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Terribly Twisted Tales Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405540
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin H. Greenberg was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2010
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If your penchant for fairy tales leans towards the dark, twisted and morbid, this book is for you. While it is compiled of well-written tales, only one really has a humorous bent to it, and all the others...well, don't. This is not a funny ha-ha book. It is more of a funny bwa-ha-ha-ha book. Hope this helps.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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Actually, in many ways, these fairy tales are very much in the spirit of the original stories by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christan Anderson, since the original stories were morality tales designed to scare and warn the populace, (and occasionally entertain). Here, 18 authors bring back that original feeling in their stories. Some authors went with humor, and some went with the original creepy feel. My favorite stories "Once They Were Seven" by Chris Pierson. If you like your stories on the horror side of life, this is an excellent reimagining of the Snow White mythos. It impressed me enough I would read more by Pierson. "A Charming Murder" by Mary Louise Eklund is also quite good: CSI meets Cinderella with great results. "Capricious Animistic Temper" by Mickey Zucker Reichert is hilarious, and anyone with a cat will like it that much more.

A complete list of the stories and authors (in order) is... *** Waifs by Dennis L. McKiernan ***My Great-Great-Grandma Golda Lockes by Annie Jones ***Once They Were Seven by Chris Pierson *** Capricious Animistic Temper by Mickey Zucker Reichert ***A Charming Murder by Mary Louise Eklund ***Jack and the Genetic Beanstalk by Robert E. Vardeman ***What's in a Name by Kathleen Watness ***No Good Deed by Jody Lynn Nye ***The Red Path by Jim C. Hines ***Lost Child by Stephen D. Sullivan ***Rapunzel Strikes Back by Brendan DuBois ***Revenge of the Little Dance Girl by Paul Genesse ***Clockwork Heart by Ramsey "Tome Wyrm" Lundock ***The Hundred Year Nap by Skip and Penny Williams ***Five Goats and a Troll by Elizabeth A. Vaughan ***Something About Mattresses by Janet Deaver-Pack ***Three Wishes by Kelly Swails ***The Adventure of rge Red Riding Hoods by Michael A.
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I read anthologies, as I find them a good way to take out new authors for a test drive. Martin Greenberg edits a lot of anthologies and to my mind, they vary in quality. Jean Rabe is also listed as an editor of this title. The book had a very good selection of well-written stories which all fit the theme well.

My favorite story was by Chris Pierson whose work I was not familar with before reading this story. I will be seeking out more work from this author. I bought the Kindle version and the formatting was okay, although I do wish the table of contents showed the author's names as well as the titles of the stories. This information is included in the acknowledgments, however.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 4, 2009
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These eighteen entries will remind readers of Rocky and Bullwinkle's Fractured Fairy Tales as the authors take an irrelevant spin on famous stories. Almost all the contributions are excellent with a couple, though well written, disappointingly changing the personalities of the key players without explanation. Fans will enjoy what happens to Snow White after she owns the Prince and the Mirror in Chris Pierson's superb "Once They Were Seven", the witch chasing after violent Hansel and Gretel in "Waifs" by Dennis L. McKiernan and the scary science fiction twister "Jack and the Genetic Beanstalk by Robert E. Vardeman. Overall this is a great collection that pays homage to the brilliant zany minds of Jay Ward and Bill Scott.

Harriet Klausner
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Granny to 3 Boys on June 11, 2010
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there were only a couple of these tales worth reading. quality was really lacking. $6.99 was about $5.99 too much to pay!
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