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(Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  37 reviews
There’s always something magical about horses, isn’t there? Whether winged or at home in the water, mechanical or mythological, the equines that gallop through these pages span the fantasy spectrum. In one story a woman knits her way up to the stars and in another Loki's descendant grapples with bizarre transformations while fighting for their life. A woman races on a uniq ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by World Weaver Press
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The Captain
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy short stories eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

This was a short story collection that I requested because it was about me first love of ponies before the sea stole me heart. And it had a story by Jane Yolen. I was super busy and needed something that I could easily pick up and put down at whim. So I figured that this would float me boat. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of time wanting to put this do
Nancie Lafferty
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Received this book in a give-away and am happy I did. Not my usual genre, but there's always the love of horses - even fantastical ones. Excellent writing in these unusual and riveting stories. I may have to venture out more!
Beth Cato
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, anthology, fantasy, horse
Wow, that a fantastic anthology. Not a bad story in the bunch. The settings and horse mythologies are incredibly diverse, too, ranging from unique takes on the results of Loki's, ahem, shapeshifting habits to a fae creature in Newfoundland to several fresh secondary worlds. If you love fantasy stories and horses, do yourself a favor and get this.
Nicki Markus
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus is a delightful collection of stories which, as you might expect from the title, all feature horses in one form or another. There's an eclectic mix, including Sleipnir and unicorns, and most of the tales are fantasy or magical realism. As always with an anthology, some stories appealed to me more than others. There was only one at which I took umbrage, and that was because it set up a major plot idea but then suddenly ended, as if, perhaps, it was an intro to a novel. To me, anthology stor ...more
T.R. North
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderfully eclectic anthology, with practically any stripe of fantasy a grown-up weird horse girl could want on offer between the covers. I was partial to the kelpie variants, with Diana Hurlburt's sweat-soaked Florida twist on the legendary beasts ("Eel and Bloom") being a standout and Stephanie Cain's "To Ride a Steel Horse" being a wonderful surprise. It was a pleasure to find that the stories ran the gamut of genres and tones, though--the copy isn't kidding when it says the uniti ...more
Tabitha Lord
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I forget how much I enjoy short stories. Often an anthology isn’t the first thing I pick up at the bookstore, but the experience of reading a well-curated collection is always satisfying. In the latest installment of her Magical Menageries series, editor Rhonda Parrish offered up the title Equus and invited writers to weave tales about mythical horses. The stories she’s assembled are varied in scope and tone, and they range in genre from pure fantasy to horror to science fiction, but they’re all ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great anthology! This book reminded me of how important short stories are. Not all stories need to be 400 pages long and these writers have proven it. Now I want to read Rhonda's other anthologies.

I would also like to say, while I am here, that most male readers, and I am certainly guilty of this myself, tend to read stories written by male authors or from a male point of view. This anthology is loaded full of intense and imaginative female heroines. From battling demons to riding war un
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars
What another fabulous anthology from Rhonda Parrish and is the fifth in her Magical Menageries series. Equus is full of lovely short stories about horses, both real and magical! I am not usually a fan of horse stories but I really did enjoy this collection. I have this obsession with Unicorns at the moment so I was excited they were featured amongst these stories! I have read some of the other anthologies that Rhonda has edited and what I always find is how well written the stories contai
Jemima Pett
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful collection of short stories involving horses (or horse-like animals) in some way. Most are excellent, but some are brilliant. Review to follow.
Tobin Elliott
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm SO not a horse person, but the variety of ideas and broad spectrum of horse types worked well. Good collection.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Equus an Anthology
Authors: Multiple
Edited By Rhonda Parrish
Five Stars
Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries Book 5
In this Anthology there are 19 different authors with one common theme.....Freedom. The authors are all writing about horses in the fantasy spectrum. These authors are sharing the love of horses. If you are a fantasy horse lover this anthology would be great for you. There are so many different types of horses in the fantasy world. The great Pegasus that comes from the star
Katie Kearney
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Equus by Rhonda Parrish is the 5th book in her anthology series Magical Menageries. It contains stories by by Jane Yolen, Tamsin Showbrook, M.L.D Curelas , Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Dan Koboldt, Pat Flewwelling, Stephanie A. Cain, Sandra Wickham, and J.G. Formato. It is a collection of 19 short stories all revolving around a horse in some shape or form. Whether it is a Pegasus or a steam-punk version you can bet a horse will be in these stories.

In Stars , Wings, and Knitted things by J.G. Formato
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give Equus (Book 5 in the Magical Menageries series) by Rhonda Parrish, 5 stars.

Horses have always meant a lot in the magical world. This anthology has all sorts of these horses, in all sorts of stories, ranging from very short stories to longer shorts, from whimsical to intense. A few of the stories included in this anthology are:

Stars, Wings, and Knitting Things by JG Formato
She is not happy. Her husband wants her to be the perfect little wife. He used to find her quirky, now he is just anno
Krystal gaston
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus is an Anthology and also a part of Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries (volume 5) which includes work by various authors. These stories are all based off of one common theme: equines. Many of the stories vary from fantasy to a little suspense/horror. There are 19 stories in all. There are different versions of equine like the popular unicorn mentioned in each story.
The first story in the anthology is Stars, Wings and Knitting Things written by J.G. Formato. This is Annie’s story about fee
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus by Rhonda Parrish is the fifth book in a series called “Magical Menageries”. I enjoyed the book and the stories were good. Some grabbed my attention a little more than others. I love to knit, and so when I read the synopsis for this book, I was very much intrigued that knitting was going to somehow be included in one of the stories. Turns out it is the first story of the book. I will admit though that it took me a little bit to get “into” the story. It was just a little confusing at times ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Equus: Magical Menageries Book by Rhonda Parrish is a wonderfully magical collection of stories revolving around horses by the following authors: J.G. Formato, Diana Hurlburt, Tamsin Showbrook, M.L.D Curelas, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, VF LeSann, Dan Koboldt, J.J. Roth, Susan MacGregor, Pnat Flewwelling, Angela Rega, Michael Leonberger, Sandra Wickham, Stephanie Cain, Cat McDonald, Andrew Bourelle, Chadwick Ginther, K.T. Ivanrest, and Jane Yolen. I gave this fantastical find 5 stars! Omg, did this ...more
Candida Hopper
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries book 5) is a book of wonderfully magical told short stories about different horses including unicorns. If you love horses, real or imagined you will love reading these stories about love, freedom, and fantastical places these authors imaginations can take you.
There were some stories that I related to more than others, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. I have read some work from some of the authors featured in this book but there were some I ha
Daniell Bauer
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Equus by Rhonda Parrish is a book full of short stories about horses, unicorns and other horse like creatures. It is nothing like I have ever read before. I would rate it 3/5 stars as I feel many of the stories need some more development or background in order to catch the reader’s attention.
The first story “Stars, Wings and Knitting Things” tells a story of a newlywed whose husband is never home due to work. She is characterized as crazy and is an “embarrassment” to husband. She ends up on thi
Amanda O'Connell
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is not normally something I would read but I actually got into a few of the stories. With nineteen stories in all you are sure to find one that will pull you in. So many great authors included in this book Tasmin Showbrook, JG Formato, Jane Yolen, and Dan Koboldt, just to name a few.
In “Different” the main character travels a long distance and spends a lot of money to ask a unicorn to heal her disabled daughter. It does not turn out the way she plans, and I can’t help but wonder why sh
Laura Furuta
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Equus (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries Book 5)
By: Jane Yolen (Author), Tamsin Showbrook (Author), M.L.D Curelas (Author), Laura VanArendonk Baugh (Author), Dan Koboldt (Author), Pat Flewwelling (Author), Stephanie A. Cain (Author), Sandra Wickham (Author), J.G. Formato (Author), Rhonda Parrish (Editor)
5 out of 5 stars

The anthology Equus is all about horses. These stories have horses of all types and varieties. I have loved horses since I was little and these stories only deepen the love I fe
Bobbi Wagner
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus (Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries Book 5) is a collection of stories wrote by 10 authors. These stories are magical, full of fantasy and some just left to your imagination. You will enjoy the writing style of each of the authors and their creativity for characters and imagination. Each story you read in this book will associate with horses in one way or another. Some of these stories will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what will happen next. Other stories ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Equus is part of Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries Book 5, it includes short stories from some amazing authors. One thing I love about these anthologies from Rhonda Parrish is the different themes and how each author takes a different approach/spin on them. This one happened to be about horses and freedom, freedom can mean something different to everyone, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each story. Each story takes place in fantasy lands that will pull you in with magic, love, emotions and so ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Equus is the fifth volume of Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menagerie series. It is an anthology made up of nineteen stories and poems by some truly talented authors. Each story/poem is unique. They’re all quite individual and distinct from each another; but they all have the same inspiration/theme- which is Equus (the horse).
Who doesn’t love horses? In this compilation of stories we discover all things equine- from winged horses flying through he skies; or water horses racing through their wa
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edited by Rhonda Parrish
**5 Stars**

Equus is a part of the Magical Menageries series edited by Rhonda Parrish. I have read a few of her anthologies and I love them! The Magical Menageries series is full of adventure and fantasy! This one is all about the Wild and the Free! Horses take us to magical places and set us free! These short stories hand picked by Parrish are the pure essence of mind body and soul of freedom! A few of my favorite stories included constellations and knitting, demon
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus (Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 5)
Four Stars

Equus Is an anthology of nineteen stories featuring horses and freedom. Some of these stories are true to life while others are full of fantasies and magic. I love this anthology because you get so many perspectives. Most of the authors I have read before, but there were a few that were new to me. I enjoyed the different emotions I felt with each story, some made me sad, or angry, or happy. I usually don't enjoy every story in an anthol
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Equus (Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries Book 5) has something for everyone. It features nineteen different stories about horses and unicorns. There are poems about horses, stories about horse racing, and several unicorn stories. There are also stories about legends and myths, bringing a new and fresh outlook on horses. Each story is completely different, yet will appeal to most people who love these blessed creatures! I enjoyed each story and readers will too, especially if you are a dreamer ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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The one star rating on this book isn't really fare. I've given it a star rating of 1 because I didn't like the book, not because I didn't think it wasn't a well complied anthology or well written stories. It just wasn't a book for me.

The friend who originally suggested to me that I start to write book reviews managed to hook me up with my very first "official" review. I was so excited to receive an ARC copy of the
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't read all of these short stories, but the ones I did read were good. I love horses but am not so fond of reading short stories. I thought the love of one would cancel the other. Sadly not. My fault, nothing to do with the book. I may get around to dipping into it in the future, but I needed to take it off my Goodreads 'currently reading' status and there didn't seem to be a way to do that invisibly.
Gordon Gravley
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This fifth and final collection in the series stands up to the quality established by the first four. As I'd mentioned about the earlier books, I was never a big fan of fantasy writing, but these stories transcend far beyond the boundaries of the genre. It's a collection I will keep on my shelf and revisit again and again.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
A collection of short stories about horses of all kinds.

Anthologies always follow the same pattern: They put their best stories in the first, second, and last slots. So, knowing that, my rule is if the first two stories don't work for me, I give up on the book.

The first two stories very much didn't work for me, both in writing style and content. DNF
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Like a magpie, Rhonda Parrish is constantly distracted by shiny things. She’s the editor of many anthologies and author of plenty of books, stories and poems.

She lives with her husband and three cats in Edmonton, Alberta, and she can often be found there playing Dungeons and Dragons, bingeing crime dramas or cheering on the Oilers.

Her website, updated regularly, is at

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