Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems
This anthology collection focuses on retellings through short stories and poetry (which I thought was a nice blended-medium form of storytelling and it was cohesive). Goss has a good mix of darker concepts, but tends to sway toward the more enchanting, whimsical, and fun side of retellings. I prefer dark retellings because I’m a glutton for punishment and like to cry, but these were so much fun. Goss is a fantastic poet wh...more
Of the ones I've read before, the short story "Red as Blood and White as Bone" still gives me a good little shiver. I love this story about the power of stories and belief and magic and love. It's magical. Of the poems, "Rose Child" is a continued favorite. I believe it won a Rhysling Award as well.
She included a couple from her previous ...more
With Snow White Learns Witchcraft Theodora Goss focuses her vast affinity for myth and fairy tales on stories that are both familiar and unexpected. Combining stories and poems, this collection contains characters that are easily recognized--though maybe not quite as we are used to seeing them--and others that are less familiar. In the retellings, Dora finds fresh life and striking power in the insights and presentations that are gathered here. And in the stories tha ...more
This collection of fairy-tale-inspired stories and poems is wonderfully structured. I know that's an odd way to start a review, but it's one of the elements that was most striking to me about the experience of reading Snow White Learns Witchcraft. The stories and poems included here are ordered so that most pieces feel like they flow from the previous, either turning around to give a startlingly different approach to the same fairy tale, ...more
Snow White Learns Witchcraft is a collection of poems and short fiction by Theodora Goss, an author probably best known for her mystery/sci fi genre blender Athena Club series. As implied by the title, all of the stories and poetry in Snow White Learns Witchcraft are related to fairy tales. Many of the stories will feel familiar to anyone who grew up with even the tame versions by Disney but she also includes some that ...more
Theodora Goss is an award winning-author, a professor of literature and writing at both Boston University and the Stonecoast MFA program. Her debut novel, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017) and its sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018) are wonderful and long-overdue adventures with a group of “girl m ...more
I’ve spent more time with Goss’s poems than with her short stories, and it is in the poems that I realize how Goss’s “charm” has a double connotation when combined with her fiction writer’s facility for writing good, sound sentences.
First is the positive connotation, and the one that carries through all of Goss’s poems, stories, and n ...more
I had the good fortune as a child to discover the fairy tale collections of Grimm and Andrew Lang before the commercialized, sanitized Disney versions. They were darker, more graphic, a little scary sometimes. And, yes, they were magical. This co ...more
Snow White Learns Witchcraft is a highly enjoyable collection of reworked fairy tales in the form of short stories and verse. While each story is its own, the collection itself manages to be cohesive--I found myself charging through each story at quick clip, wanting to know "what happens next?" A few of the stories, also, were modernized without pulling me from the fantasy; Goss builds upon the fram ...more
Enjoyed this title a lot.
With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exc ...more
I have tried my best below to say something about all the stories, but I loved quite a few of them and don't want to spoil them! I don't think I missed one, but I might have - if I did, my bad, it was all memorable but I feel a little too full of all the good stories perhaps. I liked that they were set in times that felt fluid, it could all have happened a hundred years ago, or maybe just yesterday.
Snow White Learns Witchcraft
A short story on w ...more
There also are poems from different persp ...more
Standouts for me:
Ivan 'The Idiot" and Blanchefleur
Snow, Blood, Fur - A Red Riding Hood with a nice twist
The Red Shoes - which is my favorite ballet and this is a beautiful poem version
I do wish there had been more short stories/fewer poems. And I really wish that the author had included the titles of the fairy tales that inspired each story and poem. Some were easy to figure out, but o ...more
This book is a collection of the author’s retellings of both well-known and less common fairy tales The overarching theme is women and witchcraft, so women and their magic abilities are the focus of each poem and story. There is more than one rendition of many of the tales. There are two different poems about Thumbelina, for example, and a story and a poem each about The Snow Queen.
I am honestly not much of a poetry f ...more