My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
Neil Gaiman, “Orange”
Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”
Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans”
These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet, and many other extra ...more
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Each tale concludes with a few paragraphs by the authors explaining why a particular story was chosen. This was an unexpected and interesting glimpse into the ...more
It looks much cooler than it's turning out to be, for my uncultured and poorly educated taste. But I love it for being a gift from friends who noticed and acted. Who has people like that in their lives? Lucky one ...more
I don't know what most of these people were thinking when they wrote these stories. I technically do, going by the end notes, but obviously something went very wrong between them detailing what inspired them and writing while inspired.
The first two stories weren't half bad. Actually, the second story 'The Snow Maiden' was the best of the bunch; it had a novel fantastical setting with an interesting plot and satisfying ending. The only other story I can say measured u ...more
There is a misnomer on the cover of this book. Some short stories in this volume have not been commissioned for the book. Several of them have appeared in various magazines and collections (some have appeared over a decade ago).
This is okay, for this is the first time that they are all collected together and I hadn't read any of them b ...more
I really enjoyed My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. It’s a great, diverse collection of stories. I love fairy tales, especially darker ones intended for adults. Some of my favourite stories are the adult fairy tales edited by Ellen Datlow. I loved the cover and this is one of the reasons I bought the book. That and the crazy title. My Mother She Kill ...more
Talk about an attention grabbing title! I’m enjoying telling people about this book just so that I can have the opportunity pronounce the titillating title, and watch the reactions of my friends. But no, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me is not about cannibalism. Or at least, not all of it. But since the theme of this short-story collection is fairy tales, you can expect to encounter some pretty gruesome stories in the style of the original Grimm tales, along with stories of adventure ...more
You know, when you're sick, and lying on, what feels at the time, to be your deathbed, you want to read something that cheers you up, transports your consciousness someplace magical that makes you forget your unfortunate reality, especially if that something claims to be a book about fairytales. NOT something that seems to be helping you on your way.
I couldn't believe my luck that this was what I had to read before succumbing to a nasty bout of vomiting and shitting, and after, when that was ove ...more
So, those that deserve 5 stars (or more), in my humble (or not so humble) opinion:
"Orange" by Neil Gaiman
"The Color Master" by Aimee Bender
"The Story of the Mosquito" by Lily Hoang
"Ardour" by Jonathon Keats
"Teague O'Kane and the Corpse" by Chris Adrian
"The First Day" of Snow by Naoko Awa
2 that were good but disturbing:
"The Mermaid in the Tree" by Timothy Schaffert
"The Brother and the Bird" b ...more
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales Edited by Kate Bernheimer is the book I bought myself for Christmas. This volume is a treasure chest of the fantastic and strange, vaguely familiar stories from childhood remade. Not to mention that title - which would have made me pick up this book no matter what it was about. Lucky for me what lay inside was individually as unique as the title and accompanied with a short explanation of how they came to be written by each auth ...more
The collection offers an array of approaches: some offer short tales of two pages or so, some write for 20+ pages. Some tales are quite like fairy tales in that the characters ...more
Intro by Gregory Maguire wholly entertaining. I particularly love the way it refreshed my memory of all the obvious and less than obvious fairy tales I have encountered over time.
Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child 5 stars. Great "never saw that coming" twist. And the author's comments on her inspiration are ...more
I should probably state right now I enjoyed most of the stories in the book but not all. A couple of them I didn’t finish. There was something about the setting, or in ...more
1. my rating was an average of how I felt about the story as a whole and how it was as a retelling. if it was too close or too far from the original, I took off points
2. I'm very particular about fairy tale retellings so I might be a bit harsher than the average reader of this one
3. I tried to make it through each story but if I really couldn't get into it, I just skipped it. life's too short.
my thoughts on each story individually + a rating (out of 5 stars)
pelican c ...more
To give a couple of examples:
"Bluebeard in Ireland" is the story of a couple on vacation in Ireland. He's older, and has been married ...more
It's a collection of "new" Fairy Tales, but such widely diverse authors as Neil Gaiman, Neil LaBute, and Joyce Carol Oates --- absolutely fascinating!!
Just one quick note, after finishing this delightful collection -- Read it, there's at least one story, or play on a "fairy tale" that you'll never forget!~
My favorites: "I'm Here" by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, "Snow White, Rose Red" by Lydia Millet, "Teague O'Kane and the Corpse" by Chris Adrian, and "A Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure adn Risk Managment by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility" by Stacey Richt ...more
I have very r ...more
The 6 stories I found enjoyable:
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