- Hardcover: 366 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380975238
- ISBN-13: 978-0380975235
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Swan, White Raven Hardcover – June 1, 1997
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The fourth book in Datlow and Windling's anthology series of well-known and obscure fairy tales retold by contemporary writers, this collection features 19 short stories and two poems about Snow White, the fisherman and his wife, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, and others. Writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Murphy, Don Webb, and Jane Yolen put interesting twists to the sanitized Victorian versions we have, proving that these tales, along with the originals, aren't really for children. Highly recommended for fantasy and short story collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Datlow and Windling strike again, with a fourth set of fantasy tales that aim to bring out the subtexts of classic fairy tales. The stories are uniformly well crafted, and their authors range from distinguished names like Jane Yolen and Esther Friesner to comparative newcomers, such as Anne Bishop. Many of them also feature curious revisions (e.g., the stepmother here saves Snow White from a gruesomely abusive father, and the seven dwarfs are seven wise women) and intense and lengthy emotional outpourings worthy of an encounter group. In the main, they draw on only a limited range of the body of European folklore and let the rest of world folklore be. Plainly, there is now an audience for this sort of thing, but how many of the stories in all four collections will remain readable once the social issues they address become passe? Roland Green
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Anne Bishop's Rapunzel retelling is a favorite, told in multiple POVs. I also liked Michael Cadman's The Flounder's Kiss, On Lickerish Hill by Susanna Clarke, True Thomas by Bruce Glassco, and Godmother Death by Jane Yolen.
Many of these stories are dark though, in truth, most fairy tales are also dark and full of monsters, murder, and mayhem. I'm sure other readers would like ones that I didn't care for; there's really something for everyone here to enjoy.