Reviewing Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm is difficult, because much of what one would usually discuss in a review (plot, characters, to some extent even tone) is not really at issue; you don’t need me to tell you what Grimm’s Fairy Tales are. They’re a foundational text of Western Literature, and perhaps particularly of genre fiction. They’ve led to a dizzying array of valuable critical and fictional reworkings. Familiarity with Grimm’s Fairy Tales is cultural currency, capable of enhancing your enjoyment of all the work they’ve influenced. And all context aside, they’re weird, bloody, magical little things that have captivated listeners for centuries.