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Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

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ISBN13: 9780316212946
ISBN10: 0316212946
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The best writers of our generation retell classic tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops," literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author's unique perception and innovative style.

Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild the twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" - Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" - Holly Black

"Sleeping Beauty" - Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin" - Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" - Garth Nix

Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" - Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops" - Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook's "The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban" - Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark" - Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by Charles Vess

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series. The series has sold in 24 languages to date, appeared on bestseller lists abroad, and is in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. She is also the co-author (with Kelley Armstrong) of the upcoming Blackwell Pages and co-editor (with Armstrong) of the forthcoming YA anthologies, Enthralled (2011) and Entrapped (2013).

Tim Pratt is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author whose works have been nominated for most of the major genre awards. His stories have been reprinted in numerous Year's Best anthologies, including the Best American Short Stories. He is a senior editor at Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field, and edited the 2010 anthology Sympathy for the Devil.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, October 29, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
One of the hallmarks of a classic tale is that it can inspire other writers to update it and bring a new perspective on the message it conveys. You'll find a whole lot of great examples in a new collection called Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales. Edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt, you'll find stories by well-known authors like Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and others. In each case, the author of the tale has taken a classic, such as The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs, Sleeping Beauty, and E.M Forster's The Machine Stops, and reimagined it in a fresh way.

Following each tale is a note from the author talking about the original piece and why he or she was inspired to adapt it. Many of the tales take place in a future where sickness or advances in technology and science has changed the way humans live and interact. All of the writers are good at weaving a spell around the reader, drawing him into a new world. Many stories are deliciously dark, while some are more lighthearted or cautionary. While every tale will not resonate with every reader, there will be plenty for most to like. And don't be surprised if you find yourself looking for the original of a story you particularly like from this collection. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the pages of Rags & Bones once you start reading; it's a hard book to put down.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Children s Fairy Tales-Anthologies
Marr, Melissa
Pratt, Tim
Short stories
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Grade Level:
from 10 up to 17
8.5 x 6 x 1.25 in 1.06 lb
Age Level:
from 15 up to 99

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