The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

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The Refrigerator Monologues Read 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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Karl rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 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...

Elise rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2018

This book is a parody and it’s not. Inspired by the trope of Women in Refrigerators, aka Women Getting Fridged For Manpain, The Refrigerator Monologues satirizes sexist tropes within media representation. And just like the trope itself, this book is weird as hell. It’s following a bunch of women...

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...

Bradley rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2017

I know I keep saying this about Cat Valente, but damn... this is great stuff. Six women in six linked short stories. They're all superhero fodder. Oh, Raynor, she's been refrigerated! :) All the names have been changed but we can see who they are rather easy, and delightfully so. They're genuine f...

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.

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...

j rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2017


Lata rated it ★★★★☆

October 04, 2017

Cathrynne M. Valente's distinctive writing style is put to use describing the former lives of various girlfriends/partners of superheroes. There's plenty of anger expressed by six women who were relied on then quickly and easily forgotten by their distinctly unheroic superhero partners. The women...

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...

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