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Black Swan, White Raven (Fairy Tale Anthologies Book 4) Kindle Edition
This collection from World Fantasy Award–winning editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling proves that fairy tales don’t have to be for little children and that happily ever after doesn’t necessarily mean forever. Here, the plights of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel, and others are reimagined by some of today’s finest literary talents.
Hansel and Gretel make several appearances, not the least being at their trial for the murder of a supposedly helpless old woman. The real, shocking reason for Snow White’s desperate flight from her home is revealed. And the steadfast tin soldier, made flesh and blood, pays a terrible price for his love and devotion.
The twenty-one stories and poems in this collection run the gamut from triumphant to troubling to utterly outrageous, like Don Webb’s brilliant merging of numerous tales into one wild, hallucinogenic trip in his “Three Dwarves and 2000 Maniacs.” All in all, they mine the fantastical yarns we loved as children for new and darker gold.
Includes stories by Michael Cadnum, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Blumlein, Nalo Hopkinson, Esther M. Friesner, Joyce Carol Oates, Steve Rasnic Tem, Garry Kilworth, Anne Bishop, Gregory Frost, Sten Westgard, Midori Snyder, Harvey Jacobs, Don Webb, Bruce Glassco, Pat Murphy, John Crowley, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Susanna Clarke, Nancy Kress, and Jane Yolen.
“An enchanting, witty collection of 18 original stories that . . . achieve relevance without losing their patina of magic. . . . This superior volume proves that the notion of modern-day Grimms, Andersens and Wildes isn’t just a fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Terri Windling is a writer, editor, and artist specializing in fantasy literature, folklore, and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, receiving nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award (for her novel The Wood Wife), the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA’s Solstice Award for “outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor.” She writes essays on folklore and fantasy; maintains a popular blog on these subjects (Myth & Moor); and is on the board of the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Speculative Fiction (Chichester University). She also creates myth-inspired visual art for exhibition in the US and Europe; and she’s a member of the Modern Fairies music-and-folklore project (Oxford & Sheffield Universities). A former New Yorker, she now lives with her British husband and family in Devon, England.
- ASIN : B00MO0N02O
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (September 30, 2014)
- Publication date : September 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7748 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #510,437 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,220 in Folklore (Kindle Store)
- #1,416 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #1,535 in Fairy Tales (Kindle Store)
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Anne Bishop's Rapunzel retelling is a favorite, told in multiple POVs. I also liked Michael Cadman's The Flounder's Kiss, On Lickerish Hill by Susanna Clarke, True Thomas by Bruce Glassco, and Godmother Death by Jane Yolen.
Many of these stories are dark though, in truth, most fairy tales are also dark and full of monsters, murder, and mayhem. I'm sure other readers would like ones that I didn't care for; there's really something for everyone here to enjoy.
The kindle formatting can be a little difficult sometimes; when the story shifts from one character's perspective to another, there's no line breaks to denote a change, so sometimes it can be a little hard to follow immediately. This is purely a formatting issue, though, and doesn't detract from the quality of the stories themselves.
Lo and behold - we have a book full of stories such as that! I would strongly recommend anyone who has a twisted but adult version of how stories actually would've been with choldhood stories.
Like I said, athe seller mailed this book out on time, and was true to word when the book was actually used. Some yellowing but that is to be expected of an old, used book but still readable!
I would recommend the book, AND the seller!