The Starlit Wood

The Starlit Wood

New Fairy Tales

Book - 2016
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JCLHebahA May 08, 2018

Most short story collections are pretty hit-or-miss in the stories, but this one is nearly solidly hits. The authors take varying degrees of liberty with their fairy tale source material, keeping enough recognizable motifs to be familiar while taking stories in fresh, inventive directions and highlighting stories readers may not be as familiar with. This has become my gold standard for what a short story collection can be.

DPLSaraQT Mar 11, 2018

From the same editors of the story collection Robots vs. Fairies. Though not every retold fairy tale here was quite my cup of tea, I still found plenty to satisfy that new-spin-on-old-story itch. The updated versions of the Pied Piper and Rumpelstiltskin were my favorites.

There are some gems here, like the re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, but there are others I couldn't get into at all.

Worth picking up, just skip the ones you don't like, which are probably different for you.

In this Disneyesque world it is hard to remember how terrifying fairy tales usually are. These newer versions often turn the tables, like Red Riding Hood getting the Wolf, or the avenging Little Match Girl, or the deeply intricate alternate tale of Sleeping Beauty and the futuristic version of Da Trang and the Pearl set on a robotic space ship.

I read one each night to savor the tale and the author, and though they vary from the off-beat take on Hansel & Gretel, to the awfulness based on The Girl with No Arms, each is worthy to be relished.

Kris--Pt. Roberts


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