Good overview, though a bit too much emphasis on Nessie and other sea monsters. The story telling aspect could be a bit better, but the book is nicelyGood overview, though a bit too much emphasis on Nessie and other sea monsters. The story telling aspect could be a bit better, but the book is nicely laid out and designed....more
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. I should also note that I read this via Adobe Digital Editions, and for some reason each page took quite a bit of timeDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. I should also note that I read this via Adobe Digital Editions, and for some reason each page took quite a bit of time of load. This no doubt explains some of my frustration.
On the one hand, this is a funny book about why women get written out of history. On the other hand, it is a joke that goes on for too long. I don’t usually say this, but if this book had been saying half its length, it would have been funnier.
Flemings tongue in cheek look at how men and society viewed women and why women were considered less than human is rather funny. This is true at the beginning of the book, and when she references famous figures, such as Darwin. However, in some ways once the joke has happened, there is really no reason to use it again. But it gets used again. At times the book is brilliant – in particular when Fleming is referencing a woman such as Phillis Wheatley and the reaction of male (and white) society to her. More than once I found myself wishing this had been done more often. There is plenty of material to find the stories of such woman, the work of Vicki Leon being only one starting place.
Still, I am glad I read this. It is worth reading even if the humor wears a little thin. The dust bin illustrations are worth the time it takes to read. ...more
A rather interesting collection, in particular because Zipes is not hesitant to include stories that are not traditionally happy ever after. He gets bA rather interesting collection, in particular because Zipes is not hesitant to include stories that are not traditionally happy ever after. He gets bonus points for including a Hemingway short story that is rather commenting on many things (though I think it is interesting that Hemingway wrote about a faithful bull).
There are several stand out stories. The collection starts strong with Catherine Storr's retelling of Red Riding Hood, a story that makes fun not only of stereotypes but also narrative.
The story "The Reluctant Knight" draws too much perhaps on the "Reluctant Dragon", but the story is charming in its own right. Tanith Lee even has a version of "Cinderella". It's a really good story, and showcases Lee's ability to not write like herself. It makes me miss her all the more.
There is a reverse of Beauty and the Beast, where the girl is a beast as well as the story of a princess who sets out to rescue a prince. My favorite story, however, is "The Wrestling Princess" because it is just awesome. A close second is Jane Yolen's (the Andersen of North America) "The White Seal Maid". A. S. Byatt's "Story of the Eldest Princess" is in this volume as well. Zipes did an excellent job pulling both popular fiction and literary fiction for this collection....more