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Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked TalesStone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not my favorite Atwood. I think I expected horror from the title or at the very least to be disturbed. The writing was good, but nothing that really grabbed me. The best story in the collection is the title story, and I'd read it in 2011 when it came out in the The New Yorker.

I also think the structure was a problem. The first three stories contain the same cast of characters, and then all the rest of them are unrelated. In a couple, there's mention of a storm that seems to be the same storm happening in the first story, so I think that's supposed to indicate that the stories are all happening in the same universe, but IDK. I wished as I was reading that either all the stories had been connected or none of them.

I did like that all the stories were about older, even elderly, protagonists and about issues with aging but overall a little disappointed.



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