Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.
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By Sheryl Mason on 14-01-18
How to stop curses
Rather to my surprise, I adored this book. It gallops along at a fair pace and some of the background of the characters is filled in, if only lightly.
Although I don't really like multiple narrators, this was handled with panache and style. Also not at a speed to detract from the book.
It's funny and lighthearted, regardless of some of the situations the characters find themselves in.
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By Tony E. on 22-11-17
Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!
This book is Drew Hayes' telling of the corrupted view of the fairy tale world. It starts out with a bang with the familiar Cinderella story with a huge twist that is interesting, engaging, and funny. Our anti-heroes, Jack, Frank, and Marie, work behind the scenes to get through the Grimmest of messed up stories to fix happily ever after for a price. Like the Swords, Spells, and Sorcery stories, the Super Powered Universe, and the stories of Fred the Vampire Accountant, Drew once again nails the character development that he is best known for. It is fun to follow this story and see all the connections that Drew makes in this genre as well as the surprises that follow.
In all of his previous work, one narrator has told the story with multiple voices. In this one, three narrators perform this more as a readers theater, one for each of our protagonists. One of them, I think it is the guy who plays Jack, also works as the narrator. Following the action is that much easier because of this. The three work together very well, intertwining their narrative in a natural flow. I am especially drawn in by the guy who does the voice of Frank as this is a powerful, calm, meticulous character who could be ruined by the wrong inflections but is done with all the grace and skill this character needs. Please forgive me for not knowing which narrator was which. I am fairly certain that Tavia Gilbert is Marie though.
I love that Drew Hayes is not afraid to go into a bunch of genres and tell stories worth telling. Whether it is super hero, fantasy, supernatural, or now fairy tale, his worlds are complex, the stories are compelling, and the storyteller never takes himself too seriously. This is another fun read - albeit way too short at 9 hours compared to his normal 30+ hour fare. Good thing there is that we will hopefully have the sequel coming soon, maybe Third Times A Curse or something like that. I can't wait!
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By Br14n on 27-11-17
Another fantastic addition to Drew's arsenal
in the few months since I've discovered his works, Drew Hayes has without a doubt surprised me at every corner wrapping me with tails of superheroes, vampire, and magical pears. with each book I read of his I fall more and more in love with the author and his creativity.
with the coming finale of super powereds, this book offers a fantastic opportunity to begin a series a new. taking everyday fairy tales in a magical world and injecting these three scoundrels, I'm surprised I even found an opportunity to take a break. this is of course another must-read for fans of the author or lovers of fairy tales you'll love this unique and creative take.
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