Spinning Silver

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Spinning Silver (2019, Pan)

480 pages

Published May 16, 2019 by Pan.

ISBN:
9781509899043

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5 stars (15 reviews)

"A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six …

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Fantastical and uplifting

5 stars

This story was exceptional.

Even if the story is objectively a traditional fairy tale (nothing wrong with that, classics are classics for a reason!), it reads with incredible tones and colors very close to the style of Studio Ghibli movies, especially Howl's Moving Castle. If I were to recommend a book to anyone asking about a Studio Ghibli-like story, this book would be the first on my list (more so than the books the movies are based on, since they already heard the stories!). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised that if Studio Ghibli had still been around today, Spinning Silver would be on their short list.

Since the story itself is a bit of what you'd expect of a fairy tale, with a simple plot, royalty, romance, and magic. The narrative voice did most of the work to put this book on the map, it's written in such a …

Review of 'Spinning Silver: A Novel' on 'LibraryThing'

5 stars

An absolute joy of a book. It takes the form of a lot of fantasy and/or fairy tale cliches but repeatedly twists them into much more interesting things, and takes on some pretty grim thematic content without being a grim read overall. I loved how bluntly it dealt with antisemitism and the purposes that prejudice serves, and the repeated thread through the whole book of people who looked greedy or outright evil from the inside looking reasonable and/or desperate once the author lets us see the character's own perspective.

That said, I hated Miryem's ending. It felt like a very jarring return to fairy tale cliches, and I'm basically pretending that the last 2-3 pages of a book that I otherwise adored simply don't exist.

Review of 'Spinning silver' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I normally love retellings of fairytales. This one was just disappointing. I loved what was happening at first. Then it just got kinda boring?

No spoilers, but. This was a disappointing book. I was so excited at first but was disappointed.

And the ending made me craaaaazy. Just, girl... fuckkkkkkk

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