Sunday, July 7, 2013

Itty Bitties! Short Story Reviews





Welcome to the latest edition of our short story meme, Itty Bitties.  We both enjoy reading them occasionally, and wanted to devote some review time to them too! I generously received two titles from Untreed Reads for review. Many thanks for their generosity.





Title: Mr. Elkins & the Zombies of Elbert County
Author: Thom Adorney
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon /Untreed Reads
When John Bell tells his family that he saw zombies crossing their farm one October night, he asks them the keep it quiet so as to not cause a panic. But when his first daughter, Cecelia, draws a picture of the zombies in school, the cat’s out of the bag.

Now, some in the conservative little town want the little girl expelled. Some want to exploit the zombies for publicity. The media outlets catch wind of it and are in a feeding frenzy. All John wants is to keep the town from descending into chaos. One thing's for sure - when the townsfolk descend on the Bell household to see the zombies for themselves, they're going to get a lot more than they bargained for.


An interesting short tale that was certainly entertaining, yet left me unsatisfied with it's lack of information on why there were zombies shuffling by the gardens in the first place.  I read on hoping to have some answers, but not much was provided.  This was probably not the focus for the author though it is always the focus for me as a fan of zombie genre. 

Regardless of how I felt once I wrapped this short read up, I can not deny how interesting this story was.  It kept you curious and fascinated with the family and community dynamics of this town. Not to mention, sympathetic to the poor souls that shuffled on by to some unknown destination. 

 

Title: Rumple What?
Author: Nancy Springer
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon /Untreed Reads
We've all heard the fairy tale of the girl who could spin straw into gold, and the creature that would demand her first-born as payment for helping her achieve the horrible tasks put to her by her father.

Let's face it, though, The Brothers Grimm couldn't get the facts of a story straight if their lives depended on it, and this classic tale of excess and woe is certainly no different. Here, revealed for the first time, is the absolutely true account of the events surrounding the spoiled little gold-spinner and her entire wretched family and the poor, innocent imp cheated out of what was rightfully his.

A hilarious retelling of a classic fairy tale from legendary wordspinner Nancy Springer.
 



If you remember the original tale, Rumpelstiltskin is a vile creature with bad intent. But in this story, he is a poor little soul that just wants to be loved.  Both the miller's daughter and the king are deplorable characters, and I thought that they both deserved each other. They were very unlikeable. 

I did not care much for the voice telling this story. It's 'humorous' or 'sarcastic' tone fell short and was a bit of an annoyance. Yet, as a fairy tale retelling fan, I still enjoyed the spin on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. Though it is still a tragic tale, it was still as interesting as the original.


 

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