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BARTHELME, DONALD
Snow White

Something of an exercise in style over substance, a bit of a literary experiment perhaps; but still quite entertaining and even made me laugh out loud.  Definitely not for the traditionalist, and very different to anything else out there.

indexed under: Snow White
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BERNHEIMER, KATE (ed.)
Fairy Tale Review: Blue Issue

A collection of poetry & short story adaptations by contemporary authors, available to read online.  Appleless is one of several versions of Snow White included, told in luscious, shimmering prose masking a deeply unpleasant and unsettling tale.  This volume also includes contributions from Donna Tartt, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes.

indexed under: Cinderella, Frog Prince, multiple tales, Snow White
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BERNHEIMER, KATE (ed.)
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

A collection of adaptations by contemporary authors, similar to the earlier anthologies by Datlow & Windling.  This volume includes stories by Michael Cunningham, Karen Joy Fowler, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike.

indexed under: Baba Yaga, Bluebeard, Catskin/Donkeyskin, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Match Girl, Little Mermaid, multiple tales, Rose White and Rose Red, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen, Snow White, Wild Swans
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BLAKELEY-CARTWRIGHT,  SARAH
Red Riding Hood

Young adult novelisation of the 2011 film.

indexed under: Red Riding Hood
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BLOCK, FRANCESCA LIA
The Rose and the Beast

A dreamy and poetic collection of stories (perhaps a little corny in places), re-told in lyrical prose for a young adult market.  Explores some interesting dark corners from a psychological perspective, although some stories feel less natural than others.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, Cinderella, multiple stories, Red Riding Hood, Rose White and Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen, Snow White, Thumbelina
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BUDNITZ,  JUDY
If I Told You Once

From the cruel fairy-tale winter of a war-ravaged Eastern Europe, to the more industrial magic of new hope and new tortures in a new land for a family of immigrants, If I Told You Once passes through several fairy tales as it spans generations, seen through the eye of a sparkling faberge egg. The bleak snowy forest of the novel’s beginnings is reminiscent of Angela Carter, and more successful in terms of atmosphere, but the lyrical language is engaging throughout.

The UK edition has a cover design which cleverly echoes the story within: the front cover gives the impression of a forest of tree trunks, submerged in snow.  On the back cover, the same picture is flipped upside down, and instead resembles a forest of skyscrapers, reaching ever upwards.

Indexed under: Multiple tales, Pied Piper
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