Can't Catch Me
by Michael Cadnum
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Pub Date 01 Apr 2006 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2018
Now available for the first time as a digital book from PARTICLE BOOKS/Tachyon Publications LLC.
“Turns the familiar on its head, from basilisk
to gingerbread man, and makes you forget, for a few charmed moments, that these
aren’t quite the tales you thought you knew.”
—Patricia A. McKillip, author of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Wonders of the Invisible World
Discover National Endowment for the Arts fellowship-recipient Michael Cadnum’s groundbreaking collection of deftly rearranged myths and fairy tales. Can’t Catch Me, featuring six original tales, rekindles the excitement of adored childhood adventures. These witty, perceptive tales cleverly twist, turn, and veer off into unexpected, enchanting territory.
Twice-told, Cadnum’s narratives are newly revealed through their supporting casts, from the giant’s wife who simply wants Jack to bugger off (so she can continue collaborating on poetry), to a bratty, unrepentant Gingerbread Man sounding off on overprotective parents, meddlesome neighbors, and untrustworthy foxes.
A Note From the Publisher
Praise for Can’t Catch Me
writing cuts to the heart of the matter in this droll collection from National
Book Award–finalist Cadnum (The Book of the Lion), whether it be a certain
gingerbread boy’s overbearing parents in the title story or a ghostly Ophelia
bent on her own secret revenge in ‘Or Be to Not.’ Even the most urbane bears
can be brought low when entrapped by a crusading pro-human Goldilocks in ‘Bear
It Away,’ while a certain giant’s wife manages to create a happy ending after a
young thief escapes by beanstalk in ‘Mrs. Big.’ ‘Medusa,’ ‘Daphne,’ and ‘Give
Him the Eye’ offer stark insight into the behavior of Greek gods and goddesses
as well as the brutal side of love. Meanwhile, elves, no matter how gifted,
find little welcome when faced with human suspicions in ‘Naked Little Men’ and
‘Elf Trap,’ while ‘Together Again’ gives the truth behind that old nursery
rhyme about a lord named Humpty Dumpty. Both adult and YA readers will enjoy
this quirky assemblage of 18 traditional tales with a modern edge.”
“Can’t Catch Me and Other
Twice-Told Tales by Michael Cadnum is an outstanding collection
of interesting and insightful lore drawn from history and retold with a
modernized and compelling philosophical perspective of contemporary wisdom and
collective post-situation knowledge.”
—Midwest Book Review
delves more into the psyche of the protagonist than fairy tales ever do.”
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Average rating from 8 members
I love reading fairy tales to keep my inner child alive, and I appreciate nothing more than rearrangements of classic tales to shake up everything you thought you knew about the story and bring other POVs alive! I love when villains turn out to be the heroes, the princess saves the knight, and the frog is actually just a really large toad. Some of the stories are obvious from the start on which retelling it is, while others you have to read a bit more to get the complete picture. I won't spoil any stories, as they are best to savor little by little, and it's a treat to recognize its counterpart while the author freely makes his own spin with each one.
A highly recommended take on fairy tales for adults!