New Modern Versions

I first started reading modern takes on classic fairy tales in Junior High when I stumbled across Terri Windling for the first time in the adult fantasy section. Terri Windling is a fantasy writer and editor who has contributed to a lot of great projects including quite a few that involve rewritten fairy tales!

My favorite works, that both Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow collaborated as editors on, would be the six volumes of short stories that are all made up of re-told fairy tales, or as they call it, “our series of fairy tales for adults.” They have gone out of print, half were republished, and those are now slowly going out of print again but I simply love this series and am determined to get a full set one day!

The books in the series are:

  • Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears
  • Black Thorn, White Rose
  • Silver Birch, Blood Moon
  • Black Heart, Ivory Bones
  • Snow White, Blood Red
  • Black Swan, White Raven

I reviewed one of the books, Black Heart, Ivory Bones, a while ago and it was just as wonderful as I had remembered it! I really wish they would come out with a matching set so that I can collect all six in the same binding. (I have three, two paperback and one in library binding from the first printing).

I did read all six when the library near where I grew up had them. They completely changed how I viewed fairy tales and are probably responsible for kindling the spark that grew into my life long love affair with them. If you can get a hold of a copy of any of these at the library or see one at a used book store, snag it! You won’t regret that you did.

See? I can write a short Fairy Tale Friday after all! As an aside I also recommend any and all of the books on my blog with the fairy tale tag. Yes, I read so many they require their own tag!

4 Responses to New Modern Versions

  1. Amy
    4:15 am on April 20th, 2010

    This collection sounds really good. I love fairy tale re-tellings or interpretations, so I am pretty sure I would love these. I have added them to my wish list – thank you for bringing them to my attention!

  2. Bitsy
    5:22 pm on April 20th, 2010

    No problem! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

  3. carol
    5:55 am on April 23rd, 2010

    I read a few stories from one of these but I forget which one. I really enjoyed them, though.

  4. Tif
    8:15 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    I am completely keeping my eye open for these titles!!! It’s the perfect time of year to find treasures such as these!! Thanks for these recommendations!!

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