- Publisher: Month9Books
- Publication date: 10/16/2012
- Pages: 340
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review
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.
Being that this is an anthology, I wasn't sure how to go about reviewing it. I know some people will pick out their favorite stories, or some people so separate mini reviews for each story. I don't really want to do either of those things. The first, because I really enjoyed all of the stories and the second, because I don't typically do mini reviews unless it's for a novella. That being said, I am just going to give my thoughts as a whole on this book.
I'm sure that all of you are familiar with at least of few of the nursery rhymes in this anthology that have been turned into short stories. We also all know that those nursery rhymes are pretty dark and twisted. Yeah, we sing them and they sound all cute and fun, but realistically they are anything but. These amazing authors take these nursery rhymes and turn them into short stories that are very dark and creepy. I loved that it really expands on the nursery rhymes and lets you in on the story. These short stories are so massively creative and I found it so easy to get lost in them.
Though each one is a short story, they all have so much to them. I am always impressed at how authors are able to make short stories really come to life and give you everything you need out of it and still have it all wrapped up. The thing I love the most was that you really get a feel for all the different authors writing. I have read a few of the authors books that were in this anthology, but not all of them. Getting to know their writing style in their short stories has made me want to check out a few that I don't know if I would have read otherwise.
I don't tend to read a lot of anthologies, but I do enjoy them because it's nice to be able to read a story that you can start and finish rather quickly. Sometimes I don't know what I want to read and just need a little mini break between books, and these dark stories were just the thing for that. If you are looking for a great collection of dark re-tellings of some well known (and others not so much) nursery rhymes this is a book for you. I really wouldn't even say they are re-tellings as much as really letting you know the story that goes with the particular nursery rhyme.