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Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children... But no longer.You hold in your hands a volume of wonders -- magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams. These are stories thaOnce upon a time, fairy tales were for children... But no longer.You hold in your hands a volume of wonders -- magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams. These are stories that bite -- lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities... where there is no such thing as "happily ever after."...

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Snow White, Blood Red Reviews

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-02-21 09:21

    A very adult collection of fairy tale re-tellings. From Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White, these are not stories that I'd share with my child or any impressionable young mind.Fairy tales haven't always been exclusively for children as Terri Windling explains in the introduction: "..most fairy tales were never initially intended for nursery duty. They have been put there, as J.R.R. Tolkien so evocatively expressed it, like old furniture fallen out of fashion that grown-ups no longer want. And like furniture vanished to the children's playroom, the tales that have been banished from the mainstream of modern adult literature have suffered misuse as well as neglect." pg 2But fairy tales are important because they touch on dreams, archetypes, and the psyche. However, these re-workings were far more bleak than I expected. "The fairy tale journey may look like an outward trek across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul." pg 10. And personally, I think that the soul is a rather light place.The most disturbing of the bunch, in my mind was, Little Red by Wendy Wheeler, which told a tale of sexual relations between a mother/wolfish boyfriend/daughter. (A warning for any sensitive readers, triggers abound in these stories from rape to physical/sexual/emotional abuse towards adults as well as children.) "Before she climbed in, Helen looked in my face as though something in my smile disturbed her. "I've never noticed before what white teeth you have, Josef," she murmured. "So large and white." pg 140 The only saving grace for the darkness of these tales are that they're short and you're soon on to the next one.My favorite was Puss by Esther M. Friesner: an excellent but nightmarish re-imaging of Puss-n-Boots. "Help! Help, ho!" My paws flailed the air; I brandished my plumed hat to make the coachmen see so small a creature as a cat before the horses trampled me. "Robbers, thieves, rascals and hounds! They have despoiled my good master, the Marquis of Carrabas!" pg 319A close second was Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman, based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. His depiction of a troll was creepy but magical, that curious blend of two unrelated traits that Gaiman crafts so well. "Trolls can small the rainbows, trolls can smell the stars," it whispered, sadly. "Trolls can smell the dreams you dreamed before you were ever born. Come close to me and I'll eat your life." pg 286Recommended for ages 18+ and the brave at heart. Some read-alikes, if you dare: The Book of Ballads by Charles Vess, Alice by Christina Henry or The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

  • Rhain
    2019-03-01 12:10

    Sigh... Aside from a few surprising gems, like Neil Gaiman's thing about a troll, and something else that I forget... this book is disappointing. The trouble with "modern fairy tales" is people think that the only way to make a fairy tale "adult" or "dark" is by involving lots and lots of rape and molestation of little girls, and while I suppose that sort of thing works for a while, there's a point at which I have to say, "I'm sorry, your deep inner meaning was lost in the ICK." Get a damn imagination, people. Or stop having horrible erotic fantasies about Snow White and Rapunzel, whichever applies.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-02-20 13:22

    [M]ost fairy tales were never initially intended for nursery duty. They have been put there, as J. R. R. Tolkien so evocatively expressed it, like old furniture fallen out of fashion that the grown-ups no longer want. And like furniture banished to the children’s playroom, the tales that have been banished from the mainstream of modern adult literature have suffered misuse as well as neglect.- Terri WindlingMany adults dismiss fairy tales as being too childish, too sweet and innocent, but fairy tales are far from that. The ones that touch us most deeply are often blunt about the darker side of human nature, filled with violence and atrocities…- Ellen DatlowIT WAS the middle of winter, and the snow-flakes were falling like feathers from the sky, and a Queen sat at her window working, and her embroidery-frame was of ebony. And as she worked, gazing at times out on the snow, she pricked her finger, and there fell from it three drops of blood on the snow. And when she saw how bright and red it looked, she said to herself, “Oh that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the embroidery frame!” Not very long after she had a daughter, with a skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony, and she was named Snow-white. And when she was born the Queen died. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, collected by the Brothers GrimmFor me, the above paragraph represents the quintessence of fairy tales: the purity of white versus the feral beauty of red, and blackness that hides just beneath. Because fairy tales are not the “sanitized” stories which we have read in comic books and children’s collections; they are far removed from the bowdlerised fantasies presented by Disney. Fairy tales are primal: they are frightening: they talk of taboo subjects like childhood sexuality, cannibalism, mutilation and the link between pain and pleasure. Blood features in them as prominently as snow – because fairy tales are not meant for children, but adults.My first experience with the serious analysis of fairy tales was Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment; I considered that the definitive work in the field. Now, however, I am better informed. There are a lot of dissenting views from that of Bettelheim (see the SurLaLune website for one example). Ellen Datlow, one of the editors of the book under discussion, says (in disagreement to Bettelheim’s specifications as to what a fairy tale ought to be): “We ought not underrate the subtlety of fairy tales, for their power emerges from the lack of a single, unique ‘meaning’ in each tale. Every listener finds within it something different and personal. Perhaps we must let fairy tales define themselves through the infinite variety of commonalities among them.”It is to Bettelheim’s contention that a fairy tale must necessarily end happily that Datlow makes the above reply. She confesses herself to be an admirer of the disturbing and distressing aspects of fairy tales. Terri Windling is also of the opinion that fairy tales cannot be limited to saccharine tales for kids: “One significant result of the bowdlerization of the old stories is that the term fairy tale, like the word myth, can be used, in modern parlance, to mean a lie or an untruth. A proper fairy tale is anything but an untruth; it goes to the very heart of truth. It goes to the very hearts of men and women and speaks of the things it finds there: fear, courage, greed, compassion, loyalty, betrayal, despair, and wonder. It speaks of these things in a symbolic language that slips into our dreams, our unconscious, steeped in rich archetypal images. The deceptively simple language of fairy tales is a poetry distilled from the words of centuries of storytellers, timeworn, polished, honed by each successive generation discovering the tales anew.”This collection is yet another instance of that new discovery. Windling and Datlow have collected tales from a fair cross-section of today’s foremost fantasy authors – most of them retelling old favourites in new light. It is a testament to the strength and endurance of these stories that one can still discover new angles. You will come across many old favourites such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel as you travel through these pages: also many of the lesser known characters will make their appearance. However, whatever be the story, there is always the lofty white sky of fantasy above and the blood red earth of horror below; and the guilty pleasure of sex in the hidden crannies and crevices. As the editors say:It is this interplay of light and shadow that we have sought to explore in creating this collection of stories, combining the Snow White of “high” fantasy fiction with the Blood Red of horror fiction. Some of the stories contained herein fall easily into one or another of these camps; others choose instead to tread the mysterious, enchanted path between the two—both bright and dark, wondrous and disturbing, newly fashioned and old as Time.***As with any collection of stories, this one too, is a mixed bag. I found some really excellent ones here, along with some indifferent fare: to be fair, none of the offerings are very bad. The authors have been faithful to the cause – these are indeed fairy tale retellings (except for the first story – “Like a Red, Red Rose” by Susan Wade – which is a sort of “meta-fairy-tale” combining many motifs). The emphasis is on an alternate point of view, or a subtle (or not-so-subtle, as in the case of “Little Poucet” by Steve Rasnic Tem) enhancement of dark sexuality or horror (“I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood” by Kathe Koja). The editors provide a brief introduction to each story which allows the reader to understand which fairy tale is being retold. This helps a lot with the less familiar ones, as Charles de Lint’s retelling of The Dead Moon (the story “The Moon is Drowning While I Sleep”).To enumerate a few: there are two retellings of Rapunzel, one in tragic vein and one in comic; two of Little Red Riding Hood, one highlighting the traditional sexual angle of the story and the other, the horrific but with a twist. There is the Frog Prince on a psychiatrist’s couch and Thumbelina. There are Andersen’s Wild Swans on a baseball field, a vampiric Puss-in-Boots (“Puss” by Esther M. Freisner, where the hero of the original story is turned into a despicable villain), a licentious Jack (of the Beanstalk fame) and the Snow Queen.The stories which stood from the rest (for me) were:“Troll Bridge” by Neil Gaiman: A retelling of the “Three Billie Goats Gruff”, the tale is given a twist in the way only Gaiman can do it. It is a fantasy, and at the same time a statement of the human condition.“Snow-Drop” by Tanith Lee: Here, in a futuristic SF-fantasy setting, the grim story of death and sex between the evil queen and the innocent girl is played out. However, the queen is not so evil, and the girl is not so innocent. This new take on Snow White fascinated me.“Like Angels Singing” by Leonard Rysdyk: The POV (Point of View) is the thing. This story is a striking example of how a turning of the camera changes the movie. Very powerful.“The Changelings” by Melanie Tem: The myth of the changeling is ever present in Europe, where fairies steal away one’s human child and put one of their own in its place. This legend has always creeped me out, and so does this story.However, if I am asked to award the crown for the best story in the collection, it will go to the last one: “Breadcrumbs and Stones” by Lisa Goldstein. This is not a fantasy, but the brutal reality of one of the darkest periods of human history – the Nazi regime. It is the story of a survivor, and her terrible loss: what Hansel and Gretel could have been without the magical elements. This story left me with a lump in my throat, and I understood how Bruno Bettelheim could survive a concentration camp on the strength of fairy tales. The last paragraph of the story captures it all:It seemed to me that all my life my mother had given me the wrong story, her made-up tales instead of Hansel and Gretel, had given me breadcrumbs instead of stones. That she had done this on purpose, told me the gaudiest, most wonder-filled lies she knew, so that I would not ask for anything more and stumble on her secret. It was too late now—I would have to find my own way back. But the path did not look at all familiar.Yes, we do need those breadcrumbs, so that we are never lost in the woods.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-11 08:59

    These are retellings of classic Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales that we're all familiar with with adult twists and turns put on them, some of them reworked in a modern setting, some not. Some of them are horror stories, some of them are suspense thrillers, all of them are at least mildly creepy. I enjoyed all of them, if only for seeing how all the tales I grew up with were subverted and twisted around. I also enjoyed learning that these tales are probably closer to the original way that they were told, before parents and the Grimms and Anderson cleaned them up for children. (And of course before Disney whitewashed all of them.) Some of them are really entertaining. Recommended for those who enjoy having their innocence somewhat corrupted. ... or just want to sock one to Walt Disney.

  • Jon
    2019-03-20 10:08

    Average rating: 3.05 stars

  • hypothermya
    2019-03-15 10:10

    It has been a long time since I sat down and read this book, and so I can barely remember a lot of my impressions and thoughts about it. However, it retains a place in my book case for several reasons.The first reason why it will never leave my bookcase is because it contains a story called A Sound, Like Angels Singing. This story, written by an author who I had not heard of at the time (Leonard Rysdyk), is pure genius. It is visceral, haunting, and touching -- and outshines every story in this collection.Other stories in here still recall a fond smile. The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep by Charles de Lint is one of those. Certainly I can't forget Tanith Lee's chilling Snow Drop. Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman is definitely worth a read. And I still will remember bits of The Snow Queen by Patricia A. McKillip.But one of the other reasons why this book will never leave my bookshelf is because Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have done such a fine job of editing it. Each of their introductions is compelling and fascinating to read. They have included concise and interesting biographies of each of the contributing authors. And they have placed the stories together in a way that truly makes this collection a vibrant family of stories.

  • Marquise
    2019-02-22 12:23

    Very disappointing first installment, and that was a big negative surprise. In hindsight, it's turned out to be for the better that I got into these fairy tale anthologies picking the books out of order, because had I started with this, the sheer mediocrity of the stories would've probably thrown me off of reading further volumes, and it'd have been a great loss, for there's dozens of amazing stories in this collection's books.As positives: the short story "I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood" by Kathe Koja, a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a Red that's very unusual and a "Wolf" figure that's more roguish than sinister, that was extremely good and enjoyable in my opinion. That was about the only short story I liked, and needless to say, my favourite also. And then, there's "Breadcrumbs and Stones" by Lisa Goldtein, a Hansel and Gretel reimagining in a Holocaust setting, the same premise as Louise Murphy's The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, but different in plot and characterisation. Not that much to my taste, but one has to respect the author's creativity.

  • Kate
    2019-03-03 09:02

    Of the various fairy tale anthologies in this series that I've read, it is certainly the darkest and most unsettling. I really enjoyed Charles de Lint's story, The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep, and I liked Patrica McKillip's The Snow Queen, but other than that, I thought that a large number of the stories were too dark for my taste.Trigger warnings: Little Red contains implied seduction of a minor by a "wolf." In I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood, it is implied that the narrator is intending to rape a woman. The Root of the Matter contains sexual child molestation. I'm not sure how to categorize it, but I found Little Poucet too disturbing for my taste. Puss contains forced sex. The Glass Casket contains rape. If you like fairy tales for adults, I would recommend the other anthologies in the collection, unless you have a much stronger stomach than I do.

  • Albert
    2019-02-25 17:25

    A terrific collection of fairy tales told and retold in the fashion of the originals. Violent with adult themes of angst and sexuality. This is Snow White before Disney diluted the tales. A fun and exciting read.

  • Renee
    2019-03-13 15:17

    The original, or older, or simply "non-Disney" versions of most fairy tales are highly disturbing. It seems that half the authors in this collection took that as a challenge to make modern fairy tales five times as disturbing as the disturbing originals. This does not mean the tales are bad. These are very good authors, with a highly developed sense of writing, of the magical, of imparting ideas without spelling out every minute detail, of leaving the audience with a good starting point for discussion. But the tales are often (not always) very difficult to read to to content. Consider that a disclaimer, or the rated "R" rating for content.As with all collections of short stories, it is impossible to judge the whole by the parts. Here are my favorites:Troll Bridge by Neil GaimanThe Princess in the Tower by Elizabeth A. LynnThe Moon is Drowning While I Sleep by Charles DeLintI Shall do Thee Mischief in the Wood by Kathy KojaLike a Red, Red Rose by Susan WadeThe Snow Queen by Patricia McKillipAs a side note, I wonder if Breadcrumbs and Stones by Lisa Goldstein was the inspiration for The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, which was published about a decade later. If you read both you will see what I am talking about.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-01 12:14

    As a fan of fairy tales, I had great hopes for this collection of reinvented classics. Sadly, most of the stories in the collection were fairly lackluster, neither inspiring new depth to old stories, nor faithfully recreating them. There are some stunning exceptions, however, most notably the stories by Neil Gaiman, Leonard Rysdyk, and Patricia McKillip, offering their takes on the Billy Goats Gruff, the Pied Piper, and the Snow Queen, respectively."Troll Bridge" has a boy who promises his life to a troll, once he's lived it and made it worth having, and is a sad story of chances missed and roads not taken."A Sound, Like Angels Singing" shows the infestation of Hamelin from a rat's point of view, and is all the more heart-breaking for the change."The Snow Queen" is a modern rendition of the classic, featuring an innocent Gerda still desperately in love with her husband, and jaded socialite Kay who longs for someone more complicated than his simple wife.The collection is worth a read for those stories alone, but some of the others have a hint of charm here and there that makes them worth a glance of their own.

  • Dayna Smith
    2019-02-20 16:04

    This is a collection of fairy tales re-written for adults. It seems that when the authors, who are fabulous in their own right (i.e. Charles De Lint, Tanith Lee, Patricia McKillip), were asked to do work on this project they were just told to "make them for adults". This book reads like a contest to see how much sex, violence, and gore can be crammed into a beloved fairy tale. While one or two are engaging, most are filled with violence and sexual content. We cannot recommend this collection for anyone under the age of eighteen.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-06 17:13

    This collection of short stories are re-tellings of fairy tales. Some are very recognizable, told from varying view points or told in a different time. Others are more subtle but still maintain the fairy tale theme. Most of the stories are good, though there are a few that are a bit hard to get through. Some are funny, most are sensual, and all have been re-done to appeal to adults. There are several books in this collection, this one being the first. Fairy tale fans should enjoy this collection.

  • Bevin lost in Wonderland
    2019-03-09 14:18

    I was really looking forward to this book. I actually recognized a few of the authors (not something that happens much for me), one of which happened to be Neil Gaiman.Seeing this book went something like this:Wow, what a neat cover. Oh, fairy tale retellings? That sounds like it would be something I'd real- OMFG NEIL GAIMAN MUST BUY NOWYea, that's basically how it went down in the store. Maybe a bit more fangirling and squealing, and clutching of the book. Maybe. I won't admit to it though. I love retellings. My favorites usually are of Peter Pan (The Child Thief) and Alice in Wonderland (my most recent favorite being Alice), but a general fairy tail re-imagined is always going to peak my interest. In the introduction White as Snow: Fairy Tails and Fantasy, Terri Windling explains that the stories we know as children were far from those lovely Disney tails. They are much darker and oh so disturbing.In an early French version of "Little Red Riding Hood," the wolf disguised as Grandmother tells the little girl to undress herself and come lie beside him. Her clothes must be put in the fire because, he says, she will need them no more.If you've never read the original versions, go look them up. You'll be surprised how much dear old Walt left out when he made those cartoons we watched growing up.Some of the stories didn't really do much for me, but reading this book is worth finding the real gems. At the beginning of each story, there's a small sentence or two so you know which tale is being retold, which I found helpful since there were some in here I had never heard of, like Little Poucet. The Moon is Drowning While I Sleep, Troll Bridge, A Sound, Like Angels Singing, Snow-Drop, I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood were some of my favorite ones. Also Little Red, but I would proceed on that one with caution. I can see many people who might dislike this because of the subject matter, but if you go into it knowing that it gets as close to the original telling as possible while still being something new, you might enjoy it. There were a few duds, The Frog Prince probably being my least favorite out of all of them (it was just, odd, would be the best way to put it. I can't place what I didn't like about it), but it's still worth reading just to hear the different ways authors interpreted classic tails. I wouldn't say this book is for everyone, but if you enjoy adult fairy tales, you'd like this one.

  • Kayla
    2019-02-26 14:03

    I really wanted to read this book because it was a collection of retold and twisted fairy tales and I'm obsessed with books like that! I felt like that would be no different, that I'd love the stories in this book, but I ended up feeling like most of them were mediocre at best.I did like how some of the stories focused on the less well-known fairy tales, so even if I didn't know the specifics of those stories I could always see the fairy tale feel of the writing. Yet a lot of it didn't click for me. I felt like most of the tales were supposed to have a darker feel than what actually came off for me and that didn't really sit well with me. I wanted more, something that most of the writing in this anthology didn't give me. Some of the parts that were intended to be shocking thus ended up being bland.One distraction that I had during this book were the amount of mistakes and typos in it! Several times in each story I noticed misspellings or bad punctuation. In a finished copy of a book like this, when it isn't even the first edition published, shouldn't have that many errors. I think that if you're looking for good fairy tale retellings, even of the darker sort, you can skip this anthology and look elsewhere for something better and more worth your time. I do think that people would enjoy some of the books in this collection so perhaps that might draw more people to this anthology even if all of the stories didn't meet my expectations.

  • Lacey Louwagie
    2019-02-25 16:29

    This came very close to being a five-star book, and it was easy for me to see why it's garnered so much admiration amongst fans of retold fairy tales. The only thing that kept it from getting five-stars is that there were two or three stories that fell short. But the rest of the stories more than made up for it. Most of the stories in this collection felt just the right "length" to give fairy tales a deeper exploration without dragging them out more than necessary. As I work on my own fairy tale short story/novella, it served as a really good model for the myriad ways in which such a story could be successful. Some of the stories in this collection stayed closer to the originals than others, but I appreciated the diversity--some stories were modern retellings, others took place more-or-less in the "original" time and place, some were erotic, others were horrific, and a few were funny. "I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood," the second Red Riding Hood retelling in the book, was probably my favorite. Many of the stories had haunting images that were hard to shake, though, and even the stories I didn't like were well written. This really is a collection of "master" storytellers doing what they do best.

  • Jewelianne
    2019-03-11 17:10

    I read this anthology a few years ago, but it stays in my mind pretty well. I thought a few of the stories were really creative retellings. Leonard Rysdy’s “A Sound, Like Angels Singing” was especially unique and interesting, even though it was not one of my favorites. Patricia A. McKillip’s “Snow Queen” and Lisa Goldstein’s “Breadcrumbs and Stones” were great stories that also had interesting premises. For the most part I didn’t like the other works in this book very much. It isn’t that I mind more adult versions of fairy tales in principle. As we all know by now, most fairy tales have been sanitized multiple times to make them more appropriate for young audiences. But I think that an author who chooses to tell a darker version of a particular tale should only include sex and violence to enhance the story. Tanith Lee’s novel White as Snow is a good example of a writer accomplishing this in a fairy tale retelling. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help feeling that the most of the more adult elements in these stories (particularly the sexual parts) were included just to make the stories more edgy and “dark.” It felt sort of gratuitous after a while.

  • Maddy
    2019-03-16 12:10

    I wanted to like this book. I really really did. With the exception of a few stories, mostly contributions by Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman, I was over all disappointed. This collection of short stories means to bring dark twists to classic fairy tales for a more adult audience to enjoy. Most these stories just contain very awkward sexual scenes, some of which even include child molestations, which is beyond my comfort zone. I feel most these authors thought adding sexual content would make these tales really tantalizing, but I mostly skipped over them. They also were ill-fitting to the rest of the story (generally). Im most likely just disappointed because I had impossible standards for this collection.

  • Bill
    2019-02-19 13:26

    This was something I had been looking for all of my adult life: darker re-telling of classic fairy tales. It's probably the reason this was a disappointment. These aren't so much as re-tellings as they are alternate tellings to the point where where they where for the most part unrecognizable. There are a few standouts, such as Neil Gaiman's re-telling of The Billy Goats Gruff (which reminds me I must returnto Gaiman's Sandman comics soon) and Gahan Wilson's take on The Frog Prince, but the rest left me cold. I guess I was looking for something that would capture the same wonder The Magic Realm of Fairy Tales my mom read to me when I was a wee lad. These stories were just too different and not what I expected.

  • Tony
    2019-03-14 13:14

    Highly recommended for fans of erotica, horror and dark fantasy, this collection of original short stories revises well-known fairy tales for the adult reader. Many take place in contemporary settings and feature strong sexual and/or horror themes. More than a few are quite disturbing (much to my delight). While Snow White and Red Riding Hood seem to get the most treatment here (at least 2 versions of each), my personal favorite is a vivid and harrowing spin on Rapunzel titled " At The Root of the Matter" by Gregory Frost. All, however, are about as far from Walt Disney as one could possibly imagine.

  • Angela
    2019-03-01 11:03

    My Favorites:Like a Red, Red Rose -- not a retelling of any particular tale, but it feels so very familiar.The Root of the Matter and The Princess in the Tower - perhaps I just have a soft spot for the Rapunzel tale.Troll Bridge -- one of my favorite tales as a child, and one I remember making my Grandmother read over and over to me again...Three Billy Goats GruffA Sound Like Angels Singing -- I won't ruin it, but a beautiful tale, from a different perspectiveKnives -- a poem, a fairy tale, beauty and horror together.I truly enjoyed the other stories, in fact, this collection is just wonderful. Who says Fairy Tales are for kids?

  • Sans
    2019-03-01 11:02

    Started off promising. The first few stories were really good but it seemed to kind of drop off from there. That's one problem with anthologies - you usually don't like all the authors. Some of the fairy tales were interpretations of established stories, others seemed to come from out of the blue. Generally, the interpretations were not as good as the original stories in this collection. The more disappointed I got, the more I skimmed and didn't bother actually read.

  • Katy
    2019-02-26 14:22

    While I enjoyed the stories they all started feeling the same. They are a retelling of fairy tales like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, etc. These take the brothers Grimm route. Very dark, very adult, very erotic. While it was interesting having such a spin put on them it felt like it was only one spin, sex. While that's not all bad they just started blending together after a while.

  • Chris
    2019-03-09 15:29

    This is the first fairy tale collection that Datlow and Windling did. It includes several intersting and very dark (and adult) retelling of stories. Overall the collection is excellent. Stand-outs include Yolen's dark poem about Cinderella, "Stalking Beans" about Jack and the Beanstalk. A wonderful retelling of Puss in Boots, that harkens back to the older story that few people know.

  • Lyssa
    2019-03-01 14:24

    This is a fine collection of dark adult fairy tale re-tellings. I love fairy tales and believe they resonant with the deepest and sometimes darkest aspects of our collective human culture and nature.

  • Cindy Steinberg
    2019-03-15 09:14

    This book is not quite what I thought it would be. It's very edgy and intense,not the fairy tales of my youth. That being said,I liked this book just for it's interpretations of the classic fairy tales that i grew up with. This book takes the tales to a whole new level. I give it 4 stars.

  • Traveller
    2019-03-14 12:19

    I was a bit disappointed with some of my old favorite authors' offerings, but you know how it goes with anthologies. They have their ups and their downs.

  • Stella
    2019-03-05 09:24

    More 'adult' versions of famous fairy tales. Lots and lots of weird sex stuff, most of which, wasn't necessarily very good.

  • ❄Elsa Frost❄
    2019-03-16 09:14

    This is obviously a collection of adult fairy-tale retellings. To be honest, I would definitely not recommend this for young readers or the young at heart.Overall, I wasn't fond of how much sex needed to be included (my God, that was a lot of sex--but then again, I read mostly YA Fiction which, even if it includes sex, it's not like adult novels and their obsession with it). I also didn't really like that when sex needed to be replaced, then somehow it felt like rape and molestation were the replacements? I mean, I get that original fairy tales are twisted, but my oh my, that's fucking twisted.That's another thing--I did think they did well with twisting fairy tales. I'm not going to lie, original fairy tales aren't the sweet Disney princesses who can do no wrong and are swept up by Prince Charmings or a naughty bad boy they change (hint hint Aladdin). Nuh-uh. Original fairy tales are fucking cruel. You'll read about people carving out hearts as a way to cure a curse, instead of the Disney way--"Love is the cure", and all that. So I think this compilation did well in twisting fairy tales up, albeit in a more sexual manner than a grotesque manner--though there is some grotesque stuff, so don't think you're escaping that.So, do I think I'm going to read the next book? I think... yeah, I will. Probably going to encounter more twisted, modernized fairy tales, but I'm ready for them.

  • Karen Wapinski
    2019-03-11 09:21

    This was a book I really wanted to like because I love fairy tales and this book came very highly recommended to me.But unfortunately, while there are some real gems and worthwhile stories in here there are also a lot of only okay pieces and some I plainly disliked. Either way it scored an overall solid 3/5 and the I would recommend you read this book based only on the real standouts, which shouldn't be missed.Like A Red, Red Rose by Susan Wade.Unique new fairy tale about a witch's daughter Blanche. The rose in her mother's garden remains white as her innocence until she falls in love and they change color; she goes against her mother's wishes and tragedy ensues. Has the feel of an older fairy tale, could fit in perfectly with the classics. 3/5The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep by Charles de Lint. Love CDL. This is a Newford story about dreams and what could be real. Sophie dreams the moon is a woman being drowned by evil creatures and she has to save her. A lot of meaning hidden in the words, as per CDL's usual, and an appearance by Jilly Coppercorn. 5/5The Frog Prince by Gahan Wilson. Awful. Weird guy talks to a psychiatrist because he dreams/hallucinates/wants to be (?) the frog prince. 1/5.Stalking Greens by Nancy Kress. Adult retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. The plot and the characterization was okay. When I went back to write the review I didn't remember what this story was about until I reread a couple of paragraphs and jogged my memory. Not bad just not good enough to be memorable. 2/5.Snow-Drop by Tanith Lee. Creepy and interesting. Modern retelling of Snow White from the 'Queen's' perspective as a modern woman with a dysfunctional marriage and a jealous obsession with a girl. 3/5Little Red by Wendy Wheeler. Red Riding Hood modern retelling from the wolf's perspective. He seduces Helen, a woman he likes for her fragility and later fixates on her beautiful daughter who's not quite the innocent girl from the fairy-tale. I loved his character, very entertaining. 4/5.I Shall Do Thee Mischief In the Woods by Kathe Koja. Another Red Riding Hood from the wolf. Not really my thing I didn't like the idea of the 'wolf' taking advantage of someone with the implication of a mental disorder. 1/5 The Root of the Matter by Gregory Frost. Rapunzel retelling. Not bad and fairly consistent with the original story. I thought the writing a bit lacking if only because it was hard to get through and nothing really stood out. 2/5The Princess In the Tower by Elizabeth A. Lynn. Loved it. Kind of based on Rapunzel with an Italian girl who just doesn't really want to eat and how it mortifies her very pleasantly plump and very Italian family. Eventually she meets a boy, they share a pizza and love happens. Witty and entertaining. 4/5Persimmon by Harvey Jacobs. Too 'adult' for me and I found it unsettling. Retelling of Thumbelina. Apart from the ending which was kind of cool I didn't really like anything about the story. 2/5. Little Poucett by Steve Rasnic Tem. Tom Thumb retelling. I enjoyed this, not spectacular but Poucet was a very endearing character and I do love a hero who uses his brains to get himself out of trouble. 3/5The Changelings by Melanie Tem. I wanted to like this more because I love 'faery/changeling' type stories a lot but this was very bland for me. A woman convinced her child is a changeling and she hates her. Twist ending but I never invested in the story. 1/5The Springfield Swans by Caroline Stevermer and Ryan Edmonds. The Wild Swans retelling with baseball. Absolutely loved it. Told in drawling Southern manner the scene is set so perfectly without it ever having to be described and language was wonderful. My favorite in the collection. 5/5. Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman. Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. A boy who meets the troll and offers up his life when it gets better, always asks for more time. Finally as an old man he returns and surrenders himself to the troll. I was never a fan of this fairy tale but Neil Gaiman really pulls it off. 3/5.A Sound, Like Angels Singing by Leonard Rysdyk. Retelling of the Pied Piper from a tone-deaf rat's perspective as she watches her family leave her for a sound she can't hear. Liked it but it made me sad. 3/5.Puss by Esther M. Freiser. I found the narrative a little dry but mostly this one was okay. A retelling of Puss In Boots. 2/5The Glass Casket by Jack Dann. This is a revamp of the Glass Coffin by Brothers Grimm set in Da Vinci's Italy. Fairly goos love story with time travel, dream-travel, and a little of old skool Italian theology. 2/5.Knives by Jane Yolen. Short poem based on Cinderella. Dark with a distinctly vicious Cinderella but I really liked it. I would've loved for it to be expanded to a short story or long poem. 4/5The Snow Queen by Patricia McKillip. Right up there with my other favorites in this collection. Retelling of the Snow Queen with Kay as a socialite's husband who's bored with his meek little wife and moves to a more sensual woman. And Gerda, at first ready to fall to pieces, makes a good life for herself, one she can love. Excellently written. 5/5Breadcrumbs and Stones by Lisa Goldstein. Two children who's mother survived the Holocaust grow up with their mother's made-up stories until she gets cancer and begins to open up about Hansel and Greta, leading to more of the truth she's covered up and pretended to forget about what happened in Germany when she was a teenager. Beautiful. 5/5