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The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2018; vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Mallory Ortberg (Tekijä)

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'Dark and dreadful and persistently clever. Ortberg bloodily turns familiar tales inside out.' Rainbow Rowell 'A collection of stories delectable, formidable, and nimble. As a fantasist and short story writer, Ortberg is without peer.' Kelly Link 'Ortberg has a voracious appetite for poison apples, and a genius for finding the places in fairyland where all the bodies are buried. The Merry Spinster will ruin your most-loved fables, in the best possible way.' Charlie Jane Anders 'Ortberg has the sloe gin wit of Dorothy Parker and the soul of a Classics nerd. It's like both of them sat next to each other in The Merry Spinster and gossiped away. The result is an absolute delight.' John Scalzi 'Ortberg has created a Frankenstein's monster of familiar narratives . . . [that swings] between Terry Pratchett's satirical jocularity and Angela Carter's sinister, shrewd storytelling, and the result is gorgeous, unsettling, splenic, cruel, and wickedly smart. I've never read anything quite like them, and I bet, Dear Reader, that you haven't either.' Carmen Maria Machado A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently alarming, emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves and each other as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Kirjailijat:Mallory Ortberg (Tekijä)
Info:Holt Paperbacks (2018), Edition: First Edition, 208 pages
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The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (tekijä: Daniel M. Lavery) (2018)

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I was put off from this book for a while because of the subtitle: "Tales of Everyday Horror". While that description is arguably accurate, it's certainly very misleading. The worlds, and even the types of worlds, in The Merry Spinster vary wildly from everyday reality, and also from each other. And therein lies the strength of the book, I think-- Lavery has many worlds to explore, and many fresh and interesting things to say. This is frankly unusual for an author writing in the often-hackneyed "twisted fairy tale" genre, though not surprising for a co-founder of The Toast. Overall, I really enjoyed the collection-- many of the stories were quite excellent, though some weren't to my personal taste.

My favorite stories from the collection are actually the first four: the deep sea alien uncanniness of "The Daughter Cells"; the salt-scarce science-fantasy genderfluid dystopia of "The Thankless Child", which was not the type of story I expected from this collection but was quite welcome; the short, bureaucratic & biblical "Fear Not: An Incident Log"; and "The Six Boy-Coffins", which felt the most approachable and closest to its fairy tale origins but which still got that distinctive Daniel Lavery twist.

I knew as soon as I hit story #2 that I would not, as is sometimes the case with a themed collection of short stories by a single author, get sick of the gimmick, since each story does something new. Just to be a completionist, the rest of the stories in order:

"Rabbit", a horrific take on The Velveteen Rabbit, was definitely the most viscerally upsetting of the stories, so much so that I had trouble enjoying it even though it was probably the most "perfect" of the whole collection.

I liked the "Merry Spinster", though I thought everything it was doing was done better in "The Thankless Child". The mother character was quite interesting though.

"The Wedding Party" felt a bit off to me-- by this point in the book the reader is primed (or at least I was primed) to identify the story's original, and while there is discussion of the Goose Girl and the Earl of Mar's Daughter, nothing ever seems to coalesce. I think if I had read the story elsewhere, I might have liked it more.

"Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Mr. Toad" definitely read the most like Lavery's other writing from The Toast or The Shatner Chatner. Unfortunately (and I know this is very silly) I was distracted by some tiny inaccuracies to Wind in the Willows canon, lol. Lavery writes that all the animals live in the Wild Woods-- but it's just the Wild Wood, singular, and only Badger lives there of the three! Also in this story Mole says he's known Toad the longest, but actually he meets Mr Toad after everyone else! I don't know why these little things bothered me so much. Maybe because it made it feel less like an interesting take on a children's classic, and more like a different story dressed up in Kenneth Grahame's whimsical English clothing, which is ultimately exactly what it is. Felt more like a thought-exercise than a story.

No particular complaints about the last three, all solid stories. "Cast Your Bread Upon The Waters" succeeds on its distinct and colorful narrative voice. "The Frog's Princess" prods at the distasteful subtexts of its original. "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors", painfully real & uncomfortable, makes for a bit of a quietly depressing end to the collection.

And can I just say-- thank god there was no Alice in Wonderland story. I don't think even the inimitable Daniel Lavery could deliver a fresh take on Alice. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
This is probably found to end up being one of my favorite books this year. It is terribly clever and humorous. I wish Supernatural had writers this good. ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |
the true horror was in the unhealthy relationships because WOW does Ortberg know how to resurrect my Suppressed High School Memories ( )
  hatingongodot | May 3, 2020 |
This was much creepier and affecting than I expected. Having read a lot of humor from this author, I maybe should have but did not realize he would be so well suited to this kind of absurd, anxious horror. While some stories are much stronger than others, the whole collection is worth a read. ( )
  bibliovermis | Feb 18, 2020 |
What a let down. I still gave it two stars because the writing is excellent albeit the book is boring and not anything I want to spend my time on. ( )
  bookswithmom | Dec 18, 2019 |
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'Dark and dreadful and persistently clever. Ortberg bloodily turns familiar tales inside out.' Rainbow Rowell 'A collection of stories delectable, formidable, and nimble. As a fantasist and short story writer, Ortberg is without peer.' Kelly Link 'Ortberg has a voracious appetite for poison apples, and a genius for finding the places in fairyland where all the bodies are buried. The Merry Spinster will ruin your most-loved fables, in the best possible way.' Charlie Jane Anders 'Ortberg has the sloe gin wit of Dorothy Parker and the soul of a Classics nerd. It's like both of them sat next to each other in The Merry Spinster and gossiped away. The result is an absolute delight.' John Scalzi 'Ortberg has created a Frankenstein's monster of familiar narratives . . . [that swings] between Terry Pratchett's satirical jocularity and Angela Carter's sinister, shrewd storytelling, and the result is gorgeous, unsettling, splenic, cruel, and wickedly smart. I've never read anything quite like them, and I bet, Dear Reader, that you haven't either.' Carmen Maria Machado A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently alarming, emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves and each other as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.

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