Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Two and Twenty Dark Tales


In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings.    The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young

My Review:

You know those fairy tales everyone knows and loves? Well, throw those out the windows its time for horrific and disturbing to take over. These are certainly not for the faint of heart. Nursery rhymes can contain a good deal of violence and mayhem , and seeing they can come from a variety of sources, including riddles,  historical events, and songs, it can be quite entertaining.

The book, Two and Twenty Dark Tales,  presents short stories that are twists on some of our favorite and unfamiliar rhymes we grew up with. The book is certainly geared towards Young Adults or Even Adults.  These are horror stories with non happy endings.
All of these stories are well-written and disturbing yet vastly entertaining.
I found this book meets its purpose and would recommend it to the horror story fan, young adult or old adult.  But tread lightly as these are not the fairy tales you grew up with.


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