Book Review: Carthick’s Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick

Here’s my take on Carthick’s Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick.

Front Cover - Carthick's Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick


An evil dragon. A damsel in distress. A concerned father seeking a savior. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales. 

But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?

What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than meets the eye?

This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed mice. And bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.


Carthick’s Unfairy Tales is a series of seven short fairy tales. These are the fairy tales that we read while growing up but that’s what not book is about. It is a retelling of those fairy tales but with twists, which makes this book different. So what are those twists? Read the book to find them out yourself.

Coming to the review, Carthick’s Unfairy tales – the title of the book itself generates curiosity in the minds of the readers. All of us have read the age-old fairy tales but what do unfairy tales mean? That’s the beauty of this book.

I liked the concept of the stories. It was new for me to read. I have read a few stories ending with unpredictable twists. However, these stories were from a different perspective. Have you ever imagined the story of Cinderella from a viewpoint of that mouse who had turned into a horse for one night? The people who were portrayed as villains in the stories – were they really the villains or were they just the victims of misunderstandings? Who knows, right!

“Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories.”

Mockup - Carthick's Unfairy Tales by T F Carthick

Or maybe it was time for a lion to tell his side of the story through the pen of T F Carthick.

“Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

T FCarthick brilliantly brings out the characteristics of human behavior through this book.

“Why can’t people just admit they were wrong and move on? Why do they always try to keep holding on and prove themselves right all the time?”

The book has so many wonderful quotes that it is hard for me to choose just a few.

“The effects of substances were always easy to cure – it is the effects of ideologies that present serious difficulties.”

The book cover is pretty and sums up all the stories that the book deals with.

“This was not one of those stories where everyone starts to live happily ever after. That privilege is reserved only for the princes and princesses. The rest of are just mice, who carry on with our miserable lives.”

I would like to give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The first story sets the pace and expectation from the book but as the stories continue it becomes a bit monotonous. Still, it is worthy to spend your time reading this book.


We all grew up listening to fairy tales, so when I came across the title of the book Carthick’s Unfairy Tales, it kinda intrigued me. If you all love fairy tales but want to read your favorite tales with a twist, you should read this book. It is an enjoyable read throughout.

Ending my review by one of my favourite lines from the book.

“These humans! Drama is their second name!”

Well, of course, we humans do love drama. I can’t deny that fact. 

Thank you and regards,

Kashish Agrawal

Also read: Book Review of Yakshini by Neil D’Silva

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