the fairies and replaced by a frog. Her mother treats the frog as her own child, but eventually the fairies tire of the child who is never satisfied with their gifts and devotion and she is returned to her family.

Fetzerís tales, though having contemporary overtones, are in the style of classic folk tales. Often dark and satirical, the stories are a perfect balance of the magical and the absurd.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Corinna Underwood, 2004

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