Thursday, 7 July 2011

Fairy Tale Recommendations: Anthology variations


Today's last post is another book recommendation post, where I compile a handful of fairy tale retelling anthologies.

As always, if you know of another one, please leave a comment and I'll add it.

The classic ones:

 
Snow White, Blood Red (Fairy Tale Anthologies #1)

Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children . . . But no longer.

You hold in your hands a volume of wonders -- magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams. These are stories that bite -- lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities . . . where there is no such thing as "happily ever after."


Black Thorn, White Rose (Fairy Tale Anthologies #2)

From the compilers of Snow White, Blood Red, 18 new tales of wonder, magic, and surprise. Three repeat contributors are joined by newcomers like Peter Straub and Roger Zelazny, who take great delight in making the old new and relevant once again while updating our perceptions of such favorites as "Rumplestiltskin" and "Sleeping Beauty".


The steamy ones:


Three classic fairytales—“Sleeping Beauty,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Little Red Riding Hood”—cleverly retold with enough sensual twists to prove wickedly ever after does exist….

Sleeping Beau: Five years ago, the notorious rake, Adrien d’Aspe, Marquis de Beaulain, was awakened by a sensuous kiss—and experienced a night of raw ecstasy that was branded into his memory. Years later, he spots his mysterious seductress—and this time, he has no intention of letting her go…

Little Red Writing: Nicolas de Savignac, Comte de Lambelle, has been assigned by the King to uncover the secret identity of the author writing scandalous stories about powerful courtiers. He never expected his investigation would lead to his grandmother's house, or to a ravishing woman who would stir his deepest hunger…

Bewitching in Boots: Elisabeth de Roussel, daughter of the King, is accustomed to getting what she wants—and she wants Tristan de Tiersonnier, Comte de Saint-Marcel, an ex-commander of the King’s private Guard. A recent injury has forced Tristan to leave his distinguished position, but Elisabeth is determined to make him see he's every bit the man he once was—and more than man enough for her...
 

 

Inspired by “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling, and “The Princess and the Pea,” Lila DiPasqua spins three sexy tales that give new meaning to the term bedtime story…

The Marquis’ New Clothes: To save her cousin, Aimee de Miran must retrieve a jeweled ring from the most sinfully seductive man at court, the Marquis de Nattes. But to search his considerable wardrobe she’ll have to get very close to the notorious rake…and soon she finds herself very close to him indeed, with his clothes—and hers—utterly forgotten…

The Lovely Duckling: Reputed for his carnal skills, Joseph d’Alumbert prefers amorous encounters without emotional entanglement—until a quick-witted lady stirs tender feelings and hot desire. Emilie de Sarron suffered burns to her body as an infant, and keeps her scars—and her heart—well hidden. But Joseph is determined to peel away her inhibitions, one slow steamy kiss at a time, to reveal the beautiful swan inside…

The Princess and the Diamonds: Princess Gabrielle can’t sleep at night. There is something hard in her bed. No, not just the stolen diamonds tucked under her mattress, but the handsome Marquis on it….whose carnal talents she can’t resist. But he threatens her secret mission, and worse, she stands to lose far more than the diamonds---her heart is at stake…


The dark ones:

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.






 
Demons

Sometimes things that go bump in the night are terrifyingly real. A young newly single parent soon finds out that the ghostly visitations in her new apartment are far more personal and frightening than she could have ever imagined.

In this chilling tale she quickly discovers the true depravity and the alarming coping mechanisms the human mind is horrifyingly capable of.

Edward

Love is blind, but is it blind enough for a recently bereaved young woman who finds herself drawn to the shadowy figure lurking in the grave yard. Edward is the burnt and disfigured man who appears barely human at all but displays more gentle humanity than she could ever have dreamt.
Piroska

With its claws plunged into the darker Hungarian telling of the tale and eagerly succumbing to the interpretations of seduction and lost innocence, Piroska is red riding hood with fear and fervour, discovery and desire. The ultimate telling of the brutal initiation of womanhood complete with an irresistible and deliciously deadly big bad wolf – everyone’s favourite villain.


The magical ones:

The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
Five of the world's greatest fairy tales are retold in the popular and attractive graphic novel format. Beautiful, bold illustrations give these timeless tales a modern edge. The stories include Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Thumbelina.

Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!

From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

A mute healer who meets the one man who can hear her thoughts, an abandoned princess who discovers the truth behind the mysterious stagman, a modern girl who finds the knot in the grain which leads her on a magical mission--these are a few of the characters in these five tales, created by a Newbery Medal-winner.

Master storyteller Robin McKinley here spins two new fairy tales and retells two cherished classics. All feature princesses touched with or by magic. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, enspelled to dance through the soles of their shoes every night. . . . These are tales to read with delight!

 
Dr. Scott’s stories are designed to remind us of the many life lessons we all should have learned, and to teach these lessons, perhaps less painfully, to those who have yet to learn them. Although his stories each have a simple storyline that is easy to follow for all ages, the stories are not always what they seem on the surface. Several interpretations of a story are possible, and this is done by design. In fact, the author never interprets his own stories, preferring to allow the reader to give free reign to his own imagination. Imagination, after all, is what makes life worth living! Dr. Scott has earned a Ph.D. and has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Massachusetts for many years. He recently obtained a real estate broker’s license in Massachusetts and Florida. He is very much into fitness, working out daily, and he can be seen riding his mountain bike in the Berkshire Hills in summer and on Gulf Shore Boulevard in Naples, Florida, in winter. He is single and lives with two adorable cats who have provided the inspiration for many of his stories.


The mixed one:
I'm not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.

It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.

There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.

Don't believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you'll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got cloaked. 


The graphic novel one:


Five of the world's greatest fairy tales are retold in the popular and attractive graphic novel format. Beautiful, bold illustrations give these timeless tales a modern edge. The stories include Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Thumbelina.


I hope everyone has found a fairy tale retelling fit to their personal taste, but if you know of any other (be it picture book, paranormal, erotica, historical romance, etc.), please let me know and I'll add them to the list.




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