Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (Grimm Diaries Prequel 4) by Cameron Jace
What if all you knew about fairytales was wrong?
Little Red Riding Hood’s untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.
List of the available Grimm Diaries Prequels:
1 Snow White Blood Red
narrated by The Snow White Queen
2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder
narrated by Alice Grimm
3 Beauty Never Dies
narrated by Peter Pan
4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut
narrated by Little Red Riding Hood
available on 07/25/2012
5 Blood Apples
narrated by Prince Charming
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut continues Cameron Jace’s tradition of twisting the Grimm tales on themselves. If you have read his previous prequel then you are familiar if not fully understand of the world you’re about to inhabit. This diary entry is told from the point of view of Little Red Riding Hood.
There are several things that I liked about this novella. First was the unexpected treat of the Anguish Language. Second is this one relies on the stories told in the previous entries. Ladle Rat Rotten Hut like an inside joke to the Grimm Diaries’ devoted readers.
If you haven’t read the previous novellas a lot of the seemingly insignificant but actual significant moments will be lost on you. The mystery of Little Red Riding Hood’s true identity is perfectly played. Yet it still doesn’t top Sleeping Beauty’s identity.
Knowledge of the original Grimm Tales isn’t necessary but it’s a definite plus. It’s easier to understand when Cameron Jace throws the tale on its head. It’s those twists and reshaped reality that makes these prequels and, I’m hoping, the actual series a funny read.
I give Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 5 out 5.