Sixpence and Rye and a Snake in a Pie: A Fractured Nursery Rhyme

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Fawkes the cook has had enough of Mr. Stuart's insults. And now Stuart's son is making advances on the maid, Fawkes' daughter. How much abuse can a good cook take? When it appears that a better position is within his grasp, Fawkes plots revenge, but even the best cooks can make a mistake, and snakes don't ask questions before they bite. More
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About Jeff Chapman

I write software by day and speculative fiction when I should be sleeping. My work ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to horror and ghost stories. I've been writing all my life but decided to become super serious about it and pursue publication a few years ago. My work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. I live with my wife, children, and cats in a house with more books than bookshelf space.

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Reviews of Sixpence and Rye and a Snake in a Pie: A Fractured Nursery Rhyme by Jeff Chapman

Gavin Murphy reviewed on Oct. 8, 2013

A revenge with a twist. A good TAIL that has a snakes head waiting at the other end.
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Tule Fog Press reviewed on June 14, 2013

Writer Jeff Chapman's fractured fairy tales and nursery rhymes might just be his current hallmark. At least when I read his work I've come to expect an always surprising, always interesting take on the age-old themes and tropes we loved as children and are now revisiting as adults (think television's 'Grimm' but more literary). So in this, 'Sixpence' doesn't disappoint. Chapman's short tale is a solid example of his fluid voice, confident style, and moral compass. The lessons learned, as in any classic children's tale, are not just for children nor are they simplistic. In fact, with a surprising ending, this story can prompt enjoyment as well as self-reflection. That's my kind of storytelling.

With this free ebook Chapman is also at the forefront of a trend by writers to release 'permafree' works online via various e-retailers (at least currently, there is no cost) in order for readers to sample one's writing style and storytelling before they invest in a longer work. So if you liked this story (try it without risk! and works for a quick lunch break), you'd likely enjoy his collection of similarly envisioned stories, "Tales of Woe and Wonder."
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H.G. Estok reviewed on June 6, 2013

"Revenge gone horribly wrong" -- indeed! This short tale is a good reminder that by seeking vengeance we hurt only ourselves. Well-written with clearly defined characters and a style of prose perfectly suited to the time period, "Sixpence and Rye" will haunt your thoughts long after you've turned off your eReader for the night.
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