The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. HinesThe Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

The Stepsister Scheme

byJim C. Hines

Mass Market Paperback | January 6, 2009

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What would happen if an author went back to the darker themes of the original fairy tales for his plots, and then crossed the Disney princesses with Charlie's Angels? What's delivered is The Stepsister Scheme?a whole new take on what happened to Cinderella and her prince after the wedding. And with Jim C. Hines penning the tale readers can bet it won't be "and they lived happily ever after."
Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty shor...
Title:The Stepsister SchemeFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 6.7 × 4.17 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:6.7 × 4.17 × 0.9 inPublished:January 6, 2009Publisher:DawLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0756405327

ISBN - 13:9780756405328


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Entirely too cute, light and fluffy While I'd had The Stepsister Scheme on my radar for while now, it was only because of Jim C. Hines social presence that I finally decided to give it a try. Whether he's poking fun at fantasy cover poses, talking about important topics like depression and diversity, or demonstrating the absurdity of sad puppies mess, he's a clever geek a with a good head on his shoulders. I wanted to like his fiction, and it may be that I just picked the wrong book to begin with, but The Stepsister Scheme fell flat for me. It was OK . . . a half-decent way to pass the time on the train or at the park . . . but it never really excited me or engaged me. In terms of subject matter, it reminded me a bit of early Mercedes Lackey, but without her dramatic narrative flair. I guess it was all just a bit too simplistic for me, a cute story that settled for a serviceable telling. For those not familiar with the book, Hines looks at what happens after the fairy tales end, giving us a world where there are no simple happily-ever-afters. When Cinderella's husband is kidnapped by her ugly stepsisters, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty swoop in to help save the day. Unfortunately, what could have been a kick-ass tale with the spirit of Xena behind it is, instead, a much weaker sort of book that's more reminiscent of the comedic reboot of Charlie's Angels. That sarcasm and wit that I've come to appreciate in his blog posts is missing here. What's left is fun in small doses, but entirely too light and fluffy to work as a full-length novel. If you're new to fantasy, prefer fairy tales to epics, or are more inclined to YA/NA fiction, then you might very well enjoy The Stepsister Scheme. I can see the appeal, it just didn't work for me.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Clever This book caught my eye with the cover art [who says you can't judge a book by that?], but held my interest with the premise; Cinderella has married, but her handsome Prince Charming is kidnapped away. Enter Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, the Evil Stepsisters, and a lot of other cliche Fairy Tale characters - and take out the cliches. Without blowing the story, I can say that the author turns a lot of the old tales on their ears, and has an eye for little details [Prince Charming is nearsighted, which is why he had to bring the slipper to find Cinderella after the dance...]. Sleeping Beauty is an assassin, Snow White is a mirror mage, and the Seven Dwarves are far from the happy miners of legend. It all wraps up very neatly, perilous escapes and all, and I look forward to the next book in the series. If you want light [but not silly] fantasy, look no further.
Date published: 2009-03-03

Editorial Reviews

"Action, intrigue, romance, action, treachery, and did I mention action? These princesses will give Charlie's Angels a serious run for the money, and leave 'em in the dust. Read it!" -- Esther Friesner