Rags and Bones

Rags and Bones

New Twists on Timeless Tales

Book - 2013
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The best writers of our generation retell classic tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops," literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author's unique perception and innovative style.

Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild the twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" - Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" - Holly Black

"Sleeping Beauty" - Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin" - Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" - Garth Nix

Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" - Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops" - Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook's "The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban" - Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark" - Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by Charles Vess
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316212946
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Rags
Characteristics: xi, 356 p.
Additional Contributors: Marr, Melissa
Pratt, Tim 1976-


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FindingJane Jun 17, 2017

Herein lie the grand re-tellings by authors whose imagination is matched only by their writing skills. In this anthology, old tales have had new dreams woven out of them, like a coat that has been taken apart and made into a stunning quilt. The elements are there but it’s been made something entirely original.

I read new spins on stories that I remembered and others that I have not yet read. All the re-imaginings were wondrous, strange, bizarre, disturbing and yet so wholly delightful that I found myself rapidly turning page after page to see what new treasures were waiting for me. The anthology also has six black-and-white illustrations by the gifted Charles Vess along with side notes describing the scenes he’s inked.

If I have one critique, it’s that the anthology seems to be lacking in humor. There’s nothing or very little that’s funny; some of the stories—one featuring a were-creature that may be eating children—to be rather alarming. I like a touch of humor in my drama and drama in my humor. But you can’t have everything and what is served up in this anthology is a sumptuous feast indeed.

ss1989 Jun 22, 2015

Idk if I can get through it to be honest, I'm finding it really boring

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