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- Publication Date: November 30, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H0NK3WA
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"Plan B" with Nolan as the hero was just creepy and hard to comprehend exactly how the society constructed other than for it to be so completely twisted beyond any form of saving. I HATED that he left behind so many other pregnant women and only took the one who miscarried and who would have been killed because she was showing signs of life not being truly in a coma state. It felt wrong and contrived and left me longing for the Disney ending of "Sleeping Beauty" Maleficent's dragon and all.
"Tailless" took me until the end of the story to figure out it was supposed to be a retelling of the "Ugly Duckling" and even then it was only moderately decent. Though I have to say the whole idea of setting this story in the context of something like the mix of World War one with feline like aliens fighting some other not very well described aliens was off putting to me.
"I am The Maid" was my least favorite of the stories in the book and of course it is the longest. It is a loose retelling of "Robin Hood" in a zombie ridden world where Marian happens to be more of the main character than Robin. I liked that Marian could handle herself with a sword, but I got very tired of the angst and the zombies rather quickly. Also Robin is a bit of a jerk and that does not help the story. For someone who is a fan of zombie fiction this story might be fun or entertaining, but I am NOT one of those individuals.
"Three Wishes" felt like something I had read before several times. Alison buys a bottle opens it and out pops a genie. The genie has to grant three wishes, but they won't come out exactly as you want. The whole story felt so familiar that even the end was no surprise to me. A very disappointing version of "Aladdin" on a whole.
"Killing Snow White" by the end of this story I not only wanted to do away with Snow I was seriously considering doing away with the author. This is an interesting take as it in the view of the queen who apparently has a limited backbone and can't seem to figure out that running away or hiding only makes one look guilty. I did like the end of the story, but I wish Amelia, the queen, had been smarter and stronger and had not bent so much for Snow that Amelia came out looking like a marshmallow.
"A House in The Woods" is "Hansel and Gretel" retold and is in many ways the closest to the original fairy tale. The brother and sister are out looking for old world artifacts in a world that seems to have gone through some apocalyptic event. They get lost and if you know the fairy tale then essentially you know the rest for this story.
"Flight" is "Beauty and the Beast" redone and has to be the one I liked the best in this collection. Lucia is a baker's daughter who only wants to study magic she is selected to go to the castle to try to cure the prince who has cursed himself as he too has only wants to study magic and become a mage. This unique twist on the "Beauty and the Beast" story plus how Lucia initially doubts herself and yet learns to not only believe in herself, but to find a way to help not only herself, but the prince as well.
"Plan B" by Katie French.
Not going to lie as far as fairy tale like stories go, this was a flop. An unconscious girl was the only thing in common with the fairy tale. The actual story wasn't too bad. I believe it ties in with the author's Breeders series. Interesting idea, bad retelling.
"Tailless" by Ariele Sieling.
I was really confused about was going on for most of this story. I assumed the characters weren't human but it never specified what they were. Not to mention we were dropped into the middle of the action without very little explanation and there were flashbacks mixed in as well. Basically as a short story, it was too choppy for my taste.
"I Am the Maid" by Sarah Dalton.
Much better. This story feels like the story it was based on. Not to mention, the story was longer. This allowed better development of the story. There was nothing terribly new on the zombie end of the story. It was nice to see them as a more intelligent threat though.
"Three Wishes" by Marijon Braden
This is what I'd want an Aladdin story to be like. A twisted genie. Wishes that don't turn out they way you want. The short length worked really well for the story.
"Killing Snow White" by Jamie Campbell.
This was the most classic retelling of the book so far. I always love seeing the other side of a fairy tale. Turns out Snow White is the awful one of the story. The Queen was just trying to do right by her step-daughter and Snow just turned everything back on her. I may need to check out Campbell's other fairy tale books!
"A House in the Woods" by H.S. Stone.
This had a post-apocalyptic twist to the tale. Someone eating people is pretty scary but this was framed in a what that's almost believable. If food is scare and hard to come by, eating people may not be that crazy anymore.
“Flight” by Zoe Cannon.
Cool twist on Beauty and the Beast. No evil enchantress here. Just a prince wishing for peace. I loved that in the end Lucia and the Prince treated each other as equals.
The bottom line? Like all anthologies some stories were better than others. Overall this collection was enjoyable.
Top international reviews
I enjoyed this twisted tale of snow white ; it's told from the step-mother's side.
If you like a spin on your fairy tales then this is for you.