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Tales of Wonder

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Schocken
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Jane Yolen's first collection of fairy tales for adults was one of my favorite books as a child. Being a semi-distant relative of the Schockens (the original publishers of this book), I had a uncorrected galley copy that I read many times over. I believe I lost in high school, when I lent it to my ceramics teacher so that she could read 'The Pot Child'. Eventually, I purchased a copy, but I'm pretty sure that the final published version does not include all of the stories that were in the galley ...more
Lisa Rathbun
I loved this collection of strange, magical, often compelling short stories. It's definitely not for children despite its misleading cover. Many of these stories have stuck with me, resonating with timeless themes, and every so often, I go back and reread these. I thought "The Gwynhfar" amazing and creepy and such a strange, strange take on the Arthur legend.
Kevin Futers
This is a re-read of this collection of tales from the pen of a much ignored writer. Jane Yolen draws on many traditions for these tales; Greek myth, Gaelic folk-tales, European marchen and her own writings to bring together a delightful assortment of stories to which she gives her own dark twists and joyful touches.

I stormed through this at a single sitting, which was a delight after having weighed through another book for several months. Granted I am familiar with the tales but I found that I
I enjoy short stories, fairy tales, and Jane Yolen, so I thought I would probably like these, and I do. The tales range in feeling from fairy tales reminiscent of Oscar Wilde's, to anthropological sci-fi that reminds me somewhat of Ursula Le Guin. Yet the tales interconnect with themes of love and dying no matter their style, and the collection moves from tale to tale seamlessly. While some of the stories would probably be appreciated more by adults, I can imagine many YA readers enjoying them a ...more
Normally I don't like short stories but these are fantastic. They're based around myths legends and fairy tales and can be quite dark. Jane Yolen's atmospheric writing is incredibly powerful with not a word wasted. I've re-read these countless times and I don't think I'll ever tire of them.
This book is amazing.

It was a revelation for me when I read it for the first time around 20 years ago. I had no idea you could there were magical stories like that, written for adults.

It is now out of print, but its worth tracking down a copy.
Suzanne Vegter
A Nice collection of fairy tales
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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