My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Forty New Fairy Tales

Book - 2010
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A collection of all-new fairytales by some of the biggest names in fiction including stories by Neil Gaiman, Aimee Bender and Neil Labute. Inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' and 'The Little Match Girl' to Charles Perrault's 'Bluebeard' and 'Cinderella' to the Brothers Grimm's 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin' to fairytales by Goethe and Calvino and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway and Mexico, here are stories that soar into boundless realms, filled with mischief, mystery and magic.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780143117841
014311784X
Characteristics: xxxi, 543 p. ; 22 cm

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forbesrachel Jul 10, 2015

A good collection of modern fairy tales, but one to eat in small chunks. Each author either retells a fairy tale, or in some cases a myth, or uses them as the basis for creating their own. They can range from purely disturbing, to abstract, to magical, and even in the case where more than one author uses the same tale, they are not alike in any way. However, because these had to be modern, many end up feeling similar even if the stories are vastly different. Still, the gems among these are worth reading. There is a fair amount of representation from around the world, so you are likely to come across a few stories that you won't recognize, even tales that you do know, may not be immediately obvious; fortunately the contents page, and each author's afterword sheds some light on this, and their reasoning. If you enjoyed this collection, you may also like Kate Bernheimer's other one xo Opheus: 50 New Myths.

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juditha5
Aug 19, 2012

These stories, based on or related to, folk tales from around the world are fascinating. Some are very close to the original story I remember, and others are totally updated / reworked. Some are in play format, and one is a police report, and many will be by your favorite authors.

JewelMcLatchy May 01, 2012

I was really excited to read this and then got the book. There are several stories that I thoroughly enjoyed, but sadly even more that I struggled to get through. Some of the contributions seemed overly pretentious to me, while the minority actually held my interest. I love fairy tales, old and new, but this collection just didn't live up to my expectations.

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