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Twisted myths : 20 classic stories with a dark and dangerous heart

by McHugh, Maura,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction BL311.M395 2013x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Teen Department - Teen Non-Fiction
Call Number  BL311.M395 2013x
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F McHUGH
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F McHUGH
Readers may be familiar with these traditional tales of gods, demons, and tricksters but they've never heard them like this before! Award-winning fantasy author Maura McHugh revisits the popular myths of Loki, Odin, Cupid, and Psyche and others from Greek and Norse mytholog--as well as lesser known fables from Africa, Asia, and the Americas--and gives them a macabre makeover. These gruesome myths of love, treachery, sacrifice and revenge include:

India's birth story of Ganesha The secret name of Egypt's Ra China's irrepressible Monkey King Japanese Sun Goddess Ameratsu who banishes the night

All 20 terrifying tales are accompanied by stunningly dark illustrations that heighten the mood, and will leave readers thrilled, chilled, and eager for more.
Eros and Psyche (Greek)
The golden apples of Idun (Norse)
The coming of the Tuatha dé Dannan (Irish)
Lord Ganesha (Hindu-Indian)
Prometheus and Pandora (Greek)
Māui finds death (Maori)
The patience of Isis (Egyptian)
Ishtar descends to the underworld (Sumerian)
The fifth sun (Aztec)
Sekmet's thirst (Egyptian)
Odin's sacrifice (Norse)
Pele comes to Hawai'i (Hawaiian)
The magician's head (African)
White buffalo woman (Seneca-Native American)
The people of mud, flesh, and wood (Quiché-Guatamalan)
Nu Wa saves the world (Chinese)
Izanagi and Izanami (Japanese)
Monkey : sage of heaven (Chinese)
The voice, the flood, and the turtle (Caddo-Native American).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Billed on the cover, back, and inside flap as a collection of horror-heavy retellings of myths, the stories within are, in fact, well-written and atmospheric but fairly straightforward versions of these classic tales. Many are certainly ghastly, what with gods plucking out their own eyes or sending their personified wrath down to mortals to devour whole villages, but there is little here likely to appease a true horror maven. Instead, these are the powerful, resonating stories whose themes and archetypes have sparked humanity's imagination since stories were told. The 20 myths collected here cast a wonderfully wide-ranging cultural net, so in addition to the familiar Pandora, Odin, Isis, and Ra, readers can meet the likes of the vast and grim Maori goddess of death or China's lonely first goddess, Nu Wa. Accompanied by Laurie's ferocious and sometimes gory illustrations, which bring out the direness of the stories, these tales are an ideal collection for students to thoroughly explore world mythology or to take a quick, occasional dip for a thrill or touch of the profound.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Mythology.
Publisher Hauppauge, New York :2013
Edition First edition for North America and the Philippines.
Other Titles Myths
Contributors Laurie, Jane, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "A Quantum book"--Title page verso.
Description 144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780764166204
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