Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold

Beyond the Woods Fairy Tales Retold Once upon a time the stories that came to be known as fairy tales were cultivated to entertain adults than children it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intende

  • Title: Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold
  • Author: Paula Guran
  • ISBN: 9781597808385
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once upon a time, the stories that came to be known as fairy tales were cultivated to entertain adults than children it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of readers at all ages.Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from tOnce upon a time, the stories that came to be known as fairy tales were cultivated to entertain adults than children it was only later that they were tamed and pruned into less thorny versions intended for youngsters But in truth, they have continued to prick the imaginations of readers at all ages.Over the years, authors have often borrowed bits and pieces from these stories, grafting them into their own writing, creating literature with both new meaning and age old significance In the last few decades or so, they ve also intentionally retold and reinvented the tales in a variety of ways delightful or dark, wistful or wicked, sweet or satirical that forge new trails through the forests of fantastic fiction.This new anthology compiles some of the best modern fairy tale retellings and reinventions from award winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection Explore magical new realms by traveling with us, Beyond the Woods .

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    1. I didn't take notes on the stories as I read them and it took me 6 months to finish this (there were a lot of things that cut in line because books are rude and that's the drawback to a collection of stories - you can stop for weeks on end and not miss anything) so I don't remember most of the tales anymore.However, I know I enjoyed many of them and I gave it back to the library feeling a sense of sadness to not be holding onto this book anymore so I think that's 4 stars.Added bonus: this has st [...]

    2. Probably the best edited collection I've read in a very long time. Most collections are of uneven quality. Beyond the Woods is uniformly wonderful. Some selections I've read before, but very much enjoyed reading again. I can't recommend this highly enough! Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC.

    3. With two stunning and original retellings included, Tanith Lee is about the only author here that stands out from a collection that, in general, doesn't rise above a decent output for me. Sadly, none of her stories are new or unpublished as I had been hoping when I checked this book out; both "Red as Blood" (a Snow White retelling) and "Beauty" (a Beauty and the Beast retelling) were previously published in Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, which I would highly recommend you get i [...]

    4. Not quite as good as the one I read recently about intersection of forest and fairy tale. some interesting retelling of fairly tales in here though.

    5. Elizabeth Bear's "Follow Me Light" is the best of the stories I had not previously read in other collections.

    6. Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold is exactly what it sets out to be - a compilation of fairy tales retold for the modern generation. The modern adult generation. Where fairy tales were once cleaned up and made happy and "family-friendly" for the consumption of children (looking at you, Disney), these fairy tales go back to earlier forms when such tales were cautionary tales. If you were aware that the editor, Paula Guran, edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series, you would [...]

    7. This book was not what I had anticipated.I was thinking "modern retellings" or "the fairy tales you know and love--but with a twist!". Most, however, weren't just Little Red Riding Hood remade with a romance with the wolf, or Cinderella but she's a cab driver. It was something entirely different. It was a series of intelligent, interesting, diverse, often thought-provoking stories that were often a joy to read. Some of them were of slightly lesser interest, but many were creative and engaging. I [...]

    8. The selection of short stories was pretty good, even though there were some I could have done without. Writing style is paramount to my enjoyment of a novel, and I still can't be completely happy with rapid fire stream of consciousness offerings. There are authors though, such as Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint, that I will put up with a lot for, in order to get my mitts on any of their stories. This was the case when I first picked up this book. I saw their names, and I instantly h [...]

    9. A really nice anthology. I had seen a few of the stories elsewhere, but most of them were new - even if old, as in the case of the Tanith Lee works that bookend the stories I have read a lot of Tanith Lee, but never saw these before, so it is worth picking up just for that. The last story especially was very good I wish someone would put together a few new anthologies of her work, now that she has passed.

    10. It's amazing how freaky fairy tales really are. They've always been a way for people to share morality with one another, but our modern fairy tales are gentle and diluted; they're nice about telling you what you ought or ought not do.These re-tellings are more like the Hans Christian Anderson and Brother's Grimm kind, getting back in touch with the concept of teaching moral lessons as the tough things they can be, and appeal to a more mature mind. Similar to the tales of old, these could easily [...]

    11. This beautiful collection of fairy tale retellings—bookended by stories by the incomparable Tanith Lee, in memoriam—updates and twists the familiar fairy tales that we know and love. Fairy tales are both fantastical and primal, and these stories don’t shy away from the dark and beautiful implications hidden within the tales. This one is getting a permanent spot on my shelf.

    12. This is an odd collection. The stories range wildly in publication date (1979 to 2014) and theme, and while some are what I would consider re-tellings of fairy tales, quite a lot are new fairy tales. While there are some very good stories in the anthology, it doesn't feel as though it has a unifying theme or idea.

    13. Great collection of retellings of more or less famous Fairy Tales. The quality of the stories was overall very good and there were only a few I had previously read in other collections. What I enjoyed in particular were the editor's introduction to fairy tales in general at the beginning of the book, and the introduction to each story before the story's beginning.

    14. The 3-star rating is only because I was disappointed that this collection mostly contained reprints of stories I had already read.All of the stories were fairly grim, even if the original fairy tales weren't. A few humorous tales to lighten the mood would have been appreciated.

    15. Interesting collection of "retold fairy tales"---not sure they are so 'retold'. While I can see a bit of a fairy tale of my youth in some of them; more I see new stories. About half of them I enjoyed the rest so-so.

    16. This was unusual for an anthology in that I actually liked most of the stories, instead of it being mostly meh with a couple good and a couple terrible. The only story I couldn't finish was "The Juniper Tree" (this might have been a good story, I don't know how to judge, but I really could not bear the subject matter); "Fairy Tale" was dumb (look, it's great that you're so edgy and jaded about fairy tales, but we came here because we liked them, not because we think they're actually realistic), [...]

    17. An excellent collection of stories. Usually the quality of stories in such books is pretty uneven, but I thought almost all of these were strong. The best are the two by Tanith Lee, who sadly passed away recently.

    18. I won a copy of this nifty collection of retold fairy tales from a giveaway. The book contains thirty stories from twenty-nine authors (Tanith Lee appears twice), and is nicely balanced between famous authors and those not so well known, just as the tales upon which the stories are based are well divided between obscure and universally known ones, with fairly world-wide representation, not just ones from Grimm or Disney. I enjoyed almost all of the selections (there was one by Kirstyn McDermott [...]

    19. Who didn't love fairy tales as children? And for many of us that fascination has never died. There's something about the possibilities and the lessons that these stories provide. And even when we've heard a story time and time again, it can still keep all its magic.In this anthology, Paula Guran has collected some of the best re-tellings of our favorite fairy tales in recent memory. These twists on old standards and adaptations breathe new life into these classic stories. You'll find yourself lo [...]

    20. Recommended by Grace, Emerson R. Miller Library, (October 2016)Grace's Review:A short story compilation of adult fairy tale retellings, this book is a proud descendant of the excellent Windling and Datlow edited books from the 1990s. All of the selections have been well chosen to show a variety of modern authors' takes on traditional fairy tales. All is not bright sun and birds chirping in this forest, however, so this book is recommended for older teens and adults only.

    21. This book is a collection of retold "fairy" stories. Most I liked, and was engaged in the story. However, some were puzzling and I could not get in to them. Most all of them have been written by award winning authors, and thus, you get a sense of their writing styles and can then read more from that author.

    22. I found many of these stories to be too dark or just to not make much sense. Yes, I know original fairy tales were dark, but most of these did not seem to have much of a point to make. There were one or two that I really enjoyed--"By the Moon's Good Grace", "The Queen Who Could Not Walk" are two that come immediately to mind.

    23. I generally don't love short story collections, but this one was stellar. The stories included were gritty, magical, and absolutely wonderful. This is a book I'm sure I'll re-read over and over. It is definitely adult, however. I considered letting my teenage daughter read it, but the further I got into it, the more I decided against it.

    24. Had a hard tome finishing this collection as most of the stories was not for my taste at all.But there where a few that I really did like and those I appreciated for it's weirdness. Although I'd more call this a collection of horror stories than fantasy seeing as that was what they where to me.

    25. Finally finished this book!!! Some of the fairy tales are interesting and some of them are horrible and drag on and on. Of the 30 short-stories, I only enjoyed about 14 of them. Not worth the time and money if the book is only half good.

    26. These fairy tales were more horror than fantasy. An uneven group with a few truly great tales and others that made me cringe.

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