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Short Take: “The Halcyon Fairy Book,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: hilarious, fascinating look at fairy tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Halcyon Fairy Book mostly consists of reprintings of a handful of fairy tales together with Kingfisher’s biting, humorous, insightful commentary on the same.

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Review: “Indexing: Reflections,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: Such a wonderful and unique take on fairy tales Cons: Some slow parts Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Indexing: Reflections is a follow-on to her Indexing, which was a wonderfully unique book. The general premise is the

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Review: “Indexing,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: So, so very creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Indexing is one of the most creative books I’ve read all year (and I read a lot of books). In this world, fairy tale

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Review: “Black Swan, White Raven,” ed. Datlow and Windling

Pros: Lovely fairy tales for adults Cons: As with nearly all anthologies, quality and tone waver Rating: 4 out of 5 Review e-book provided by Open Road Integrated Media Expected release date: September 30, 2014   The concept behind Black

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Review: “February Thaw,” Tanya Huff

Pros: Stellar! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5   February Thaw is another relatively short, inexpensive ebook anthology of Tanya Huff short stories. And much like He Said, Sidhe Said and (especially) Swan’s Braid, it is worth every penny

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"Red Hood’s Revenge," Jim C. Hines

Pros: Gorgeous continuation of Sleeping Beauty/Talia’s story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Roudette is the Lady of the Red Hood, a legendary assassin. Only one person has ever gone up against her and lived to tell the

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"Awakened by a Kiss" by Lila DiPasqua

Pros: Fresh, steamy takes on classic fairy tales. Cons: Resolution of one story’s conflict seemed too easy. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Three fairy tales are retold with steamy new twists… these aren’t

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"Bedtime Stories," Jean Johnson

Pros: Beautiful re-imagined fairy tales Cons: Some of these really needed more space & development Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group.   Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales is an anthology by Jean

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"The Mermaid’s Madness," Jim C. Hines

Pros: Original; touching; incredibly creative; tragic; wonderful! Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of Penguin Group.   In his “Princess Novels,” author Jim C. Hines explores the truth behind the fairy tale, and what comes after

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"The Stepsister Scheme," Jim C. Hines

Pros: Original; touching; hilarious; wonderful! Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5

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