Rags & Bones

Rags & Bones

New Twists on Timeless Tales

Book - 2013
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An anthology of reimagined classic tales by young adult authors applies unique spins to old favorites, from Saladin Ahmed's interpretation of Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to Neil Gaiman's twisted adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty."
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316212946
Characteristics: xi, 356 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratt, Tim 1976-
Marr, Melissa
Alternative Title: Rags and bones


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FindingJane Jun 17, 2017

Herein lie the grand re-tellings by authors whose imagination is matched only by their writing skills. In this anthology, old tales have had new dreams woven out of them, like a coat that has been taken apart and made into a stunning quilt. The elements are there but it’s been made something entirely original.

I read new spins on stories that I remembered and others that I have not yet read. All the re-imaginings were wondrous, strange, bizarre, disturbing and yet so wholly delightful that I found myself rapidly turning page after page to see what new treasures were waiting for me. The anthology also has six black-and-white illustrations by the gifted Charles Vess along with side notes describing the scenes he’s inked.

If I have one critique, it’s that the anthology seems to be lacking in humor. There’s nothing or very little that’s funny; some of the stories—one featuring a were-creature that may be eating children—to be rather alarming. I like a touch of humor in my drama and drama in my humor. But you can’t have everything and what is served up in this anthology is a sumptuous feast indeed.

ss1989 Jun 22, 2015

Idk if I can get through it to be honest, I'm finding it really boring


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