The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

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Read The Refrigerator Monologues Online Free - The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

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ISBN : 1481459341
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Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it ★★★★☆

June 05, 2017

3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Ever wonder what it’s like to be a girlfriend or wife of a superhero? The answer is not so glamorous in The Refrigerator Monologues, a new book containing a series of linked short stories by Catherynne M. Valente. Inspire...

Karl rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

What Catherynne M. Valente states in the afterword to her new book of stories concerning the wives and girlfriends of superhero’s, titled “The Refrigerator Monologues” , pertains to the untimely deaths bestowed on those ladies. Emphasizing the total lack of respect for the female character roles...

Tatiana rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

You can always rely on Valente to take a genre - this time it's comic book hero stories - and turn it completely on its head.

lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews) rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

Can everyone please read this because wow is it important in regards to the way women are treated just to further men's storylines. If you're interested in superheroes and feminism then you're gonna love this.

j rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2017


Lisa rated it ★★★☆☆

June 17, 2017

Review from Tenacious Reader: I love the concept of this book which gives voice to those sidelined females in comic books. It creates fleshed out characters that have motivations and thoughts and intriguing stories all their own. It shows they are something...

Jacki rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2017

As usual, Valente makes it all look so easy... In this short story collection, six women share the stories of how involvement with superheroes and supervillains led to their deaths or downfalls. Ignore that part of the blurb that tells you to expect an entirely new universe, because although some...

Artur rated it ★★★☆☆

June 14, 2017

*ETA: Updated review now with THREE postscripts! One of which might just be as long as the rest of the review!* I like stories that offer transformation of oppresive structures or suggest ways of escaping them. This book isn’t like that. It is a raging, despairing howl against the world. There is no...

Tammy rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

The nitty-gritty: A powerful collection of loosely tied together stories of the women who fell in love with superheroes—and died because of it. I never wanted children. Let’s get that straight up top. All I ever wanted to do was to drink beer, play my horn, and ride mutant armadillos till the end...

Megan rated it ★★★★★

September 01, 2017

The Refrigerator Monologues was a birthday present from my wonderful husband, along with a Funko figure of Louise from Bob's Burgers. I have an affinity for small angry ids in character form. I don't let anger out very often in my real life, so roleplaying games and identification with angry wome...

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