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  • 304
  • How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
  • Jane Yolen
  • English
  • 24 March 2018
  • 9781616963064

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale Free download Ñ 104 Ide ranging transformed fairy tales Yolen fractures the classics to reveal their crystalline secrets holding them to the light and presenting them entirely transformed from. Absolutely stunning stories one of the best collections I ve read in years Jane Yolen knows how to capture your imagination from the first line and keep it whether the story is two pages or twenty I d read a few of these before like Sleeping Ugly and was delighted to have it collected here I really must get the illustrated edition for my kids and there s a shortened version of her wonderful novel Snow in Summer to start it all off Interesting how well it worked as either a story or a novel I also really enjoyed the brief notes at the end that told the original of each story and how she fractured it Wonderful all around

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale Free download Ñ 104 “Yolen is the Aesop of the twentieth century” The New York TimesFantasy legend Jane Yolen The Emerald Circus The Devil’s Arithmetic delights with these effortlessly w. 333 stars Review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureOne year after Tachyon Publications published The Emerald Circus a collection of fantastical short stories by Jane Yolen based on various fairy tales and legendary people both fictional and real it has followed up with a similar collection How to Fracture a Fairy Tale Like The Emerald Circus this is a compilation of Yolen s older previously published stories spiffed up with new author s notes in which Yolen briefly discuss each story and how she fractured it with significant departures from its original source material These end notes for each story also include a poem by Yolen that s linked to the same original source material The source material varies widely including fairy tales Snow White Cinderella the Little Mermaid vampires Scottish selkies Chinese dragons Greek and Native American legends and much These twenty eight reimagined fairy tales and legends also vary greatly in tone When I finished this collection my first thought was wow what a bleak bunch of stories Looking back on the individual stories though it turns out only about eleven or twelve of them yes I counted are really downbeat That number does include several stories right at the end of the collection which may explain the somber feeling I had when I finished One of my favorite stories though was one of this set Mama Gone the story of an Appalachian girl whose mother has died and become a vampire It s heartbreaking but surprisingly tender with a bittersweet noteOne of the themes that surfaces a few times in this collection is the history of Jewish persecution reflecting Yolen s Jewish heritage My favorite of these was Slipping Sideways Through Eternity an unlikely combination of time travel a uirky Elijah and the Holocaust experienced by a modern day Jewish girl with a talent for art Granny Rumple also draws on the historic oppression of Jews making a thought provoking connection between that and the tale of RumpelstiltskinSeveral of these stories deal with the terrible things people do to each other Sometimes there s a happy or at least satisfying ending as in Green Plague a humorous variation on the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln but often not If you thought Robin McKinley s Deerskin a retelling of Charles Perrault s Donkeyskin was tough to read with its incest based plot Yolen s similar Allerleirauh is even tragic At least it was very short As was The Gwynhfar an eually harrowing tale of another type of abuseOn the other end of the scale there are five or six uite humorous tales to lighten things up My favorites of these were Cinder Elephant a charming tale starring a cheerfully overweight Cinderella and Sleeping Ugly a humorous twist on Sleeping BeautyPrincess Miserella was a beautiful princess if you counted her eyes and nose and mouth and all the way down to her toes But inside where it was hard to see she was the meanest wickedest and most worthless princess around She liked stepping on dogs She kicked kittens She threw pies in the cook s faceThe ending of Sleeping Ugly left me grinning as did a sudden twist in Snow in Summer a Snow White story that s similar to but not to be confused with Snow in Summer Yolen s novel of the same name which is based on this earlier storyOverall I have to say that I enjoyed The Emerald Circus How to Fracture a Fairy Tale contains a dozen stories than the sixteen in that prior collection but the stories in The Emerald Circus were longer ones that engaged me as a reader Plus not generally as bleak as this set Still there are some excellent stories in this collection and if you re a fan of Jane Yolen s brand of story telling this is worth checking out I received a copy of this book from the publisher and this is my voluntary review Thank youArt credit Magic Mirror Broken by jeorje90 on Deviant Art

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale Free download Ñ 104 A spinner of straw as a money changer and to the big bad wolf retiring to a nursing home Rediscover the fables you once knew rewritten and refined for the world we now live. Ahoy there me mateys I received this short story collection eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings While I have read many of Jane Yolen s works most have been her novels It has only been recently that I have been reading her short stories This collection has 28 varied tales In addition the end of the book has author reflections on how the stories came to be along with some of her poetryThis collection didn t resonate with me as much as the emerald circus collection did I only loved about half of them The others not so much even though I could appreciate the skill of the writing I will try to give ye an idea of the bare bones and thoughts on me favouritesSnow in Summer a Snow White retelling with a fantastic answer to what happens to the evil ueenThe Moon Ribbon this one has a bit of Cinderella which I know and a bit of The Princess and the Goblin which I don t It was weird but I rather liked itOne Ox Two Ox Three Ox and the Dragon King this was the seventh story in the collection and the first one I really loved It tells the story of dragons from a Eastern perspective but with a Western solutionBrother Hart this tale was apparently based on the Russian Grimm story of Little Brother Little Sister I am not familiar with that tale at all but I loved this story It deals with transformations and loving sibling relationshipsSunFlight a tale based on the Icarus myth I didn t love it but I found it oddly beguiling and interestingSlipping Sideways Through Eternity this is a story about a girl who goes back in time to the Holocaust with the help of Elijah Powerful and compellingThe Foxwife this story features a kitsune Ever since I read shadow of the fox I have loved takes on the kitsune Japanese folk tales Yolen also recommend foxwife by Kij Johnson I will have to check that one outThe Faery Flag this is based around the Faery Flag legend of Scotland about the McLeods on the Isle of Skye I got tired of faery stories a while back This was a breath of fresh airOne Old Man with Seals this one is based on the Greek shapeshifter Proteus but set in 20th century America It has a lighthouse and the sea AwesomeSleeping Ugly an absolutely lovely fracturing of Sleeping Beauty The endingGreen Plague a fun mix of frogs and the Pied Piper of Hamelin Silly and funThe Unicorn and the Pool it has an unicorn Short and bittersweetSule Skerry this is a tale of selchies of the Scottish Islands inspired by the song The Great Selchie of Sule Skerry LovelyCinder Elephant another Cinderella retelling where our protagonist is overweight and a bird watcher This was a lovely wonderful tale The poem and description about writing this tale was absolutely fabulous as well I think this was me favouriteMama Gone a fairy tale about vampires that is both sad and sweet SeriouslyI be very grateful to have a chance to read these stories While I didn t love every story I do have a few new favourites of hers ArrrrSo lastly Thank you Tachyon PublicationsCheck out me other reviews at