The Stepsister Scheme Review

June 27, 2009

We’ve all heard the tales of the Fairy Tale Princesses – Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I’m sure as kids some of us may have even “played pretend”. One thing I will say is these are not the princesses you grew up with, and I think that’s a good thing.

So many people seem afraid of reimagining things. In the recent years we’ve had a reimagining of Battlestar Galactica where the Cylons (at least a few of them) are human looking, a new Knight Rider, which honestly I cannot comment too much on as I didn’t watch it, and even a new Star Trek that seemed to surpass even those who have been involved with the older series expectations. Jim Hines has brought a reimagining like nothing I’ve seen before (well maybe in one small scene in Shrek 3 and the character isn’t right anyways).

The Stepsister Scheme brings new life to old classics. When Cinderella’s husband is kidnapped, she has to team up with pale white sorceress and a hot tempered, light on her feet beauty to travel through various kingdoms in search of the prince. Throughout we meet members of the fairy lands, with my personal favorite being a drunken gnome – how I love gnomes.

I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It has by far been the best book I’ve read this year. This is the first story I’ve read by Jim Hines and I can definitely say I look forward more. I cannot wait for The Mermaid’s Madness to come out later this year.

One Response to “The Stepsister Scheme Review”

  1. Steven

    Nice simple clear-cut review, Andrew. :) I enjoyed this book a lot too and can’t wait to read Jim’s story in GAMER FANTASTIC.