Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Terribly Twisted Tales-Edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg

Terribly Twisted Tales
Edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg
Daw, Jun 2009, $7.99
ISBN 9780756405540

These eighteen entries will remind readers of Rocky and Bullwinkle’s Fractured Fairy Tales as the authors take an irrelevant spin on famous stories. Almost all the contributions are excellent with a couple, though well written, disappointingly changing the personalities of the key players without explanation. Fans will enjoy what happens to Snow White after she owns the Prince and the Mirror in Chris Pierson’s superb “Once They Were Seven”, the witch chasing after violent Hansel and Gretel in “Waifs” by Dennis L. McKiernan and the scary science fiction twister “Jack and the Genetic Beanstalk by Robert E. Vardeman. Overall this is a great collection that pays homage to the brilliant zany minds of Jay Ward and Bill Scott.

Harriet Klausner

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