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Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales Paperback – July 20, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
1: Two Sisters by R. Holsen (Rating 2/10)
I didn't feel like I properly understood this one. It was written in the first person in the girl's local dialect, which I felt was a bit of a jarring one to start off with. But the main problem I had was that I'm not sure how it really fitted in with the theme of the book. It had lesbians in, although to be honest, it took me a while to realise that, I thought they were sisters, but i'm not sure how it was related to fairytales. If it's a retelling, then I had never heard the original I guess. It wasn't a bad story, but it seems to just be a romance, rather than a fairy tale. Fortunately, the rest of the stories were much more clearly linked to fairy tales.
2: Bones Like Black Sugar by Catherynne M. Valente (Rating: 5/10)
I enjoyed this very short story - but it was really weird. It's essentially about Gretel after the events of the original fairy tale. The woman she likes is the witch from the gingerbread house - who is of course, dead. You might think "Oh, she comes back from the dead?". No. This story verges on necrophilia. But there is some quite vivid description, which makes up for that. Right?
3: The Mute Princess by A.J.Grant (Rating 10/10)
Based on the fairytale of the same name, this story is the one that reads most like a fairytale.Read more ›
"The Mute Princess" was the most classically re-told of all of them, and the mannered style worked beautifully with the tale.
The ending story was the least traditional- based on the Pied Piper, it was set in the Old West, and was a lot of fun! The title story was also fun- we have a Fairy Godmother whingeing about her lot in life, a fairly explicit cause of the sleeping to come over everyone, and a surprising and amusing ending.
The rest are all very different from each other, and mostly excellent in their own styles.
The stories are mostly not particularly sexually explicit, though a couple do have their moments; it's nothing like what's routine these days in a heterosexual romance novel, though!
All in all, an excellent read with some fascinating tales and re-imaginings. I only wish it had been longer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best lesbian fairy tale collection I've found yet! Really excellent takes on many of the best known tales.Published 18 months ago by Emily M. Rasely
When I bought it I didn't know that it was an anthology of women stories (lesbian relationship) that was thick with fantasy. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Rachel