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Tales of Wonder

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This is Jane Yolen’s seventieth book and the first compiled expressly for adults. For years her award-winning stories have been published in children’s collections, although many of these volumes have appeared on lists of “best” books for adult reading. She has chosen for inclusion in Tales of Wonder those stories that epitomize her talent for writing magical tales of univ ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Schocken
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Aug 21, 2008 claire rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2012 Kevin Futers rated it really liked it
Shelves: folk-tales
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
Carol Fillmore
Dec 26, 2016 Carol Fillmore rated it liked it
Beautifully written stories. Some stories I liked, others I did not and there were a few I just did not finish because they did not resonate for some reason. These are 'fairytales for adults', definitely not child friendly. There are dark and violent tales, some more so than others. Perhaps it is those not finished which were the darkest and most violent of all? I don't know this for sure but could be the reason. While a happily ever ending is not needed necessarily, a very dark and violent stor ...more
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
Apr 27, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 08, 2010 JackieB rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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.
Suzanne Vegter
Mar 09, 2008 Suzanne Vegter rated it liked it
A Nice collection of fairy tales
Jan 01, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, children
An interesting collection of fairy tales, some original and some made up.
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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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