How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Short Stories / Fantasy

Released October 2018

320 pages

This is a book of short stories written by Jane Yolen. Each short story is a retelling of a fairy tale. At the end of the book Yolen also describes her thought processes and influences behind each story.

My thoughts:

What I liked most about this book was the variety. There were stories that I loved and stories that I didn’t care too much about. There were stories that were magical and stories that were bland. There were stories that were beautiful and stories that were gross. There were stories that were funny and stories that were sad.

The stories were influenced by a variety of cultures including but not limited to Native American, Japanese, Chinese, Jewish, American, French, Scottish.

Overall, I am really glad I took the time to read this anthology. I generally love fairy tale retellings, and this showed me that my idea of “fairy tales” was actually quite limited. I think this is a great way to expand beyond the Snow White & Cinderella stories that are most common.

Discussion: What is your favorite Fairy Tale retelling?

My favorites are Cinder and Spinning Silver. How about you?

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