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Member:sedelia
Title:Beyond Grimm
Authors:Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Other authors:Laura Anne Gilman, Pati Nagle, Patricia Rice, Sherwood Smith, Judith Tarr4 more, Vonda N. McIntyre, Brenda W. Clough, Deborah J. Ross (Editor), Phyllis Irene Radford (Editor)
Info:Book View Café (2012), Kindle Edition, 274 pages
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Beyond Grimm: Tales Newly Twisted by Deborah J. Ross (Editor) (2012)

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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Beyond Grimm is a collection of re-imagined fairy tales. Now, I would argue that this is very hard to do well. They've been done so many times that it's hard to say anything new in the context, though I love it when people do. Very few of these stories have anything new to say. Some of them are very charming. Some of them are really new fairy stories in their own right which I enjoyed a lot. Some of them are predictable. Some are based on mythology, not fairy tales, which is kind of a different thing but whatever. They also vary wildly in tone and content. There were some stories in here I really enjoyed, some I ended up skipping through. ( )
  TPauSilver | Apr 16, 2016 |
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I've read a lot of books of retold fairy tales (full disclosure: I edited a reprint anthology that collected retold fairy tale stories) and I wish I had seen this book before I finished my anthology. My favorite thing about this book is that all the authors are female. There are great stories from Laura Anne Gilman, Judith Tarr, Brenda W. Clough, Sherwood Smith, and many others. The stories are potentially stronger towards the beginning of the anthology, but it's worth reading through to the end. Someone I know once told me that if he liked more than 50% of a magazine or an anthology he considered it a success. In this case, we're well beyond 50% so I have to categorize it as a success. ( )
  johnklima | Nov 26, 2013 |
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Due to a hardware issue I lost this ebook before I finished it but what I did read was well written. It had some really good takes and twists on the classic stories. The quality between authors seemed to vary greatly but overall it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  tgford | Mar 5, 2013 |
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I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and was really looking forward to reading darker versions of the classic fairy tales. As always with short story anthologies, I loved some and disliked others. For Beyond Grimm: Tales Newly Twisted, I found myself enjoying most of the stories, however. As the title suggests, these stories are for those who enjoy more twisted, darker tales. It is even better that many are based off popular children's fairy tales.

Many of these authors are well established and I definitely enjoyed seeing more of their work. I requested this book because of Irene Radford, but I also loved reading stories from Sherwood Smith, Laura Anne Gilman, and Alma Alexander. "Hair Raising" made me want to read more of Pati Nagle, and "Ricky Cowlicky" was also a fun story by an author who was new to me.

I think that the first six stories are the strongest of the anthology, so the later ones were a bit of a disappointment for me. But I do think that there is something for everyone -- while I particularly enjoyed the twists on Rapunzel, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin, I think that fans of Arthurian legends will love "Nimue's Tale." I don't think that every single one of these stories will be favorites for one person, but anyone interested in fantasy will find at least one or two stories to love.

*I received a free copy from the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program in exchange for my honest review.* ( )
  sedelia | Jan 7, 2013 |
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Beyond Grimm: Tales Newly Twisted is an anthology edited by Deborah J. Ross and Phyllis Irene Radford that provides mostly humorous retellings and variations on fairy tales and myths, as well as original plots made in the fairy tale mode. Most of the short stories are light and airy, and the anthology contains both original works and reprints.

The standouts of the collection include "No Newt Taxes" by Patricia Rice, a nicely anti-Randian retelling of Snow White with a political bite, and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff's "Ricky Cowlicky," a standard morality tale of beauty and intelligence that is well-written and plays nicely with magic and character growth. ( )
  guyalice | Sep 10, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ross, Deborah J.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Radford, Phyllis IreneEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, AlmaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bohnhoff, Maya KaathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casil, Amy SterlingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clough, Brenda W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Laura AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelso, SylviaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lange, SueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McIntyre, Vonda N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nagle, PatiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rice, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robins, Madeleine E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, SherwoodContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tarr, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trowbridge, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stories in anthology:

Through Forests Dark and Grimm...
Hair Raising by Pati Nagle
No Newt Taxes by Patricia Rice
Rum Pelt Stilt’s Skin by Alma Alexander
Of Rats and Cats and Teenagers by Irene Radford
The Tinderbox by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Any Brave Boy by Laura Anne Gilman

Across Golden Seas…
Elfleda by Vonda N. McIntyre
Harpies Discover Sex by Deborah J. Ross
To Serve A Prince by Brenda W. Clough
The Rapture of Ancient Danger by Sherwood Smith

In Another Part of the Forest...
Mending Souls by Judith Tarr
Sister Anne by Sylvia Kelso
Princess Dancer by Sue Lange
Nimuë’s Tale by Madeleine E. Robins
Ricky Cowlicky by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Little Red in the ’Hood by Irene Radford

Around a Campfire...
Hero/Monster by Amy Sterling Casil
To Ride Beyond the Wide World’s End by Judith Tarr
Turnabout by Deborah J. Ross.

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Book description
Not your grandmother's fairy tales! From the far-ranging imaginations of Book View Cafe authors comes this delirious collection of classic tales newly twisted into dark, dangerous, and occasionally hilarious re-tellings. From the golden isles of Greece to the frozen north, from fairytale castles to urban slums, join us on an unforgettable journey!

Through Forests Dark and Grimm...
Hair Raising by Pati Nagle
No Newt Taxes by Patricia Rice
Rum Pelt Stilt’s Skin by Alma Alexander
Of Rats and Cats and Teenagers by Irene Radford
The Tinderbox by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Any Brave Boy by Laura Anne Gilman

Across Golden Seas…
Elfleda by Vonda N. McIntyre
Harpies Discover Sex by Deborah J. Ross
To Serve A Prince by Brenda W. Clough
The Rapture of Ancient Danger by Sherwood Smith

In Another Part of the Forest...
Mending Souls by Judith Tarr
Sister Anne by Sylvia Kelso
Princess Dancer by Sue Lange
Nimuë’s Tale by Madeleine E. Robins
Ricky Cowlicky by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Little Red in the ’Hood by Irene Radford

Around a Campfire...
Hero/Monster by Amy Sterling Casil
To Ride Beyond the Wide World’s End by Judith Tarr
Turnabout by Deborah J. Ross.

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Not your grandmothers fairy tales! From the far-ranging imaginations of Book View Cafe authors comes this delirious collection of classic tales newly twisted into dark, dangerous, and occasionally hilarious re-tellings. From the golden isles of Greece to the frozen north, from fairytale castles to urban slums, join us on an unforgettable journey!… (more)

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