More Unfairy Tales by T F Carthik – Book Review


A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.

Or at least that’s what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones’ Locker?

What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?

The stories the Knight-in-Shining-Armour and the Damsel-in-Distress have never wanted you to know. Tales which Fairyland had kept locked up in secret and thrown away the key. Until our rogue bard went back in time and ferreted out skeletons hidden within secret cupboards of desolate mansions.

Our fearless crusader of truth and justice brings to you the second volume of revelations from fairyland.

You will find five more unfairy tales hidden within the pages of this tiny tome, the sequel to Carthick’s Unfairy Tales. Stories of elves out to decipher the ways of men and dwarves seeking to reclaim their own histories. Of spurned witches and lost wolves. These stories are going to change everything you have ever believed about fairyland and give you a peek underneath the gossamer threads of glamour and magic peddled by the Fae.

My Take On The Book:

Have you ever wondered if you could read the story of Snow White from the point of view of the seven dwarfs? Or for that matter if you could know what was the wolf’s perspective in Little Red Riding Hood’s story. If yes, then T.F. Carthik’s More Unfairy Tales is the perfect read for you.

This book comprises of 5 of our favourite fairy tales, but retold from the point of view of the background characters of the stories. The characters which are usually taken for granted while reading or telling any fairy tale. I have always loved fairy tales and reading them again with a twist was a delight. What’s more? It had the retelling of two of my most favourite stories; ‘Snow-White & the Seven Dwarfs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

The author has done a great job in crafting an altogether new version of the age old stories. It was nice to read the other side of the story from the antagonists’ point of view. The stories are well written and creative. I enjoyed every bit of it.

However, I feel that children may not find the book intriguing, the reason being that it is we adults, who tend to analyse every situation, character and judgement in life. Kids are simple souls. They are happy with happily ever after kind of stories. Moreover, there were many instances/sentences that the kids may not apprehend.  For instance, there are sentences like, “Humans are such a xenophobic race. They even distrust strangers of their own kind from distant lands” which the innocent children may not understand.

Another thing that I feel is that many stories mentioned characters and names from altogether different fairy tales. Anyone who has not read all the stories may not understand the context.

The language of the book simple and lucid. It’s interesting and keeps the readers hooked to the stories. However, the description could have been a bit crisper. The cover is gorgeous and very creative. I loved it.

 I Liked:

  • The concept and the presentation of the stories.
  • The creative and wild imagination of the author to re-create the stories. It was nice to read the perspective of the characters other than the protagonists.
  • The simple language and storytelling style.
  • The cover image.

I Disliked:

  • Nothing in specific.

Pick or Skip?

If you like reading fairy tales (or loved when you were a kid), then this book is a great read for you. However, if you are picking the book for your kid, make sure to tell them the original story first and then read these tales to them. Of course, they will need your guidance to grasp the gist.


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