Classics Mutilated Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Mutilated is kind of a misnomer for these stories, there's nothing mutilated or even stitched together about these stories. They're more a fusion of genres that enhances the originals. Like alternate histories in writing a good mashup you have to have a good command of the material, balanced with a respect for the original while maintaining a sense of the irreverent about it. Hopefully, the new story, besides being entertaining will also provide a better understanding or insight into the original, and these are well written stories.
Some of the standout stories for me were:
"Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson," which takes the literary assessment of Emily Dickinson courting death in her poetry from the figurative into the literal. Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes a story that takes the fine lacey poetics of Dickinson and creates a story worthy of Dickinson.
"Quoth The Rock Star" has Jim Morrison entering the world of Edgar Allan Poe and "The Raven" as they battle it out for possession of a soul. The author of "Quoth," Rio Youers, writes one of the best descriptions of a Doors concert I've ever read. Youers interlaces Morrison's lyrics into the prose to create effect, tone and even real power in using Morrison's motif's and imagery in the telling of the story and will give Doors fans a rush of recognition.
In "From Hell's Heart" Nancy Collins has Captain Ahab from Moby Dick fused with H.P. Lovecraft.Read more ›
The thirteen stories include the following: The fairest of them all, Ann-droid of Green Gables, Little women in black, death stopped for Miss Dickinson (one of my favorite in this series), twilight of the Gods, Pokky man, vicious, from hell’s heart, Frankenbilly, the green menace, quoth the rock star, the happiest hell on earth, and dread island. The writers in this collection are also interesting and at the end of this book there is a short bio on each contributor.
If you are looking for some great stories with unusual twists, you might want to check out this collection of sometimes bazaar tales. A fun read.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I generally enjoy a good mashup, at least one that's done right, but some of the selections in this book were headscratchers. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by J. Wiles Parker
An awesome array of stories. Usually in a short story collection there's a lot of hit or miss stories but for me every one of them was great. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by LovecraftLass
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