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A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (original 2000; edition 2001)

by Ellen Datlow

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Member:benuathanasia
Title:A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales
Authors:Ellen Datlow
Info:Aladdin Paperbacks (2001), Paperback, 166 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:children's fiction, young adult, fairy tale, fiction, fantasy, anthology, short stories

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A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales by Terri Windling (Editor) (2000)

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    Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Book of Enchantments is a better and more consistent book of new and retold fairy tales.
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    Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories by Jane Yolen (cmbohn)
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    Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold by Ellen Datlow (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Datlow and Windling's other YA fairy tale anthology.
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    Leaping Beauty: And Other Animal Fairy Tales by Gregory Maguire (fyrefly98)
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I loved this short story collection. My favorite was probably Neil Gaiman's rules for a fairy tale. Some of the tales were simply other perspectives of the tales we know and love such as Jack and the Beanstalk from the wife's point of view and the aftermath of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the dwarves. Others were completely changed such Ali Baba and the 40 aliens or an interesting version of the Ugly Duckling involving Albert Einstein. This book was extremely enjoyable. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I loved this short story collection. My favorite was probably Neil Gaiman's rules for a fairy tale. Some of the tales were simply other perspectives of the tales we know and love such as Jack and the Beanstalk from the wife's point of view and the aftermath of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the dwarves. Others were completely changed such Ali Baba and the 40 aliens or an interesting version of the Ugly Duckling involving Albert Einstein. This book was extremely enjoyable. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I loved this short story collection. My favorite was probably Neil Gaiman's rules for a fairy tale. Some of the tales were simply other perspectives of the tales we know and love such as Jack and the Beanstalk from the wife's point of view and the aftermath of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for the dwarves. Others were completely changed such Ali Baba and the 40 aliens or an interesting version of the Ugly Duckling involving Albert Einstein. This book was extremely enjoyable. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Hm. I really liked these. I've a lot of experience reading children's stories and 'fractured' and 'modern' fairy-tales, so it's not just the charm of the novelty for me. I simply have to disagree with the reviewers who rated this so much lower. And I'm very sorry I can't explicate exactly why I like this collection so much.

A little bit of the 'why' is that there's generally at least some humor in the stories. They often tend to pay homage, not only to the original of the specific tale they're updating, but to the fairy-tale tropes in general. But of course, because the tropes are almost cliches, the homage cannot be 100% respectful, and is actually more engaging when paid with tongue in cheek.

Another bit of the 'why' is that the tales are for all ages. They're not too sophisticated or violent or erotic for children age 8, and they're not too simplistic or twee for adults. In my opinion.

They're clever and fun and well-told. I will look for more by every contributor to the book, even if I'd passed when I encountered them in other collections like [b:Black Thorn, White Rose|863540|Black Thorn, White Rose|Ellen Datlow|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1178999095s/863540.jpg|848964] or [b:The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest|249855|The Green Man Tales from the Mythic Forest|Terri Windling|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1311838445s/249855.jpg|242107] or [b:The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales|463033|The Coyote Road Trickster Tales|Ellen Datlow|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361075524s/463033.jpg|451480]. I will also reread this book before releasing it. (PM me if you live in the US and would like to read it - I would love for it to a good home and will gladly ship it gratis.) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This short story collection is much what I would expect from a Datlow/Windling compilation -- stories ranging from moderately good to very good, from familiar writers as well as lesser-known ones. The real gem of this collection is Neil Gaiman's poem, "Instructions," which was later published as a picture book. I enjoyed all of the other stories, but none of them stuck with me in the same way. This is a solid collection, recommended for those who love fairy tales. ( )
  foggidawn | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Windling, TerriEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Datlow, EllenEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadnum, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellwell, TristanCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farmer, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koja, KatheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKillip, Patricia A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nix, GarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, DeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaz, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Webb, JaneenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Windling, TerriIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689821395, Paperback)

These are not your mother's fairy tales...

Did you ever wonder how the dwarves felt after Snow White ditched them for the prince? Do you sometimes wish Cinderella hadn't been so helpless and petite? Are you ready to hear the Giant's point of view on Jack and his beanstalk? Then this is the book for you.

Thirteen award-winning fantasy and science fiction writers offer up their versions of these classic fairy tales as well as other favorites, including The Ugly Duckling, Ali Baba, Hansel and Gretel, and more. Some of the stories are funny, some are strange, and others are dark and disturbing -- but each offers something as unexpected as a wolf at the door.

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Gathers a collection of old fairy tales made new by various fantasy and science fiction authors.

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