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Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered.

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Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?

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Paperback, 728 pages
Published January 14th 2015 by Bearded Scribe Press
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The Bearded Scribe I decided to publish an anthology of one of my favorite literary elements: fairytale retellings. I extended the scope to include folklore, fable, and…moreI decided to publish an anthology of one of my favorite literary elements: fairytale retellings. I extended the scope to include folklore, fable, and myth, then contacted a few authors to contribute. This anthology serves as the launch of my new publishing house, The Bearded Scribe Press.(less)
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Missie
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A new published friend asked me to review her short story in the anthology Twice Upon A Time and I could not turn her down. I am so proud of AJ Bauers and all the work she has done in the past year to achieve her dreams! She moved to a brand new state and started going to school to pursue her dream of creative writing - leaving her family, friends and a career behind. She is already making strides with her first story published in Twice Upon a Time!

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Emily Craven
This anthology was a mixed bag for me, some stories were brilliant and other stories needed a tight edit (I'd say the ones that were brilliant were because the author themselves already had a tight handle on editing). While, conceptually a great idea, the anthology needed a much tighter curation, at 745 pages in length it needed to be about half the size (I have this feeling the editor didn't want to say 'no' to anyone). In saying that, if you skip over the stories that aren't doing it for you, ...more
Tina
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it


Twice Upon a Time is a delightful and eclectic collection of tales with a supernatural twist. Ranging from fairy tale retellings set in the future to mixtures of beloved tales blended into a fantastical dream (or nightmare), you never know what characters you might stumble across. Like any anthology, there are ups and downs from story to story. Overall though, I thought that the collection was very well chosen, and there were definitely some hidden gems in there.

Readers to be warned though, many
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Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Note: I was provided with a copy of this book for review.

Twice Upon a Time is an anthology of fairytale retellings and cover everything from the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, fables, myths, as well as numerous folklores. Each fairy tale has been interpreted and retold differently and the myriad of authors who contribute have created stories that reimagine fairy tales in beautiful, unimaginable, and captivating ways.

What is wonderful about this collection is each story takes a differen
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Kimber Wheaton
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the editor in exchange for an honest review

I'm going to start by saying WOW. Not since Brothers' Grimm have I been so entranced with a collection of short stories. What made this anthology fantastic was the imagination and creativity that went into each individual story. These authors weren't just hacking up old stories and regurgitating them. The stories in Twice Upon a Time were unique and compelling -- all of them. The stories range from modern to fantasy to sci-fi,
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Tay LaRoi
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“Twice Upon A Time” is a brilliant collection of tales that breathe new life into classic stories and introduce readers to ones that feel like they should be classics. It also provides a wonderful chance for independent authors to showcase their work along traditionally-published authors, proving once and for all that they have what it takes to write along side those who take more conventional routes to success.

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Queen Spades
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Note: A copy of this book was provided by the editor in exchange for an honest review.

Twice Upon a Time is a juggernaut of fairy tales, folklore and myth—a collaboration of different authors for the purpose of giving an alternate take … a dark side, if you will, to a genre usually geared towards the “moral of the story” and “happily ever after”.

I typically start off with the assets of a book but I will deviate from my usual and begin with some suggested improvements.

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Crystal Marie
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty cool book, but I knew it would be from the description. Basically, it’s an anthology of fairy tales told in a new way. There’s Grimm Brothers of course, fables, myths, folklore – it’s awesome. Each tale is different and imaginative in a way that I didn’t know was possible.

My favorite story in this book was the Spear Among Spindles, which is the retelling of the Helen of Troy myth in modern day. I thought the way it was brought into the present was incredible and captivating and
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Kim
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Twice Upon a time is a collection of Fairytale Folklore with a darkness woven throughout. Unlike the happy tales we all know, each author tells the take in their own unique way. There are so many different tales told, giving each reader something to enjoy.
The first story was a bit too twisted for me. Luckily, it was a quick read and the next one proved to be much better. Some are so dark and full of horrendous acts, and some feature romance and suspense. The tale that stood out the most for me,
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Kim Falconer
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've delighted in these stories. Such a wonderful range. Beautifully written and edited.

My favourite?

Tarran Jone's ‘All That Glitters’. The retelling of the 'girl with no hands' is very moving to me, a story I researched when the far distant planet Sedna was discovered. In ancient lore, Sedna was also a girl with no hands, the meaning and metaphor as relevant today as ever.

Fabulous read!
Katherine
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Good imagination of the writers, loved the remastered stories
Nicola
Jul 25, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
A collection of essentially amateur writers. May revisit when retired.
Andretta Schellinger
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
There were done really good stories and some that could use some work. The main issue is that this was over 740 pages long. Would have done alot better in pieces.
Liz
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A good mix of stories. As always for an anthology, some were more to my taste than others.
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