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DATLOW, ELLEN & WINDLING, TERRI (ed.)
Black Swan, White Raven

The fourth volume in this series of anthologies, including stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jane Yolen.

indexed under: Hansel and Gretel, Little Match Girl, multiple tales, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Thumbelina
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DATLOW, ELLEN & WINDLING, TERRI (ed.)
Black Thorn, White Rose

The second volume in this series of anthologies, including stories by Storm Constantine, Peter Straub, and Patricia C. Wrede.

indexed under: Frog Prince, Gingerbread Man, Goose Girl, multiple tales, Princess and the Pea, Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty
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DATLOW, ELLEN & WINDLING, TERRI (ed.)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears

The third volume in this series of anthologies, including stories by Michael Cadnum, Tanith Lee, and Joyce Carol Oates.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast, Elves and the Shoemaker, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, Little Match Girl, multiple tales, Princess and the Pea, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White
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DATLOW, ELLEN & WINDLING, TERRI (ed.)
Silver Birch, Blood Moon

The final volume in this series of anthologies, including stories by Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, and Robin McKinley.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast, Emperor’s New Clothes, Frog Prince, Goldilocks, multiple tales, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina
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DATLOW, ELLEN & WINDLING, TERRI (ed.)
Snow White, Blood Red

The first anthology of this series, including stories by Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, and Jane Yolen.

indexed under: Cinderella, Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, multiple tales, Pied Piper, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Snow Queen, Snow White, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Thumbelina, Wild Swans
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DOCKRILL,  LAURA
Echoes

In this collection of tales, Dockrill combines supernatural tales with contemporary versions of traditional fairy tales as well as some entirely original stories, with varying degrees of success.  The supernatural tales (Banshee; Lady of the Snow; Oh You’ll Never Get to Heaven) were, overall, the least satisfying, seeming entirely derivative of their genre and lacking any sense of the unexpected.  The fairy tales themselves were a mixed bag, but presented some original interpretations – and if nothing else, Dockrill was surprisingly successful in juxtaposing contemporary attitudes and accessories (such as mobile phones) with the timelessness implicit to the genre.  An unexpected highlight was the extremely sinister derivation of Hansel & Gretel, The Melting Lady.

The writing often reflects Dockrill’s background as a performance poet, and there are instances where the language screams to be read out loud.  These moments are sadly balanced by some occasionally jarring and clunky phrasing.  I was undecided as to whether or not the hand-drawn illustrations and handwritten poetry were quirky or pretentious, but either way, they tell a little of the author’s character.

Although overall this was a hit and miss collection, it was definitely interesting rather than forgettable, and contains several stories that I will re-read in the future.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, multiple tales, Princess and the Pea, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty
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DONOHUE,  EMMA
Kissing the Witch

The interlinked stories in this collection are narrated like a relay race, with a character from the previous story taking over as narrator for the next and at first, I felt the construction was too contrived.  However, I was soon sucked into the rhythm of the stories and forgot my misgivings.

Donoghue’s language is spare yet flashes with vivid poetry.  There are no wands or sorcery in her tales, with the magic being in her characters’ feelings for each other, and the perceptions and misperceptions of others: psychological transformations.  My only minor quibble with this book is the feminist subtext, with an entirely female cast of narrators clearly suggesting a bond of sisterhood between the characters/archetypes.  On the whole, however, the quality of writing meant that this factor was not unduly obtrusive/distracting.

indexed under: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Donkeyskin,Goose Girl,  Hansel and Gretel, Little Mermaid, multiple tales, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen, Snow White
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DURST,  SARAH BETH
Into the Wild

The characters from our favourite fairy tales have escaped and now live alongside us in the real world.  The Wild lives under Julie’s bed, and must be contained so that it cannot grow and ensnare them all again.  This young adult novel features the linked references below as main characters and encounters many others throughout its journey.

indexed under: Hansel and Gretel, multiple tales, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel
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DURST,  SARAH BETH
Obscure Fairy Tales

This is an online collection of re-told stories with commentaries.  Extremely wry commentaries.  Commentaries which point out the flawed logic/inconsistencies of the tales (in a humorous rather than nit-picking way).  Commentaries that will appeal to fans of Vivian Vande Velde.

indexed under: multiple tales, Red Riding Hood, Rose White and Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Thumbelina, Wild (or Six) Swans
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DURST,  SARAH BETH
Out of the Wild

A sequel to ‘Into the Wild’ (see above), this young adult novel features the linked characters below amongst various other familiar faces.

indexed under: Hansel and Gretel, multiple tales, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel
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