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Grimm, Grit and Gasoline (Punked Up Fairy Tales, #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of (roughly) the WWI and WWII eras: tales with the grit of roaring bombers and rumbling tanks, of 'We Can Do It' and old time gangsters, or with the glamour of flappers and Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz and speakeasies. The stories in this volume add fairy tales to the mix, transporting classic tales to this ri ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by World Weaver Press
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Dee Arr
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dieselpunk
I have begun to look forward to each offering from editor Rhonda Parrish and World Weaver Press, as their compilations of short stories have yet to disappoint. “Grimm, Grit, and Gasoline,” a mixture of Dieselpunk, Decopunk, and fairy tales, is no exception.

There are nineteen stories from different authors, and none of them disappointed. Yes, there are some I enjoyed more than others, but I never experienced the feeling that a tale was lacking and that I would be better served to skip
Beth Cato
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. I supplied a blurb:
"Magic mixes with grease and jazz in this fantastic new anthology that brims with strong heroines, diverse settings, and a heaping helping of Nazi-punching."
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Starred review from Publisher's Weekly, "These unfailingly clever tales are impressive and page-turning, helping to correct the dearth of speculative fiction set in the interwar era. There is also a frequent and welcome spotlight on heroic women. Any reader who enjoys early-20th-century history or retold fairy tales will find these familiar but new, with well-played wonder in every story."

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Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I got a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this collection of ”punked up” fairytales. Unlike many anthologies there were no weak stories in the book and several standouts, including those Laura VanArendonk Baugh, A. A. Medina and Nellie K. Neeves. The original fairy tales are mainly European, although there are a few from other geographies. The writing, editing, and overall presentation were very good and not apparent as I read the book. My onl
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DieselPunk retellings of some of your favorite fairytales, and many you've never heard of.

I wasn't expecting to like this book, as it's not my favorite genre. Instead I found myself glued to each story, trying to figure out before it told me, which fairy tale it was based on!

ARC received from editor, and I'm really glad!
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
PW Starred: As anthologist Parrish explains in the introduction to this wonderful anthology, dieselpunk and decopunk are cousins of steampunk, fantastical stories set between the start of WWI and the end of WWII. These dieselpunk and decopunk retellings of fairy tales go far afield for an entertaining variety of interpretations. Laura VanArendonk Baugh’s claustrophobic thriller “To Go West” brings literal grit by way of a savage magical Dust Bowl wind that pursues a group on a mission from Heave ...more
Sheena Carroll
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Note: I received a free copy of this ebook for review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.)

I was impressed with the creativity of these stories: Journey to the West in the Dust Bowl, Cinderella meets The Great Gatsby in a detective noir, and many other historical and cultural mashups that are at the bare minimum very creative and at their best so clever that they made me a little envious as a writer! Parrish did an excellent job curating and organizing this collection;
Michael Kellar
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not your grandfather's war stories!

One of my favorite locations and periods of history was Germany during the time of the Weimar Republic, so I was quite excited to learn of this anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk stories set primarily "between the start of WWI and the end of WWII". In addition to the respective "punk" aspects, these were additionally reimagined fairy or folk tales - mostly established ones although a couple were original.

The first offering, "Circles an
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lovely PG13 anthology of deiselpunk and decopunk fairy tales took me almost a week because my computer kept crashing but I am sure it could be read in far less time than that.
Circles and Salt by Sara Cleto: a remarkable short tale about dealing with the devil.
Salvage by A.A. Medina: A quickie set near WWI Verdun.
The Loch by Zannier Alehandra: This one is England, WWII.
Evening Chorus by Lizz Donnelly: A lovely rendition of The Nattergalen.
To Go West by Laura Van
Annette Jordan
A fun collection of fairy and folk tales with a DIeselpunk spin, I really enjoyed this collection of stories collected together by Rhonda Parrish. I had never heard of this genre before, but I was immediately drawn to the cover, and once I read the explanatory introduction I knew that I would enjoy this book.. To explain, Dieselpunk is a little like Steampunk, but set at a later date, instead of the Victorian era associated with steampunk, these stories are largely set in the era of the first an ...more
My first thought was I’ve never heard of the Dieselpunk genre. However Rhonda Parrish is a favourite author of mine, so I took the plunge. I’m so glad I did as this genre is now something I will definitely be reading again. I’ve read a lot of re-tellings of Fairytales & I love Mythology. I’ve always been able to recognise the Fairytales & Fables early on but Dieselpunk has so many twists and turns, some with hard edges &. approaches you would never consider, it will keep you on your ...more
Reese Hogan
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was great fun to get lost in the industrial and gritty world of these dieselpunk fairy tale retellings. Filled with rivets, steel, planes, and tanks, it featured a diverse cast of protagonists with a fascinating array of strengths and motivations. While I found the “decopunk” ones fun, my true love was with the military-slanted stories, and there were plenty of great ones to choose from. Ranging from tales with real-life historical figures to fables from different parts of the world, from the ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this as an ARC copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and re-imaginings and this collection did not disappoint. It was like mixing The Rocketeer, The Great Gatsby and a book of fairy tales. As mentioned by other reviewers there were some stories I liked more than others, but all in all this was a fun collection that took a different approach to some well known and some little less known fairy tales and folk tales. Anthology books are a great ...more
Anastasiia Nesterenko
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings
I often buy anthologies curated by Rhonda Parrish. They are always unusual and it is a great way to discover new authors. This particular anthology has scared me at first. Both World Wars were extremely scary. But as this collection shows, those time periods could also be a setting for stories full of hope and magic. I really liked them. I found their Swan Lake retelling especially endearing. I highly recommend this anthology. Moreover, I have not only gotten an ARC - I have also bought the book ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of punked up fairy tales was a very interesting read! I loved the creativity the authors used to alter well known and little known fairy tales. I'm not usually one for war stories, but there were many in here that I enjoyed. The anthology features lots of strong women, Nazi fighting, and hope. I also liked that not all the stories were based on Western-world tales. As usual, Parrish has put together an anthology with stories that are varied and diverse, so there will be at least one or ...more
Iseult Murphy
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you like stories set during the Second World War, featuring giant (often sentient) machines? Yes! How about stories of the roaring twenties that feature reworked fairy tales? Yes! This anthology has wonderful, magical, entertaining and moving stories that feature magic and war. Apparently this genre is called diesel punk and deco punk, and I can’t wait to read more like it. Highly imaginative from first to last, a must read for fantasy fans.

I received a free copy of this book via
Jemima Pett
My Review

This book is a real treat!  I didn't realise from the call for submissions it was just 'retell a fairy tale in a wildly different setting' although that's pretty much what the call said.  How far does one have to go to avoid plagiarism?

As it turns out, reimagining fairy tales is not plagiarism, and you can use exactly the same names if you like.  Just put them in a completely different setting, with some imaginative twists, so that the reader almost knows what's
Heather Wamboldt
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first foray into the world of Dieselpunk and Decopunk and I found these fairy tales, both retellings and originals, to be very interesting. I had never heard of these genres but found them to be stories told in the era in and between WWI and WWII. These are imaginative and creative and I really enjoyed reading this anthology. Some stories I liked better than others, but none of them disappointed me.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book with no obligation.
Pat Eroh
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love anthologies and I really love dieselpunk and, throw in some fairytales, I am hooked. I watch for this author's anthologies because she has such good stories included. This book is fabulous and though I liked some better than others, there were none that I did not enjoy!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another fabulous collection of tales from Rhonda! I love the fairy tale, short stories and way they are told! Lots of fun to read!

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Amanda Chipman
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are many great stories in this book. They each show a new, unique view to the concept. While some were more enjoyable than others, the book always has you turning the page for more until the end.

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Connor S
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of the anthology. the combination of stories is innovative and the stories themselves are an interesting take on the subject of the anthology.

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Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great set of stories if you’re into the genre, and a good way to get a feel for a lot of authors’ writing. It has a good variety to them. There are always a few in anthology books one doesn’t like, but I enjoyed most of what was in this book.
Janice Drake
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in Grimm, Grit and Gasoline. Each fairy tale based story was an unusual twist on the original. Well worth the read.

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Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eighteen short stories listed as diesel punk. In the intro "they are fairy tale-ish". They are great reads about war, love, loss, and redemption. I was gifted this from Booksprout.
Deirdra Murphy
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great retelling of classic tales, if you are a lover of classic fairy and folktales, you won't be disappointed!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a different type of fairytale. War, fighting and more. Not my usual genre but definitely worth the read.
Partial review at Dear Author.

Not a bad anthology but not for me -spoiler alert: it wasn't the Disney kind of fairy tales.
Julie Williams
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Sep 15, 2019
Grace Bridges
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Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Earth: Giants, Golems and Gargoyles, and Grimm, Grit and Gasoline.

In addition, Rhonda is an award-winning writer whose short work has been in publications such as the Rhysling Anthology and Imaginari