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Slashed and Mashed: Seven Gayly Subverted Stories

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What really happened when Theseus met the Minotaur? How did demon-slaying Momotarō come to be raised by two daddies? Will Scheherazade’s hapless Ma’aruf ever find love and prosperity after his freeloading boyfriend kicks him out on the street? Classic lore gets a bold remodeling with stories from light-hearted and absurd, earnestly romantic, daring and adventurous, to dark ...more
Published November 11th 2019 by NineStar Press
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second book by Andrew J. Peters and I'm anxiously awaiting whatever this wonderful author sends us next. The stories in Slashed and Mashed are creative retellings of some classics, and makes a terrific anthology.

a copy of Slashed and Mashed: Seven Gayly Subverted Stories was provided to me by NetGalley for the purpose of my honest and unbiased review
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After reading so many complete sub-par anthologies lately it's nice to finally find a good one! I liked that there was a lot of variety in this one in terms of where and when the stories were set as well as the source material that they were based on. The only story I was actually familiar with was Theseus and the minotaur but I didn't feel that I was ever really lost with the other ones and still enjoyed all of them. Well, the last one did seem
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Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Gay Take on Modern and Classic Tales!

This book is very well-written and I absolutely love the modification to classic fairy tales around the world! I would gladly read more from this author!
Ulysses Dietz
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slashed and Mashed (Seven Gayly subverted tales)
By Andrew J. Peters
NineStarPress, 2019
Four stars

I am not a short story kinda guy, so when Andrew Peters alerted me to his new anthology, I was anxious. As it turns out, however, I got totally captivated by this group of seven disparate, but somehow thematically linked, stories, each one drawn from a different tradition of storytelling. Other than the obvious link of having gay central characters, these stories also focus on personal integrity and i
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Received from Netgalley. A collection of seven stories.

First story Theseus and the Minotaur. To the point, sweet and a little innocent. 3 stars.

Karoly was probably the most fairytale I’ve ever read. It was interesting but the guy was either a saint or an idiot. 3.5 stars.

Peach boy wasn’t quite what I was expecting and had the least going on. 3 stars.

The vain prince was my favourite at this point. Reads like a short fairytale. 4 stars.

I didn’t like the fifth story. The characters were okay but
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a collection of seven retellings. The only story I was familiar with was Theseus and the Minotaur and I have to say I did like how that story was subverted. They are all really enjoyable reads and I recommend it. 
I really enjoyed how this was written and it reminded me of reading fairytales for the first time. If you want a short story collection which have gay characters in then this is the collection for you. I enjoyed seeing the diversity in the book and how the stories were differen ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review -- thank you!)

I'm not familiar with the original stories (save for Momotarou) but I love these subversions! The list is available in the summary, so I won't write them all out. They're all super enjoyable reads!

My favourite was surely poor Károly's story. He suffered so much betrayal but it worked out -- HAPPY ENDING ALERT!
I'm trying not to spoil anything just in case what I thought was in the originals is actually a twist in the new o
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This had all of the components necessary to be a hit for me, but it fell a little short. Overall, I really enjoyed it. The theme, the way the premises were set up, etc. Some of the stories seemed to end extremely abruptly, though. I was left confused and sometimes wondered if knowing the fairy tale it was based on was necessary to really enjoy the book. None of these are ones the general public is normally familiar with, though some elements are more known than others. The last story left me par ...more
Susan Anne
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Slashed and Mashed by Andrew J.Peters via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. I have been a fan of queer fairy tales ever since the first one I read, a gay retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Peters has gone much further in this collection of seven stories. My favorite is Theseus and the Minotaur partly because I have a classics background, but mostly for its wonderful subversion of not only the Minotaur but Ariadne as well. These are truly fables for the n ...more
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Andrew J. Peters is an author, an educator, and an activist. His books have won the Silver Falchion award and been a finalist at the Foreword INDIES (The City of Seven Gods), as well as a Readers' Choice pick at The Romance Reviews (the Werecat series). He has written two fantasy books for young adults (The Seventh Pleiade, Banished Sons of Poseidon), and he is the author of the adult novel Poseid ...more

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“Peasant men and women had already come out of their homes from the tantalizing sound of strife.” 0 likes
“the bedside, stripped him of his clothes, and introduced Károly to the many delicious debaucheries men did with one another in private. In the manner of a virgin youth who had barely conceived of such pleasures, Károly went along with thunderstruck abandon and great multitudes of gratitude.” 0 likes
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