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Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

(Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz #4 - Losing Her Divinity)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,199 ratings  ·  382 reviews
The best writers of our generation retell classic tales. From Sir Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops", literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, today's most acclaimed award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories and use their own unique styles to rebuil ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best writers of our generation retell the classics...

...like Sleeping Beauty... and Carmilla... and that famous classic by William Seabrook.

Huh? The mixture of source material here ranges from fairy tales to Renaissance literature to short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. While I'm not necessarily opposed to this Laissez-faire approach, it's a bit odd in an anthology aimed at teens. How many of them have read E.M. Forster's story "The Machine Stops" or Henry James' "The Jolly Corner
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2-stars
My ARC of Rags & Bones was sent to me by the publisher through Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was not obligated to write a positive review. This is my full and honest opinion.

Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do like it, with its "twisted fairytale" feel and rather ominous ambiance. If only this volume had contained more fairytales than other short stories.

Story #1 - That the Machine May Progress Eternally (Carrie Ryan): Generally I'm not a fan of anti-technology stories because they tend to be anti-
Lauren Scharhag
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review for http://urbanfantasyland.net/

Rag and Bones is a delightful collection. It contains an even dozen of stories by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Margaret Stohl, and Carrie Ryan; Marr and Pratt each have contributed a story as well. As the title implies, these authors offer a fresh riff on golden oldies, running the gamut from fairy tales and folklore to literary classics: Sleeping Beauty, selchies, Kipling and Spencer, James and Hawthorne, monkey’s paws, gothic castles. The almost requisite
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story’s origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea? See a little piece of art through their creative lens? As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

Many of the inspi
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.5/5

Review to come!
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy
DNF this in 2015 and never thought that I would pick it up and re-read it again. These short stories are, shortly, amazing. They were written beautifully and I love how these stories start off, not with introductions and what-nots but they all just jumped straight into the middle of all of these different worlds and then you get to read and see them unfold and at the end everything just clicks and it left me feeling "Well, shit, I didn't see that coming."

Some of my favourites are That the Machin
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I wish they hadn't tried to emphasize that these short stories are based on other works.
For most of these I had never read the inspiration story and therefore had no basis on how "rags and bones" the story had been boiled down to. Since I, and many readers, are not familiar with the inspiration stories it would have been much better to have the Author's Note for each story at the beginning, rather than end, so when reading the short story you'd have a basic idea of where they were goin
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars

I didn't really enjoy this one. Short stories are a real hit or miss for me.

* That the Machine May Progress Eternally - About a boy who doesn't like the machine, but then comes to love it. This was okay, but maybe a bit too long for my tastes.

* The King of Elfland's Daughter - 1 picture, and about a page of text. Bit pointless.

* Losing Her Divinity - A man helps a woman to escape from those people pursuing her, and finds out that she is actually a Goddess. The whole story was told as a
Sep 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This time I'll start by recommending a review, that by Mir at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..., currently with more than 2-score Likes, and also the thread of comments on it.

And I'll go on to add my own comments on that review--most especially about Charles Vess's contribution. (Scroll down to see--please!)

Tim Pratt's "The Cold Corner: A New Twist on a Timeless Tale" is in fact not predictable from Henry James's The Jolly Corner, whose plot a dip into Wikipedia either told or reminded me
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, ala-2013
I am usually not a huge fan of anthologies or short stories, but when I saw that the line up included in Rags & Bones I just had to get my hands on a copy! I am so thankful that I did give this one chance because it was truly amazing.

Every story in this book was awesome and no I am not kidding. Most short stories leave me feeling very unsatisfied and some tend to make me feel like I have stepped into the middle of a story, but the wonderful authors in this one had everything times perfectly and
Rags & Bones is an excellent collection of short stories that showcases some of the best writers of our generation and their ability to take something old and well-known and then flip it inside out, creating something new, flavorful and often times even better than the original sources of inspiration. Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Rick Yancey, Garth Nix and Neil Gaiman are just a few of the bestselling authors who contributed to this eclectic anthology. Edited by the utmost talented Melissa Mar ...more
Liza Wiemer
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales is filled with stories we heard as children, now re-imagined and retold by numerous talented authors. They're creepy and scary, haunting and as memorable as some of the "originals."

Imagine living in a machine.
Imagine a monkey paw that grants wishes but with horrible consequences.
Imagine a woman who turns into a leopard and kills children.
Imagine selling your soul to the devil to save someone you love.
Imagine a goddess who wants to be human.
Imagine Slee
Some stories were interesting, some bland and forgettable. Do not read this expecting fairytale retellings like I did. There are some retellings of some very obscure tales that I have not even heard of.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is one of the stronger anthologies I've read in quite some time. The standouts for me were 'Sirocco', 'The Soul Collector', and 'Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy'.

***½ That the Machine May Progress Eternally by Carrie Ryan (E. M. Forster's 'The Machine Stops') - a suitable counterpart to the EMF story
**** Losing Her Divinity by Garth Nix (Rudyard Kipling's 'The Man Who Would Be King') - I love Nix's stories featuring Sir Hereward and the Sorcerous Puppet, and this was no exception. A
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I received my copy from the Goodreads Firstreads program. This is an anthology in which thirteen popular writers took classic stories which had influenced them and wrote their own stories as retellings or continuations inspired by the original pieces. I'll confess that I wasn't familiar with all of the originals, and think the book would have been enhanced by an explanation of their place and provenance. My favorite was Kelley Armstrong's version of "The Monkey's Paw," and I also enjoyed stories ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
With anthologies, the reading experience is always going to be a mixed bag. Rags & Bones is one I’ll remember as a favorite anthology. Typically, I struggle a bit with short stories, but the good solidly outweighed the rest in this one. The concept, too, is delightfully original. Rather than retelling fairy tales (for the most part), these authors tackle lesser-known classic tales to great effect.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
Bought at the delightful Moonraker Books on Whidbey Island, and consumed in nightly installments in a cabin with the Hedgebrook tribe. Highlights include the Neil Gaiman (surprisingly--I usually don't love his stuff), Holly Black, and Saladin Ahmed pieces. Great illustrations interspersed throughout, by Charles Vess. A nice idea for an anthology--modern stories riffing on sources from The Faerie Queene to The Awakening--and the line drawings are a bonus. ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Apparently, I gave this book three stars the first time I read it. And I didn't write a review. Well, this is the second time, and I have bumped the score up to a four. And now I have a review. :) ...more
Hazel West
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I always love short story anthologies, and I love retellings of any kind so this was a definite must read for me. And while I didn't care for a lot of the stories in this collection, I don't regret reading it either. I enjoy short stories mostly for the fact that a lot of time it forces me to broaden my normal reading horizons that can be, for the most part, rather safe and normal, and I actually did enjoy some of the stories in here that I didn't totally expect to.

"That the Machine May Progress
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
That the Machine May Progress Eternally ★★★☆☆
Losing Her Divinity ★☆☆☆☆
The Sleeper and the Spindle ★★★½☆
The Cold Corner ★★★½☆
Millcara ★★★★½
When First We Were Gods ★★★½☆
Sirocco ★½☆☆☆
Awakened ★★★★☆
New Chicago ★★☆☆☆
The Soul Collector ★★★☆☆
Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy ★½☆☆☆
Uncaged ★☆☆☆☆
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy

I skipped about, reading the stories that caught my eye. So I'll review the ones that I did read separately. Each with their own little star rating as well, since it's hard to judge a compilation when I admittedly skipped about a bit.

Losing her Divinity by Garth Nix - 3.5 stars
Discussing godlets with their priests is often fraught with difficulty, and this search for a goddess who had not left, or who possibly had, but under a different name, was very much in keeping with the tradition of
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED! Definitely a must-read for fantasy fans. Haunting, lyrical and beautiful stories.
Oct 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Perfectly nice stories based on other stories, favorites of the authors. Nary a one stood out to me.
Jessica Mocha
This book is a collection of short stories that are twists on fairy tales of old. "Soul Collector" by Kami Garcia. This story is a modern day twist on the Grim Brothers "Rumpelstiltskin". Instead of the story being set in a lad of magic and fairy tales, the story takes place in a realistic setting and takes a look at organized crime.
This story is perfect to use in a middle school classroom because it changes things up a little bit and gives them a break from the classics they usually read. It a
Karen Mardahl
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course I picked up Rags and Bones because it had the name Neil Gaiman on the cover. That is a definite magnet for me! He was but one of the authors in this collection of well-known tales where each author has given a tale a twist to bring out new nuances in the stories. In some cases, it helped to know the original. In other cases, it didn't matter. I did not know all the original stories, but I am slightly tempted to seek them out and read them now.

I will list some of the tales (for my own r
I was hoping to enjoy this short story anthology more than I did. I actually had a hard time getting through it. So instead of writing about what I didn't like, I'll only concentrate on the stories that I did like, or at least the ones that captured my imagination.

The first story by Carrie Ryan is based on E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops". It started off slow for me but it turned out to be an intriguing read on the dangers of becoming too dependent on technology. It was kinda creepy how that c
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
Review by Louis - Year 8

Rags and Bones is an anthology of fairy tales re-told/re-imagined with twists and turns, making a refreshing change from the typical Princess in tower rescued by Prince. These are not however, the well known fairy-tales most I hadn’t heard of before. For me this only makes the book more exciting because I didn’t know what I was going into.

I will be honest and say this is not the sort of book I would choose to read off of a shelf. But it surprised me because I actually lov
Overall, this collection of short-stories was a monumental disappointment. I've realized that mostly everything slapped with the label "dark" is not to my liking. In this case it's because if you're going to make it dark and depressing or scary as hell, at least make me care about your characters or, at the very least, write an interesting story. In the end, I only fully read 4 of the 12 stories, either due to content or total lack of interest.

Carrie Ryan's offering "That The Machine May Progres
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though I haven't read pretty much any of the stories that were reworked in this collection (the King of Elfland's Daughter, "the Monkey's Paw," and the traditional fairytales excepted) I still found the stories to be interesting enough on their own. There are definitely a few base stories that I should have read ages ago - looking at Rudyard Kipling and Edmund Spenser here - and I am surprised that I've never read Le Fanu's Carmilla, but this just serves to prompt me to go back to the class ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This was my "Short Stories" selection for the Read Harder challenge.

I'm not much of a short story reader in general, but I do love retellings. (Which I recently learned are officially called "Parallel Fiction." The more you know!) I hoped that by mixing in retellings with short stories, I might be a happier camper. But, alas, short stories are still not my favorite thing. They just so often feel like a bite, when I want a meal. And perhaps most problematic, they're so frigging easy to put down a
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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