October 1, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

The fairy tale lives again in these forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction

Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling volume-the ultimate literary costume party.

Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered from around the world by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and "The Little Match Girl" to Charles Perrault's "Bluebeard" and "Cinderella" to the Brothers Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rumpelstiltskin" to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino.

Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.

I loved this book!  Not only was it amazingly entertaining, it was also beautifully creepy.  With forty of the most popular authors, I knew it would be a good book but I had no idea that it would keep me up at night!  I love being scared and I couldn't help but visualize each of the short stories.  It's great!  A perfect to get into the Halloween spirit!

Penguin Group (USA)
September 28, 2010
608 pages
$17.00 US

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. Good time of year for a book like this one!

  2. What a great idea. I would love to see the classic fairy tales modernized.

  3. This sounds like a fantastic book!!

  4. This sounds like a great book! I love scary stories!


  5. Ooh, looks good. I grew up reading creepy/scary tales (the Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark series, to be exact), so I know I would love to share this with my God-kids.

  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun. I like when authors get together with their ideas!....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

  7. This book looks great, so many great authors in one place.

  8. This sounds like a wonderful read - perfect for the Halloween season!


  9. I would love to find out what Joyce Carol Oates did with the genre! What a great idea; I can't believe this hasn't been done before.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  10. any book that is "beautifully creepy" would be perfect to read for this time of year!

  11. This sounds like a fun read-love the title!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  12. I'd like a creepy Halloween read!


  13. I love fairy tales too, & love "scary" stuff. Sounds like an interesting concept & a good read, especially for this time of year.


  14. Doesn't sound like the fairy tales my mother read to me! Thanks for the review.

  15. Beautifully creepy? lol I'm in!
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

  16. reminds me of stories and poems we read as a kid. I don't remember where we found them, but they were bizzare and strange like these.


  17. I love fairy tales and would love to check out these NEW tales!

  18. madwoman-doing-cartwheelsOctober 18, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    I love Fairy Tales and new fairies tales??--I'm totally ready to read this. I didn't even know it existed. You find the best books to review!

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com