Those amused by the notion of Hansel as a Bavarian drag queen or of an Ugly Duckling whose transformation is wrought by aerobics and yoga will find writer/performer Cashorali's reworkings of traditional fairy tales diverting reading. Those expecting more imaginative or substantive alternatives to tradition will be disappointed. The facile humor (exemplified by the inevitable pun of the title), moreover, will strain readers' patience. Cashorali works with obscure as well as familiar tales (including stories retold by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Italo Calvino, among others); his usual strategy is to change heroines into gay heroes and to move them into a distinctly upscale, urban milieu. His protagonists make wisecracks about poppers and ACT-UP, and dream of making it big in Hollywood. Such capitulations to yuppie readers narrow the appeal of the book; ironically, the most engaging tale of all, a reworking of "Puss in Boots" featuring a dog in penny loafers, is effective to the degree that it only incidentally dramatizes any element of gay life. Author tour.
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Here's the book that every gay man will want to read to his lover at bedtime--smart, funny, and inspirational reworkings of classic folk and fairy tales that speak to the hearts and minds of gay men. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A great retelling of traditional stories with new ones as well.Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Fuqua
For whatever reason, I have always been enamored with fairy tales. This book (and volume 2) are written in the classical style but for us gay folks (and folks who like great... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brian Eckert
Peter Cashorali is one of the most strikingly original authors I have ever come across. I first became acquainted with his Mark and Ricardo stories in the anthologies,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Reviewer
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people interested in gay fairy tales, very good. I hope you enjoy it too.Published on August 22, 2013 by Mark Gentner
I loved this book - a loving magical book with analogies to the gay journey of coming out, aging, dealing with HIV/AIDS and being different in your own family. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by E. Karas
The puns are very dated and some of the stories do not hold up well today. I had higher hopes when I had ordered this book, and feel it is a bit too heavily shaded with nods to... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Allen Henry Hoffman
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- It's refreshing to read gay stories told in the manner of... Read more
i really loved this book it was alot of fun to read and i have fun reading it to my fiance we both enjoy the storys. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Hunter magdovitz