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The author of the book: Jean Rabe
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.17 MB
Edition: Daw Books
Date of issue: May 5th 2009
ISBN: 1101027177
ISBN 13: 9781101027172

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** My Great-Great-Grandma Golda Lockes by Doris Stever - Folded in "Little Red Riding Hood" with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", but it was more taking the characters and the barest of circumstances. The story just didn't feel solid.
*** Once They Were Seven by Chris Pierson - Rather tongue-in-cheek until it gets to the end. I still feel like she should have apologized for what she did and yet didn't do. Or expressed more love for the dwarves who had done so much for her and died. That would have fit the formula the story was following more.
*** Capricious Animistic Tempter by Mickey Zucker Reichert - This didn't feel very twisted. About the only thing that was changed is how the giant dies.
** A Charming Murder by Mary Louise Eklund - I didn't find anyone in this story very likable. Eklund turns Cinderella into the monster, but failed to make the step-family real to me. I suspect this is because all she did was flip the circumstances and the telling was too distant. However, the concept of Cinderella's fairy godmother being a demon is a cool idea. I would love to read a full-length book about it and how Cinderella deals with it. Full points would be rewarded if both step-sisters are actually lovable people instead of just one.
**** Jack and the Genetic Beanstalk by Robert E. Vardeman - This was an awesomely twisted tale. Vardeman not only meets the challenge of the series but matches the original tale's details quite nicely.
** What's in a Name? by Kathleen Watness - While this added some nicely original elements to the Rumplestiltskin's tale, I didn't care about the character and therefore didn't care about the story.
**** No Good Deed by Jody Lynn Nye - I was surprised to find one of Aesop's Tales in this collection. This was a great sci-fi interpretation of "The Mouse and the Lion".
*** The Red Path by Jim C. Hines - This was an interesting take on "Little Red Riding Hood", but I've found that Hines' way of writing and I just aren't compatible.
** Lost Child by Steven D. Sullivan - Predictable use of "Peter Pan". Though not badly written, I still want my time back.
* Rapunzel Strikes Back by Brendan DuBois - Lame interpretation. Setup not believable.
* Revenge of the Little Match Girl by Paul Genesse - Such an obvious twist on the tale that it wasn't worth writing. Nor was it worth reading.
* Clockwork Heart by Ramsey "Tome Wyrm" Lundock - Definitely twisted, but if Lundock had sent this to me, I would have sent it back and likely never worked with him again. First, the story didn't need Pinocchio to be a girl. So. Gepetto is abusive. She becomes a "real girl" thinking this will please him. It doesn't and she runs away only to return in a few years having asked to be turned back into a slightly more sophisticated puppet model because she felt she didn't have a purpose. So she returns to an abusive relationship for this reason: "Now she understood, Master Gepetto didn't beat her for failing in her functions. Taking his blows was one of her functions." Then Gepetto dies of old age and she burns the house down around them while holding his body. Seriously.
Was this story interesting? Yes. Also, misogynistic given the needless sex change. Also disturbing and wrong. Never ever send a message that staying/returning to an abusive relationship is the right thing to do. Never. People in that situation should never have to run across such a thing in a story. It is hard enough to realize your circumstances are not normal and that you deserve better.
**** The Hundred-Year Nap by Skip and Penny Williams - Twisted and amusing retelling of "Sleeping Beauty". The Williams didn't even have to change the setting to a different time/place to make it original.
***** Five Goats and a Troll by Elizabeth A. Vaughan - Five pages long and this is my favorite story in the book. It is adorable.
*** Something About Mattresses by Janet Deaver-Pack - Something about this felt a little too women-are-a-prize-to-be-won-by-men. Yet this was an interesting twist on "The Princess and the Pea". I dunno. I think the story elements were a little too far from the original tale for me.
*** Three Wishes by Kelly Swails - I am honestly not sure what story this was supposed to be based on. "The Monkey's Paw" is the closest thing I can think of and yet there was no curse so...?
***** The Adventure of the Red Riding Hoods by Michael A Stockpole - Sherlock Holmes and a different world setting all to tell the story of "Little Red Riding Hood". This is definitely my second favorite and I would happily read more if Stockpole wrote it. Someday I may get un-lazy enough to look.

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Ebook Terribly Twisted Tales read Online! When I am not writing, I toss tennis balls to my cadre of dogs. My house is filled with books and dogs, you can smell both when you walk in the front door. It's a good smell.

I have 36 published novels and am currently writing in the mystery genre. My latest mystery, The Dead of Winter, was a finalist for the Claymore Award and is the first in the Piper Blackwell series.

I live in a tiny town in the middle of Illinois that has a Dollar General, a pizza place with exceedingly slow service, a veterinarian (good thing, eh?), and train tracks...lots of train tracks.

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