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I Write Epic Fantasy and Dark Fairy Tales.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor

Varied, entertaining fairy tales/fantasy stories

Reviewed in the United States

Palmer gives us a nice variety of adult fairy tales; three take place in Britain and one in Finland. “The Soldier” makes use of Norse lore, while the non-human moor folk of “The Sailor” are either Palmer’s invention or a less known bit of lore, as Google only gave me North African Moors or a bog woman, but either way I found all four stories hard to put down.
As to their being “adult” fairy tales, there is nothing indecent in them, nor are they on the whole more frightening or violent than traditional fairy tales. The exception might be “The Sailor”, with an unhappy ending.
Palmer is not only a story teller, but also writes well, which is not always a given in independent fiction.

Enjoyable. Not for the Faint at Heart

Reviewed in the United States

Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021Really a 4.5 only because it took me a little while to get into as this is not my normal genre, but enjoyable nonetheless. No spoilers, here’s what you need to know. Well told and well-written tales that are only “adult” in the sense that they are too heavy for a child fairy tale read, darkness, and certainly no happily ever afters in any of these stories. All of them are engaging and feature choices, decisions, and 

Definitely a “darker” set of fairy tales – but from what I’ve heard, the Grimm Brothers weren’t exactly light and fluffy – so Palmer stands with some of the greats in his re-tellings of folk tales.

What I enjoyed the most was the varied time periods and locales. Each story was enticing in its own unique way.

I hope Mr. Palmer continues to write more in this vein.

Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021Having enjoyed Palmer’s previous collection of adult fairy tales, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor’, I was looking forward to ‘Richman Poorman Beggarman Theif’, and was not disappointed. Again Palmer brings to life four different places and times (18th century Scotland and the Caribbean, long ago in the Byzantine Empire, Edinburgh where the 19th century intrudes on the present, and Palestine in the time of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin) with interesting characters and tales. I appreciate the combination of a knowledge of the various places and times combined with good story telling and writing.
The stories are fairy tales in that they involve the supernatural and/or take place “long ago and far away”, and are also generally moral stories, in which people in the long run get what they deserve. They are adult in that they are longer and more sophisticated than a children’s fairy tale.


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