December 06, 2020

#BookReview: Upon a Once Time Anthology

Synopsis: Fairy tales and folk tales, originally passed down orally through generations, are a fundamental part of our shared world culture. 

They are a way to interpret - through magic and monsters, princesses and paupers, queens and quests - lessons on morality and society. They show a once upon a time world of simple archetypes in fantastical situations.

This book gathers twenty-one authors who have brought new focus to fairy tales by combining two well known stories with a literary genre of their choice.

Upon a Once Time contains the following tales re-imagined: The Arthurian Cycle, The Bad Wife, Beauty and the Beast, The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Brown Bear of Norway, Caliph Stork, Cinderella, Diamonds and Toads, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, The Goblin Spider, The Golem of Prague, Iron John, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, Math Fab Mathonwy, Momotaro, The Nightingale, Petrosinella, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed, The Red Shoes, Rumpelstiltskin, Rusalka Tales, Schneewittchen, The Selkie Bride, Sleeping Beauty, The Swineherd, Taketori Monogatari, Thousandfurs, Tom Thumb, The Twelve Months, The Valiant Little Tailor, Vasilisa the Beautiful, Vasilisa the Wise, The Waters of Life, The Well of the World’s End, The Wild Swans, and The Woodcutter’s Daughter.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: 
I loved everything about this collection of stories! The gorgeous cover grabbed my attention. From the moment I finished the first of the reimagined tales I knew I would love this book! I love how they’re not all your typical happy ever after sand they’re dark and twisted in some cases. Some of them even reminded me of the old Grimm’s fairytales with how dark they were. I felt that all of the stories were brilliant. 

List of stories:

Six Rusalki - NA Sulway
The Waters At The End Of The Worlds - Mike Morgan
Little Tom’s Reality - Rebecca E. Treasure
Diamonds, Toads, And… Pumpkins? - Melissa Mead
The Rabbi’s Daughter And The Golem - Alex Langer 
Abigail Washington And The Angelic Organ Of Far Khitan - Joshua Gage
Strings That Ought To Be Pondered, Even In Urgent Times - M. Regan 
Lady Of The Slake - Suri Parmar
Red Boots Blues - Cat Rambo
Taketori Momogatari - Evan Dicken 
Two Of Our Kind - Anna Martino
Currants To The Sea - Taryn Haas 
Cloak Of Bearskin - Anna Madden 
Sunshine Noir For Synthetic Lovers - Lin Darrow
The Candlewood Trail - Dennis Mombauer 
Gell Who Makes - Kit Falbo 
Mutability - Maya Chhabra 
The Pilot - C.J. Dotson
A Dark Path Through The Forest Of Stars - Jude Reid 
The Forest Magic Protects Its Own - Jamie Lackey 
Where The Earth Meets The Sea And The Sea Meets The Sky - Brent Baldwin

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