Publisher: Headline (13 Mar 2014)
Featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this is a unique and imaginative collection for readers of all ages.
There are some stories that will always be told, tales as timeless as they are gripping.
There are some authors who can tell any story.
In RAGS & BONES, award-winning and bestselling authors retell classic fairytales and twisted tales in the way that only they can. With magic and love, they bring these stories – whether much loved or overlooked – back to life.
Read ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as only Neil Gaiman can tell it. See ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ through the eyes of Kami Garcia. And learn of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ from the inimitable Garth Nix.
I think there’s always a time and place that suits for reading short stories. I always enjoy reading them – and love faery tales/myths – so was excited to receive Rags & Bones to review.
All the shorts left me pondering in some way although I did have my favourites!
That The Machine May Progress Eternally was thought provoking. I thought this is exactly how it would be! The change from routine, the fear and trying to change it but then acceptance and a fear when things change again … with finally acceptance.
The Cold Corner. I often think about the different twists, turns and opportunities. And reality. Coincidentally, the day after I had read this short, my OH told me about a dream he had the previous night. It was so similar to this story! and no, he hadn’t read it …
When First We Were Gods. Loved the psyche cards and the distinction of a hierarchy. Eternity – would it be all that our thoughts tell us it could be? Another thought provoking read.
Awakened. Choosing something final as opposed to being in captivity. Choosing one kind of freedom. What would your choice be?
At the end of each story, the author shares with the reader why they chose to re-tell the story they have. I think this adds to the collection and gives it the personal touch.
As with all faery tales there are morals in the stories but there is also power in looking further beneath the surface too…
The length of each story in Rags & Bones are perfect for reading in one sitting. You might spend some time thinking though …
Recommend for readers who enjoy sci-fi, myths, faery tales, magic, fantasy and the shadow side of humanity.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.