Download Epub Format æ Silver Birch, Blood Moon PDF by · Ellen Datlow Like most anthologies, some good stories, some just okay, some really not for me I picked it up because it includes some authors I generally like, but their stories didn t out to be the ones I preferred.
Kiss, Kiss Caraboose The Price Glass Coffin The Vanishing Virgin Clad in Gossamer Precious The Sea Hag The Frog Chauffuer The Dybbuk in the Bottle The Shell Box Ivory Bones The Wild Heart You Wandered Off Like a Foolish Child to Break Your Heart and Mine Arabian Phoenix Toad Rich Sking So Fine and Green The Willful Child, The Black Dog and the Beanstalk Locks Marsh Magic Toad One of Datlow Windling s excellent series of anthologies of retold reimagined fairy tales Terri Windling s one of the only people I ve ever written out out fan mail to I m just that totally in favor of everything she s worked to espouse in literatureif you haven t seen her website, check it out of the book are 1 Introduction Terri Windling Ellen Datlow 7 Kiss Kiss Tanith LeeLee s take on the story of The Frog Prince is at first droll, but later melancholy, as it shows how one doesn t always appreciate what one has until it is gone As usual, beautiful and effective writing from Lee 25 Carabosse Delia ShermanA poem which gives the reader a different feminist take on the motivations of the fairy whose christening gift to Sleeping Beauty was perceived as a curse 28 The Price Patricia BriggsBriggs here transforms the tale of Rumplestiltskin into a romance the strange looking but not unattractive title character uses his magic to try to save the young weaver he loves from the threats of the vicious king updates the story while staying true to the soul of the genre very nice I ll be looking up other work by this author 48 Glass Coffin Caitl n R KiernanA contemporary story of a group of young junkies trying to get by, living in a junkyard, and the itinerant drug dealer boyfriend of one Only indirectly inspired by the Sleeping Beauty and Snow White tales fans of Kiernan will likely love this story fans of fairy tales may not 67 The Vanishing Virgin Harvey JacobsA weird and rather grotesque tale of a parlor trick type magician whose unloved assistant wife is offered a chance to escape into another land through a secret passage in her trick cabinet reminded me of Jonathan Carroll whom I m not personally a fan of 81 Clad in Gossamer Nancy KressThe Emperor s New Clothes reimagined as a rather ill conceived political plot that backfires on an embarrassed prince A character study of a not too savvy individual 92 Precious Nalo HopkinsonHaving rubies and diamonds fall from one s mouth at every word isn t necessarily all that fun As a matter of fact, it s driven the woman in this story away from her abusive husband, who regards her only as a source of riches and driven her into self imposed silence until she finds a way to use her gift curse to solve both issues at once 100 The Sea Hag Melissa Lee ShawIn this version of The Little Mermaid, the main difference is that the undersea witch who performs the transforming magic for the mermaid is actually loving, not evil It s the mermaid s father who turns out to be the bad guy Shaw gives her mermaid a happy ending but does it in a much touching and romantic manner than the Disney version 122 The Frog Chauffeur Garry KilworthWhen a middle aged spinster wakes from a nap by the lake to find a young and beautiful naked man lying by her side, she finds she s pretty easily seduced but a young lover who used to be a frog may have some rather unusual qualities 132 The Dybbuk in the Bottle Russell William AsplundWhen a poor Jewish farmer with dreams of grandeur finds a magical bottle, complete with genie, of course he thinks he can use this spirit s powers to make himself great and renowned as the famous rabbis of yore but soon the dybbuk has him in such a state, due to his twisting around of wishes, that he needs to seek out his own rabbi for help.
The story is both funny and touching, with the feel of an actual traditional tale from the Jewish tradition 157 The Shell Box Karawynn LongWhen a lonely woman receives the only offer of marriage she s ever had, she commits to her new husband totally, willing to sacrifice nearly everything to make him happy and do as he wishes In her love, she is blind to the fact that the poor fisherman she has tied herself to is a proud, cruel and indifferent man It takes her only friend to show her that her husband did not merely lose, but actively stole and hid that which was most valuable to her, in an attempt to totally control her.
Although this is definitely a story with a message about abusive relationships, it s written with subtlety and sensitivity, and rises above its agenda 193 Ivory Bones Susan WadeA rather horrible as in horrific, not bad story of Thumbelina narrated by a man who bought Thumbelina from her mother as a curiosity, and imprisoned her in a gilded cage with no comprehension of why she tried to escape with tragic result 203 The Wild Heart Anne BishopA retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the wall of thorns springs up as a protective reaction to the princess rape by her mother s lover, and the resolution is that the princess, in order to be rescued, must heal enough to rejoin with herself, not to be joined with a prince Shares a lot, thematically, with her later Black Jewels trilogy Bishop was discovered through her contributions to this series 215 You Wandered Off Like a Foolish Child to Break Your Heart and Mine Pat YorkA gorily disturbing story of the mothers and families of princes caught in the legendary wall of thorns trying to prolong the lives of their loved ones, no matter what A comment on the unhealthy aspects of motherly love A statement about vain suffering I m not sure 231 Arabian Phoenix India EdghillVery much a feel good story about a young girl in a modern Islamic kingdom, where the king is marrying a different young, intelligent girl every week or so and none of the brides have been seen again However, their fate may be just slightly different than in the traditional stories of this ilk you may have heard A bit of wishful thinking in this one, but s it s still enjoyable 251 Toad Rich Michael CadnumAnother story of the two sisters, one who has jewels spurt out of her mouth at every word, the other who has vermin emit with her emissions This one makes the point that rare spiders and reptiles may be valuable in the long run than opals and pearls 258 Skin So Green and Fine Wendy WheelerHere, the story of Beauty the Beast is transposed into a tale of Haitian voodoo, when a Catholic girl leaves her poverty stricken family to marry a rich but strange looking and mysterious gentleman Perhaps not culturally accurate, but a richly flavored and colorful story 289 The Willful Child, the Black Dog, and the Beanstalk Melanie TemA social worker is briefly drawn into the life of a young girl obsessed with fairy tales who has murdered her foster mother It reminds her uncomfortably of her loss of her own delinquent daughter 313 Locks Neil GaimanA short poem about telling his daughter the story of Goldilocks 319 Marsh Magic Robin McKinleyA traditional but original fantasy of a kingdom where, generations ago, the royalty made a bargain with the fey and mysterious marsh folk, seemingly to the benefit of both each king will marry a marsh woman, and in return the marsh folk will live in their own ways, without oppression or interference But, twenty generations down the road, a bold young woman discovers that there are darker aspects to this mage enforced bargain than either side suspected 354 Toad Patricia A McKillipMcKillip is one of my favorite authors, but this short musing on the story of the frog prince, while interesting, is not one of her most amazing works.
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4 starts1 Kiss Kiss by Tanith Lee The story of the princess and the frog without a happy ever after Good story 2 Carabosse by Delia Sherman A poem Ho hum 3 The Price by Patricia Briggs Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin I loved this story 4 The Glass Coffin by Caitlin Kiernan Retelling of Sleeping Beauty in modern times, also without a happy ending Very good story 5 The Vanishing Virgin by Harvey Jacobs Retelling reshaping really of The Flea and the Professor I hate insects so the paradise was anything but The story was happy, gory It was okay 6 Clad in Gossamer by Nancy Kress Retelling the Emperor s New Clothes A trap turns on the person who planned it Okay story 1 27 Precious by Nalo Hopkinson I don t remember a fairy tale about a woman who spits out jewels and flowers when she speaks Turns out to be not such a blessing 1 28 The Sea Hag by Melissa Lee Shaw Retelling of The Little Mermaid with the sea hag being tricked and misunderstood Good 1 29 The Frog Chauffeur by Gary Kilworth What if the frog prince left some froggy children, etc and every once in awhile one could change Sweet story 10 The Dubbuk in the Bottle by Russell William Asplund I could not get into this story I won t rate it because I didn t finish it 11 The Shell Box by Karawynn Long An enchanted mother leaving A lonely girl finding herself trapped with the wrong man and then finding love with a woman Sweet story 12 Ivory Bones by Susan Wade Retelling of Thumbelina Sometimes having all sorts of pretty things is not enough Pretty good story 13 The Wild Heart by Anne Bishop Another retelling of Sleeping Beauty but family lies and betrayal put Beauty to sleep Enjoyable story 1 214 You Wandered Off Like a Foolish Child to Break Your Heart and Mine by Pat York What happened to the princes who tried to rescue sleeping beauty This story is about one of the princes and his family Really good story 15 Arabian Phoenix by India Edghill A new bride 48 learns what really happens to the King s brides and is than happy about it Loved the story 16 Toad Rich by Michael Cadnum Retelling of The Fairy Gifts Another story about the sisters one who spits out gems and the other who spits out lizards, toads and insects Surprising about which one is really happy 1 217 Skin so Green and Fine by Wendy Wheeler A kind virgin marries a man who has snake features and they learn to love each other 1 218 The Willful Child, The Black Dot and The Beanstalk by Mellenie Tem A story about when people think a fairy tale really is true Strange ending 19 Locks by Neil Gaiman A father reading Goldilocks over and over again with his thoughts about the future and past interspersed in the retelling.
20 Marsh Magic by Robin McKinley Well, kind of boring Reminded me of Genesis the Bible, not the band with the lineage of kings Not my favorite 21 Toad by Patricia A McKillip Retelling of The Frog Prince Super quick story about the frog s point of view and feelings 1 2 I loved this book, just as I loved the other ones If you are a fan of reworked fairy tales, you will love this book Excellent short stories by equally excellent authors The Four Previous Volumes In Ellen Datlow And Terri Windling S Anthology Series Of Fairly Tales Retold With A Distinctively Modern Edge Have Been Hailded By Reviewers As Brilliant, Provocative, And Disturbing In This Triumphant New Collection Of original Fiction, Twenty One Of Today S Leading Writers Spin The Cherished Fables Of Childhood Into Glittering Gold Offering Magical Tales For Adults, As Seductive As They Are SophisticatedA Jealous Prince Plots The Destruction Of His Hated Brother S Wedding By Inventing A Magic Suit Of Clothing Visible Only To The Pure At HeartA Young Girl S Strange Fairy Tale Obsession Results In A Brutal Murder An Embittered Mother Cares For Her Dying Son Who Is Trapped In A Thicket That Guards A Sleeping Beauty In A Bleak And Desolate Industrial Wasteland, A Group Of Violent Outcasts Lays The Tattered Myths Of One Millenium To Rest, And Gives Terrifying Birth To Those Of The NextErotic, Compelling, Witty, And Altogether Extraordinary, These Stories Lay Bare Our Innermost Demons And Desires Imaginatively Transforming Our Youthful Fantasies Into Things Darker, Slyer, And Delightfully Subversive A very varied bunch of storiesAn interesting collection of fairytales made new Some of them are just lovely others are anything but They re all interesting and wildly different from the stories you read as a kid or that mom might ve read to you.
I think my favorite was the Rumplestiltskin remake as the miller s daughter was able to see beyond the surface and the Rumplestiltskin character wasn t an evil little gnome while the handsome young king was a jerk and stupidly cruel There were a couple of stories I had a hard time getting into and a couple I didn t care much for, but mostly they were at least interesting and some were almost enough to make you cry happy tears ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS book, you ll want to take your time on it and not rush allow some thinking time between each tale the book consists of quite twisted fairy tales and I really enjoyed it, some much than others, but that s only a matter of taste Before each story is an introduction of each author, which is now leading me to search out other works Its a big enough endeavor to make me want o purchase a hard copy of this book, because I read it from a public library download HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Normally when I pick up one of these anthologies of fairy tale retellings I expect the dark, and gritty modern take Keep in mind I dislike these, but I keep throwing myself at that wall anyway This one though, this one was wonderful The stories weren t dark and gritty for the sake of it, they were unique and interesting, and if anything I d describe them as light though they had darkness to them It was refreshing, there was only one story I skipped within the anthology and that was by an author I know I don t get on with so no harm no foul there.