Can't Catch Me

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Pub Date 01 Apr 2006 | Archive Date 27 Jun 2018

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Now available for the first time as a digital book from PARTICLE BOOKS/Tachyon Publications LLC.

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“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.

 

Now available for the first time as a digital book from PARTICLE BOOKS/Tachyon Publications LLC.

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“Turns the familiar on its head, from basilisk to gingerbread man, and makes you forget...


A Note From the Publisher

Michael Cadnum is best known for his young-adult adventure novels, including In a Dark Wood, The Leopard Sword, and Seize the Storm. The Book of the Lion was a National Book Award finalist, a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and an Owl Creek Book Award winner. Cadnum is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Helen Bullis Prize for his poetry.

Michael Cadnum is best known for his young-adult adventure novels, including In a Dark Wood, The Leopard Sword, and Seize the Storm. The Book of the Lion was a National Book Award finalist, a Los...


Advance Praise

Praise for Can’t Catch Me

 

“Concise 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.”
Publishers Weekly

 

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

 

“Cadnum delves more into the psyche of the protagonist than fairy tales ever do.”
BookLoons

 

Praise for Can’t Catch Me

 

“Concise 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...


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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!

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I have a weakness for retold fairy tales, and I greatly enjoyed these! I feel like they were infused with my kind of dark humor. I’m going to buy a copy so I can have it on my shelf. Love the cover!

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