The Adventures of Princess and Mr Whiffle – The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss

The Adventures of Princess and Mr Whiffle – The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss

Published by Subterranean Press, 2010

69 pages

ISBN 978-1-59606-313-6

Signed Hardcover, 4th printing

A similar copy is available from The Tinker’s Packs for $30 (approx £19) +p&p from the US

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It looks like a children’s book. It has pictures. It has a saccharine-sweet title. The main characters are a little girl and her teddy bear. But all of that is just protective coloration. The truth is, this is a book for adults with a dark sense of humor and an appreciation of old-school faerie tales.

There are three separate endings to the book. Depending on where you stop, you are left with an entirely different story. One ending is sweet, another is horrible. The last one is the true ending, the one with teeth in it.

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle is a dark twist on the classic children’s picture-book. I think of it as Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with some Edward Gorey mixed in.

Simply said: This is not a book for children.

Followed by The Adventures of Princess and Mr Whiffle – The Dark of Deep Below

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imagesA bit about the author– Patrick Rothfuss had the good fortune to be born in Wisconsin in 1973, where the long winters and lack of cable television encouraged a love of reading and writing.

After abandoning his chosen field of chemical engineering, Pat became an itinerant student, wandering through clinical psychology, philosophy, medieval history, theater, and sociology. Nine years later, Pat was forced by university policy to finally complete his undergraduate degree in English.

When not reading and writing, he teaches fencing and dabbles with alchemy in his basement. http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/

He is also founder of the huge charity http://www.worldbuilders.org

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