Rumpelstiltskin has never been my favorite Fairy Tale. The miller was a braggart, the daughter was kind of whiney, and the king was horrible. The only person who seemed halfway decent was Rumpel. And he didn't fare very well. Although in the daughter's defense, I would have schemed to keep my firstborn, too.
This telling of the fairy tale is quite good. I was very amused by the William Morris reference. The illustrations for this version of Rumpelstiltskin are quite lovely and make the story worth the re-read.