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“Don’t you love the cold forest? Doesn’t the howl of the wolf thrill you through with fearful delight?”
I’ve been following the reading list on an online syllabus for “Fairy Tales Then and Now,” a course at Rutgers. The first two units focus on versions of Little Red Riding Hood and disobedience tales like Bluebeard, in versions from Charles … Continue reading
Sarah Porter. Vassa in the Night. New York: Tor Books, 2016. Rating: 4 out of 5 lilac-nailed disembodied hands who would love to chop your head off. This was a good choice for Halloween, what with much of the story taking … Continue reading
Yep, it’s time for more re-worked fairy tale collections, including another Windling/Datlow book! Hey, I’ll keep reviewing them as long as I keep finding ’em 🙂 Christine Heppermann. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. This … Continue reading
‘Tis the season for reading spooky stories, so in addition to Holly Black’s Doll Bones, I’ve also been reading some of Bruce Coville’s anthologies — namely, his Books of Ghosts, Nightmares, and Spine Tinglers. Holly Black. Doll Bones. New York: Margaret … Continue reading
Two of these story collections were recommended by Eric Smith of BookRiot as creepy collections perfect for Halloween. To me, though, Halloween is about more than just the fear factor. Like Bruce Coville,* I associate Halloween with magic. With … Continue reading
May was Short Story Month, so over the past few weeks, in addition to sampling a few anthologies, I decided to tackle all of Seanan McGuire’s Toby stories/novellas. Some highlights: “Through This House” — in between Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, Toby enters the … Continue reading
Edit 01-06-14: Cannot. Believe. I left out the Sherlock Holmes stories (Vol. 2 of the Barnes & Noble ed.; I read Vol. 1 in 2012). Cannot. Believe it. (Shut up, Naruto.) Edit: Oops! Missed one. Sorry ’bout that, October Daye … Continue reading