The Tooth Fairy by

Clive was on the far side of the green pond, torturing a king-crested newt.
–Graham Joyce - The Tooth Fairy - c.1996 - pg.9

Read for the Once Upon A Time Challenge
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I’ve read a few Graham Joyce books at this stage; this one by him won the British fantasy award so I was hoping for good things. It tells the story of Sam, a young boy growing up in 1960s England, who one night is visited by the tooth fairy, an entity that is not the insect sized woman with wings that you might expect. Instead he or she changes depending on circumstances. Sometimes male, sometimes female, sometimes an androgynous figure, but always unsettling and unwelcome in Sam’s life.

To be honest I wasn’t really impressed by this book. I didn’t get any of the characters and I thought that parts of it were “sexed up” in order to create a shock value. It was quite a disappointment as I’ve really enjoyed some of Joyce’s other books.

It isn’t terrible, don’t get me wrong, it is for the most part well written. And some parts were particularly gripping. But overall this just didn’t work for me. A coming-of-age book that I’d give a miss.

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2 Responses

  1. jean pierre says:

    ah, thanks for the warning. 'cause i think looking at the blurb i'd find this somewhat appealing.

    but yeah, you've described the pitfalls that one fears for these types of books – so thanks for the warning.

  2. Fence says:

    Don't let me put you off, I've read widely differing views. Some people love it, maybe you're one of "those sort"