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 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

  • Betty
    Apr 02, 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

  • Carly
    Mar 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

    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...

    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...

    This is definitely a personal rating - the writing itself is fantastic, but this collection wasn't my cup of tea. While I enjoy ambiguity, even sometimes confusing storytelling, I found in this case it was actually interfering with my reading concentration (and it usually takes a lot t...

    Engrossing, clever, creepy and fun! ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Erin Cataldi
    Mar 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Fiona
    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

    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...

    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...

    This is definitely a personal rating - the writing itself is fantastic, but this collection wasn't my cup of tea. While I enjoy ambiguity, even sometimes confusing storytelling, I found in this case it was actually interfering with my reading concentration (and it usually takes a lot t...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Nostalgia Reader
    Feb 11, 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

  • Chaitra
    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

    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...

    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...

    This is definitely a personal rating - the writing itself is fantastic, but this collection wasn't my cup of tea. While I enjoy ambiguity, even sometimes confusing storytelling, I found in this case it was actually interfering with my reading concentration (and it usually takes a lot t...

    Engrossing, clever, creepy and fun! ...

    Meh. The Rabbit and The Six-Boy Coffins were great though. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

    The whole book is full of gorgeous, lyrical, surreal writing. The stories where I had some familiarity with the source material (The Little Mermaid, Velveteen Rabbit, etc.) of course had the greatest impact, but even those stories that were wholly new to me vibrated with an eerie reson...

    This is exactly (and not quite) what I was expecting. Ortberg retells classic fairy tales and puts her own dark spin on them. From beauty and the beast, to the velveteen rabbit, to cinderella, and to the little mermaid; they're all accounted for and are all predictably creepy. She mode...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • ❀⊱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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

  • Ashley Elliott
    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

  • Sara Planz
    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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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'...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    3.5 stars. This was a fun collection of fairy tale and other classic story retellings, all with a modern and ?everyday? take on them. Rather than being full on fairy tales, where magic is a fantastical element, these take on a more magical realist feel, where it?s a fact of li...

    This was such a weird fun book! It?s full of short stories based off of fairy tales given their own twist and I adored them all. The first based off the little mermaid, the one called the six boy-coffins and the title story were probably my favorite and the weirdest. I just want to j...

    Creepy good fairy tale twists! The Velveteen Rabbit, dear Lord, about did me in. Greater collection of short stories. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    4 Stars! Review to follow. ...

    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...

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. ...

    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...