The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

Merry Spinster book cover

I’m not too big on fairy tale retellings, but these were superb. Ortberg has taken classic fairytales, mostly well known, and twisted them and mashed them together to create new, horrifying fairytales that speak directly to contemporary times. She murks up who the hero is, who holds the power, what beauty is, and nearly everything else. This is a dark, wonderful collection of stories that happen to be riffs on fairytales. 

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