Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tis the Season for Gift Books!

Tim Manley “Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation” (Penguin, 2013)

You know those books that they sell near the registers in bookstores?  They’re around all year, but you really notice them near Christmas.  You’re panicky and looking for a gift.  Here’s a slight book and fits your budget.  Everyone likes to laugh, right?

Well, that’s what this is.  Some years back all those books seemed to change so that they were all just internet content put on paper and between covers.  This one is based on a tumblr.  

The premise is simple:  Disneyfied fairy tale characters act like contemporary people.  That’s basically the joke.  Jump on over to the tumblr and check it out.  You’ll know right away if this will make you laugh or not.

How do you evaluate this type of book?  My wife *loves* them.  She gives them as gifts & laughs loudly as she reads them again.  Me, I’m not so amused.  They’re ok, but why pay for the book when I can read the blog, right?  The good news is that you will know right away what you think about this book.

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