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Terribly Twisted Tales

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
eighteen stories that offer a new twist on old fairy tales

From Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks, to Snow White, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more, here are eighteen stories that take familiar fairy tales and twist them around to give them an entirely new slant. Any fan of far-out fantasy is sure to be delighted.
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 21st 2009)
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May 23, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is where I like Good Reads better than Shelfari. On Good Reads, two stars are "It was okay." and that is exactly where I am with this book. The same two stars on Shelfari say I didn't like it. Short story collections are often a mixed bag with some great stories and then some not so great.

I liked the concept for this book - take a familiar tale and give it a slant that is unexpected. I would say that all 18 stories do this well. I just found some of the directions the authors chose to not f
Apr 29, 2012 Renae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave the overall book a 4 star rating because the premise for the book was outstanding and the authors did a great job in re-writing a bit of history to fit into many different genres from fantasy to horror to just a mixture of both and more. Terribly Twisted Tales, the title says it all. If you liked fairy tales when you were younger, then you'll love the twist put on those fairy tales by some really awesome authors. As this is a short story collection, I do have my favorites and those are as ...more
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Dec 08, 2016 Joshua Hair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection. Admittedly, I am a sucker for fairy tales, both re-imagined and original. I won't spend a tremendous amount of time on this review but I will say that I wholeheartedly disagree with those who say the tales in Terribly Twisted did not satisfy the criteria. As a whole, I'd say they were quite successful and, moreso, extremely entertaining. This was my second Martin Greenberg collection in a row and I don't intend to stop any time soon. As a lover of fairy tales and fables ...more
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Eighteen familiar fairy tales are re-imagined in this collection of short stories.

Do you like the idea of the three bears recruiting Golda Lockes to help run their moonshine still? Have you ever wondered what the tale of Hansel & Gretel would be like from the witch’s point of view? Ever wanted to know what Snow White would be like without the happy ending?

If so, then you will find these stories a real treat.
May 04, 2014 LibraryDanielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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some of these stories were fantastic (Capricious Animistic Tempter) and some were fun, but mediocre (waifs) and some I disliked (rapunzel strikes back). the ones I disliked the most were the shorts that turned a fairy tale into a modern story. not a modern fairy tale, just a story. like the Rapunzel one. it had so little to do with a fairy tale if it hadn't been for the "let down your..." bit it wouldn't have had any relation.
Overall, this was a solid collection of stories based (sometimes very loosely) on fairy tales and folktales. There were of course some that I did not enjoy as much as the rest, but there were no clear misses for me. I think my favorite stories were "Once They Were Seven" by Chris Pierson, "Three Wishes" by Kelly Swails, and "Capricious Animistic Tempter" by Mickey Zucker Reichert.
Craig Leimkuehler
This is a collection of eighteen stories told by writers of below average ability. Oh, granted a few rose to the level of mediocre but for the most part writing is a hobby for them, not a profession. If you have trouble sleeping this will help to put you asleep.
Dec 01, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish reading it all the way. I only got through a few of the stories because I was just reading it to get some information for a class, but what I read I liked and I plan on reading the rest of it when I have time.
Jul 18, 2009 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of fairy tales with a twist. Some were dark, most were humorous, but all were altogether entertaining. My favs among them: "A Charming Murder," "My Great, Great- Grandma Golda Locks," and "The Hundred Year Nap."
Sep 24, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
This was original. I really enjoyed it!
Sep 19, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
snow white, red riding hood and others like you never read them before
Oct 11, 2014 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
didn't even finish it, it was that bad.
Jim Galford
amusing well-written alternative fairy tales. some set in modern times, some emphasizing lesser characters, all with a twist.
Oct 16, 2009 Cissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty entertaining collection of stories here, with quality that ranged from decent to very good.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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