As a huge fan of the original Grimm fairytales, dark and forbidding tales before Disney sanitzed them for children, Terribly Twisted Tales was a wonderfully, decadent treat.
Each short story was a retelling a childhood favorite, but reworked and retwisted as a new perspective on an old tale. The two that stood out as my absolute favorites were Once They Were Seven by Chris Pierson and The Adventures of the Red Riding Hoods by Michael A. Stackpole. Once They Were Seven is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but this time we see the story from Dopey's viewpoint, and sometimes happily ever after isn't forever. The Adventures of the Red Riding Hoods was a amazing twist with Sherlockian overtones. Sherlock Holmes as a wolf and Watson as a sheep makes perfect sense as a crime solving duo in Stackpole's creation.
Each story could stand alone as a fun and fabulous read, but when all eighteen were put together, they are a collection that amuse, amaze, and will continue to delight reading after reading. This book is going on my bookcase right next to my Grimm Fairytales collection.
From Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks, to Snow White, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more, here are eighteen stories that take familiar fairy tales and twist them around to give them an entirely new slant. Any fan of far-out fantasy is sure to be delighted.