Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

17310066Edited by: Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt
4 of 5 stars

Featuring: Saladin Ahmed, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, Kami Garcia, Melissa Marr, Garth Nix, Tim Pratt, Carrie Ryan, Margaret Stohl, Gene Wolfe, Rick Yancey

These twelve short stories are a collection of famous works re-imagined by an excellent group of writers who grew up on them. Some of them, such as The Castle of Otranto, Sleeping Beauty, and The Awakening, I was familiar with, but for the most part this was a fun introduction to new and old tales for me.

Although not all of the original stories were in the fantasy genre, this collection adds a sense of magic and mystery to each one, and it struck the perfect balance of thematic connections between vastly different worlds. There’s something refreshing about reading an entire story in one sitting. These are perfect for a lunch break or those in-between moments in your day. The characters grapple with what it means to be human as they traverse Earth thousands of years in the future, fantasy kingdoms with evil witches, and dystopian futures ruled by cold machines and colder crime lords. Each character has such powerful goals and feelings, and despite only spending an hour or less in their company, you care about them so much. I can honestly say I enjoyed them all!

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Similar reads:

  •  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Of course, he’s one of the author’s in this collection. This book is a novella, so you can read it quickly and it has the same fast bonding with characters in a strange setting. See my review here.
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Her semi-parody of The Castle of Otranto is light-hearted and dramatic (Otranto was sort of the Twilight of her time). This is the quickest read and most accessible of her novels, in my opinion, because it’s just as much about a teenage girl exploring a mysterious mansion as it is about romance or Austen’s social commentary.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving – One of the best-known Americana ghost stories, and a fun read.

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