- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Obscura Press (August 28, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965956954
- ISBN-13: 978-0965956956
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#5,317,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #8844 in Fantasy Anthologies
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The Ogre's Wife - Fairy Tales for Grownups Paperback – August 28, 2002
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Jack Vance, John Brunner, Lord Dunsany, Spider Robinson ... they all are great story tellers, and "The Ogre's Wife" has small reflections of them as well.
I suggest skipping Parke Godwin's introduction until after you've read the stories ... it's a tiny bit too revealing for my taste.
The book's not perfect ... I have a small complaint about the design of the book. Unlike "Worshipping Small Gods", which nicely places each story's name at the top of the right-hand page, "The Ogre's Wife" makes you flip back and see what story you're reading, which is needlessly annoying.
I can't determine how the editor/author/publisher arranged the stories ... they're not grouped chronologically, alphabetically, or by theme (although all three Eli Mothersbaugh stories are grouped together), which is always an opportunity lost.
If you buy only one book this year, this one should be in the top three you consider.
The other two? Worshipping Small Gods and The Long Look ... both by Richard Parks!
If you enjoy the short fiction of Neil Gaiman; you will enjoy this.
Judgement Day is God's monolog and you just have to read it to see where the author takes you. Doing Time In the Wild Hunt says a lot about husbands and wives in a small space and might make you think about picking up some flowers on the way home. Then sit down and read aloud to her, or him, The Orges Wife; the best read-aloud story I have read in a long time. Doppels touches on the same husband/wife theme but in a science fiction setting. All the other stories are great. A fine collection. If you are a short story fan pick it up, you''ll be pleased.
Anyone who's enjoyed the Datlow/Windling fairytale-retellings series should pick up this book. But there's a lot more going on here than just the Grimms reimagined. Fairy tales can take many forms. There are ghost stories here and science fiction stories and stories that defy genrification. Parks draws from a variety of world cultures and mythologies ... all the diverse manifestations of the collective unconscious. Looking back over the collection after I read it, I was surprised that the individual stories weren't longer--each one packs a lot of punch into an economical space. They're completely readable--and rereadable. And the sense of wonder ... I don't know how Parks manages to be so profound and down-to-earth at the same time. It's quite a gift.
For some reason I'm reminded of Andy Duncan and Michael Bishop. Maybe that's not so strange; all three of them are writers with unique sensibilities and styles, difficult to categorize, wide-ranging in subject matter, and generally brilliant. Or maybe it's a geographical association in my mind. Still, it might be useful information, so I recommend Parks to any other Bishop and Duncan fans out there, too.