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Quite Contrary (English Edition)

Quite Contrary (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Roberts

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Praise for Richard Roberts:
"One thing Richard Roberts does so very well is create an unforgettable character. In this book, he's created a whole crew. Each is so vivid in my mind that I am able to look at the beautiful artwork of the cover and pick out each character by name." ~Laurie Laliberte

About Quite Contrary:

The secret of having an adventure is getting lost. Who ever visited an enchanted kingdom or fell into a fairy tale without wandering into the woods first?

Well, Mary is lost. Mary is lost in the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and that is a cruel and murderous story. She's put on the red hood and met the Wolf. When she gives in to her Wolf's temptations, she will die. That's how the story goes, after all.

Unfortunately for the story and unfortunately for the Wolf, this Little Red Riding Hood is Mary Stuart, and she is the most stubborn and contrary twelve year old the world has ever known.

Forget the Wolf's temptations, forget the advice of the talking rat trying to save her - she will kick her way through every myth and fairy tale ever told until she finds a way to get out of this alive. Her own way, and no one else's.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1964 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 318 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Curiosity Quills Press (30. März 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #39.921 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not what you think it might be, and you won't know till the books close. 28. April 2014
Von K&J Roberts - Veröffentlicht auf
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For the record, my Husband and I share this account. I do most of the book reviews.

I tend to keep my book reviews short as to not repeat it's summary or give away spoilers.

First: THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS! If you've had the "Birds and Bees" chat, then maybe. Read it first yourself though. Just because the main character is 12 does not mean the book focuses on 12 year old issues.

The main character, Mary Stuart, is a complex, willful, and stubborn young lady that has lived far more life in her twelve years than she should have. This book seems at first to be a story of the "the grass is always greener till you get there" variety. What it truly becomes is a look at all the dark little corners of the human psyche, and how we try to trivialize the repeated patterns as fairy tales and stories. It is a book of self-acceptance, finding strength in ones flaw's, forging your own path, and making lemonade out of bad gin.

I relate to the main character, can ya tell? :-P

Great read. I will likely be reading it again later this year.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wrong category, marketed wrongly, but brilliant. 30. März 2014
Von Charlene J. Conlon - Veröffentlicht auf
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Would you call Steven King's Carrie a YA novel simply because its protagonist is a teenager? No. Carrie is a horror novel, and despite the blurring of the lines drawn between children's literature, YA novels, and books intended for adults that has occurred since J.K. Rowling burst onto the scene, there is a difference. While no longer required to be almost as innocent and pure as children's literature YA novels tend to be more linear, straightforward, and simple than those for adults, as well as less graphic.

Quite Contrary is a horror novel with fairy tale elements. It has a twelve year old protagonist, Mary Stuart, a talking rat companion, and the villain of the piece--the overt villain, I should say, is the Big Bad Wolf--and they don't come bigger or badder than this wolf. I was put in mind of Neil Gaiman's first run of Sandman as I read-- partly because of Roberts' immense knowledge of the Lands of Story, the tropes and memes Mary wanders, stumbles, and sometimes charges headlong into, but also the dreamlike quality and vividness of the worlds.

So: if you are considering this book, keep this in mind. It's graphic, complicated, sometimes seems random, the journey doesn't seem to connect up until the end, and it doesn't wrap up with a nice neat little bow and a feel-good ending. Mary is not a nice, likable, plucky heroine. She's much better than that.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen My, what unusual characters you have... 24. März 2014
Von Dave - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is not a fable meant for children. If you took the old Brothers Grimm tales (the ones that served as morals and lessons instead of happy fairy tales), a few modern horror stories, and enough hardened cynicism to choke a blue whale, this is the book you would end up with. It turns fairy tales on their ears, knows that strangers met in the woods are not kind and gentle, and believes that most problems can be solved with the proper application of a sturdily booted foot.

The main character is crass, sarcastic, mistrustful, foul-mouthed, and violence prone... and these are her endearing qualities. The characters in this story may not be as fleshed or likable out as they could be, some other reviews have had some harsh words to this effect, but they are spectacularly memorable. In the railroaded fashion of all fables, the story is supposed to have an inevitable conclusion and all choices should lead there. Until Mary that is. Because this is the story of someone who doesn't traverse the road less traveled, she leaves the path entirely and lets the story catch up if it can.

While not my favorite work by this author, it is still worth a read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting tale 8. Mai 2014
Von Quite Unoriginal - Veröffentlicht auf
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*Potential Spoilers*

It was a very interesting read and I believe it was worth the money. Once I started I couldn't stop, I became hooked.

The main cast of Mary, Rat, and Scarecrow are very memorable characters. Each suffer very subtle changes throughout the course of the story, and little by little their pasts are revealed. The introduction of various fairy tales and other fictitious characters was a nice plot element, even if they were all only meant to be wolf fodder.

That said it's not a very happy story. So if you're not into stories that will leave you sad you shouldn't read this story. It starts off very strong and ends strong, the same can be said with the bleak view this book takes. However there are light points to the book, and the end of the book clears away some of the bleakness to show that a happily ever after may be possible after all.

Other reviewers dislike Mary's less friendly traits, but focusing on those are just blindly look away from the positive feelings that Mary delves into throughout the book. Whether it's saving characters trapped in their own stories or worrying about those who wish to help her and suffer the Wolf's wrath. You can't even complain about the bad traits since the author does a great job at proving that Mary's poor view of the world and actions have been caused by an awful past. However she attempts to run away from this past and not let it affect her. A very interesting and complex character.

Other reviewers have it right, though it is a "fairy tale" story, it is not for children. I'd promote it for young adults+ and those who enjoy dark fairy tales or dark stories in general.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Premise for a darker fairy tale mix for mature readers 21. April 2013
Von J. Rivera - Veröffentlicht auf
This book has left me with very different opinions on various parts and aspects. One thing I will say up front. THIS IS NOT A KIDS BOOK. Older teen-adult is appropriate. It focuses on a 12 year old girl named Mary. The combination of the name with the title brought an amused smirk to my lips. She goes off to a party and tries to spite the host by going into the tunneled crawl space of the spooky mansion it is hosted at. She finds herself locked in ans so she ventures around, making various turns through the tunnels. She comes across a talking rat (Rat-In-Boots) who helps her begin her journey.

When she puts on the white and red outfit, her fate is sealed to the story of Red Riding Hood. She journey's through various fairy-tales and lands of legends.

One thing that really bothered me in this story is that she never questions why. Why her, How did the rat get her, etc. She just accepts everything. While her character gained depth throughout the book (she started of bratty, then we learn she has a chip on her shoulder to learning she actually cares for others), I never once felt she was 12. More like 16-19. And the language, sexual references, etc (going to a brothel, virginity references etc) did not seem right.

Yet, to contrast her character I liked Rat-in-boots, even though he doesn't have his boots. The perfect little hero. Cunning, swift, caring and stubborn. I also really liked some of the places we see. One of them is the Viking Lands and the Norse. She meets a boy named Eric who is the son of Thor. This amused me because in the 'Thor' and 'Thunderstrike' comic books, Eric is the name of the man who becomes the New Thor.

Another place I enjoyed reading was purgatory, which was set up as a huge ship (and I mean HUGE) that can take years to escape (if you can at all). This part reminded me of the Goonies a bit (children working together, following a code) and Silent Hill with the creatures in the dark and the way things lock and checking various rooms for items.

Through all these stories and more, the Wolf is after her. Apparently Red Riding Hood is the strongest story ever. Rat-in-Boots tells her that no one knows of a world outside their story yet everyone knows hers and keeps telling her to take off the hood. The only way to escape the Wolf is to go home. Which is the one place she doesn't want to be.

So while there were enjoyable parts, I just could not get into the book itself. Too much unanswered. And her characters personality did not fit any middle schooler I have ever met. Also the ending was a let down. The last 50 pages were rushed, worlds not explained, etc. And the last chapter was a recap of the book. Pfft. Not needed. So while it was kind of interesting to read and started out with some creative thought, it didn't hold the same appeal that I had before I started.
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