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Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  178 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of "once upon a time." Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Prime Books (first published September 29th 2013)
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4.5 stars overall. This anthology was much, but much better than Guran's other anthology, Beyond the Woods.

Yes, the quality is still uneven. I think by now it must be a standard disclaimer as well as a genre cliché to say that about anthologies, but it isn't less true for that. So, what makes this one better for me? For one, that the entire anthology doesn't live or die on one single star-author included in it, as was the case with the previous, that relied mainly on Tanith Lee's brilliance to s
Sep 11, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
A strong collection of fairy tales; adapted, twisted, re-imagined, re-purposed and made anew for a modern audience. These tales capture the original tales and make them feel fresh and new. And whilst most collection of short stories have a few that aren't as strong as the others, all these tales stand strong alone and collectively.

The Coin of Heart's Desire
A tale I hadn't heard of the sacrifice a ruler must make for its Kingdom. I loved the characters in it and the twists and turns.

The Lenten Ro
Sep 02, 2013 Hilary rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale, netgalley
As always, with an anthology, there are some stories you love, some which challenge you, some which confuse you, some which are surprisingly short, and usually one you just don't like for some reason, and this was no exception. Most of these stories meld the old and the new, so read on to see Puss In Boots, Beauty and the Beast, the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood - amongst others - in a very different way. You'll find role reversals and substitutions, all in the s ...more

Le antologie di racconti, soprattutto se di più autori, soffrono di un bizzarro destino: o si trovano alcune chicche insperate oppure (sigh) non rendono giustizia agli autori e alle autrici, spesso anche notevoli.
Così anche per questa raccolta, Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales.
Ci sono delle storie che meritano menzione, come quelle di Ekaterina Sedia, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen; altre gradevoli, altre ancora dimenticabili.
Si passa da brani impregnati di realismo magico ad altri spiccatamente f
Paul Decker
Oct 21, 2013 Paul Decker rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology of short stories. I highly recommend it to fans of fairytales. There were many stories referencing tales I've never heard of, so fairy tale fanatics will love this book. Averaging up all the reviews (excluding the one story I couldn't finish) gives this book a 4/5 and I agree with that.

The Coin of Heart's Desire by Yoon Ha Lee: Dragons and trickery. Questions and bargains. This is an Asian influenced fable with an interesting world where the Empire is led
I love fairy tales, and I like clever retellings. Most of these fit into the two categories.

Coin of Heart's Desire: a very cool Korean fairy tale about sacrifice and responsibility. I really liked the atmosphere and the beautiful writing. Definitely checking out the author's other books.

The Lenten Rose: Snow Queen is one of my super favorite fairy tales, and this one was done really well. Some extra character development was nice, and the theme of poison was pretty cool throughout.

The Spinnin
Oct 26, 2013 LaToya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance addicts and fairy tale fans
Recommended to LaToya by: NetGalley
I love fairy tales and I was drawn to this book! Any lover of the tv series Once Upon a Time will love this book. For an anthology, there are always some stories that are stronger than others.

My favorite stories are:
"The Coin of the Heart's Desire" by: Yoon Ha Lee
"Sleeping Beauty of Elista" by: Ekaterina Sedia
"Blanchefleur" by: Theodora Goss

My least favorite stories are:
"The Lenten Rose" by: Genevieve Valentine (I was a little confused)
"Tales that Fairies Tell" by: Richard Bowes (Super long,
I had no intention of getting sucked into this book! I was just going to read Caitlín R. Kiernan's story, which was nominated for a 2014 Locus Award for best short story, and maybe one or two others. (Kiernan was also nominated in the novella category and for her collection.) But the editor really got me in the intro, "Where did it all start for you?...For me it was a book title Fifty Famous Fairy Stories..." That book is on my shelf upstairs, one of the few I have from my early childhood. How I ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As has been long documented on this blog, I adore fairy tales in pretty much all iterations so of course I was going to take the opporutnity to read the new variations contained in this book. My usual policy for short story collections is to review each individually (just a few sentences) so be ready for a long one today because we have eighteen to cover.

"The Coin of Heart's Desire" by Yoon Ha Lee: This story is based on a
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Sep 03, 2013 Mel (Daily Prophecy) rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2013, netgalley

I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, but this one features fairy tales and I thought: you can’t go wrong with that. Obviously, you can.. There were more stories I enjoyed than hated, but most of them were just enjoyable with the potential of being great. I’m going to point out the highlights and the ones I dislike, because reviewing them all would make this review too long.

Good stories:
Sleeping beauty of Elista.
The blend of the original tale with the modern
Oct 10, 2013 Krutula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-fan, anthologies
Fairytale retellings in an anthology - I was so drawn in by it. I have read anthologies before, but I don't think any retelling-based ones. So, while it took me some time to finish it, thanks to some slow stories around the middle of the book, I am glad I completed it. I found the best stories at the start and finish of the book.

The stories I liked best were Coin of Heart's Desire, Blanchefleur and Flight - they were innovative and beautifully written, at times combining two or more tales into
Sometimes I forget how much I love reworkings of fairy tales. How crazy is that?

Ever since my mother (I think?) gave me a lovely little collection of twisted fairy tales - I have no idea what it was called, whether they were all by the same person, or whatever - I have been passionate about people taking well worn stories and twisting them. Sometimes slightly, sometimes extremely. But, it turns out, I forget this. And then I read Troll's Eye View, and I remember... because sometimes the villain
I averaged this book out at about a solid 3. That, to me, is a respectable rating for a anthology. Too often collections such as this include one story that you really like and the rest are bombs. This one is chalk full of princesses, trolls, castles, adventures, and misadventures. Like most anthologies, I wasn’t madly in love with every story. I’d rate Castle of Masks (The story of a beast who demands the company of the local maidens) and Flight (the story of a princess who is put to the test t ...more
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran was published October 2, 2013 by Prime Books. It's a fantastic collection of 18 stories. "Contributions could be new interpretations of old fairy tales or an original story inspired by earlier fairy tales." Among the authors gathered within the pages are Caitlin R. Kiernan, A.C. Wise, Tanith Lee, and Jane Yolen.

Generally speaking, I do enjoy fairy tales, and these were no exception. Of course I did end up with a few favorites though. A few
Paula  Phillips
Mar 22, 2014 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Seeing this book appealed to me for two reasons , the first was that it was edited by Paula Guran and I happen to be a big fan of all the anthologies she has been the editor of and second, those who have read my blog posts and know me will know that when it comes to fairytales and renditions - I am one of their biggest fans. At first though, I thought this anthology might have been fairytales with an erotic twist as the cover has that feel to it but once I cracked open the book and started read ...more
Jessica Malice
Nov 13, 2014 Jessica Malice rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastical
I loved it. I do fairytales though. oh! my lungs are swelling with romance. I don't even know what it is I love about them so much. maybe it is the good coming to good and bad to bad, the good justly obtaining royalty and the bad rolled about in spiked barrels and locked into red hot iron shoes, the way never happens in real life. maybe it is the magical assistance. perhaps I feel my life is one of those imporrible tasks one must complete for her life, and am hoping for an enchanted fox or crow ...more
Eleanor With Cats
Mar 21, 2014 Eleanor With Cats is currently reading it
Shelves: short-stories
I am going to try something new and add notes to this review as time goes on. I almost always read anthologies out of order, so my page by page progress is not going to make much sense on this one. But I don't want to wait til the end to review everything because I will have forgotten some of the stories' vividness by then, and I think the best reviews of short story collections are the ones where the reviewer says a little about every story. These also help when the page the review is posted on ...more
J.L. Doty
Feb 04, 2015 J.L. Doty rated it liked it
This is a collection of short stories, all fairy tales, by some well-known and talented writers. They either rewrite old fairy tales with a new twist or setting, or make up knew ones, some modern, and some in the old style.

These writers are experienced, competent and talented, so the quality of the work and the writing is excellent. That said, to really enjoy this book you must be a fan of fairy tales, regarding which I am neutral. And as with all anthologies, the short stories vary considerably
Nov 10, 2013 Delia rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of these "new" fairy tales I loved this book. Anyone who likes to get away from it all and enjoy a little magic now and again will enjoy this series of stories. The world seems to be captivated with breathing new life into tales that for many generations were considered for children only. I especially enjoyed the intro because I felt the editor enjoyed putting the collection together as much as I did reading it. I also like these multi author anthologies. Its a nice way to sampl ...more
Arec Rain
Apr 16, 2014 Arec Rain rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love fairy tales, so of course I was thrilled to find this collection. It is impossible for me to give it anything less than 5 stars because I could not find fault with a single story. Even though I did not like every story, I could not blame the publisher or the authors for the story just not being my taste. I can admit when a story is good even though I don't like the genre. Every story was interesting, expertly written, and interesting. I found myself laughing, crying , and holdi ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Tintaglia rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, short-stories
Raccolta nel complesso piuttosto mediocre, come (c'è da dirlo) capita di solito alle antologie di più autori. Bellissimo lo straziante racconto di Ekaterina Sedia, divertente quello di Jane Yolen, suggestivo quello di Tanith Lee, piacevoli quelli di Yoon Ha Lee, Nathan Ballingrud e Kaaron Warren, ma gli altri nel complesso dimenticabili, incapaci di distinguersi nel bene come nel male.
Resta il fatto che anche solo i primi tre racconti che ho citato valgono, a mio pare, l'intera antologia, che co
Shellie Kennedy
Sep 23, 2015 Shellie Kennedy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was an interesting read. Some stories were better than others, but that's what I like about anthologies; you're not committed to reading every story. Just like a book, if you get a few pages in and you're falling asleep, skip to the next one. I found myself more attracted to the shorter stories than the longer ones. I think because they felt the most "fairy tale-ish." Most traditional fairy tales are short and contain very concise messages. I think that's why the shorter stories appealed mo ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
I love fairy tales and anything related to them the originals as well as updated ones with different twists and yes Disney. This is an intriguing collection of stories based on tales we are familiar with. As with any anthology some I liked more than others. Yolen's take on Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots in a future new York were two of my favorites.My Favorite however was Born And Bread By Kaaron Warren based in part on a russian fairy tales. If you like fairy tales with new and innovative tw ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Ron rated it really liked it
Paula Guran is to be commended for collecting these entertaining rewritten fairy tales into one volume. I have enjoyed these types of collections since Datlow and Windling started the trend in modern fairy tales in the 1980's. In this collection we have several memorable tales such as Blanchefleur, Castle of Masks, The Giant in Repose. Of course, your favorites will vary from mine, so read this collection and choose for yourself
Oct 09, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
This is a collection of short stories that are fairy tales, mostly based upon older stories. While I did like some of the stories - very much - there were more that I did not enjoy than there were that I enjoyed. My favorites were the stories "Castle of Masks", "The Giant in Repose", and Blanchefleur". They are original and unique and interesting fairy tale like stories. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.
Mar 19, 2014 Sean rated it it was amazing
A lovely collection of new and retold tales from near and far, most are quite short but all are well written. Some have happy endings, some do not, but all are full of wonder and magic, both of which we need more of in the world. Each of the authors tells a little about their interaction (and often love) of such stories and about their inspiration for the piece they included, quite interesting and charming. If you like fairy tale retold, this collection will be well worth your time.
Sep 23, 2013 Glennis rated it liked it
A good solid collection of fairy tales that are a retellings of older stories. I liked Keirnan's take on Little Red Riding Hood and Yolen's Sleeping Beauty from a different viewpoint was fun. Not every story was a remix of another story but took the bones of fairy tales and made them into new stories. IT certainly reminded me of they Datlow and Windling collections of stories and I hope there will be more.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.
Sep 24, 2014 Lark rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
Was searching for a Tanith Lee book when I opened this one on a whim. And to my surprise, I recognized the first story. But the taste of new-old stories was beautiful and I sat down and promptly reread collection again.

Some of these are beautiful. Some of them are forgettable. But this is a fairy tale book worth reading.

3.5 rounded down.
Jenn S.
Sep 22, 2013 Jenn S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
Interesting take on once familiar tales with an infusion of darkness making them fresh and very different and yet still familiar. Some are done better than the others but as a collection it's good. The writing is clean and well done with some beautiful imagery. Worthwhile read and certainly enjoyable as a whole.
Aug 11, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
Hit-or-miss, as short story anthologies are wont to do. There were definitely some standouts, like the pediatric AIDS version of "Sleeping Beauty" and the one about the guy who sets out to slay a maiden-eating monster by cross-dressing and passing himself off as the yearly sacrifice.
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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