Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Fairy Tale by Stephen King is a book you should pick up if you’d like a fun fantasy read. This book does not purport to do anything original, and I suppose that is part of the charm of it. It is an ode to fantasy and fairy tales and frequently references other works.

This book follows Charlie Reade, a teenager who gets acquainted with the elderly Mr Bowditch and his dog Radar, and ends up going down a portal to another world with the latter. There, he finds a kingdom in trouble and realizes that it is up to him to save the world. Again, it is as cliched as it sounds, but that doesn’t stop it from being charming and fun.

Like most fantasy protagonists, Charlie also has a dead parent, however here it is not just an excuse to have a teenager running around freely. Rather, Charlie’s relationship with his father and the latter’s alcoholism plays an active part in this story, and I thought that was a great, interesting touch. Charlie very much belongs to the real world, and it is just a matter of chance that he stumbles on another. I’m not sure if this book has any links to the larger Stephen-King-verse, but as a standalone it was a fun read. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re looking for something new and innovative, but I would if you’re looking for a fun, nostalgic fantasy!

Rating:4/5

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