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The Girl With No Hands (and other tales)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  118 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A stunning, emotional and eclectic collection of fantasy and dark tales. These are the stories told to warn children, entertain adults and beguile all.


The Living Book
The Jacaranda Wife
Red Skein
The Chrysanthemum Bride
The Hummingbird Heart
The Little Match Girl
The Juniper Tree
The Bone Mother
The Dead Ones Don’t Hurt You
Light As Mist, Heavy As
Paperback, 1, 205 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Ticonderoga Publications (first published August 2010)
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3rd out of 98 books — 13 voters
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Apr 16, 2015 Karl rated it it was amazing
Angela Slatter gives us a book of faerie tales. Some are short, some are a bit longer. All are great. Some you may know Some are brand new. All are wonderful. Some are a re-telling. Some are original. All are awe inspiring.


13 - Caressing With Razors By Jack Dann
23 - Bluebeard
35 - The Living Book
43 - The Jacaranda Wife
55 - Red Skein
65 - The Chrysanthemum Bride
77 - Frozen
85 - The Hummingbird Heart
93 - Words
101 - The Little Match Girl
107 - The Juniper Tree
119 - Skin
125 - The Bone Mother
Karen Brooks
Jan 29, 2011 Karen Brooks rated it it was amazing
I have been dipping in an out of this collection of short stories based on some well-known and not so well known folk and fairy-tales for a few weeks now. The reason for this is that I wanted to prolong my reading pleasure because, believe me, it would be too easy to sit down and read all of these in one sitting. Slatter is one of the most gifted writers I have read. Her ability to craft a tale using haunting, languid prose is, in my humble opinion, among the best. She lures you into tale and af ...more
This was a birthday gift from my sister. I started it Wednesday and finished it Thursday. It's a really quick read. If I didn't have work Thursday and needed sleep I would have probably finished it Wednesday.

Angela Slatter rewrote a lot of fairy tales or folk tales in this book and made them very visceral. The words she uses are unapologetic and sometimes crude, but in the context, the bluntness works. The characters' motives aren't prettied up and we can see how some of them try to justify the
Martin Livings
Apr 17, 2011 Martin Livings rated it it was amazing
There are those writers who you read and find yourself inspired by. And then there are the ones who make you wonder why you bother, as you'll never be as good as them.

The Girl With No Hands And Other Tales by Angela Slatter is a beautiful collection from Ticonderoga Books, both in presentation and content. Slatter's stories, many of which are retellings of traditional fairy tales, are deceptively simple, a bit like origami, fragile and exquisite, sometimes very dark, othertimes a ray of sunshine
Eleanor Toland
A short story collection that includes retold fairy tale, original fantasies and, for some reason, a zombie romance. Angela Slatter is clearly influenced by her namesake, Angela Carter, whose lush prose and feminist-deconstructionist approach to fairy tales and archetypes echoes through these stories. But Slatter's straightforward fairy-tale re-tellings often feel a little stale, and bring little that's new to the well-trodden path of the fractured fairy tale. Little Red Riding-hood as a sexy we ...more
Rjurik Davidson
Jun 11, 2013 Rjurik Davidson rated it really liked it
The Girl with No Hands & Other Tales
Angela Slatter
Ticonderoga Publications

Few writers have burst across the Speculative Fiction scene in Australia with as much fanfare as Angela Slatter. Six or so years ago, Slatter began publishing a series of stories that garnered her immediate attention. She seemed to emerge fully formed, a writer instantly at the peak of her powers, offering lyrical, ingenious stories that seemed like a collection of so many rich chocolates. This ‘sudden emergence’ was
Apr 12, 2011 Miss rated it liked it
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May 15, 2012 Salimbol rated it really liked it
[4 1/2 stars]
A very fine short story collection, primarily retelling fairy tales or using fairy tale fragments in interesting new contexts. They're delicate, quicksilver, and delightfully swift reads that nevertheless linger in the mind afterwards. The prose is clear and lucid; the tales themselves are often dark, erotic and violent (as is much of the source material, of course). There's a strong focus on the female side of things, these are re-imaginings that restore female agency, or at least
Alexander Páez
Dec 03, 2015 Alexander Páez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, fantasía, 2015
Absolutamente fantástico. Ni un solo cuento que no me haya gustado o que me haya parecido flojo. De lectura obligada para los que os gusta la fantasía. Angela Slatter, enorme autora a descubrir.
Nov 14, 2015 Claire rated it liked it
The main problem I had with this book is that the female characters are all ~magical sexy ladies~ and the male characters are all predatory and/or abusive. That's basically the plot of every story. So the characters felt very archetypal and two-dimensional. There's also a lot of sexual & domestic violence which made it unpleasant to read. Slatter says in the back of the book that one of her aims was make the fairy tales more feminist, but I don't think she really succeeds since none of her s ...more
Christine Bongers
Jun 19, 2011 Christine Bongers rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-adult
Four-and-a-half stars for this dark and haunting collection of feminist fairy stories. The very talented Ms Slatter makes her mark on this genre.
Oct 25, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
I have few words for how beautiful this collection is. Just go and read it. Slatter weaves magic with her words.
Aug 28, 2015 doungjai rated it really liked it
I've only discovered Angela Slatter's work recently; her short story "The Coffin-Maker's Daughter" was one of my favorites in A BOOK OF HORRORS (edited by Stephen Jones) and I knew immediately I had to seek out more of her work. And much like Brian Hodge - another standout contemporary dark fiction writer (whose story "Roots and All" also appears in the aforementioned anthology) - Slatter has yet to disappoint me.

THE GIRL WITH NO HANDS is made up of sixteen short stories, all told in the style o
Maree Kimberley
May 29, 2013 Maree Kimberley rated it really liked it
Shelves: aww2013
I am a huge fan of Angela Slatter's writing. She is a beautiful, lyrical writer, and if I had to choose one word to describe her writing, it'd be "sumptuous". Although many of her stories are quite sad, even horrific, her writing has a richness that brings out the beauty in every story she writes.

This story collection features some work I was already familiar with alongside some new pieces. A personal favourite that I was glad to find in this collection is The Jacaranda Wife, a uniquely Australi
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
In Angela Slater’s ‘The Girl With No Hands’ we are given sixteen short stories (some less than two pages long) that re-image familiar myths and legends, and in turn, give us something new to think about. Most of these short stories are about women in different stages of their life, under different difficulties or blessings, and Slatter makes the reader care for each and every one of them, despite what she makes them do (and some of them really do some terrible things.) We see jealous stepmothers ...more
Vanessa Jaye
Dec 09, 2010 Vanessa Jaye rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly imaginative and creative collection of stories. And I love the author's way with words and the way she approaches the tales from crazy/oblique angles/pov that it takes you awhile to make the connection to the standard more familiar tale that forms the base. Fractured/re-loaded fairy tales have always been amongst my fav type of stories, and this collection was more than satisfactory. I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite, but I'd say the very clever retelling of Little Red Ridi ...more
Creepy fairy tales. Really good read.
Claudia Piña

Algunos de los cuentos son impactantes, crudos y viscerales, otros tienen elementos más mágicos y benévolos pero ninguno se siente completamente inocente. Como que siempre hay algo oscuro y feral en la periferia. Aplausos porque las mujeres de estas historias se sienten vivas, son audaces y genuinas, aunque a veces incomprendidas.

Con todo, algunos de los cuentos parecen incompletos, terminan muy abruptamente o simplemente no tienen un buen cierre.
Well, it took me a while but I finally finished this. The format of short stories collections makes it easy to interrupt your reading as you find other things pop up on your reading calendar. I was entranced with some of these tales. They were dark, erotic, weird, disturbing. Everything you need in a fairy tale. I recommend this collection wholeheartedly and look forward to reading more from this author who has been winning awards all over the place.
Paul Haines
Oct 13, 2011 Paul Haines rated it really liked it
Short short stories, excellently written with enough beauty and darkness to balance every page.

Although I enjoyed all of the stories, I felt that "The Dead Ones Don't Hurt You" didn't fit thematically with the wonderful fairy tale atmosphere of the rest of the collection, and that the retelling of Rumplestiltskin didn't deviate enough from the original.

But then I'm a hard bastard, and this is a great collection of fairy tales and most enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2011 Tarja rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of dark and haunting stories using folk and fairy tales as their basis. The focus is on the female characters in these stories as both victims and as active participants in their fate, whatever it ends to be. It's hard to stop reading in order to treasure each of the stories, but all of the tales in this slim volume are evocative and linger in the reader's mind.
Nov 25, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A strong collection. My only criticism is that the stories feel somewhat homogenous. Perhaps this is because her chosen source material - fairy tales - is well known. There is no doubting Slatter's talent though. It's abundantly on display in this book. The challenge for her, I think, is to explore a wider range of genres and voices. Overall, a recommended collection.
Crafty P
Only read The Girl with No Hands for research for another book.
May 13, 2015 Xandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
The stories were too short for my liking and after reading 5 orso (in 50 pages) I got bored of the same 'dark' twist which was starting to feel silly.
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Barry Rosenberg
Dec 05, 2011 Barry Rosenberg rated it it was ok
I found the dark interpretation of the fairy tales rather unpleasant.
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