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Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel

The idea of making an opera out of a fairy tale was not unique to Engelbert Humperdinck (this is the nineteenth-century composer I’m talking about, not the mid-twentieth century crooner). Actually, in the case of Hansel und Gretel, it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel

The idea of making an opera out of a fairy tale was not unique to Engelbert Humperdinck (this is the nineteenth-century composer I’m talking about, not the mid-twentieth century crooner). Actually, in the case of Hansel und Gretel, it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Jordan Mechner and A. B. Sina’s Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia presents us with another of the increasing number of spin-offs from gaming. It’s an intriguing story, sometimes filled with pathos, sometimes hair-raising, and always ambiguous. (And in case you were wondering, the plot of the graphic novel … Continue reading

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Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, and Philippe Béha’s Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary  Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters

Liz Milner penned this review. When I think of the books I loved as child, I get hungry. There was Pooh lapping up honey and cream teas, Mary Poppins handing out magical gingerbread while Frodo chowed down on mushrooms and lembas. … Continue reading

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Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson, eds.: The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales

The first thing one notices looking through the table of contents of The Poets’ Grimm is the overwhelming number of women contributors, a fact that editors Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson acknowledge in their introduction. They allude to several … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears

Laurie Thayer penned this review. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears is the third volume of reworked fairy tales brought to us by the editing team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. As in their previous volumes, Snow White, Blood Red and Black Thorn, White Rose, these … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Black Heart, Ivory Bones

Naomi De Bruyn penned this review. Black Heart, Ivory Bones is the sixth and final volume in the library of stories inspired by classic fairy tales. It all began in 1990 when the award-winning editors realized that they shared a love of … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Silver Birch, Blood Moon

Chuck Lipsig wrote this review. Silver Birch, Blood Moon, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s fifth anthology of modern retelling of fairy tales, is a solid collection. Some of the authors, such as Nancy Kress, Neil Gaiman, and Robin McKinley, are already … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Black Thorn, White Rose

Laurie Thayer penned this review. In Black Thorn, White Rose, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling reteam to bring us a second collection of fairy tales meant for adult readers. As in their previous collection, Snow White, Blood Red, these are not the fairy … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Black Swan, White Raven

Black Swan, White Raven is the fourth volume in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s fairy tale reclamation effort. Reclamation from what… you might ask? From sweetness, safety and banality, traits infused into once-dark tales to render them palatable for tender sensibilities. … Continue reading

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Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s Swan Sister: Fairy Tales Retold

A scholar once suggested that fairy tales are the collective dreams of the people. They definitely feel that way. And not just daydreams, either, although some of them are — “I may be living with a cruel stepmother now, but … Continue reading

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Elizabeth Hand wrote this review. Hans Christian Andersen — was there ever a writer of children’s stories who seems more likely to have fallen from the pages of one of his own works? The child of a shoemaker and an illiterate … Continue reading

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Maria Tatar’s The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales are well known, even to those who’ve never heard his name. His stories have entered our cultural consciousness (who doesn’t know of “The Little Mermaid,” even if it’s only through Disney’s version) and verbal lexicon … Continue reading

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Nate Cosby, ed.: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a collection of fairy tales from around the world, adapted and illustrated by a wide variety of artists and writers. The result may not be what you were expecting — or maybe it is. The … Continue reading

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Guillermo del Toro: Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

The films of Guillermo del Toro have often dealt with innocence in a corrupt world; sometimes the innocence is found in surprising places, as in Hellboy, in which a demon becomes a savior. He also plays with the idea of … Continue reading

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Bill Willingham, et al’s Fables: Camelot

Fables: Camelot is number 20 in the collected trade paperbacks of Bill Willingham’s very popular series. It seems that Rose Red is going to revive King Arthur’s Round Table, with herself in the role of Arthur. And she’s going to … Continue reading

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Marc Andreyko, Shawn McManus: Fairest: Of Men and Mice

Fairest: Of Men and Mice is a spin-off from Bill Willingham’s Fables series, and actually takes place immediately after the events in Fables: Camelot. It is, when it comes right down to it, the Fables Equivalent to a mystery thriller. Someone … Continue reading

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