Fairy Tale starts when Charlie, a teenage boy, hears someone yelling as he walks by the home of an old man. This particular neighbor was known as a loner who only enjoyed the company of his dog, a dog Charlie’s friend insists is vicious. Howard had fallen from a ladder and injured himself. Charlie takes on the job of caring for him as he recuperates, growing close to both Howard and his dog, Radar. Then he learns a mysterious and unbelievable secret.
Charlie becomes so attached to Radar that he is willing to go into the unknown to keep him from dying, based solely on Howard’s word. The unknown ends up being a parallel world where he fights evil to protect both worlds.
I haven’t read a Stephen King book in many years, but Fairy Tale seemed unique to me, other than the fact that it is a huge book. It is a fascinating ride to another world where the characters are odd but so dang captivating. Many of them are kind, and others are horrible, beyond horrible really. Visualizing them makes for a heap of strange thoughts.
Fairy tale connections pop up throughout the story in an understated way. It is almost like reading two separate stories as the beginning of the book focuses on Charlie and what is going on in his life. The rest takes the reader to an alternate world and follows Charlie’s adventures there. Then it ends by telling a bit about Charlie’s adult life.
I was sucked into this book from the get-go. Charlie is one of those characters that you can’t help but love. He is not a typical teenager and lives to help others without feeling annoyed about it. Charlie does what is right, no matter what the cost.
The world building in the parallel world is phenomenal, painting quite a picture of the land, the people, and the Kingdom. I ate up every bit of it! Not surprisingly, there is a whole lot of weirdness involved. So imaginative and thought provoking! Don’t let the size keep you from this magical realm. It is well worth the time.
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