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Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Paperback – May 13 2008


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (May 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809571501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809571505
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #493,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had read the book Black Thorn White rose before picking up this anthology and had a lot of hopes for this book. I love the retelling of fairy tales even with a dark twist to them. However, some of the stories in this book are absolutely horrific. The Match Girl, in my opinion, does not belong in a collection of fantasy but instead perhaps in one of horror. Its been a week since I read this book and I still have a bad taste left from it!
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By EmBee on Jan. 4 2004
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I love the whole Windling/Datlow edited series of fairy tale short stories. This particular book is by far the best one I have read (and I've read them all, to date, Jan 2004). Ellen Steiber's "The Fox Wife" is the best short story I've read in awhile - well worth repeated readings, and even led me to seek out more oriental "fox" tales. Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, and Jane Yolen are here, and the editors, for this one collection, have abandoned their informal trademark touch of including that one truly odious story. ALL the stories are of high quality, and if you are a devotee of this genre, you MUST read this one. It's really the best of the bunch! Five stars!
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By FlyingDream on April 6 2003
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A great short stories of Fairy Tales for adults.Wonderfully intertaning and an enlighting read.
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...but I found this book overall to be good. I particularly liked 'The Match Girl' (and have since found all of Anne Bishops books to be great!), but I disliked a few of the contemporary stories. Grab it if you enjoyed any of the other anthologies, but no, you're not going to like all of the stories!
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I didn't like this as much as _Black Thorn, White Rose_ or _Black Heart, Ivory Bones_, but it wasn't bad. Add a couple of stars for the stunning novella "The Fox Wife", set in Japan, and for the lush and horrible "The Beast," the dark tale of a beautiful man who is not what he seems. Subtract a few for a pair of stories I heartily disliked--"The Match Girl" which seemed an endless litany of pain and torture, and "The Masterpiece", which is well-written but will forever haunt me. I can't believe the heroine could have made the choice she did at the end of this take on "Rumplestiltskin." Yes, that's probably the point, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
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All of the books in the Datlow-Windling "adult fairy tales" series are gorgeous but this is my favorite of them all, containing such splendid works as "The Crossing" by Joyce Carol Oates, which is an unusual, evocative recasting of Sleeping Beauty; Delia Sherman's "The Printer's Daughter," which is a highly inventive version of the Russian fairy tale The Snow Child; Neil Gaiman's "The White Road," which is a poetric version of the English Reynardine/Mr. Fox tales; and especially Ellen Steiber's "The Fox Wife," my favorite piece in the book and possibly in the whole anthology series, which is a powerful, beautifully penned version of this classic Japanese folk tale. Unlike the Kirkus reviewer above, I buy these books as much for the informative introductions as for the stories. (My guess is he's objecting to Datlow & Windling's feminist leanings regarding fairy tale history.) For anyone who loves the fairy tale writing of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatta, Emma Donoghue, etc., these anthologies are a MUST.
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