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Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories

(Cautionary Fables & Fairytales)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  115 reviews
“And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.”

Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics!

This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected tak
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Iron Circus Comics (first published March 2016)
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
A collection of folk tales I'd never heard before from all over Asia. All but a few were terrific. I was surprised at how many of the stories involved someone forcing another person to cook dinner for them. And animals that could change into humans or vice versa. I guess some stories are universal. This was a delight and I'll definitely seek out the other 2 books in this series.

Received a review copy from Iron Circus and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforemen
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The Premise

Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories is the Asia Edition of the indie comic series Cautionary Fables and Fairy-Tales. I see they have editions for Africa and Oceania too which is quite exciting as I'm not as familiar with those fairy tales. This is a comic anthology and the second of its type I've ever read. TBH any kind of anthology is going to feel uneven unless 80% of the stories are top notch (I'm talking 4-5 stars each)
I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss

This was a really fun collection. It features traditional stories from all over Asia [not just China, Japan, and India!] and each story is adapted and illustrated by a different writer / artist. The stories vary in length but most of them are fairly short and straight-forward. I liked seeing all the different art styles and also learning about a lot of new fables and fairy-tales that I hadn't previously heard of. I think there was literally one s
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had I hope for this book of fables and fairy tales from Asia but it let me down... The illustrations styles change from one story to another but it was always alright, sometimes better than others, but alright. The problem I found with the story is just the lack of morality/thinking behind it all. Some are entertaining and funny, but nothing really deep and just a bit easy and unoriginal story. I wasn’t captivated by it, I did enjoy it much. It isn’t garbage or anything that bad, but just a lo ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

This book is full with many well told/adapted and illustrated renditions of Asian folktales.
I am not sure if I get the purpose of all of the fables and a couple of them seem to push ideas that seem backwards. However, all in all this didn't detract from the experience it just made it less practical than something more transparent like Aesop's fables. Some of the stories can be a bit scary so I wouldn't read them to my 7 year old w
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute collection of Asian myths, in graphic novel form. I think I learned a few things from these, and I really liked the different art styles for all of them. Gets 4 stars because some stories were significantly weaker than others, but that didn't take away from the overall great experience. I very much enjoyed reading this.

**I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.**
On average, a lot of the stories were solid, and beautifully drawn. For a lot of them though, I had to look up whether the original fable and fairy tale truly ended in such a vague and obtuse note (and for the most part, the answer was yes). It seemed a bit of a pity that some of the stories chosen were a bit lacklustre to begin with, because this would've otherwise been a really solid piece of work from the folks at Iron Circus Comics.

The adaptation of #EndoftheWorld for contemporary times was
Wayne McCoy
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories' edited by Kel McDonald is a treasury of stories told in graphic novel form.

In the 21 stories told from all regions of Asia, the stories have a series of magical animals, crafty gods, and enchanted objects. From a lucky teapot that is actually a disguised Tanuki to a story of the great flood. The real story (or one of them) of Mulan makes an appearance. One of my favorites was called 'Frog Skin' and it's a nice variant of 'The Frog Prince.'

I really
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great gem I discovered thanks to netgalley, and I think I'll search for the other books in this series of graphic folk tales.

This book includes graphic adaptations of lesser known Asian myths and folk tales. I love the fact that most of these weren't the usual and famous ones I see adaptations of. Each story is by different author and illustrator, so the art style varies a lot. A lot of the stories are so beautiful, with only a few being only okay. Some were short and others were long
Rod Brown
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a delightful mix of humor and horror in this collection of myths, legends and tales from Asia, adapted by some very talented writers and artists. I was fascinated by how many of the stories have analogs in Western culture: Noah's Ark, the Flying Dutchman, Rip Van Winkle, Disney's Mulan. Recommended.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
A brilliant collection of Asian fairytales! I loved them all!
NetGalley ARC.

The Lucky Teapot (Japan): 4 stars. Cute story
#EndoftheWorld (India): 2 stars. Meh. Didn’t care for making it “modern day.”
The Great Flood (China): 3 stars. So there was no consequence to them picking up the man?
The Demon with the Matted Hair (India): 4 stars. Really liked this one. Lesson to be learned.
Frog Skin (Georgia): 5 stars. This one is like Rumpelstiltskin!
The Girl Who Married a Tiger (India): 2 stars. Well, that’s cruel.
Ghost Pepper (Laos): 3 stars. Funny.
Two Foxes (Japan)
Jill Kenna
3.5 stars

Most of the stories in this collection were pretty solid. I wasn't familiar with the sources for almost all of them so it was nice to get to read those stories. I also didn't mind that the artwork was different for each story. You get exposed to a bunch of different artists this way, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. My favorite story was Frog Skin, it was very cute and I loved the story itself. I feel like with an anthology like this that has different artists for each story it is
Maggie Gordon
Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asian Edition is the third book in a series of graphic novels that tackles old stories and gives them new life in comic form. This volume was filled with fantastic art and fun, interesting stories! I can't speak to the diversity of creators, but it is wonderful to see a book dedicated to various Asian fables. Even better, Asian tales from places other than exclusively China and Japan! A good book for all-ages, and also a wonderful addition to anyone's comic col ...more
Ad Astra
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, beautiful, exquisite compilation of modern retellings of myths in modern art form. I will be sure to enjoy this book over and over again- and have so purchased a copy for my private collection. My husband is Indonesian and so this book is also a great way to bring some Asian concepts and values to us and our daughter. I hope she reads this book often growing up. I also loved many of the stories and as soon as I finished it, would proclaim it my favorite- only to have the next one, and ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recieved via Netgalley. All opinions remain my own.

I appreciate how this one finally gives some disclosure about the intended target audience! I had thought they were for around middle grade age but then some content would catch me and I'd second guess myself, so it was nice to know that these are indeed intended for that age group. In saying that, it can be enjoyed by all. Reading this volume in particular made me recall how much I enjoy fables with animals (although it has made me realise how
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I think with short story collections it's inevitable that I'll like some of the stories but not others, especially when they're all written by different people, but I didn't really like many of these stories, I rated them all individually as I went and the average was around 2.2 which is crazy low. Some of the stories were just a bit grim and I couldn't work out what the point of them was, I suppose they're all base
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really great collection of Asian folklore retold for modern day in the eyes of artists through their own lens.. I was really surprised by the quality of art and the writing but pleasantly so! The stories were funny and each had their own lesson which you are supposed to take something back with you, of course. A lot of them were adapted for the modern world as well which I thought was exceptionally well done. All in all, this is a riveting graphic novel and deserves plenty of praise.

Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Advance Reader Copy*

Cautionary Fables is right. This is filled with pleasing art and tales from across Asia, each serving to share a lesson of the area of its origin. The dialogue isn't always great and sometimes the art is unappealing, but in the end, it was an enjoyable collection with just enough good to make up for the bad.

3.8 Stars
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely hilarious and entertaining. I can't even say which one of the tales I enjoyed the most. They were all great and the different art styles fantastic. What would make this edition even better would be a full colored edition. I so wished this wouldn't only be in black and white!
I can recommend this to absolutely anybody.

Thank you so much Netgalley. What a treasure!
A neat collection of tales from Asia, each adapted and drawn by different authors/artists.
Ben Dougherty
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easing my way into 2020.

This is a good collection of stories. A number of artists and writers joined forces to update (and, in some cases modernize) these Asian folk tales. My deepest wish is that the source material was treated with respect, but frankly I don’t know and can’t comment on anything other than my own enjoyment of reading through this book.

The art and storytelling style for each story differs slightly. Some are truly stunning aesthetically. Others are a bit ugly or don’t flow well
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Great Flood by Stu Livingston: The art for this was adorable, and the story is classic.

The Demon with the Matted Hair by Kate Ashwin: The artwork has improved, and the story was good.

Frog Skin by Nilah Magruder: This was all well-done.

The Girl Who Married a Tiger by Cat Farris: I loved how this fable was done, and the artwork was very cute.

Ghost Pepper by Shannon Campbell and Molly Nemecek: The style wasn't my favorite, but the story was good.

Urashima Taro by Jason Caffoe: Perfect!

The Tiger,
Received a copy from Netgalley for a honest review

Eventhough I saw this anthology promoted as a middle-grade, I don't agree and I would recommend it to anyone who might be interested in folk tales from Eastern part of the world. Not only does this collection include obvious picks from Japan and China, it also introduces lesser known stories from India, Malaysia, Turkey, Arabia and even more. That was one of the things I loved about this anthology the most - the variety. Stories are only few page
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own*

While it took me a while to finish this due to my exams, I definitely did enjoy it.

I've always loved myths and fables, so of course I couldn't miss the opportunity to read this. The stories themselves were all rather short, and I would have liked if some of them had been a little longer, but they are fables and those are often very short – and their length didn’t hurt the stories at all, I was just curious to see what they would have been
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories edited by KelMcDonald, 283 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL. Iron Circus Comics, 2018, $15.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence G



This is a collection of 21 short stories with a variety of graphic artists illustrating each one. This gives each story a slightly different feel. The stories range from Mulan to a flood story to several dealing with demons.

The stories are mix of fun and a little bit
This is one I wish I had written notes on as I went along. This is an anthology, one of the few I like, and as such there are some stories I enjoyed more than others.

Some artwork is absolutely amazing, others-- still great even if they didn't speak to me as much. Serious, I liked all the art here which was great. As for the stories, again some I loved and wanted to re-read and share with others and there were a few I was kind of meh about. I'm sorry I can't recall specifics. I did laugh quite a
Ross Bottomley
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic

The best part of this book is that it’s a compilation of different artists interpretations. The art style varies quite a bit and all the art is so polished and pleasing to look at. I do wish it was in color but that’s okay.

The stories themselves are hit and miss. It might just be a cultural difference I’m not understanding but a lot of them don’t seem to actually have a moral attached to them even though that seems to be the premise. Still entertaining stories though.
I was not able to finish this at 41%, but not by virtue of the content. It was the file (from NetGalley) I had a problem with, because it took a long time to open every time and my e-reader app would crash after a few minutes of viewing this. The book itself was good. I like the variety of stories and art included, because they were all new to me. I recommend it to anyone curious about the folktales and legends of Asian countries.
Katie Chase
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is beautiful, with wonderful and humorous stories, but I have one issue. In a book of Asian folktales, I would have liked to see a great proportion of the stories written and drawn by Asian authors and artists. It seems like a pretty big drawback and an opportunity missed for the publisher.

Based on review copy from NetGalley.
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