Friday, October 1, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

The fairy tale lives again in these forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction

Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling volume-the ultimate literary costume party.

Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered from around the world by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and 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 fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino.

Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.

I loved this book!  Not only was it amazingly entertaining, it was also beautifully creepy.  With forty of the most popular authors, I knew it would be a good book but I had no idea that it would keep me up at night!  I love being scared and I couldn't help but visualize each of the short stories.  It's great!  A perfect to get into the Halloween spirit!

Penguin Group (USA)
September 28, 2010
608 pages
$17.00 US

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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