Saturday, December 17, 2011

"The Thorn & The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story" by Theodora Goss


Writer/poet, Theodora Goss
We have a new book to look forward to in January from Theodora Goss, whom you may know from her gothic-styled fairy tale short stories of her book The Forest of Forgetting.

This particular work The Thorn & The Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story is more legend than fairy tale, being loosely based on the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, but it's unique form - and I mean physical form here - is making even those people completely won over to e-books and digital formats sit up and take notice.

You can read and see more about the construction and format of the book on Ms. Goss' blog HERE. (Bonus - she has her book propped up on some lovely William Morris pillows. Nice.) She also mentions she was going to write about her challenges with this particular story construction but I haven't managed to find that yet in my already-borrowed-more-than-planned computer time today!* I do recommend having a browse and read through her blog if you're interested in writing. She has a lot of interesting observations on life, myth and much much more that will appeal to fairy tale people.

You can choose to either read  side of the star-crossed lovers story: Brendan's version or Evelyn's. They're both incorporated into the binding on opposite sides by being printed in an accordion-style.

Check the images in the post and the book trailer below and you'll see what I mean.

 I have a feeling this will be a big seller for Valentine's Day. :)

*My apologies: I'm SO behind on fairy tale news and emails this week with hardly getting any time online. I will have to do a catch up post if I possibly can. There's too much good stuff happening right now to not at least comment on it. I can't promise I will but I do promise to try.


  1. Although I'm one of those won over by ebooks, I still do like to buy special books in hard format. I think this will be one of those special books. :-)

  2. wow, you always find the coolest stuff!