The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, The Merry Spinster takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts from Jane Eyre. The feature become among the most popular on the site, with e From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her belo...

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Title:The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author:Mallory Ortberg
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:1250113423
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:190 pages pages

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror Reviews

  • Oriana
    Mar 14, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

  • Renata
    May 17, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

    Can you take the Real out of a boy, then? Can you take his heart into your own self and leave him stuffed with sawdust on the nursery floor in your place? The Velveteen Rabbit story is the golden star of this book. Good god. I have a certain affection for fairy tales. I love the...

    I can?t even. I have no coherent things to say because I am too busy gushing. But seriously, guys: READ THIS. It takes a whole bunch of stories that we all know well and makes them dark(er) and (more) strange. Also queer. It is brilliant. And while I?m saying bossy things, go v...

    The Daughter Cells - 3/5 - I wish it was longer and filled with more gore and horror. I'd love to see this story explored as a full-length novel. The Thankless Child - 2/5 - I may not have the necessary smarts to really get this story, but I found it boring and not all that horrific...

    There were three and a half good stories out of the eleven in this book. I loathed the rest, which were unrelentingly and uncleverly dark and creepy. Fairy tales lose their power when they commit the sin of being wholly hopeless, or when a collection piles unhappy ending on top of unha...

    This is one that I'm not sure how to rate--it's billed as "tales of everyday horror" and I think these absolutely are horror stories. But I...had hoped that they wouldn't be? I was hoping for something that skewed more funny and less horror-y. And I mean, it is funny, and has some Extr...

  • Trin
    Apr 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

  • thefourthvine
    Jun 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

  • Terry
    Mar 26, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

  • Brook
    Sep 24, 2017

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

  • Becca
    Apr 04, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

  • Bunny
    Feb 28, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

    Can you take the Real out of a boy, then? Can you take his heart into your own self and leave him stuffed with sawdust on the nursery floor in your place? The Velveteen Rabbit story is the golden star of this book. Good god. I have a certain affection for fairy tales. I love the...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 19, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

  • Cristina
    Jan 27, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

  • Devann
    Mar 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

  • Lauren James
    Mar 28, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Apr 01, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

  • Emily May
    Mar 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

  • Emily
    Jun 26, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

    Can you take the Real out of a boy, then? Can you take his heart into your own self and leave him stuffed with sawdust on the nursery floor in your place? The Velveteen Rabbit story is the golden star of this book. Good god. I have a certain affection for fairy tales. I love the...

    I can?t even. I have no coherent things to say because I am too busy gushing. But seriously, guys: READ THIS. It takes a whole bunch of stories that we all know well and makes them dark(er) and (more) strange. Also queer. It is brilliant. And while I?m saying bossy things, go v...

    The Daughter Cells - 3/5 - I wish it was longer and filled with more gore and horror. I'd love to see this story explored as a full-length novel. The Thankless Child - 2/5 - I may not have the necessary smarts to really get this story, but I found it boring and not all that horrific...

    There were three and a half good stories out of the eleven in this book. I loathed the rest, which were unrelentingly and uncleverly dark and creepy. Fairy tales lose their power when they commit the sin of being wholly hopeless, or when a collection piles unhappy ending on top of unha...

  • Melki
    Apr 03, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

  • ak
    Oct 10, 2017

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

  • Sarah Marie
    Mar 20, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    May 27, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

  • Jaksen
    Nov 01, 2017

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

  • just.one.more.paige
    Oct 25, 2017

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

  • Tiffany Huffman (perfictionist_tiff)
    Feb 12, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

  • Annie
    Mar 29, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

    Can you take the Real out of a boy, then? Can you take his heart into your own self and leave him stuffed with sawdust on the nursery floor in your place? The Velveteen Rabbit story is the golden star of this book. Good god. I have a certain affection for fairy tales. I love the...

    I can?t even. I have no coherent things to say because I am too busy gushing. But seriously, guys: READ THIS. It takes a whole bunch of stories that we all know well and makes them dark(er) and (more) strange. Also queer. It is brilliant. And while I?m saying bossy things, go v...

  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Apr 03, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

  • Leah
    Jun 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

    I am an unapologetic (Daniel*) Mallory Ortberg fangirl. I've followed his work since the Toast, was overcome with glee when he took over Dear Prudence and basically think he can do no wrong. I also love faerie tales and hate short stories, so that's pretty much the context for where I'...

    Thanks to Disney's whimsical remakes of capital "R" Romantic folklore, my only childhood exposure to fairytales was cheerful princesses singing their way to happy endings surrounded by industrious animal friends. But we're all adults here. I think by now, we all know these are just sug...

    If you already know Ortberg, you know what you're getting into with this collection and it will be even more delightful than you expect. If you don't already know Ortberg, well, this is a book that's going to defy your expectations at every turn. It tweaks tropes and genders and jus...

    I'm sad to say I was very disappointed by this. Fairytale retellings are difficult, because they've just been done so many times before (Atwood, Carter, Donoghue, Gaiman...); still, I sort of hoped that if anyone could pull them off, it would be Ortberg, whose humorous writings and sha...

    This review originally appeared on the book review blog: Just One More Pa(i)ge. I am a huge fan of a retelling. So, seeing this collection of retellings of fairy tales, folk tales and other well-known/traditional stories available for request on NetGalley had me super interested. N...

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley This was a really great book of fairytale retellings. I like how she often took inspiration from more than one story at a time [all the source stories are listed at the end of the book] instead of just doing a straight retelling but...

    ?Daughters are as good a thing as any?? begins The Merry Spinster by Danny Ortberg?s wild reimagining of the Little Mermaid that ends in such grim fashion as to make the reader nod solemnly and intone, ?truly, these are the end of times.? And yet, what a romp of a dark time...

    Just as weird and odd and delicious as you'd hope for, from the creator of The Toast. My favourite was the serial killer Velveteen Rabbit. ...

    Fairy Tales were never meant for children, I suppose. Over the years, and along the way, they became for children. No wonder there are so many retellings and translations of the true fairy tales from different regions of the world, in order to maintain them for what they were: sinister...

    Can you take the Real out of a boy, then? Can you take his heart into your own self and leave him stuffed with sawdust on the nursery floor in your place? The Velveteen Rabbit story is the golden star of this book. Good god. I have a certain affection for fairy tales. I love the...

    I can?t even. I have no coherent things to say because I am too busy gushing. But seriously, guys: READ THIS. It takes a whole bunch of stories that we all know well and makes them dark(er) and (more) strange. Also queer. It is brilliant. And while I?m saying bossy things, go v...

    The Daughter Cells - 3/5 - I wish it was longer and filled with more gore and horror. I'd love to see this story explored as a full-length novel. The Thankless Child - 2/5 - I may not have the necessary smarts to really get this story, but I found it boring and not all that horrific...

  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    Mar 10, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

  • Sara Saif
    May 21, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

  • Charlie Anders
    Apr 14, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

  • Conor
    Jun 20, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex Actual Rating 2.5 You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy tales but didn't feel familiar enough with the source material to appreciate th...

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness. I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the writing itself is superb. That is, how one word meets the next; how metaphors fly out...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale starts out familiar, like a song you love redone in a minor key ? the mermaid w...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure. These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone?s cup of tea but if you like Mallory?s writing especially her ?children?s stories made horrifying? you won?t be disappointed. Also Th...

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how creepy and intense, and endleslsy inventive, this book is. Unsettling and powerful, and i...

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is not one the reader will soon forget. The main reason I would love a hard copy of th...

    Netgalley #56 Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery...

    I'm officially tired of reading retelling anthologies. They get odder and weirder and more befuddling with each story and by the time I'm done I feel like banging my head against a wall. I understand that part of it has to do with the fact that I have no ducking clue about the origi...

    With sorrowful honesty, closer to 2.5 stars. I adore Ortberg, and as a mournful fan of the late, great The Toast, there was a special feverish rush holding Ortberg's book in my hands--it's like a part of The Toast became sentient and came over to my house for tea/drinks. It was thrilli...

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg 3.75 stars Mallory Ortberg?s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them into horrifying and shocking heights. I will admit not all the stories in this...

    I am definitely not the right audience for this book. I read this on easy mode, skipping two stories that were mostly about animals (and I should have skipped the third, but I didn?t realize in time), and the book still left me feeling slimed and poked in bruised places. It?s just ...

    I love Mallory Ortberg. I even love apples, but his "Apples Are Bullshit" article from The Toast is one of my favorite articles of all time. It's just so well written. Mmmm. This is also well written. But I didn't really get this book. I guess it's a take on some fairytales. I must ...

  • Kaisser
    May 18, 2018

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5. As with many other short story collections, like Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, Th...

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of kingship, determining when brothers and sons were no longer necessary. I was really loo...

    HOT-BUMMER The Merry Spinster is book written by the American writer Mallory Ortberg. It was published in 2018. The book contains a collection of classic fairy tales. The book introduces a retelling of these classic fairy tales with a dark twist each time. It is divided into eleve...