Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: Snow White, Blood Red ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Synopsis: This is a collection of retold fairy tales by some of the best authors in the field. Datlow and Windling, while both authors, truly have a gift from gathering stories concerning fairy tales.
This collection includes:
Like a Red, Red Rose by Susan Wade
The Moon is Drowning While I Sleep by Charles de Lint
The Frog Prince by Gahan Wilson
Stalking Beans by Nancy Kress
Snow-Drop by Tanith Lee
Little Red by Wendy Wheeler
I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Woods by Kathe Koje
The Root of the Matter by Gregory Frost
The Princess in the Tower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Persimmon by Harvy Jacobs
Little Poucet by Steve Rasnic Tem
The Changelings by Melanie Tem
The Springfield Swans by Caroline Stevermer and Ryan Edmonds
Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman
A Sound, Like Angels Singing by Leonard Rysdyk
Puss by Esther M. Friesner
The Glass Casket by Jack Dann
Knives by Jane Yolen
The Snow Queen by Patricia A. McKillip
Breadcrumbs and Stones by Lisa Goldstein

Review: The idea to restore fairy tales to their original adult nature is a good one, but I am often disappointed with that means simply adding sex to the story. Stalking Beans and Little Poucet come to mind - tossing in extreme sexuality does not make the story adult. Troll Bridge had very little sex, but it was an adult tale, as was A Sound, Like Angels Singing. Having said that, if you are a fairy tale affectionado, this is an excellent anthology. It is the first of six that Datlow and Windling collaborated on. All are worth buying and reading if you can find them. But I give this book 7 bookmarks, not 8 for the overuse of sex to make a story adult.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 11-14-11
Pages: 407

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