Reviewed by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I’m not the biggest fan of short-story-or novelette-collections. It’s not because I don’t think they can be great entertaining stories, but I love to dive into a book and story and dwell. However, Andrew J. Peters’ Slashed & Mashed book is a wild fairy tale mix of stories that go from mythology to Grimm’s tales, to the Japanese saga of ‘The Peach Boy.’ Another fairy tale story was ‘The Vain Prince,’ which I found a bit odd, and it was on the bottom of my favorite list, but still, there was sensitive darkness to it, the way Andrew Peters used the characters and mixed them up with something new, goth-like. I didn’t love it, but I was still fascinated.
The Jaguar of Backward Glance was another story that took me in and held my full attention. I enjoyed the story, even though I admit, I had to read several passages more than once. The play with words, the descriptions, It was, once again, an intriguing mix of fascination and horror.
‘Ma’aruf the Street Vendor’ was another story that held my fascination, but that one, only for a while. The story of a refugee from Africa in New York caught me at first, but then, for some reason, my interest ceased. That has nothing to do with the author; his writing was as virtuous as it was at the beginning. Maybe I have a particular dislike for the character.
My second favorite was definitely ‘Karoly, who held a secret,’ a well-written fairy tale, set up in the old Magyar country (Hungary), where a poor boy finds his way to wealth and happiness.
And, without a doubt, my favorite story, Andrew Peters’ interpretation of Theseus and the Minotaur, a fresh, exciting, thrilling version of the old saga.
Andrew Peters’ quill we owe an enjoyable, impressive, and magnificent collection of stories, fairy tales, and sagas, new interpreted, re-written, and skillfully interwoven with the gay love-interests of the respective protagonists of each story. The author delivered a masterful demonstration of his craftsmanship.