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What happens after the "Happily Ever After..".?30 writers answer questions that no one has dared ask before about your favorite fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and legends. What dark arts will Little Miss Muffet employ to exact her revenge on the spider? Can a guide help the Big, Bad Wolf succeed in eating Little Red Riding Hood without getting caught? Is Prince Charming gay? ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 373 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Pink Narcissus Press
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Valentina
Jul 15, 2011 Valentina rated it it was amazing
This collection is a wonderful mixture of the magical, the bizarre, and the haunting flavor of the fairytales we’ve all been raised on with a healthy dose of the grown-up world. All of these stories deserve to be read and to be savored with the giddiness of childish abandon.
The stories vary from the humorous ones like “The Froggy Prince” which details the difficulties of finding the right enchanted prince to marry, to the frightening like “Snovhit” which describes what could have happened after
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 27, 2011 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
What a cool book! I have always loved fairy tales and I personally have been very happy to see the resurgence in new takes on some of my favorite fairy tales. This book is filled with some great sequels and retellings of fairy tales that were old favorites and a few new-to-me fairy tales that were really wonderful.

Some of my favorites from the book:

* A Wolf's Guide to the Fairy Tale by Dave Sellars: A play by play of Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf's point of view. Very funny.
* Dr. Zum: P
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Mary
Aug 27, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
This was a good collection of stories centered on what happens after the happily ever after event in fairy tales.

Some of my favorite stories were:

"The Spyder" where Ms Muffet gets revenge on the spider by using the Dark Arts.

"A Wolf's Guide to the Fairy Tale" which is a self help guide for the Big Bad Wolf to capturing and successfully eating Little Red Riding Hoods.

"Snovhit" where the prince finds out that Snow White is not herself after being brought back from the Dead and has to work with the
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Diana
Feb 22, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok
I appreciated the shorter ones, at least they got to the point quickly, unlike the longer ones which tended to go on longer than needed.
I loved David Sellars' A Wolf's Guide to the Fairy Tale that alone would have gotten a 5, but not much else passed a 3 for me.
And I ended up having to skip some that I didn't know the original story of since I had no clue what was going on with the few that I did read.
Jill Elizabeth
Aug 09, 2011 Jill Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that I love fairy tales. I love the drama, the romance, the formula they follow. I love that they provide lessons - sometimes good, sometimes not so much - and that they so often feature children outwitting evil/hapless/stupid/ambitious adults. I love that they are dark - at least the originals - and that they stem from the oral tradition of storytelling. The one thing that I don't love - the endings. Don't misunderstand - I'm as big a fan of a happy ending as the next gir ...more
Terri
May 08, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
Wow - I loved this book! There were several super short pieces at the beginning that didn't have quite enough meat to grab me, which worried me, but I kept reading and was incredibly glad I did. This anthology has a wide range of pieces - from the obvious to the obscure, from the comedic to the heart-breaking - and was a well-rounded collection. There were two stories in particular that I loved so much I had to read them out loud to my husband (M. Shaw's "The Death of Urashima Taro" and Alison B ...more
Andrew
Mar 19, 2013 Andrew rated it it was ok
Small-press collection of fairy tale "what happened nexts". This has a nice range of approaches (modern retellings, literal sequels, historical or fantasy-historical reimaginings) but the stories generally didn't grab me. Some were just excuses for snarkiness; others were excuses for a hard-done-by character to count coup and strike a triumphant pose. The rest had a more, mm, lit-genre structure than I prefer. That is, as a genre fantasy reader I wound up saying "Nice mood piece but not really a ...more
Carla
Apr 20, 2013 Carla rated it liked it
Very short stories are in this anthology by multiple talented authors. Each story contains a new twist on a beloved fairy tale.
31 stories in all, great for one a day for a month. A great way to experience a new realm and feed your love of stories and reading.
Jennifer
Oct 21, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
As other reviewers have noted, the quality of the individual stories was very uneven. There were a couple very good stories, but there were others that seemed just churned out to meet the bare requirements of the anthology.
Michael Boyt
Sep 24, 2012 Michael Boyt rated it it was amazing
Rapunzel's daughters is not my usual cup of tea, but once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Twisted sequels to some of my childhood favorites. Very entertaining even if I wasn't familiar with the original.
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