It seemed a natural transition for the girls of No Boys Allowed Reviews to go from our first book, Someday, Someday, Maybe to our second, The Woodcutter. Sure, one was set in New York City and the other deep in the forest. And yes, one was stuck firmly in reality while the other flitted about in Fairyland. It’s true still that one has a female protagonist and the other a male. But those dissimilarities are nothing when you consider that our last post had a muppet in it, and the author of The Woodcutter, Kate Danley, trained in on-camera puppetry with Mr. Snuffleupagus and recently played the head of a 20-foot dinosaur on an NBC pilot.
And if that’s not explanation enough for why we were convinced to read her work, you need only take a gander at her author photos.
Gal’s got personality comin’ out of her ears! (It must be her ears, or perhaps her fingertips, as her mouth, like our mouths, seems too full of confectionary treats at any given time to allow much to come out of it).
The gorgeous cover design and fanciful (yet foreboding) synopsis didn’t hurt, either.
Cinderella is dead and one of Odin’s hellhounds has gone rogue. The Woodcutter, protector of peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie, is charged with finding the beast and returning him to the Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, it seems the forces of evil have other plans. It is a race against time as the Woodcutter travels east of the sun and west of the moon, up beanstalks and down to the bowels of the earth to unravel a mystery that can only be described as Grimm.
Murder, intrigue, and fairytales? We were all in!
But would Kate Danley’s writing live up to our expectations? We got together Tuesday night, with appropriately-themed consumables to find out!
…And we found that we were a Book Club divided. Thankfully, a Book Club divided against itself stands very well and makes for some interesting discussions and reviews. We disagreed upon matters of style, form, tone, and gender: you name it. Ironically, “naming” was another aspect we argued about. True to fairytale format, most of the characters didn’t have names. They were “the Queen”, “the Gentleman”, “The Lady in Blue”, etc. This bothered some of us and delighted others. Sadly, we didn’t have a method for settling the score. We’ll have to create one in order to be prepared for the next time we have a battle of opinion. Perhaps an arm wrestling contest or a thumb war. Maybe a Double Dutch Tournament: winner gets the right to proclaim the book “Good” or “Bad.” For now, we’ve settled on an average rating.
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley managed to break 2.8 out of 5 locks on our chastity belts.
Click onwards, to the following pages, to find out why!