Dark re-tellings of Mother Goose rhymes are what this whole anthology is about. From Jack and Jill to Humpty Dumpty, these authors explore another sid...moreDark re-tellings of Mother Goose rhymes are what this whole anthology is about. From Jack and Jill to Humpty Dumpty, these authors explore another side of these nursery rhymes.
I'm not going to review each story, because there were a lot and also the ARC didn't have all of the stories that are in the finished version. On a whole though I really enjoyed all these tales. Some were rhymes I was not already familiar with, but most of them I knew. I'm a huge fan of re-tellings and this one did not disappoint. My two favorite stories were "Wee Willie Winkie" by Leigh Fallon and "A Ribbon of Blue" by Michelle Zink. "Wee Willie Winkie" was pretty creepy. Nothing particularly scary happened in it, but it gave me goosebumps. It just had this very eerie feel to it. "A Ribbon of Blue" was just a fantastic little story about love. I really enjoyed Ruby and the carnival was a fantastic back drop for her story.
If you are a fan of re-tellings or short stories, I would highly suggest you check this out. Although I didn't love every story, I didn't hate any. There were a lot of really fantastic re-imaginings.
First Line: "The question that kept coming up as I read the stories in this volume was why would anyone want to transform innocent nursery rhymes into dark and scary fairy tales?"
Favorite Lines: "'Is that not the doubter calling the cynic skeptical'"
There are three authors involved in the Merry Sisters of Fate site. A site where three authors challenged themselves and each other to write a small p...moreThere are three authors involved in the Merry Sisters of Fate site. A site where three authors challenged themselves and each other to write a small piece of fiction each week. This is but a small look into the process and the end results.
This was a really interesting book. I would definitely recommend it to aspiring authors. There are not only some of these ladies lovely tales, but lots of notes and scribbles that talk about the writing process. That's what really makes this book unique is that added touch beyond just the stories.
These stories are also fantastic though. I have only read Brenna's books before, but I found that I loved every single story and now am thinking I really need to pick up something by the other two. Each story fits the title, they are curious tales. A step out of the ordinary.
I am going to have to buy this book to keep around and go back to. The stories and notes and doodles were just really fab. If you have a chance to check this out...do.
First Line: "Sat, May 3, 2008 From: Maggie Stiefvater Time: 2:36 PM To: Brenna Yovanoff, Tess Gratton Hey guys, what so you guys think of doing a group blog where we each try and do a piece of flash fiction or a mini scene totally unrelated to anything we're doing?"
Favorite Line: "My heart is spinning fast , and I am feverish with a burning need to destroy."(less)
I'm going to just go ahead and get started with the review here, since this is a story collection.
My favorite story was "Fuck the Troops". It was comp...moreI'm going to just go ahead and get started with the review here, since this is a story collection.
My favorite story was "Fuck the Troops". It was completely accurate and talked about how we glorify war and forget our vets. It was a sad tale, but so accurate. I enjoyed all the stories throughout this though and the illustrations were great too. There were stories of love, loss and some that seemed just plain bizarre. Megan Kelso drew upon so many different topics in an entirely interesting way. Each story is a little nugget of wisdom and rebellion. Her brief tales and awesome illustrations leave you pondering well after having finished reading. I will definitely be purchasing my own copy so that I can reread it and lend it to my friends. If you're a graphic novel fan and like stories that make you think make sure you pick this one up.
First Line: "Once upon a time, there was a lady with lots of children."
Favorite Line: " Long after thousands have died and peace has eluded the living, concede that is was all a big mistake."
Six different stories with twelve different sides. Neither side is necessarily more accurate than the other, but it's what the narrator believes the t...moreSix different stories with twelve different sides. Neither side is necessarily more accurate than the other, but it's what the narrator believes the truth to be. You get to see both sides of each of these six stories, that range from relationships gone wrong, to internet meetups to shy boys and loud girls. The characters come from all sorts of backgrounds and each have a set of their own issues. So these are the stories through their eyes.
I really enjoyed the setup of this novel; the telling of both sides of the same story. It was especially interesting, because it was boy versus girl. It would have been great if it was two people of the same gender, but I think boys and girls often have a different outlook on things. Not every boy and girl, but enough of them to make it interesting. Some of these stories were really fantastic like Launchpad for Neptune and Want to Meet/Meeting for Real. The other stories were pretty good too, but I liked those two the best. I will say that there were a ton of really strange names. In nearly every story someone had a crazy unbelievable name. Maybe New Hampshire is just boring about naming their kids. I wished there were a few more stories in this collection, because both sides were fairly short. It was great that they dealt with a pretty wide-range of topics, these aren't just love stories gone wrong. Inside this collection you'll find gender identity, homosexuality, interracial couples, class separation, prejudice, statutory rape and a ton of other issues. Having these topics discussed really made the collection for me. It took it from fluffy quick stories to a more intelligent read, that exposes readers to a lot of different types of people and situations. I would say this is a great pick for a libraries YA collection, because of that very fact. If you enjoy short stories, I would definitely recommend that you pick this one up.
First Line: "As a kid, I was my family's 'tomboy.'"
I had started this on vacation in August and never got to it again until now. There were tons of stories in here that were just fantastic. My favorite...moreI had started this on vacation in August and never got to it again until now. There were tons of stories in here that were just fantastic. My favorites were The Well and UFO: a Love Story. There are plenty in here to please your brain. They are thoughtful stories and they are strange stories. Altered reality stories. They are fantastic though and you would do yourself a favor by purchasing this title. If you enjoy short stories especially like Etgar Keret, grab this collection. It's not quite as intense (strange) as Keret, but it's still fantastic. (less)
Dear Bully is an anthology of seventy authors writing about their experiences with bullying. Some were bullied and some were bullies. Some watched bul...moreDear Bully is an anthology of seventy authors writing about their experiences with bullying. Some were bullied and some were bullies. Some watched bullying happen and stood by, others took action and stood up against the attackers. Not all people are equal, but all of them were shaped by these moments. What they did or did not do and what did or did not happen. Every moment matters.
This anthology was not as depressing as I though it would be. It had a very hope-filled tone about it. Which may or may not be a good thing. While this anthology was amazing, I felt it was lacking something. None of the stories were brutal enough. I'm not trying to discount anyone's trauma. I just felt like none of these seemed "that" bad. My only fear with this is that a kid who is being tied to a fence and beaten on a regular basis, or raped because of their gender identity, is going to read this and think "Yeah, it got better for you because it wasn't that bad."Everyone handles bullying differently. It's the adults that should be handling it though, and they should do so with an iron fist. Bullying CANNOT be tolerated. Every time you let a snide remark slide, that cuts a person down. Even if it doesn't seem to bother them, it could be. I identified a lot with Lauren Oliver's story, because high school wasn't that bad for me. Middle school was completely horrible, and If I was a weaker kid and had no support system, I may not have made it through. In high school though, it seemed that all that harassment just faded away, it helped to have a vice principal who didn't penalize the victim. I really liked what Lauren said about people just needing to think outside the box more, and accept what they find. If you believe homosexuality is wrong, fine, don't be friends with someone who is gay. That doesn't mean you have to call them names, or follow them home to beat the crap out of them. I think people just need to take into consideration that IT DOES NOT AFFECT THEM! If a guy likes to wear pink, who cares? If a girl likes to kiss girls, who cares? It does not affect you if you just leave them alone. If people weren't supposed to be the way they are, they wouldn't be the way they are. Okay, mini-rant over. This book was a fantastic idea though, and it was touching having these authors reveal so much of themselves. They revealed weakness and guilt and regret. It can be hard to admit that you were bullied, or that you bullied someone or that you stood by and said nothing. Each one of these stories was touching in their own way. Some were even slightly amusing (R.L. Stine). I definitely think every single person who can read, should read this. It will open eyes and maybe just maybe it will stop a few people from bullying, give someone the courage to get out of a bad friendship. Every single action counts, because every moment counts in a person's life.
First Line: "Dear Bully, I'm not sure if you remember me."
Favorite Line: "In the light of a new day, we stand side by side and we tell the world we must not tolerate hatred, able to see it is us who will bring change."
Think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. Vivian Vande Velde decided to retell it, eight different ways. In each story you will...moreThink you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. Vivian Vande Velde decided to retell it, eight different ways. In each story you will have a chance to see Red and the other characters in a different light. Make sure you brush up on your other fairy tales too, since some of them make a guest appearance woven deftly into each tale.
I really enjoyed this eight story collection from the mighty VVV. Each tale was imaginative and full of new twists and turns for an already magnificent tale. I love the story of Little Red Riding Hood, even if she does have a terrible name and is quite daft. Each of these stories were amusing and really delved into character history for all the people in the original. I was very excited to see some cross-pollination of other fairy tales into the story of Red. The Grimm Brothers even make an appearance. If you are a fan of fairy tales I would certainly pick up this book. It is gold from beginning to end. I recommend that you read the Author's Note at the front of the novel, it was very humorous. There is not much more to say about this, because I don't want to ruin a single moment of the storytelling for you, but really if you liked the tale of Red you should pick this up as soon as possible.
First Line: "Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl with the unfortunate name and the inability to tell the difference between her grandmother and a member of a different species."
Favorite Lines: "Of course, this leaves us with the question: If Granny were alive and well in the closet, why didn't she say anything when her granddaughter was struggling with the difference between a beast of the forest and a family member? You know, something to end Little Red's confusion. Perhaps something like: 'RUN, YOU LITTLE DIPSTICK, BEFORE HE EATS YOU!'"(less)