We all grew up with fairy tales; stories of daring deeds, uncovered mysteries and prophecies fulfilled, peopled by princes and princesses, abandoned basketed babies found wrapped in the petals of flowers and gingerbread men on the run from evil bakers. But why do we only ever hear the ancient tales? And what about the more ordinary souls of the magical realm? Where are the stories of the brave knight buying an affordable car, the young man who buries his feelings by the tree in the back garden, the grumpy ogre's long-suffering clerk who yearns for a new job on her day off or the college student struggling to overcome the violent and vocal resistance of the blank, white walls of his new room? Tales of everyday magic have been in short supply but this collection of short stories makes heroes of the hitherto ignored men and women on the ground. So forget Goldilock, Sleeping Beauty and Rumplestiltskin and prepare to enter the real(ish), modern and still magical world of Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups.
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The author is alive and well and feels that under the circumstances and when the rest of humankind (both past and present) is taken into account that this state of affairs is both a decent achievement and worthy of recognition. Finally, he also wishes you a pleasant day free from scenes of your own demise.
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Bedtime Stories For Grown Ups based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
What an interesting collection of short stories. From a woman who gets a day off from her job in the dungeon with an ogre and a troll, to a man whose fears of the impossible consume his life, these stories range from downright hilarious (in that wacky, absurdist style reminiscent of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) to meaningful and touching. My favorite story was definitely The Woman Who Needed to Sit. It's told using all of about 3 sentences, though one runs on so long, it quite accurately conveys the hectic life of a busy mom, while still remaining perfectly readable. Each story begins with "Once upon a time," and ends with "And they all lived happily ever after," lending a fairytale feel. I love how the author takes the most mundane of ideas (a man who is running late and needs to tie his shoes, a woman whose parent's fear she doesn't have a good head on her shoulders), and gives it a fantasy twist (the shoes refuse to let him move, the woman takes her head off and tries on some others). I'm not sure about the sample in the back, though. It rambled on in the most curious way, and I couldn't tell you what that story will be about. Don't blink. You might miss something. Though in his defense, the author did say that "Its process of construction resembled sending vowels and consonants downstream towards a waterfall and making a story out of the words formed by the letters that cling desperately to one another and to the driftwood as they fast approach the drop." So I can't vouch for the end excerpt, but the rest of the book is fantastic. And you don't even have to be a grown up to enjoy it. :)