"Group of stories in which the heroine or hero just happens to be a person of size"
I squealed and danced through my apartment when I opened
the package and saw the title and cover of this book. I am
a large lady and Such A Pretty Face was designed to make me
glad of that fact.
This is a group of stories by various authors in which the
heroine, or hero, just happens to be a person of size. Ms.
Martindale has done a superb job of meshing different
textures and flavors thus making of them a literary stew of
the richest sort.
I don't believe that I found even one story less than
enjoyable. I truly loved each one. My husband told me
that it is books like this that make me feel as if I can go
out and overcome any obstacle. Be a large size Xena
First, there is the wonderful poem by Jane Yolen, "Fat
Not A Fairy Tale". Following it you find the
delightful, "Worse Than The Curse" by Elizabeth Ann
Scarborough. Next, Martha A. Compton brings to the mix
the ever so yummy, "The Fat Cat's Tale". If you
a bit parched while reading, "The Search For A Sipping
House" offered by Joette M. Rozanski, quenches your
thirst in the form of a fresh take, yes - fresh, on
vampires. While "Casting Against Type" by Jody Lynn
Nye may have brought back my acting days, it did make
me laugh... a big hearty belly laugh.
Stories like these make one wonder and if you've ever
wondered how you'd fare in the event of, say, Nuclear War
then you may find "Nuclear Winter" by Selina Rosen
be comforting. Much like warming yourself by the fire
after you have finished a sumptuous supper. As for the act
of wondering itself, "The Djinn Game" by Patrice E.
Sarath seems to have stuck in my head while gifting me
with the occasional, seemingly inexplicable, chuckle.
"The Stoop Ladies" of Barbara Krasnoff might turn to
watch if they hear me, offer me refreshment and whatever I
These are just a few. If I go on mentioning every
tantalizing treat this review could end up the length of
the book. A delicious treat fit for the fiction equivalent
of Bon Appetit.
Leann "Buzzy" Arndt / April, 2000
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Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 7, 2002