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Red as blood; or, tales from the Sisters Grimmer (1983)

by Tanith Lee

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Retellings of classic fairytales. Lots of inversions of good and evil, twisted religious/mythological allegories, poetic imagery, and deliciously ambiguous gorgeousness. A re-read for me. ( )
1 vote AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I had to hunt this one down after the Cinderella story was included in a college anthology of Children's Lit. The stories are so rich and vivid you can practically taste them. Lee's version of 'The Frog Prince' is particularly remarkable and a little terrifying at the end. Well worse the hassle it took me to get my hands on a copy. ( )
  sweetzombieducky | Nov 28, 2015 |
*note to self.copy from Al.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
The first Tanith Lee I read, this collection of retold fairytales sparked in me a love for the story turned on its head, the tale told from a different point of view, or the reinterpretation of the familiar. It's also fun, in that way real, gruesome, bloody folk tales are fun. ( )
  Murphy-Jacobs | Mar 30, 2013 |
Godliness is next to more Godliness, apparently. This collection of fairy tale re-imaginings could have been good--a lot of her ideas are excellent and I'd love to see them in the hands of a better writer--but I only got through about half the stories in this collection. And of those six or so, five were varying degrees of allegory, usually of the "wicked person worships SATAN and GOD won't save you then." A little too much in the Christian tradition for me, particularly when the stories were set in distinctly non-Christian eras/places. Any more ham-handed and it would need mittens of bread and mustard. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
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In the late summer afternoon, the river lay thin and shallow among its smooth stones.
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How would it be if Snow White were the real villain & the wicked queen just a sadly maligned innocent? What if awakening the Sleeping Beauty should be the mistake of a lifetime--of several lifetimes? What if the famous folk tales were retold with an eye to more horrific possibilities?

Only Tanith Lee could do justice to it. In RED AS BLOOD, she displays her soaring imagination at its most fantastically mischievous. Not for nothing was the title story named as a Nebula nominee. Not for nothing was the author of THE BIRTHGRAVE & THE STORM LORD called by New York's Village Voice, "Goddess-Empress of the Hot Read."

Here are the world-famous tales of such as the Brothers Grimm as they might have been retold by the Sisters Grimmer! Fairy tales for children? Not on your life!
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