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Tales of Woe and Wonder collects nine short stories. There are original fantasy stories and fairy tales as well as classic fairy tales retold. You'll find a mix of fairy tale wonder and tragic woe, ranging from a young boy's first brush with the harsh realities of war in "A Gift from over the Sea" to a miraculous bridge in "The Master and the Miller's Daughter" to a young ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by CreateSpace (first published August 2nd 2012)
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Malcolm Cowen
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
These are not fairy tales, fairy tales are for children.
These are tales of Tolkein's Faerie, the dangerous land whose stories take us outside the grey mundane world.

Well-structured stories, which are short enough to read in a few minutes, and make their point, joyful or (occasionally) horrific, with brevity and elegence. I've been turned off too many fantasies which failed that test, but I enjoyed Chapman's style.

The setting is faithful to the genre conventions. Kings, Princesses, Woodcutters pl
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Keanan Brand
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Tales of Woe and Wonder" is an excellent title for this collection of short stories. I didn't quite know what to expect when I dove in, but I'm glad I did. There's darkness here -- as there was in the old fairy tales -- but also much wonder.

Sometimes I stopped to re-read a sentence or a phrase, enjoying the way the words sounded, how they fit one another. Enjoying the actual writing in a novel is a rare thing for me these days, so when I encounter it, I share it with the world.

I highly recomm
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Merrie
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recieved a free copy of this book a while back through the Goodreads giveaway contest. This collection of short stories has something in it for everyone. Following the tradition of the Grimm Fairytales, these stories are more dark in nature and wont necessarily leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. My personal favorite was "Under the Bridge."

This book is a quick read and I would recommend it to anyone enjoys short stories that stimulate the imagination.
Stephen Ramey
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short collection of fantasy stories. Good variety, good mix of moods. My favorite was The Master and the Miller's Daughter, a story of strength and determination with an uplifting final line that made me smile contentedly.
Joanne
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads.

I loved this book of short stories. The stories are based on Fairytales that are a bit dark in nature. I found each story to be unique and very entertaining.
There is something in it for everyone. I Highly recommend this book.
Martin Willoughby
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some terrific fables and some new takes on old stories.
Lyndon
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeff Chapman's tales of woe and wonder are aptly named; each short story elicits an immediate emotional response upon its conclusion while allowing ample room for thoughtful, spiritual reflection long after the story is set aside. This varied collection of classic fantasy fiction fits within the wonderfully imaginative genre of fairy tales, fables, tall tales, and legends. Many provide a moral lesson, being cautionary in nature, a few are allegorical, but all provide what readers want - a good s ...more
Pauline Creeden
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Held within these pages is a new take on the old Fairy Tale. Happily ever after is not guaranteed, just as in real life. These stories align with the Grimm tales in that no bad deed goes unpunished, and the foolish may end up in a witch's cauldron.

Jeff Chapman's bewitching use of prose kept me on the edge of my seat throughout such tales alike "The Hand and the Knife," and has renewed my interest in reading some of the older tales. He has created characters whose actions are believable in a fanc
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