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Terribly Twisted Tales [NOOK Book]

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Eighteen original stories that take familiar fairy tales and shift them around to give an entirely new slant.

Fairy tales are among the earliest fantasies we are exposed to when young and impressionable. They stay with us throughout our lives, whether in their original versions or filtered thorugh cartoon retellings.

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Overview

Eighteen original stories that take familiar fairy tales and shift them around to give an entirely new slant.

Fairy tales are among the earliest fantasies we are exposed to when young and impressionable. They stay with us throughout our lives, whether in their original versions or filtered thorugh cartoon retellings.

What more fun could a fantasy writer have than to take up the challenge of drawing up on this rich material and transforming it into something new? The eighteen stories in Terribly Twisted Tales do exactly that.
From the adventure of the witch in the gingerbread house and her close encounter with an oven...
To Golda Lockes, who has a special arrangement with those well-known bears...
To a murderous attack with a glass slipper...
To Jack, a successful theorectical geneticist, who discovers just how perilous research can be...
To a wolf detective who sets out to solve "Grandma's" murder...

This volume highlights inventive stories that give a new perspective on classic tales! Includes stories from:

Dennis L. McKiernan — Annie Jones — Chris Pierson
Mickey Zucker Reichert — Mary Louise Eklund — Robert E. Vardeman
Kathleen Watness — Jody Lynn Nye — Jim C. Hines
Steven D. Sullivan — Brendan DuBois — Paul Genesse
Ramsey "Tome Wyrm" Lundock — Skip & Penny Williams — Elizabeth A. Vaughan
Janet Deaver-Pack — Kelly Swails — Michael A. Stackpole
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A few weak outings barely detract from the strong majority in Rabe and Greenberg's anthology of fairy tale retellings. Masterworks include Michael A. Stackpole's "The Adventure of the Red Riding Hoods" with its Holmesian wolf and Jody Lynn Nye's "No Good Deed," a science fiction re-envisioning of the thorn-stuck lion. Happily ever after isn't inevitable, as in Chris Pierson's compelling "Once They Were Seven," featuring an evil Snow White, and Paul Genesse's grim "Revenge of the Little Match Girl," but Brendan DuBois's "princess" Patti proudly rescues herself in the gritty urban "Rapunzel Strikes Back." The prose and ideas are outstanding; only a handful of poorly thought-out endings, as when Pinocchia the puppet returns to an abusive Gepetto in Ramsey "Tome Wyrm" Lundock's "Clockwork Heart," keep this anthology from the top tier.
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VOYA - Julie Watkins
When thinking of fairy tales, most people recall images from their childhood or envision the Disney-style characters that permeate popular culture. This Disney-antithesis compilation of new, sometimes macabre twists on the conventional stories is the result of eighteen fantasy writers and their collective desire to present entirely different versions for readers to consider. It opens with Dennis L. McKiernan's deliciously wicked Waifs, an interpretation of Hansel and Gretel told from the witch's viewpoint. In this version, the children are murderous heathens that devour most every fairy tale character in their path. In a similar vein, the lovely and sweet Cinderella is not an ill-treated young maiden legend would have readers believe. Indeed her vanity and selfishness eventually enrage her innocent stepsister Estelle to the point that she murders the fair princess with the fabled glass slipper, as related in A Charming Murder by Mary Louise Eklund. Although all are notable for their originality, the quality of the stories varies, ranging from the amusing but forgettable Five Goats and a Troll by Elizaabeth A. Vaughan to Paul Genesse's well-crafted, truly disturbing Revenge of the Little Match Girl. Mature teens and fantasy fans will appreciate the symbolism and satirical humor, but this title will not hold a younger audience's interest and will be too dark for most young teens. Librarians who choose to order it should be aware that there are references to recreational drug use, some profanity, and strong violence throughout the book, and for this reason, might have limited use in a high school media center. Reviewer: Julie Watkins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101029275
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 560,362
  • File size: 335 KB

Meet the Author


Jean Rabe is a fantasy and SF writer who sometimes dabbles in military fiction and myserties. She's an avid reader who has far too many books to fit on her bookshelves, and she resides in a tiny town in Illinois with her husband, three dogs, an obnoxious parrot, and an assortment of tropical fish. She can be found at jeanrabe.com.
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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Cute!

    Not bedtime reading material for the kiddies, but a wry glance at some of the more well known stories. Easy reading.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

    Terribly Twisted Tales is Twisted

    So many great stories. Laugh Out Loud reading. The stories hit the nail right smack on the head and are so relevant to right now. Hysterical reading.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Tales with a Spin

    Greenberg and Rabe did an outstanding job with there short story anthology, "Terribly Twisted Tales". The book is very entertaining and Mr. Greenberg demonstrates why he is one of the best editors in the business!

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Overall this is a great collection that pays homage to the brilliant zany minds of Jay Ward and Bill Scott.

    These eighteen entries will remind readers of Rocky and Bullwinkle's Fractured Fairy Tales as the authors take an irrelevant spin on famous stories. Almost all the contributions are excellent with a couple, though well written, disappointingly changing the personalities of the key players without explanation. Fans will enjoy what happens to Snow White after she owns the Prince and the Mirror in Chris Pierson's superb "Once They Were Seven", the witch chasing after violent Hansel and Gretel in "Waifs" by Dennis L. McKiernan and the scary science fiction twister "Jack and the Genetic Beanstalk by Robert E. Vardeman. Overall this is a great collection that pays homage to the brilliant zany minds of Jay Ward and Bill Scott.--------

    Harriet Klausner

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