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on August 5, 1999
This is the latest in a series of fairy tales refashioned for 20th century grownups. Edited by Datlow and Windling, these original stories are by various authors -- some justifiably famous, others just as justifiably obscure. It's a mixed bundle. Standouts are Garry Kilworth's "The Frog Chauffeur," "Toad-Rich" Michael Cadnum, "Ivory Bones" by Susan Wade, and "The Sea Hag" by Melissa Lee Shaw. Nancy Kress is always worth looking for, and her "Clad in Gossamer" is no exception with its new twist on "The Emperor's New Clothes." Other worthwhile entries are Russell William Asplund's "The Dybbuk in the Bottle," Anne Bishop's "The Wild Heart," and Pat York's "You Wandered Off Like A Foolish Child To Break Your Heart and Mine." Disappointments are (surprisingly) Tanith Lee's "Kiss Kiss," "Toad" by Patricia A. McKillip, and (unsurprisingly) "The Shellbox" by Karawynn Long, who once again typically pads a story with too much maudlin emotional weight for its bones. Like the others in the series, this anthology is worth purchasing in paperback form. Its good stories can be excellent. Others are good to not- painful. The worst are no worse than forgettable.
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on August 19, 2001
Silver Birch, Blood Moon mixes good re-tellings with horrible ones. It has stories that are funny, evil, good, terrible, brand new, re-told, and many others. I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it but there are better out there. I guess it is the same with all mixed books. I enjoyed a lot of the stories, despised about as many. I loved the re-telling of The Little Mermaid in The Sea Hag, but didn't aprove of The Glass Cofin which was just depressing. It was a good book and was enjoyable. I recomend it.
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