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Snow White, Blood Red Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
The dark and shadowed aspects of well-known folk stories and fairy tales are explored in updated retellings by such writers as Gahan Wilson, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen and Leonard Rysdyk in this anthology by the team that also compiles The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror volumes. In Esther M. Freisner's "Puss," one of the finest contributions, an ancient being dons boots with his feline guise to discharge a blood debt to a hated and brutal master. Patricia A. McKillip's "The Snow Queen" tells of a young woman who finds her real identity while her bored husband and their sophisticated friends nearly lose their souls to the eponymous enchantress. In a lighter vein, Caroline Stevermer and Ryan Edmonds write about an irritated stepmother who turns a baseball-mad family of boys into "The Springfield Swans." Blanche, a witch's daughter raised in isolation in Susan Wade's "Like a Red, Red Rose," finds tragedy when she reaches out for love. In "I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Woods," Kathe Koja shows what Little Red Riding Hood really was doing on her way to her grandmother's. Some of these tales are enchanting; some are horrifying; most, like the originals, offer insight into human nature.
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About the Author
Ellen Datlow was the fiction editor at Omnimagazine for seventeen years. She is now editor of thewebzine Event Horizon She has edited numerous successful anthologies, including Blood Is Not Enough, Little Deaths, Off Limits, Twists of the Tale, and Vanishing Acts. With Terri Windling she has edited the popular anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror for thirteen years. A multiple World Fantasy Award-winner, she lives in New York City.
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Top customer reviews
The actual fairy tales are well written, but they are NEW. They are not re-tellings of existing fairy tales, so if you're looking for stories you'll recognize, you won't find it here.
I would recommend this book to those who love and are fascinated by Fairy Tales and are open to new ones.
The collection of Fairy Tales are each written by a different writer, so they are all different. Some I preferred over others, one or two I loved ~ one or two I hated, but all in all a very nice collection.
I did like how some of the stories focused on the less well-known fairy tales, so even if I didn't know the specifics of those stories I could always see the fairy tale feel of the writing. Yet a lot of it didn't click for me. I felt like most of the tales were supposed to have a darker feel than what actually came off for me and that didn't really sit well with me. I wanted more, something that most of the writing in this anthology didn't give me. Some of the parts that were intended to be shocking thus ended up being bland.
One distraction that I had during this book were the amount of mistakes and typos in it! Several times in each story I noticed misspellings or bad punctuation. In a finished copy of a book like this, when it isn't even the first edition published, shouldn't have that many errors.
I think that if you're looking for good fairy tale retellings, even of the darker sort, you can skip this anthology and look elsewhere for something better and more worth your time. I do think that people would enjoy some of the books in this collection so perhaps that might draw more people to this anthology even if all of the stories didn't meet my expectations.
Anyone who loves fairy tales and horror will like this book. I loved it!
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