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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,022 ratings  ·  552 reviews
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Sixteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionat
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Maggie May It does. After each story the myth is named and the authors write a little synopsis of the original myth and something about why they chose to adapt…moreIt does. After each story the myth is named and the authors write a little synopsis of the original myth and something about why they chose to adapt it. (less)

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Emily May
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one of the better YA short story collections I have read. As with all anthologies, some stories are much stronger than others, but I enjoyed far more than I disliked. Plus, it was just so great to see the exploration of mythologies we don’t often see in the mainstream. My average rating over the fifteen stories was 3.7.

A few years ago, collections like these might have just been a way for me to go on some literary tourism of other cultures, but it's now very important to me on

ARC provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

This is the anthology I’ve been waiting my entire life for. As a Filipina woman, I have no words to express how happy my heart is to just read a collection of short stories that are all ownvoices. And at the end of each short story is an author note on why they wrote the story that they did. And, I think I cried reading at least 75% of the author’s notes. This anthology is so beautiful, so powerful, and it means more to me than I hav
Amalia Gavea
This is a collection I couldn’t wait to start. When I was about eight years old, my grandma bought me a volume of Asian Folk Tales and thus, she opened a window to a world that was exotic, mysterious, a land of fairytale to my young mind. This was the beginning of my fascination with Asian cultures, especially the ones found in India and China. I thought that this collection, edited by Ellen Oh, would feel like a magic carpet to the lands that seem so distant, hidden, often misunderstood. Alas, ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
We would have been overjoyed to have found this anthology, filled with characters with skin and hair and names more like ours, in our beloved libraries. It’s the book that was missing in our lives for far too long.

I have been so excited about this collection ever since I first heard about it. Ellen Oh is a wonderful woman (you may know her as one of the co-founders of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement!), and I knew that her co-editing efforts would lend to a perfectly wonderful anthology. I lov
Hannah Greendale
DNF at 48%.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of short stories that re-imagine South and East Asian myths, penned by fifteen authors tasked with representing their culture. While the myths themselves are interesting, the re-tellings lack sparkle. Halfway through the book, the only alluring tale is found in its opening pages: 'Forbidden Fruit' by Roshani Chokshi. Chokshi conveys a bittersweet tale of love and heartache with colorful prose, though the moral of the story is delivere
Natalie Monroe
3.75 stars

I requested A Thousand Beginnings and Endings for one reason and one reason only: Julie Kagawa. Her Talon series crashed and burned, she'll always have a special place in my heart due to The Iron Fey series. To my surprise, I found myself enjoying the other stories just as much, some even more.

Anthologies are always a bit of a mixed bag, so I'm going to review them individually:

Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi — 5 stars

“Do not trust the fruit of Maria Makiling.”

Alright, I didn't
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
5 stars. My heart is full. Special shout-out to the South Asian stories, including Sona Charaipotra's, Aisha Saeed's, Preeti Chhibber's, Rahul Kanakia's, and Shveta Thakrar's. <3 All of the stories in this anthology are lovely, but I have to especially appreciate the South Asian ones. =)

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

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joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
as in filipino
like me!!!!
i am crying actual tears of joy right now! i've never felt truly represented in any books before and this feels like such a huge step. i love the publishing industry. i love everyone. if you're reading this, i love you

so guess what i'm reading next
Elise (TheBookishActress)
reimagined South Asian folklore! also, anthology! also, what if this cover just murdered me, right where I stand

fifteen stories
→Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi←
→Olivia’s Table by Alyssa Wong←
→Steel Skin by Lori M. Lee←
→Still Star-Crossed by Soman Charaipotra←
→The Counting of Vermillion Beads by Aliette De Bodard←
→The Land of the Morning Calm by E. C. Meyers←
→The Smile by Aisha Saeed←
→Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers by Preeti Chhibber←
→Nothing Into All by Renee Adhieh←
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review can be found on my, The Quiet Pond.

Reading A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is, quite frankly, a dream come true for me.

Growing up, I never read mythology or stories about my culture - apart from the occasional viewing of Sun Wukong or Mulan. So, not only was reading this anthology validating, it was also gave me a sense of relief because, with this book, Asian teenagers, adults, and children alike will be able to read stories about them and that have characters that are like the
Delirious Disquisitions
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of short stories or retelling of lesser known Asian folktales and mythologies. Written by Asian writers, the stories cover a wide variety of genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. Each story in the collection is distinctive in the writer’s style and take on a particular tale. But there is also an overall theme of loneliness, melancholy, identity crisis, filial piety, and morality connecting these stories. I had a hard time reading through t ...more
Ellen Oh, author and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Elsie Chapman, author, are the editors of this anthology of young adult short-story/retellings of Asian folk tales. The authors are either from, or are second-generation Americans whose parents hale from, Japan, the Philippines, China, India, Korea, or Vietnam. Following each story is a short essay penned by the applicable author in which she identifies and explains the folk tale or story upon which her contemporary retelling is based. I ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every story was absolutely amazing.

These are the stories of my childhood, the stories that are rarely explored in Young Adult fiction.

15 short stories, 15 #ownvoices reads...

From mountain spirits to mischievous devils to ancestral ghosts, each story brings alive a vastly unique and refreshing folklore dug from the roots of Asia. Each author adds a short explanation of the original story and why they chose to write what they did at the very end. The settings also range from present-day America t
Jun 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries."

Short stories written by authors of Asian descent that are based on East and South Asian mythology and folklore?



Rachel Strolle
Hands down the best anthology I’ve read. I LOVED EVERY STORY. I never thought I’d be able to say that about an anthology
Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen
Review also posted HERE

I don’t remember when the last time I read an anthology book, and I think that last time made me realize that anthologies were not my cup of tea. But, as I saw the synopsis of this book, it made me think again that “I will try this time.”

And then I’m happy to announce that from the first story of this book made me continue to read it until the very end. I enjoyed every story and myths in every part of the world. Those stories want to convey that myths were not meant to be
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Average rating 3.67 stars
“I finally know how it ends.”
I love anthologies and mythology-based stories, so when I heard of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - an anthology filled with own voices mythology retellings by South and East Asian Authors - it became on of my most anticipated releases of the year. These stories were all so beautifully crafted and utterly captivating. It confirmed my love for a few authors, and introduced me to some who I desperately want to read more from. This is a c
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

The short review...

Upfront... I'm not a fan of short stories... I ADORED
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
“It was an ill-fated thing to claim that a heart is safe. Hearts are rebellious. The moment they feel trapped, they will strain against their bindings.”

Well, this was amazing. I posted a longer review of this on my blog , but here I'm just going to say that this was a wonderful read and I'm so excited for it to go out into the world!! Asian folklore is just as worthy of admiration as the Greek epics and the Nordic myths, and this collection of stories shows it – and will hopefully inspire rea
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

4.5 Stars

**** Thank you to Greenwillow Books for providing me with a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review ****

I knew the second I saw this book that I wouldn’t be disappointed with it, and I am happy to say I was right! This is an #OwnVoices (written by Asian authors) anthology filled with some amazing retellings of East and South Asian folklore and mythology, so I mean really what’s not to like? I know I absolutely loved reading t
Ack, how did I never review this until now? This is one of my very favorite anthologies I've ever read - it was just so much FUN and such a pleasure to read, from beginning to end.

I read it last year, loved it and raved about it on Twitter even though I forgot to review it here until now. But here are some of the notes I made about it as I read, which I just found in a file.

Roshani Chokshi's "Forbidden Fruit" is a gorgeous, lush jewel of a fairy tale; Alyssa Wong's "Olivia's Table" is hauntingly
Xandra (Literary Legionnaire)
belle ☆ミ (mybookcastle)
actual: 4.5

anthologies aren't usually my favorite specifically because i can't bond properly or relate with the characters within a short period of time. but, every short stories in a thousand beginnings and endings were so entertaining and gripping that i flew through all of them without feeling like i always did before. i think what made this time different was that all these stories are derived from myths passed through generations within the respective asian community. i particularly connec
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Like most short story collections, some stories were brilliant and some did not really speak out to me.
I loved that different authors have reimagined the folktales (not necessarily the ones who hail from the cultures. PS: I might be wrong here since I do not know every author's biography). Loved having a summary of the original folktale at the end so that we can compare the reimagining and the original. Also, loved that there were many reimaginings of Indian epics though all did not turn out to
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
Wonderful anthology! Great selection of stories, I cannot recommend it enough!

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of reimagined Asian myths and legends by Asian authors. The variety of themes and genres is breathtaking. Also it’s a very solid anthology, I liked all 15 of the stories, some more some less, but they were all good! It’s unprecedented experience for me.

I like the little notes every author wrote after the story, telling about the original myths and their reasons for writ
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
I loved the Asian mythology and how this novella anthology celebrates the diaspora experience for Asians, recalling childhood stories that have been told by their parents. As with all anthologies, some stories were forgettable and others were standouts. Loved the theme for this one, but I tended to lose focus towards the end.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, anthology
Plot - ⭐⭐⭐
Character - ⭐⭐⭐
World Building - ⭐⭐⭐
Writing Style -⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cover - ⭐⭐⭐

Overall Rating - 3.2 🌟 / 5🌟
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tova by: Sahitya
This was magical. As someone who loves mythology, folklore, and culture, this was the perfect anthology for me! I am so happy that I took Sahitya's recommendation and bought this book, it was very entertaining, and if you like anthologies, mythology, and or retellings, you NEED to read this book. These stories are all inspired by South and East Asian myths, legends and or festivals, retold by own voices authors.

↠ Overall Rating: 4 | ★★★★☆

Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi // Filipino rep
↠ 4
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
Anthologies really just are not my thing. It also doesn't help that I feel I went into this with the wrong expectations. I was expecting a more classic take on fairytales, but most stories are modernized or can fit into the sci-fi genre, serves me right for not reading the synopsis.
There are very few books that tug at your heartstrings and touch your soul and all you want to do is bask in their glory, laugh and cry and do so much more. This is one such book. An own voices anthology of retellings of Asian myths and folktales, this is something a younger me would have devoured; but the older me definitely appreciates it more for what it represents – Asian kids finding their childhood tales in mainstream YA. I am amazed at how well the authors retold the stories that we know ...more
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