The Witch's Boy (2020)

The Witch s Boy A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him but he eventua
  • Title: The Witch's Boy
  • Author: Michael Gruber
  • ISBN: 9780060761653
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Witch's Boy
    A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him, but he eventually finds his true heart s desire.
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    1. A tall twisted brew of a story, a mix of fairy tales, from Little Red Riding Hood, to Hansel and Gretel, to Pinocchio, to Rapunzel, to Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, all mixed against the background of a Rumpelstiltskin, THE WITCH S BOY takes you on a journey from a witch s house in the woods, to Faeryland, to medieval towns and squares, to places full of gems under the earth, to the sea, and back around again There are bear nurses, and cat men, and kings and queens and the like, and the ma [...]

    2. Not as eerie as the cover implied to me But still wise Mostly fairly light, but with some exciting bits and some intense ideas I was very pleasantly surprised by the take that Gruber implies is the real version of the original fairy tales, clever and a whole nother point of view The mother is not uncaring The boy is not a Chosen One His quest is personal, her life is her own Good is quite nice, evil is quite wicked, but the fate of the world doesn t hang on anybody s shoulders rather, life goes [...]

    3. I didn t like this one much I didn t like any of the characters In the end, I think Gruber just tried to work too many fairy tales in, which just didn t work, because they felt crammed in, not like they belonged Also, the ending felt really rushed.What it does have going to for it is the fact that it s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, and how often do you see that And, it s of a boy book than most fairy tales re tellings are If Gruber had stuck just to Rumpelstiltskin and didn t try to work in e [...]

    4. I bought this for the astoundingly beautiful cover and for the opening Once upon a time, in a faraway country, there was a woman who lived by herself in the middle of a great forest She had a little cottage and kept a garden and a large gray cat In appearance, she was neither fair nor ugly, neither young nor old, and she dressed herself modestly in the colours of stones None of the folk who lived nearby not the oldest of them could tell how long she had dwelt in that place Gruber plays with any [...]

    5. This is the story of a very unlikely family, and what happens when best intentions aren t quite enough.Returning home one day, a witch finds a boy left in a basket with a note Though it is against her nature, she decides to take it home, and once she gets him there, she decides to keep him, despite the advice from her familiar Falance not to do so She calls the bear Ysul to be his nurse, and the afreet Bagordax to build his nursery and be his teacher And so Lump grows up with the ability to spea [...]

    6. I absolutely loved this book I liked the way the author incorporated several different fairy tales into the story and thought that it was a unique perspective on Rumplestiltskin Great book Quick read I liked it so much I ve read it twice.

    7. I enjoyed this book, I am very amused by the thought it brings me to what kind of fairytales would a witch tell her children I think this would be a good book to write, the bedtime stories of a witch to her child.

    8. Many fairy tales are woven throughout this book in a witty and cunning style Important life issues are confronted that will leave you in laughter and tears Magic is afoot, and mother nature is alive Loved this one

    9. Her ne kadar Yumru ya buyudukce sinir olsam da masallara farkli acilardan bakmak guzeldi, bastan sona b y l tam bir cad yk s 3

    10. could have been a lot better It had promise but I found all the characters to be boring and, well, I didn t like any of them disapointing.

    11. When a witch finds an exceptionally ugly baby left in a basket accompanied by a note that reads the devil s child for the devil s wife she takes him in against her better judgement Raised by a witch, a bear, and a djinn, destined to become a fairy tale legend himself, Lump s story is one of love and the birth of wickedness The Witch s Boy is one of the books you pick up to read for ten minutes, and then put down an hour later Its constant sense of discovery and forward motion are what make it so [...]

    12. Generally excellent and thought provoking The story, to my mind at least, draws its power from the love that the witch in the title has for Lump, an extraordinarily ugly child according to the novel s description There is much to this story than the love she bears for him Others love him too I particularly like the character of Ysul the bear, who cares for Lump when he is of nursing age Lump s journey is a very interesting, and often tragic, one and at times he is very easy not to like Love in [...]

    13. The first 20 pages or so utterly enraptured me They felt like everything a fairy tale should be And the re tellings of Fairy Tales sprinkled throughout the book were refreshing and intriguing But the central theme of the book that a child raised by a talking bear, a magical cat, a petty trapped demon, and a witch losing her humanity should be a good child and a good man and is inherently flawed and bad if he isn t rubbed me the wrong way On the other hand, Lump does earn his humanity and there i [...]

    14. There s nothing I didn t like in this book, and everything to love It s chock full of fairy lore and fairy tales I think of fairy lore as those tales of fairies under the hill, magic, and witches, and fairy tales as those we know from the Brothers G and HCA The fairy tales are turned inside out from our usual knowledge of them, for instance the parents were bad, the witch was good in Hansel and Gretel Just what tale corresponds to the story of the witch s boy isn t immediately apparent The other [...]

    15. This book is a wonder, a delight and a dark terror, much like the older fairy tales it emulates It digs into the notion of what magic is and what it isn t and the true nature of a mother s love There are many allusions to popular fairy tales, especially those of Grimm, and the story cleverly reinvents some of the well known ones But most of all it tells the story of Lump, a strangely ugly baby who learns almost too late to appreciate all that his kindly foster mother has done for him Lump grows [...]

    16. I would never have set out to read a fairy tale full of magic, but I read this one because the author is one of my favorites He did not disappoint It s a fine story, beautifully written, and kept my interest from beginning to end He kept me reaching for my dictionary, which I always appreciate, since I enjoy expanding my vocabulary He pays tribute to several of the classic fairy tales in a way reminiscent of the musical Into The Woods Altogether quite enjoyable.

    17. Good book that has a really interesting take on all the traditional fairy tales which are woven into this book just as side stories The boy is a bit of a brat though

    18. Ein tolles Buch mit typischen Grimm M rchen zur Grundlage, die aber ganz anders erz hlt werden und in ein neues, eigenes M rchen eingewebt sind.The Witch s Boy erz hlt die Geschichte von eben diesem Jungen, der als Kind aufgrund seiner entstellenden H sslichkeit einer Hexe berlassen wird, die ihn mehr schlecht als recht, aber mit viel Liebe und Hilfe ihrer tierischen Gef hrten aufzieht Man durchlebt mit dem Jungen Lump s mtliche H hen und Tiefen, seine Kindheit, seine Jugend und die st ndige Wan [...]

    19. Fairy tales are usually for kids, but not this one The Witch s Boy a dark story about what happens when humans explore all of their horrible human ways is part bildungsroman, part fable and part a commentary on human behavior Or perhaps a better description is that the novel is a rich set of observations on the contradictory nature of human behavior None of the characters are completely good as we normally see in fairy tales, but there s something human in all of them Not all of the evil charact [...]

    20. I read this book in the 6th grade and it exceeded my expectations I m not a fantasy lover, and I find those whole put a new spin on old cliches to be very droll, but this book really wowed me.The book indeed puts a new spin on old fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel The unique and winning choice was to tell the stories from an altered and warped perspective Forgive me for reaching out to pop culture, but the majority of it is basically summed up by Shrek 2 [...]

    21. The infant boy was so ugly his parents thought he must be the Devil s child Abandoned at the base of an old oak tree as a gift for the Devil s wife , the witch, who was accustomed to finding offerings from the local people at this tree, intended to leave the baby to his fate as a meal for a wolf or lynx Then without thought, and in an uncharacteristically compassionate move, the woman took the infant home and named him Lump, an ugly name befitting his ugly face Lacking maternal skills, the woman [...]

    22. I am, by no means, a good literary critic I mostly rate books by how they make me feel while I read them I know many of you can appreciate a book for than that, but it has to be really good for me to give a high rating while still making me feel awful.That being said, this book was very well written I m certain some of you would enjoy reading it for that alone But I had a hard time with this one It was sad Its hard for me to get behind a character that is so negative I felt bad for him, but it [...]

    23. Brief premise An ugly and misshapen baby is abandoned at a powerful witch s cottage For reasons unclear to herself, she raises the baby as her son well, like Ysul a bear raises Lump and is tutored by an afreet Lump is spoilt, bratty, yearning to learn magic though he shows no promise of any , and for friends Lump s desire for friends ends up with him being mistaken for a goblin and subsequently captured by a woodcutter s family The torment he suffers at the hands of the children turns into rage [...]

    24. Still not sure how I feel about this book There were elements that I loved the set up, the nursery with the windows on foreign lands, the cradle that whispered bedtime stories But once the story began to kick in it seemed mostly concerned with how not to raise a child I can t say I disagreed with any of the points made, but I really wasn t expecting to be lectured on child rearing, and I found that it raised my hackles a little Similarly when the author goes off on a lecture about the dangers of [...]

    25. This book is probably the most memorable young adult book I have ever read, next to Harry Potter.There was an old woman who lived by herself in the forest who finds a basket on her doorstep I guess you can say one day It is a little, ugly, abandoned baby whom she names Lump SHe is a magic woman who manages to hire a bear as his nursemaid and you just love this bear to death and a djinni as his tutor She also has a pet cat who is actually her cat familiar called Falance and he is very wise and ca [...]

    26. Michael Gruber s The Witch s Boy is a coming of age tale set in a fantasy world filled with magic When an old witch comes to find a slightly disfigured child abandoned on her doorstep she decides to take him in and raise him despite protestations from her cat Falance Gruber s novel traces the often strained relationship between mother and child, and shows both to be a disappointment to the other at times The child, Lump, is forced to deal not only with his disfigurement, but also with an unconve [...]

    27. This was this month s book group read I read it originally when it first came out in 05 and I remember being awed by the way this man writes This time around I was looking forward to that feeling all over again It took longer but it finally came along I really enjoyed this book,I really dislike the main character, the Witch s Boy, Lump, but I really like the book Lump was an abandoned baby, ugly, noisy, left on the witch s doorstep He grows up into a particularly nasty young man, greedy and gras [...]

    28. After reading Gruber s mostly brilliant Detective Paz series beginning with Tropic of Night , this was my first other sampling of his work, and with mixed results Marketed towards what is probably the 10 to 14 age range, this is indeed an inventive story the same strength as the aforementioned trilogy It also infuses some revised versions of many fairy tales throughout the story Sometimes these are clever, like Cinderella actually being a bratty girl who took advantage of her stepmother, lending [...]

    29. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars.I quite liked this book Parts of it were a little bit clunky, but Gruber is a great writer and that helped ease the plot along a little better than had it been written by a less skilled writer The retelling of fairytales throughout is at times dubious, he manages to pull one off really well and then fall a little flat with the others Lump is supposed to be a very unlovable character, and though I don t believe he fully redeems himself in the end kind of like a Di [...]

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