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Bedknobs and Beanstalks

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An erotic collection of m/m fairy tales!

Once upon a time. As children, those four words told us we were about to enter a brand-new world: scarier, happier, more enchanted than our everyday life. No matter our own particular expectations and experience with fairy tales, we knew we were in for a wild ride. Handsome princes would save beautiful damsels in distress and the ogr
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 272 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Ravenous Romance (first published October 20th 2009)
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Kathy
I love anthologies, but I've learned to expect that not all the stories in it are going to appeal to me. Well, this anthology threw that assumption out the window!
There are nine very different stories and each one of them, in my opinion, is a winner.
Who knew that one minute I'd be reading a retelling ~ and a very naughty one at that ~ of Jack and the Beanstalk and then the next I was in ancient Japan's era of the Samurai ~ and sexy? ooh ya. What's really amazing is that they actually go togethe
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Angel Martinez
I realize to my chagrin that I never reviewed this collection. Bad, bad reader. So here goes - Anthologies are tricky to review since it's impossible to like all of the stories equally. There are a couple of stories here I would have given 3'2 and a couple would receive 5's if they were standalone, so I've taken the average for the whole.

EM doesn't have an entry herself in this set but she does a fabulous job as editor, a harder prospect than one might imagine. Themed anthologies can be deadly b
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Carole

It's always hard to rate an anthology because the writing skill and enjoyment potential is different for each story, but here the stories are of uniformly high quality. All of the stories are cleverly fleshed out, using the original tale as a skeleton and branching out into new and imaginative territory. My favorite story has to be Ashes and Crystal, because who would have thought of the poor prince with a really large slipper because the disappearing beauty is really a guy. I also loved Jack an
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Jenre
I'm a big fantasy fan and I love inverted fairy stories so this anthology of short stories all of which take an established fairy story or ideas from fairy stories and turns it around into a m/m story seemed just the thing for me. Surprisingly for an anthology, all the stories were well written with clever plots and interesting characters. In fact, it's been quite difficult for me to single out one or two stories to highlight as my favourites.

Swan Made by Mina Kelly caught my interest because it
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Isa K.
Some of these tales are wicked and laugh at loud funny. To be honest though, I was expecting something darker and edgier from the description, but really most of these tales are more of Disney-style sweet fairytales with sex scenes thrown in. There's a lot of true love (always instantaneous) and a lot of rejecting the princess you're supposed to marry for the handsome woodcutter ... not really my thing.

But it was worth it for the Hansel and Gretel parody (and Jack and the Beanstalk was brilliant
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Jeff Erno
I really enjoyed every story in this anthology, but my favorites were the Merman story, the Cinderella story, and Hansel & Gretel. Overall, this collection was fantastic. Some of the stories were humorous, some very sexy, and all had wonderful happy endings. I've read a lot of anthologies, and usually there are at least a couple stories within that are not so great, but I can honestly say that I loved all of these.
Julesmarie
As soon as I discovered there was an anthology of m/m fairy tale stories I knew I would love it. And I did! Some of the stories seemed more successful than others, which is to be expected with anthologies, but overall they came together to make a wonderfully cohesive book.

Lots of fun, and I'm sure I'll re-read several of the stories in the future. I loved, LOVED Ashes and Crystal and The Merman's Tail. Jack and the Peenstalk cracked me up. The rest were okay. The swan one was just weird.
Elizabeth
3.5 stars
Nine short stories, most of them a retelling of a classic fairy tale, all written by new-to-me authors. I enjoyed them all, some more than the others.
My favorite was Swan made by Mina Kelly, which was a bit darker than the rest.
Kintaro by S.J. Frost was also different, I don't know whether is based in some specific tale since I'm not familiar with Japanese culture but it had Samurais.
Jack and the peenstalk by Clancy Nacht was really funny and Handsome and Grateful was very sexy and ha
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Jay Meo
This is a fantastic book in every sense of the word, edited by the renowned author E.M. Lynley. Clancy Nacht tells of a giant peenstalk which leads into the sky and the land of a lonely giant. Will Jack give up everything to return to him? Lenore Black talks of a prince in love with a swan who comes as a handsome man into his room at night. Mercy Loomis weaves the tale of a pukha, a werewolf who seduces a shepherd boy. S. J. Frost tells of a young Japanese warrior who bows to beauty. Jason Rubis ...more
Tam
This is an anthology of reworked fairy tales which I generally enjoy. There are nine fairy tales by nine authors. Maybe I’ll quickly go through them. Time killer here.

1) Jack and the Peenstalk by Clancy Nacht – Jack is a size queen who finally gets his wish. It was quite humourous and set in current times with reference to the US mortgage crisis, the crappy economy and Jack having a degree in Philosophy which entitled him to work at Starbucks.

2) The Rebelliously Single Prince by Leonore Black –
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Sue
Won't go into a great deal of detail about this, except to say that for a fairy-tale anthology it didn't quite live up to my hopes.
The stories and my ratings:

Jack and the Peenstalk by Clancy Nacht - 1 star
The Rebelliously Single Prince by Lenore Black - 3 stars
Cry Wolf by Mercy Loomis - 4 stars
Kintaro by S.J. Frost - 3 stars
Ashes and Crystal by Jason Rubis - 2 stars
Handsome and Grateful by Kilt Kilpatrick - 1 star
Swan Made by Mina Kelly - 2 stars
King’s Honor by JL Merrow - 4 stars
The Merman’s Ta
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KV Taylor
I actually read part of this when it came out, since long-time writing pal (what's the right word for that, anyhow?) Mina Kelly is in it. I loved what I read, so I don't know why I stopped--I actually went back and read it all over again this weekend so I could see how it all worked together and was very pleased. It's got something for everyone--funny, sad, intense, absurd, and all the places in between, and has some of the most imaginative tellings of these particular tales I think you're likel ...more
Riayl
Jack and the Peenstalk by Clancy Nacht - 3 stars

The Rebelliously Single Prince by Lenore Black - 3 stars

Cry Wolf by Mercy Loomis - 3 stars

Kintaro by S.J. Frost - 3 stars

Ashes and Crystal by Jason Rubis - 3 stars

Handsome and Grateful by Kilt Kilpatrick - 2.5 stars

Swan Made by Mina Kelly - 4 stars

King’s Honor by JL Merrow - 4 stars

The Merman’s Tail by Jay Di Meo - 5 stars
Pamela Craft Jenewein
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Another anthology displaying the powers of a bunch of authors whose imagination has no bounds. I say this with a genuine chuckle from having experienced enjoyment from this anthology. Spinning yarns off the nursery stories of my childhood, this collection of short stories gives new meaning to Cinderella (Ashes and Crystal) and Jack in the Beanstalk (Jack and the Peenstalk); just to name a few. The plots are engaging, even humorous. Whereas the characters within each distinctive
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Lucy
I would have to give this at least a four just for the first story, Jack and the Peenstalk, which made me laugh out loud. It was ridiculous, sarcastic and so funny, and I drove people (sorry, MM) crazy repeating it. The rest of the anthology was hit or miss. I did love the story of Ashes, a Cinderfella tale, but others really didn't like. The Handsome and Grateful (Hansel and Gretel) left me cold, as did the Japanese samuri. Others, such as the Merman, were okay, but slow. Cry Wolf, a shifter ta ...more
Mara Ismine
I enjoyed the collection of stories. Some more than others, as is usually the case with anthologies, but the mixture was very well chosen and I didn't have trouble finishing any of the stories.
Roxanne
I know some were meant to be funny, but would help if they actually were funny and not just badly written. I mean, seriously those were the best stories they could come up with? meh.
Z. Allora
I found this Japanese fairy tale interesting and unique. I like how we see how things end up in the future.
Lillian Francis
Anyone know where I can get a copy of this? Looks like it's no longer available.
Gene

Most of these sexy little gay fairy tales are quite nicely written, actually.
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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series is best described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste.

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