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Wolves and Witches Paperback – February 16, 2013
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"Wolves and Witches is a fabulous collection of re-imagined fairy tales. I made the mistake of starting it late one evening and couldn't go to sleep until I had read it all. With their dark prose and evocative poetry these sisters have done the Brothers Grimm proud."
--Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade Fantasy and Horror Magazine
"It's in the details that Davis and Engelhardt get you. I don't know if it's love or obsession or maybe just succumbing to the spell, but what stays with me is the tenor and texture of these tales retold -- whether the fabric of a dancing shoe, the hollowness of bones in the wind, or the sharp critique of stereotyped social norms. Let yourself be enchanted and enjoy."
--Dan Campbell, Bull Spec
"Sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt are the female Brothers Grimm."
--K. Allen Wood, Shock Totem
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The individual works are concise, original, and lyrical. As a whole, the collection provides a satisfying balance of wit, caprice, and stirring eloquence.
All too often the modern reader will find the essence of the fairy tale lost and absent from the wreckage of its framework.
Here is that absence put right, and elegantly so. It is feminist without misandry, and poetic without pretension. It's art, and the kind that reads easy.
This has the most to offer adult readers, but it should not go astray with an imaginative, well-read younger audience, either.
The stories are short and easy to read. I saw another review that correctly points out that there is little in the way of character development in these tales, but I think the importance of their development is diminished because the characters are already familiar to most of us. That is a point worth making, familiarity with fairy tales and nursery rhymes is a must to garner full enjoyment from this book. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that the current generation has been afforded that opportunity in their childhood.
The simple to read style, brevity, and wit are what I really like about this book and I do highly recommend it for those who like familiar stories with a twist.
Although brief, Wolves And Witches would be an excellent book club selection as it rewards a close, careful reading, and Engelhardt's wonderful poem, For Taylor On The Occasion Of Her Fourteenth Birthday, is one every teenager should read and their parents cherish.
FIVE BIG STARS for this one!
Just what I needed while getting through NaNoWriMo woes this month. Clever, itty bitty stories to read each day. :D