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Review: “Grimm & Grimmer Volume 1” And “Grimm & Grimmer, Volume 2”, Edited By Theresa Derwin


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I’m going to combine both of these in one review since they are very similar and share the same editor and publisher.

I actually tracked these down because a friend of mine, Matthew Sylvester, wrote one of the stories in Volume Two. They both looked enticing, and the price was right, so I grabbed both volumes.

The premise for both books are the same: the original tales as told by the Brothers Grimm were a lot darker than the sterilized versions we see in Disney movies now. Prospective authors were tasked with writing stories which returned to the stories of old, telling stories that were either harsher, more stark or even, in a couple of cases, simply a little off-kilter.

I must say these stories deliver. Having a warped sense of humor myself and a having grown up watching Fractured Fairy Tales as a kid, most of these were right…

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About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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