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Rumple What?: 03/05/08
The second story by Nancy Springer in the March issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction takes a new look at the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale.
"Rumple What?" breezes through the fairy tale in a chit-chatty sort of way. Springer dives into the heads of the main characters: the miller's daughter, the king and of course Rumpelstiltskin. Not concerned with adjusting the plot any she instead focuses on what the characters might have been thinking as the story progresses.
I liked the silly tone to "Rumple What?" having never really been a fan of the original story. Springer's take on the different characters makes this contrived plot work and she even delivers a few laughs along the way.