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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 each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortbergs eye for deconstruction and destabilization. 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.Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface.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.Bedtime will never be the same....

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ISBN : 9781250113429
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Number of Pages : 190 pages
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The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror Reviews

  • Jessica Woodbury

    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 just about everything else over and over again, slowly lulling you into a glorious openness.

  • Emily

    There were three and a half good stories out of the eleven in this book. I loathed the rest, which were unrelentingly and uncleverly dark and creepy. Fairy tales lose their power when they commit the sin of being wholly hopeless, or when a collection piles unhappy ending on top of unhappy ending to the extent the morals are lost. Telling readers to “imagine childhood faves - but EXPLICITLY AND GRAPHICALLY EVIL!” is not actually a nuanced premise, especially when that’s the plot of almost every s ...more

  • Brook

    “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 timeline. (visit https://medium.com/@brookshelley/a-re... for the rest)

  • Terry

    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 thrilling and a tiny bit sad.

    That being said... auuugh. I love Ortberg turning fairy tales on their heads. I love the playing with gender and history and narrative and...everything he's doing. Still, my personal reading e
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  • BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley #56

    Many thanks go to Mallory Ortberg, Holt Paperback, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

    I admit it. I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. Ortberg was definitely original here. She melded two or more tales, nursery rhymes, prayers, and ballads to create one-of-a-kind stories with a cynical twist. If anyone has difficulty identifying what's being used, there is a table at the end. I think my favorite was "The Wedding Party", which re
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  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀

    4 Stars! Review to follow.

  • Tori (InToriLex)

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    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 the adaptions. These horrific short stories pay homage to their original sources while adding elements of horror and surprise. The characters don't behave according to established gender norms although most of the stories



    "They are stuffed in boxes and hidden in the dirt , or else set on fire and turned into cinders, so no one else can make any use of them; they are a prodigiously selfish race and consider themselves their own private property even in death ."


    The stories included surprising twists, villains and humor but none of the elements worked together as enjoyable whole. The writing was engaging but the retelling didn't make sense. The endings of these stories don't give any sort of resolution, but serve as devices to shock the reader. This is the kind of book that will work for fans of horror and original fairy tales, however it didn't resonate well with me.

    Recommended for readers who:

    -enjoy horror themed fairy tales

    -are fans of Brother Grimm Fairy Tales

    -appreciate non-traditional gender representation

    I received this book from Henry Holt/ Holt Paperbacks in exchange for an honest review. ...more

  • Tiffany Huffman (perfictionist_tiff)

    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 this book and perceive it as a valuable read is I like that this book changes my perspective on classic stories. I will never think of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and the other classic stories t
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