The Starlit Wood

The Starlit Wood

New Fairy Tales

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An all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings, featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers.

Once upon a time . It's how so many of our most beloved stories start.

Fairy tales have dominated our cultural imagination for centuries. From the Brothers Grimm to the Countess d'Aulnoy, from Charles Perrault to Hans Christian Anderson, storytellers have crafted all sorts of tales that have always found a place in our hearts.

Now a new generation of storytellers have taken up the mantle that the masters created and shaped their stories into something startling and electrifying.

Packed with award-winning authors, this anthology explores an array of fairy tales in startling and innovative ways, in genres and settings both traditional and unusual, including science fiction, western, and post-apocalyptic as well as traditional fantasy and contemporary horror.

From the woods to the stars, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales takes readers on a journey at once unexpected and familiar, as a diverse group of writers explore some of our most beloved tales in new ways across genres and styles.

Contains stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Daryl Gregory, Kat Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, Margo Lanagan, Marjorie Liu, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Sofia Samatar, Karin Tidbeck, Catherynne M. Valente, and Genevieve Valentine.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481456128
1481456121
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolfe, Navah
Parisien, Dominik
Call Number: STARLIT

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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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