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Books: The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe 
14th-Jan-2017 07:37 pm
Today to Read
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Fantasy and Science Fiction anthology. Hardback, 392 pages. Keeping it to loan out.

Once upon a time, in a desert or a science lab or a mouse hole or a space station, there lived a character...

This is a fun and interesting collection of retold fairy tales. Most of them end well, though there are some horrors and equivocations included as well. I enjoyed the idea of reading retellings where little girls have agency and might be called villains for some slice of the story. And then I (mostly) enjoyed the fact of the reading. There are lesbian lovers, AIs, teachers, lab partners, impossible animals, and twisting truths.

I thoroughly enjoyed the stories by Seanan McGuire, Amal El-Mohtar, Marjorie Liu, Kat Howard, and Naomi Novak. Some of the others were enjoyable enough. And a few were horrifying. Two were written in ways that did not catch or keep my attention.

I just saw the musical Into the Woods last week. I think that experience might have left me particularly receptive to the stories and retellings in The Starlit Wood. Regardless, I recommend this book for its blatant invitation to revisit and rethink what we know and what we believe fairy tales are teaching us.
15th-Jan-2017 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to read this.
17th-Jan-2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
I thought of you a few times when I was reading this. Some of the stories were deliberately non-hetero-normative, while two of them just didn't care/matter about gender and sex.
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