Grimms’ Household Tales: A Read Through
And now for something completely different. That’s right, folks. This week, it’s a giveaway.
ver at The Hog’s Head last week, I had the pleasure of running a competition and giveaway. We had two signed copies of Katherine Langrish’s new books, West of the Moon. You can check out the competition for yourself, but it involved Harry Potter. And Vikings.
Well, today, I’m happy to announce that Paradoxes has generously been given another signed copy of West of the Moon to give away. So here’s how to get it to be given to you:
The whole point of the unsettling wonder series is to get people (including myself) reading fairy tales and folktales they’re not familiar with. Like them or hate them, the Grimms’ tales are a lovely cultural inheritance, and they’re worth knowing. Now, I can witter on about fairy tales all day, but today I’m going to do something better. I’m going to give you the excuse to read a fairy tale.
This weeks tale, ‘Clever Hans,’ can be read here. If you’re feeling adventurous, or want a shorter or longer version, there are ten similar tales here. Go read one or all or as many of the tales as you please. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post. It can be as simple as ‘I laughed,’ or ‘I cried,’ or it can be an elaborate deconstruction of AT1696 in relation to AT1335A. Or it can be anywhere in between. Just comment about the tale, and your name goes in the virtual hat to get a signed copy of West of the Moon. It’s nothing more complicated than that.
Now, to make things more interesting, I’d like to get a wee conversation going. So, if you come back and reply to someone else’s comment, you get two entries. (If you reply fifty times to thirty people—wonderful! But you’ll only get two entries. I’ll be in and out of the conversation myself, and Katherine Langrish may put in an appearance too, but our names won’t go into the hat.)
The contest runs from now until 18 April 2011, at 2359 GMT. So you’ve got a whole week to talk about these tales. Then I’ll plug the comment numbers into a random number generator, and let the wonders of the webmagraph choose the winner.
Read the story, have fun, and I’ll look forward to reading your entries.