Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold – edited by Paula Guran

Beyond the WoodsThese fairy tales are definitely not for children.  They would be shocked to learn the real story of Cinderella, and The Three Bears, and yes, Goldilocks was a little snit. And don’t get me started on the rewrite of “The Tinderbox”. You need a strong stomach for that one. Long ago and far away, fairy tales were told to entertain adults. Let’s face it, children were not important enough to be entertained. But as the value of the child rose, the tales were tamed and manicured into the ones we find familiar. This retelling has come full circle and once again provides entertaining fairy tales for adults. Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Ken Liu, Gardner Dozois, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe are just a few of the authors in this anthology. I liked it very, very much.

eGalley review                           Publication date 6.14.16

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