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Tender Morsels Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; First Edition edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385613237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385613231
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for "Red Spikes:
""While the stories always startle, they also often murmur about humanity's higher inclinations, including honor, compassion, and different kinds of love.""--Booklist, "Starred
"Lanagan's powerfully visceral speculative fiction is written in penetrating language and with the intensity of folktale.""--Horn Book Magazine, "Starred
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"This book is nevertheless a marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan's place at the very razor's edge of YA speculative fiction."
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"Lanagan's poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008:
"Lanagan explores the savage and the gentlest sides of human nature, and how they coexist."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15

Praise for "Red Spikes:

""While the stories always startle, they also often murmur about humanity's higher inclinations, including honor, compassion, and different kinds of love.""--Booklist, "Starred

"Lanagan's powerfully visceral speculative fiction is written in penetrating language and with the intensity of folktale.""--Horn Book Magazine, "Starred

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"This book is nevertheless a marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan's place at the very razor's edge of YA speculative fiction."

Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"Lanagan's poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008:
"Lanagan explores the savage and the gentlest sides of human nature, and how they coexist."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008:
"By turns horrifying and ribald, witty and wise, this tour de force of a novel almost demands multiple readings to fully appreciate each of its layers."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2008:
"Beautifully written and surprising, this is a novel not to be missed."


"From the Hardcover edition."

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"A marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan's place at the very razor' s edge of YA speculative fiction."
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"Lanagan's poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008:
"Lanagan explores the savage and the gentlest sides of human nature, and how they coexist."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008:
"By turns horrifying and ribald, witty and wise, this tour de force of a novel almost demands multiple readings to fully appreciate each of its layers."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2008:
"Beautifully written and surprising, this is a novel not to be missed."

"From the Hardcover edition."

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
A marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan s place at the very razor s edge of YA speculative fiction.
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"Lanagan's poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008:
"Lanagan explores the savage and the gentlest sides of human nature, and how they coexist."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008:
"By turns horrifying and ribald, witty and wise, this tour de force of a novel almost demands multiple readings to fully appreciate each of its layers."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2008:
"Beautifully written and surprising, this is a novel not to be missed."

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"A marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan's place at the very razor's edge of YA speculative fiction."
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"Lanagan's poetic style and her masterful employment of mythic imagery give this story of transformation and healing extraordinary depth and beauty."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 8, 2008:
"Lanagan explores the savage and the gentlest sides of human nature, and how they coexist."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008:
"By turns horrifying and ribald, witty and wise, this tour de force of a novel almost demands multiple readings to fully appreciate each of its layers."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2008:
"Beautifully written and surprising, this is a novel not to be missed."

From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

A dark and vivid novel from an author acclaimed for the fearless range of her imagination, the emotional intensity of her stories and the virtuosity of her writing.

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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
TENDER MORSELS is a loosely based re-telling of the fairytale, "Snow White and Rose Red". But even if you are not aware of the original tale, you can still read this novel and enjoy it.

The story follows Liga. When we first meet her, she is a young girl in her teens. Due to her mother's earlier death, she is alone with her brutish father. He is a true monster. He abuses Liga in the worst possible way, resulting in Liga giving birth to a child who is also his. Not long after this, Liga is then brutally raped by a gang of town boys. Again, she bears a child.
Her two daughters, Branza and Urdda, are striking in their differences. They are like two opposite poles - one fair and quiet, the other dark and willful.
Through Liga's utter sorrow and torment which the world has thrown on her, she is granted the chance to live in her own version of heaven, where nothing can harm either her or her daughters. But, as time passes, the divide between the two worlds becomes less stable, threatening all that Liga has created for her small family.

That is a brief synopsis. What is really at the heart of this book is the idea that brutality and beauty can live side by side. In some ways, TENDER MORSELS seems to suggest that it has to - that the real world is never going to be a place where no dangers lie. In this respect, Lanagan has done a tremendous job in creating such an idea, such a world. Her prose reflects this notion; there are times when the violence of the book is diturbing and extremely uncomfortable reading, but there are also times when the prose reads almost like poetry. Although deprivation can be found within these pages, there is also magic and hope.

This is one of the best re-tellings of a fairytale that I have read in a long time.
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Although it's based on the story of Rose Red and Snow White, this is not a twee fairy tale for younger readers. It's tough and thought-provoking, and doesn't spare the brutality. But it's also a gripping read which allows you to completely believe in a world where an abused girl can escape to an alternative reality, and where men can become bears.
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For a teen book the content is pretty dark yet through the veil of the otherside it's a story of empowerment that will inspire others. What Margo does extremely well is bring the characters to life within the book that will speak to many about the message of hope against the darkness of mankinds souls. Well written, inspirational and a tale that whilst I'd only pass on to the older end of the teen market due to content is definitely something that should be read by all.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Liga has been mistreated all of her life. Her father is a monster; preying upon her at night in the midst of his drunken stupors. Liga's mother is dead, and cannot protect her daughter from the wickedness in the world.

Because of this, Liga is made a mother too early. In an act of desperation, Liga decides to kill her first child, believing that she will be better off in another place. A magic "moon-babby" takes pity on Liga and offers her an alternate universe to raise her daughters.

For many years, Urdda, Branza, and Liga are safe; no one can do them harm. Eventually, the boundaries of their world are infiltrated, and the three women must leave their paradise. Their new task; to survive in a world full of both cruelty and kindness, something that Liga thought she would never have to face again.

The basis for TENDER MORSELS is the story of Snow White and Rose Red. Two sisters must battle a dwarf and rescue a man from a witch's curse. Lanagan has included these pivotal plot details while still making the story her own.

There are many interesting twists that Lanagan has included in the novel. Her use of vocabulary and language is also very unique. The story may appear daunting to readers at first, but those who give it a chance will be greatly rewarded.

Reviewed by: LadyJay
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This was recommended by a friend and I came to it blind, not having read any reviews or any of Lanagan's short stories. Confess I was totally bowled over. I usually gobble up books with unseemly haste but this one I had to savour so I slowed down and just wallowed in the language, the ideas, the worlds she paints.
It is a very VERY dark fairy story, a moralistic tale about life and how we live it, how we make choices, how we engage with dark material. I found it initially disturbing and saddening but then hopeful and ultimately hugely uplifting. It is also deeply magical and *true*, authentic...written from the heart and guts.
I cannot rate it highly enough. I am a fussy reader and few authors really set my bones alight. Lanagan does...to the point where I found her on Twitter to beg her to hurry up and write another full-length tale (apparently her short stories are equally beguiling but short fiction frustrates me sadly).
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On one hand I can see why people loved this, but on the other I didn't love it quite as much as I expected to. The violence at the beginning is really really disconcerting, but what I found most difficult was the middle, where the plot seemed to go away and hide while the characters got on with it. what I liked even less was what I read as the sententiousness. It was like a resilience training seminar. The message was so very clear and characters kept coming in and telling one another that it was; reality, eh? MUCH better than your silly safe space, because that means you just aren't grappling with life. Interestingly, the main character doesn't appear to gain anything except survival. I get that the author was trying to tell us that reality is like that, and also trying to make the happy ending less smug, but it added to my unease. Yet there was much to delight; some strong enchantresses, some wonderful writing, and the nicest and most interesting bear since Jorek.
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