The Starlit Wood

The Starlit Wood

New Fairy Tales

Book - 2016
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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.

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Best Short Story - "Seasons of Glass & Iron" by Amal El-Mohtar


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JCLHebahA May 08, 2018

Most short story collections are pretty hit-or-miss in the stories, but this one is nearly solidly hits. The authors take varying degrees of liberty with their fairy tale source material, keeping enough recognizable motifs to be familiar while taking stories in fresh, inventive directions and highlighting stories readers may not be as familiar with. This has become my gold standard for what a short story collection can be.

DPLSaraQT Mar 11, 2018

From the same editors of the story collection Robots vs. Fairies. Though not every retold fairy tale here was quite my cup of tea, I still found plenty to satisfy that new-spin-on-old-story itch. The updated versions of the Pied Piper and Rumpelstiltskin were my favorites.

There are some gems here, like the re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, but there are others I couldn't get into at all.

Worth picking up, just skip the ones you don't like, which are probably different for you.

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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