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Human Tales [Kindle Edition]

Seanan McGuire , Ari Marmell , David Lee Summers , Alma Alexander , Nathan Crowder , James L. Sutter , Chuck Wendig , Sara M. Harvey , Dylan Birtolo , Jennifer Brozek
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Be Wary and Beware....

There are tales that every parent knows and must pass on to their child...

Tales of warning and terror...of those who break their vows and kill for no reason other than malice.

Tales of saving the lovely princess from a prince that is much less than charming...and what it takes to bring her home, of rescuing babes from parents not fit to raise them, and the reason no supernatural can truly win a bargain with such vile creatures.

These are Human Tales.

Seventeen tales of wonder from: Ivan Ewert, Matthew McFarland, Seanan McGuire, Ari Marmell, Chuck Wendig, Sara M. Harvey, Spencer Ellsworth, Ryan Macklin, Jess Hartley, Shannon Page, Dylan Birtolo, Deborah Brannon, Alma Alexander, Renee Stern, David Lee Summers, James Sutter, Nathan Crowder

Introduction by Jennifer Brozek

Bloody Spindle by Ivan Ewert
Caleb by Matthew McFarland
Riddles by Seanan McGuire
Tithe by Ari Marmell
The Toll by Chuck Wendig
Skin Deep by Sara M. Harvey
The Ifrit’s Trial by Spencer Ellsworth
Cracks in Marble by Ryan Macklin
Hunger’s Child by Jess Hartley

Bane by Shannon Page
The Human and the Sea Spirit by Dylan Birtolo
A Tithe for Homecoming by Deborah Brannon
Color by Alma Alexander
A Mother’s Choice by Renee Stern
The Griffin’s Tail by David Lee Summers
Holding the Line by James Sutter
The Price of Cream by Nathan Crowder

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Product Details

  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Quest (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563YEBW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time, despite some small flaws. October 13, 2011
Human Tales attempts to take "fairy tales" - the stories of all the bad things the mystical world perpetrates upon humans - and turn the concept on its head. These are the stories that the magical and mystical world tells to warn their children about humans.

Short version:

Graded as a solid B. Some really good stories, and a lot of pretty good ones. It's a bit uneven at times, and probably should not be read straight through. Several stories have small missteps, either because of the method of telling the story or because they don't have enough of a punch at the end. Despite these small flaws, it's a good anthology and worth the price of admission. A few potential triggers exist for child abuse and those who have dealt with attachment disorders.

Long version:

I like fairy tales. I like subversion of fairy tales. Rewritten fairy tales. Expanded fairy tales. But I also like modern storytelling techniques, and that might be where _Human Tales_ and I didn't entirely mesh.

If you've read the original - and I mean the original, not the cleaned-up versions - of fairy tales, there's often a disconcerting lack of resolution to them. Things happen, there's consequences, but ... that's it. I have a strong negative reaction to that - it's a taste and style thing.

Some of the stories in _Human Tales_ seem to draw on this tradition, and so I think that had something to do with why I didn't give this anthology full marks. I really enjoy short stories that hit you with a gut-wrenching punch of an ending, and as I was making up notes for this review, I noticed how many times I'd written something like "great story except not enough of a resolution at the very end".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining anthology with an irresistible concept October 6, 2011
By A. Rose
I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies. On the one hand, they provide unique opportunities: the chance to sample work from a broad spectrum of authors, the option to enjoy a story or two at a time without committing to a novel-length journey. On the other, consistency is their cold iron - a weak point inherent to their multi-authorial construction. It was with some trepidation, therefore, that I started reading the copy of Human Tales kindly provided to me by Jennifer Brozek; I loved the premise, but was uncertain how the individual stories would hold together.

I'm pleased to report that this collection contains some truly excellent stories. The opening yarn - Ivan Ewert's "Bloody Spindle", a sexualized version of a classic fairy tale - might seem overwrought enough to be a parody; but it never winks at its audience, only amps up the energy and emotional stakes until any reader with a pulse will find themselves caught up in its sensuality. Matthew McFarland's "Caleb", while somewhat quieter, views a heartbreaking family situation through the innocent eyes of the Fae, and leaves you wondering which of the worlds is truly the more barbaric. And Jess Hartley's "Hunger's Child", another retelling of a classic, spins a universal human foible out into a nearly Shakespearean tragedy, where the best of intentions on all sides cannot keep human (and faerie) nature from taking its course.

Unfortunately, there were the inevitable few stories that could have used more work. "The Human and the Sea Sprite" and "The Price of Cream" seemed to be aiming for a tragic angle, but ultimately were about annoyingly passive characters who end up miserable for no real reason other than their unwillingness to fight back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's always two sides to every story.... September 5, 2013
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and "Human Tales" is an excellent presentation of the side we humans don't often hear - or is it we don't want to hear?

The first half of "Human Tales" is comprised of familiar fairy tales told from the perspective of the fairy. I think I would have preferred to hear these tales rather than the ones presented by Mother Goose. Rapunzel wasn't such a sweet innocent, and neither were most of the others we grew up with if we believe Rumplestiltsken and the other narrators.

The second half of "Human Tales", while good enough, was a bit of a let-down after reading the fae side of the story. Those who fell for the innocence and supposed goodness of humans in the old tales will like this half better.

"Human Tales" wasn't quite what I was better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about man September 4, 2013
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These stories were fun - and sad. It was refreshing to hear the truth behind some of the fairy tales and to read stories where what we think of as monsters are heroes or victims of human avarice or simply misunderstood. I loved them - it helps that I'm a bit misunderstood myself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss April 7, 2014
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In general I love short story collections, this is one of my least favorite collections. I liked about half of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's an anthology March 29, 2014
By Indigo
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Seanan McGuire is my known quantity that got me to read it. The rest is an anthology. It will either hit my taste or it won't.
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