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Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales

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Have you ever wondered what the fairy tales of alien cultures are like? For hundreds of years scholars and writers have collected and retold folk and fairy stories from around our world. They are not alone. On distant planets alien chroniclers have done the same. For just as our world is steeped in legends and half-remembered truths of the mystic and the magical, so are th ...more
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Published September 3rd 2019 by NewCon Press
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Nicholas Whyte
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a collection of fairy tales told by non-human cultures, in some of which humans are the villains. Some good stuff here, most memorable being the very first story, "The Little People" by Una McCormack, and my personal favourite, "The Land of Grunts and Squeaks", by Chris Beckett, in which a formerly telepathic race loses that power and has to learn to communicate with sounds. ...more
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Erika
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review**
A collection of short stories, science fiction, and fantasy that are supposed to reflect fairytales from alien cultures.

All anthologies are a mixed bag of hit or miss stories, but overall I did enjoy most of them. However, I am not sure I can say it succeeded in its goal as only a couple of the stories felt like fairytales to me.
The three stories that, to me felt the most like fairytales were "The Land of Grunts and Sq
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Cheryl Montgomery-Nolan
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I received an ARC of this book, I have made an independent decision to post this review. There are 16 alien "fairy tales" in this volume. I loved reading this book and some were standout stories! ...more
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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