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Å Read ✓ Once Upon a Curse by Anna Kashina Ó Fair Maidens, Handsome Princes, Witches, And Fairy Godmothers All Show Their Dark And Dangerous Side In This Anthology Inspired By Myths And Fairy Tales, Retold By Some Of The Best Authors In This Generation And By Some Upcoming New Talents Each Beautifully Crafted Story Brings An Unusual Twist To The Traditional Tale, From Cinderella S Story Told From The Not So Kind Fairy Godmother S Point Of View, To The Bluebeard Tale Showing The Lure Of This Dark And Dangerous Man That Drives Young Girls To Rush Willingly To Their FateForeword By Anna Kashina A Necklace Of Rubies By Cindy Lynn Speer Come Lady Death By Peter S Beagle Summer Wind By Nancy Kress Stronger Than Time By Patricia C Wrede Words Like Pale Stones By Nancy Kress Every Word I Speak By Cindy Lynn Speer Remains By Siobhan Carroll Frayed Tapestry By Imogen Howson The Cold Blackness Between By Lucy A Snyder Solstice Maiden Copyright By Anna Kashina But Can You Let Him Go By Cindy Lynn Speer This was a mixed bag of re worked Fairy tales Some were excellent, I particularly loved the modern version of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella An excellent way for adults to retain their love of Fairy Tales.
Once Upon a Curse is a collection of stories and fairy tales by a handful of authors Some new, some well known, all very capable Like many fairy tales, these stories are not for children Some travel familiar paths and some re invent myth All feel fresh and original.
The first story, A Necklace Of Rubies by Cindy Lynn Speer, retells the tale of Bluebeard I have read the story before in another similarly themed anthology and enjoyed discovering it all over again A young woman is wooed by a mysterious man already sounds like a fairy tale, doesn t it and after they wed, she discovers not all is as it seems The writing is spellbinding and the pace perfect The repetition of several motifs, the foxes, the jewels and the motto Be Bold , lures the reader into the story and keeps them there I am not familiar with the original tale, but this interpretation inspires me to read it I can Short story collections, especially those by many authors, tend to be a very mixed bag of the good, the bad and the meh Once Upon a Curse a collection of reworked folk fairy tales linked by the notion of a curse has all three, but why talk about the bad and the meh I d rather focus on some of the standout tales.
I requested this ARC because I knew it contained a Peter Beagle story,and I was not disappointed by his contribution Titled Come Lady Death, it has that quality that many Peter Beagle pieces have, a sort of bright and vivid, sharp edged, pictorial quality, rather like viewing a tapesty that tells a story The characters are somewhat two dimensional because it is not a character story it s a concept story of a jaded elderly woman who decides to make her next party a real showstopper by inviting Death to be a guest It s got a lovely ending.
A new writer To be fair to other anthologies, all of the stories in this book have been published elsewhere So the editor was able to cherry pick the very best instead of asking people they like to participate and hope they were spot on this time A Necklace of Rubies by Cindy Lynn Speer An excellent version of Bluebeard with some new elements thrown in that made it interesting Come Lady Death by Peter S Beagle Not sure what this was based on It was good, but Beagle has never quite had my favorite voice Summer Wind by Nancy Kress A version of Sleeping Beauty with ainteresting ending for Aurora I liked it It reminded me of Sheri Tepper s Beauty Stronger Than Time by Patricia C Wrede I have read this version of Sleeping Beauty before and it has lasted the test of time Still excellent Words Like Pale Stones by Nancy Kress A sad ve This anthology mostly missed the swings in quality and content that so many anthologies suffer There was no story where I wondered how did this get included, who picked this There was, however, an overall higher than I expected number of typos and errors Guess I shouldn t have been surprised at the internal typos, since there s even one on the back cover description A Necklace of Rubies by Cindy Lynn Speer Well done creepy, with a perfect twistiness Come Lady Death by Peter S Beagle Deliciously written, I am a huge fan of Beagle s style of descriptive prose No real plot twists or surprises, but enjoyable to read Summer Wind by Nancy Kress What if Sleeping Beauty was the only one who didn t fall asleep, It s rare for me to wholeheartedly recommend an anthology, but I am recommending this one Once Upon a Curse is a collection of amazing fairy tale interpretations from some pretty fantastic authors With short story collections, I usually only like a couple and am neutral about the rest, but for this one there isn t one story that I didn t like Most of them, I loved.
There are some things keeping me from giving this book a perfect rating The last story definitely could have been cut by at least ten pages While it was interesting to read about all the different cultural retellings of Cinderella, I don t think it was necessary to the main plot and all the stories within the story made it drag There were also a couple of others where the endings fell a bit flat, but not enough to make me dislike them outright.
There are two Sleeping Beauty stories in here both excellent , alo I requested this short story collection because Peter S Beagle was featured I still haven t read any of his novels, which I really need to remedy But I was pleased with the other stories here, not just his, which makes me happy I did get the feeling that I should recognize the myths some of these stories are based on, but I suppose my mythology is lacking Many of the stories tasted familiar, as if I had read something like it before, but I couldn t pin it down For all that, this collection had me reading fast, because the stories are well written Beagle s story is about the personification of Death seems like I ve seen quite a few of those lately but it s a good twist on the theme And there is always a price for talking with the one w Fairy Tales and it s subsequent retelling s are a genre, that despite my advanced age continue to fascinate meMaybe because in the end, good always triumph normally.
and maybe because when I should have read them , I didn t So.
apparently I still feel thisneedto devour them.
everytime I see a shiny cover with some promising stories inside Basically my inner six year old self is still the boss of mebut do not be fooled, this is not a kid s fairy tales.
This anthology, well it seemed so intriguing that I was sure I was going to love it As you can see, it didn t quite happened I admit however, that at the moment, I am having one too many Mr Darcy not interesting enough to tempt me moments when reading books o.
OThis one, well it suffers from the basic anthology issues It has some interesting stories, others that are oka This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Once Upon a Curse, edited by Anna Kashina, is a collection of short stories and novellas by Cindy Lynn Speer 3 stories , Peter S Beagle, Nancy Kress 2 stories , Patricia C Wrede, Siobhan Carroll, Imogen Howson, Lucy A Snyder and Anna Kashina, all of them previously published and all purportedly twists on fairy tales like Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin However, also included is a completely unrelated vampire story Remains, by Siobhan Carroll and a long novella, Frayed Tapestry by Imogen Howson, that is actually a retelling of the Persephone myth Although I liked some of the stories, I was not happy that they were all reprints rather than original to the anthology, and I found the conflation of myth, legend and fairy tale to be, well, kind of insulting as the three forms have very different meanings and purpo

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