The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth FairyJoyce walks a prose tightrope by perfectly balancing this story so that the uncertainty and tension pull taut throughout the narrative It s not so much scary as it is disturbing and unnerving The journey from child to adult is one fraught with loss, fear, and strange, uncontrollable urges By far, my favorite character was the psychiatrist whose drinking only slightly numbs the loss of faith he has in his own work. Graham Joyce , , , .gr forum showthread. This was the book that got me hooked on Graham Joyce A wonderful tale about a boy growing up and from time to time encountering the enigmatic Tooth Fairy THE TOOTH FAIRY is an intriguing dark fantasy that really reminds us to listen to our inner selvesoften, as the world becomes an even bigger place the older we get Excellent novel. Graham Joyce surely is one of the most underrated authorsis this possibly because he is so hard to market Is he horror Is he fantasy Or possibly social surrealism What ever he is his stories are strange, magical and original and he fast becoming one of my favourite authors.He likes to instill in the reader a feeling of lingering uneasiness You come away from the book feeling your perception of the world has been just been knock slightly askew away from what you previously thought to be normal Graham refuses to come down on one side or the other of the ideas he presents in his novel, it is all about ambiguity and uncertaintySam, Clive and Terry are ordinary ish boys growing up in the 1960s until one day when Clive punches Sam in the mouth and knocks out a tooth Sam puts the tooth under his pillow at bedtime as you doHe wakes up during the night and first lays eyes on the Tooth Fairy oddly dressed and smelling of horse s sweat and chamomile.Tinkerbelle this Fairy is not it is an angry, bitter and viscous looking creature from nightmare.Thus begins a strange, disturbing sometimes touching relationship with the Tooth Fairy as it dogs Sam s footsteps through childhood and into adolescence.The Tooth Fairy, whose appearance, mood and sex change constantly makes for a rather unpredictable, mercurial companion sometimes protecting Sam other times tormenting him, bullying and threatening him and his family The Fairy is a character in its own right with its own moods and emotions, jealously, lust, spite, anger and touching moments of tenderness The author skilfully coveys the wild, unpredictable primeval nature of the Tooth Fairy.Without the supernatural element, the adolescent adventures of Sam and his friends would have made a brilliantly funny rites of passage novel all petty vandalism though making pipe bombs in your Dad s shed is hardly petty , growing pains and awakening sexuality.The novel is brilliantly structured, well characterised and entirely compelling and the elegant writing at times is almost prose with a whimsical and nostalgic tone.This novel shows that horror fiction doesn t not have to be high octane gore splatter serial killing zombies but that it can be beautiful, compulsive, hilarious, tragic, magical and very, very funny oh very, very rude This one is hard to rate Hard because it is a good book but not what I expected This is listed under most shelves as Horror and is the reason I started it this month I can see where some might consider it Horror, but in my opinion, this was a coming of age dark fantasy tale Even though I was a little disappointed because I was shooting for pure horror for my October reading spree, I was still caught up in the story and was entertained to the end This is my third Graham Joyce novel and I can t figure out why this guy isn tpopular I would put the first book of his I read, Limits of Enchantment among my top 20 favorites This is not your stereotypical Tinkerbell fairy This one islike a Black Sabbath, fairies wear boots kind of a gal Is she real or just a bad dream Whatever she is, once Sam places his tooth under his pillow, he acquires a permanent companion that not even the imaginary silver bullet provided by his shrink can get rid of I m not sure I would recommend this as a Halloween piece, but it is still a great story that you might want to delve into at another time I will certainly be readingGraham Joyce. Through a window a broken fingernail of moon was visible It barely illumined the intruder s face, but what Sam could see he didn t like Two dark eyes, shiny like the green black carapace of a beetle, flashed at him The eyes were set deep, each in a squint counterpoised to the other, lurking under a matted shock of black hair Tangled elf locks framed high cheek bones and a swarthy complexion A row of teeth glimmered in the faint moonbeams, a mouthful of blue light The teeth were perfect, but, unless he was mistaken, they were sharpened to fine dagger points Such a hideous, chilling and unconventional description of a favorite childhood fantasy figure seemed like a great start to this very bizarre novel In the mood for a wicked scare during one of my favorite months of the year, I thought this book was just the ticket Unfortunately, rather than peeking around corners and jumping at the slightest creak of the house or howl of the wind, I instead felt slightly revolted Seven year old Sam looses a tooth and is surprised by a visit from this androgynous being Sam will learn that this will be a recurring event throughout his childhood and adolescent years This noxious and vulgar creature exhibits erratic moods, uses coarse language, changes from male to female and back again, and exploits the angst of a developing young man All this seems to revolve around Sam s personal experiences, sexual awakenings and frustrations As the tooth fairy points out to Sam,This is not a one way thing, you know You may think I m your nightmare, but you in turn are my nightmare It s your moods that pull me hereThe question becomes is this being real or a manifestation of Sam s imagination during these critical coming of age years An interesting concept, but when put into words and descriptions, it went way over the top for me It became repetitive and unnerving rather than satisfyingly frightful.Despite my criticisms, I did find some really good points to this novel For one, the characters are fairly well developed and memorable Clive, Terry, Alice and Linda all suffer, along with Sam, from typical teenage concerns, get mixed up in various scrapes some less innocent than others, and band together for support and camaraderie Skelton, Sam s psychiatrist throughout this ordeal, is an interesting character with his own demon , an addiction to alcohol He may actually be the one to grasp some understanding of Sam s turmoil and the real reason for the presence of the tooth fairy in Sam s life Also, when not foul, the writing was actually quite exceptional I think Graham Joyce has a gift of vivid prose that has the potential to be quite gratifyingThe earth under the snow was moist and brown, rich and curranty like a cake beneath a layer of marzipan Breaking through the outlying trees, he found the woods made anew Nothing stirred, and all noise from beyond the woods was baffled by the density of snow on the trees The woods were stunned It was a moment in closed time, a dream of ecstatic paralysis, a phase of Creation in which the trees waited impatiently to take on color, sound, textureThis passage and others like it are the reason why I will most definitely give this author another try 2.5 stars go to The Tooth Fairy, simply because overall I found it unsettling and somewhat unresolved in my mind by the end of the book. This is such a beautiful book I know this feeling I felt it when I read the Lovely bones It s not quite the same feeling though I feel I ve lost some friends almost The heads looked at the gang there are chapters in this book where the author takes you on a journey Of childhood, adolescence and dark childhood terror s and dreams All this seems to revolve around Sam s the main character in the story personal experiences, sexual awakenings and frustrations And his best friends too are main play And I haven t even begun about the actual main character the tooth fairy.I m honestly left with so many feelings towards this book there were times I bit my lip The times I laughed out loud.I m not giving anything away with this book You have to read it yourself And I highly recommend you do as it s a truly beautiful book. I met Graham Joyce at Fantasycon last year and asked him which of his books would be the best one to start with He recommended The Tooth Fairy, so I went ahead and picked it up I went in blind, as it were I didn t even read the blurb on the back of the book, and consequently had no idea what to expect.It was a very compelling read There s a sense in which the storytelling is deliberately unstructured, depriving you of the usual clues to the direction the narrative is taking This has the effect of sharpening the horror, making you feel that everything is at stake, all the time The tooth fairy itself is a unique creation so much so that although the book stands in a well established tradition of coming of age with supernatural stuff going on stories, it really doesn t feel like anything I ve read before And the denouement, when it came, left me both breathless and profoundly moved I d imagined a lot of ways in which the narrator and his nemesis might finally settle what was between them, but I never came close to guessing what would happen.I confess I have a bias towards what I think of as generous horror horror that allows you to empathise with the characters and makes you care what happens to them The opposite, in fact, of sacrificial horror where the characters exist primarily to be put through a wood chipper The Tooth Fairy satisfies on an emotional level, and is still very, very scary.I m going to read someGraham Joyce, and soon. The feeling I came away from The Tooth Fairy with was neither of happiness nor of satisfaction and, although it was a fairly dark story, neither was the feeling anything like despair Somewhere between those points is some combination of recognition, rememberance, anticipation, and a sense of loss that make up the un nameable feeling with which I connected with this book This is a fairy tale and a coming of age story that combine beautifully to remind us of how much we lose and how much we gain as we grow up and to cause us to wonder if the losses and gains ever truly balance out. Sam And His Friends Are Like Any Normal Gang Of Normal Young Boys Roaming Wild Around The Outskirts Of Their Car Factory Town Daring Adults To Challenge Their FreedomUntil The Day Sam Wakes To Find The Tooth Fairy Sitting On The Edge Of His Bed Not The Benign Figure Of Childhood Myth, But An Enigmatic Presence That Both Torments And Seduces Him, Changing His Life Forever

Graham Joyce 22 October 1954 9 September 2014 was an English writer of speculative fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for both his novels and short stories After receiving a B.Ed from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977 and a M.A from the University of Leicester in 1980 Joyce worked as a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988 He subsequently quit his po

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Tooth Fairy
  • Graham Joyce
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 9781857983425

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