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Once Upon a Time Machine by Andrew Carl
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This lush anthology explores fairy tales (and some fictional classics) through the lens of science fiction. By turns grim, biting, enchanting, and wistful, the stories and imagery reshape our understanding of the significance of these long-cherished stories and tropes: Hansel and Gretel as bees, Pinocchio as a holographic truth-teller, John Henry as the final frontier "against" the introduction of robotic workers, Goldilocks facing justice for what she's done to a planet's native life-forms...

Like the original stories, these are not necessarily intended for a young audience. Happily-ever-after does not always greet the protagonists.

The art is variegated--ranging from extremely stylized and comic to superhero-style to reminiscent of traditional folktale illustrations--but always impressive. In fact, some of the story "retellings" consist of only one or two frames of imagery.

I appreciated the chance to review this via NetGalley at the invitation of one of the contributors. I do feel that the electronic version probably pales in comparison to the print version--the resolution of the ebook pages is insufficient to read some of the fine print clearly, and some of the spreads are clearly meant to be read in the book's analog format, not electronically.
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Aurora Deshauteurs This sounds good! Thanks for the recommendation

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