So apparently I wrote a couple of paragraphs about Sherri S. Tepper’s Beauty not too long after I read it. And I just read it and now have no idea where I was going with it.

And the problem is, the indifference, the disinterest. Because with a book you love, it’s so easy to write a gushy, full-throttled love fest. And with a book you hate, it’s also pretty easy to fling it against a wall and rant your head off. But with the indifference, there’s a struggle to move the cursor forward and fill that page. So what happens is that drivel such as this is used instead.


Beauty is the story of well, Beauty, that is, of Sleeping Beauty fame but manages to escape her fate and does some time traveling. There’s some bits in the land of Faerie, the future, and even melds into some other fairy tales. So it pretty much fits the Once Upon A Time categories.

It was an ok read, as you can probably guess by now. It was a little weird, but a little clever how the rest of the fairy tales fit into the bigger story. And there was just a little too much heavy-handedness as Tepper tries to put her agenda across. However, Tepper has some interesting ideas and I’m curious to see what her other books are like. Perhaps more SF and less fairy tale-ish?

Ah the neutral review. Never very interesting to read, is it?

So this is my fifth read for Once Upon A Time VI



  1. I just finished one of her sci-fi novels and it was weird. I haven’t decided yet if it’s weird in a good way or not, but I’m thinking that the fact that I stayed up late because I couldn’t put it down is probably a good sign. The story was what you’d get if you mashed together Dune, A Handmaid’s Tale, and Fern Gully.


  2. Books that I don’t have strong feelings for are the hardest to write reviews for. Sometimes I give myself a pass and don’t review them.


  3. I find that Tepper can be just so preachy in her stories that it overwhelms the plot. Enough with her personal messages already! 🙂


  4. Frankly, I’m always appreciate of a good old honest review – whether it’s good or bad. If I’m really determined to read the book I’ll still do so anyway but I do like to see the negative comments as well. That being said I don’t think I fancy this one so thanks.
    Lynn 😀


  5. You’re the second review I’ve seen not liking this book. And I keep thinking, Robin McKinley’s “Beauty” is so much better…

    And actually, your discussion of blah reactions was quite interesting!


  6. I’ve read most of her novels, but not this one, because I felt much the same way about the last that I’d read. Funny, because she used to be a real favourite. I’ll try another eventually. (Grace, were you reading Grass? I used to love that one, but I don’t know if I’d enjoy it as much now.)


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