04 October 2010

A Curse As Dark As Gold; Elizabeth C. Bunce

A Curse Dark as GoldA Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rumplestiltskin is definitely a "problem" tale with many questions left unanswered - I loved Vivian Vande Velde's The Rumplestiltskin Problem because each story posits answers to those questions. Here's another take on the story, with a very different twist.

The mill at Stillwaters has 'always' been run by Millers, but there is no father-to-son succession due to mysterious deaths. Charlotte and Rosie are the last in the Miller line, inheriting the mill when their father dies. Except... their uncle Wheeler shows up, a 2,000 pound mortgage is due, and the mill seems to have a mind (and problems) of its own.

The interweaving of olde Englishe folkways into this story brings a level of interpretation that I hadn't expected. While at times there were Dark Things hinted at that got resolved a little too easily, in general the addition of Jack Spinner made many of the problems inherent in Rumplestiltskin go away.

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