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Book Title: Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales|
The author of the book: Radclyffe
Edition: Bold Strokes Books
Date of issue: December 16th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781626392250
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Queer Fairy Tales
I repeat: Queer Fairy Tales
Well, okay, maybe not my entire life. But this is so cool!
Overall, I liked this anthology. There were a couple of duds, but most were quite good. I only read the MM stories, so I can't judge the FF ones. My favourite was 'The Snow King.' I'd recommend this anthology for anyone looking to read old classics with a twist.
Individual reviews for each of the MM stories are underneath the spoilers:
The Snow King by Rhidian Brenig Jones - 4.25 stars (Dec. 7, 2014)
*based on 'The Snow Queen'.
Dara and Remi grew up together, and eventually became lovers. They were devoted to each other, and the happiest couple in their village. That is until Remi begins to change one day. Remi becomes colder, more distant and even cruel. One night Dara sees Remi leaving the village with a handsome man wearing a crown of icicles. Dara knows that things aren't as they seem, so he sets out to get Remi back. This short was really good. There was angst, adventure and romance. Just everything that a fairy tale should be. There was also a bit of a twist that some readers, depending on their romance preferences, might not like too much. Even so, this was the best story in the anthology.
The Red Shoes by Alex Stitt - 1 star (Dec. 6, 2014)
*based on the Danish fairy tale 'The Red Shoes'.
James lives in the South, in the middle of the Great Depression. His family owns land, but they're dirt poor. James also has a secret: he sometimes likes to wear a pretty dress, and matching heels. James' mother isn't too happy about this, and decides to enlist the help of a voodoo witch to make her son in to a "proper" man. This plan backfires spectacularly, and in a very public way. I can't say I liked this story. Mainly because it ends at a point where I don't see any happiness for James, or for his love interest. I prefer my fairy tales to have happy endings.
Goldie and the Three Bears by Sasha Payne - 3 stars (Dec. 4, 2014)
*based on 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.
Goldie is on the lam. In a special gentlemen's club, if you know what I mean. While dodging some hatchetmen, he decides to take advantage of the situation and sample a couple of the local birds. He's not satisfied, but it turns out his 'just right' man was closer than he'd thought. I was expecting the three bears to be of the lumberjack sort, which didn't happen. I liked it, but I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been noir. The noir language just throws me off. And yes, I had to look up an online noir dictionary to make sure I was using the right words for this review.
The Beanstalk Revisited by Rob Rosen - 2 stars (Nov. 30, 2014)
*based on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
Jake has $50 to buy his stepmother a birthday gift. Instead of finding something nice, he spends that money at the comic book store. But the store-owner helps him out, and includes a small harp with the comic books. He gets more than he bargained for when it turns out that the harp is the same singing golden harp that Jack stole from the giant in 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' This was very quick, over in about 8-10 pages. It was a fairy tale, just not anything special.
A Hero in Hot Pink Boots by J. Leigh Bailey - 4 stars (Nov. 28, 2014)
*based on 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Kevin is a high school student. He doesn't have many friends, is gay and comes from a poor family. Which, in high school, is not a great combination. While Kevin walks through the streets of Chicago one night he meets Cedric. Cedric wears make-up, tiger-stripped clothes and pink pumps. Cedric is the most amazing thing that Kevin's ever seen. In the span of a few hours, Kevin learns how to stand up for himself, and learns that he's not as alone as he thinks. There's a fantasy-like quality to the story which makes me wonder who exactly Cedric was. Was he an actual person, some magical being, or a figment of a lonely boy's imagination? Overall, I really enjoyed this very quick short.
The Vain Prince by Andrew J. Peters - 3.5 stars (Nov. 25, 2014)
*based on 'The Frog Prince' and the opera 'Turandot'.
Adalbert is a spoiled prince. His father wants him to settle down with a nice man, which would, hopefully, change Adalbert's behaviour. Adalbert doesn't want this, but he's willing to go along with the plan. He enjoys turning down all of the eligible men in the kingdom, until he pushes one particular suitor too far. A nice tale with a bit of magic and temporary heartbreak thrown in.
*ARC provided through NetGalley*
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Read information about the authorRadclyffe has written over forty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She has also edited Best Lesbian Romance 2009 through 2015 as well as multiple other anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance and erotica. A member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame, she is also an RWA Prism, Lories, Beanpot, Aspen Gold, and Laurel Wreath winner in multiple mainstream romance categories. In 2014, she received the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2004, she founded Bold Strokes Books, an independent LGBTQ publishing company, and in 2013, she founded the Flax Mill Creek Writers Retreat offering writing workshops to authors in all stages of their careers.
She states, “I began reading lesbian fiction at the age of twelve when I found a copy of Ann Bannon’s Beebo Brinker. That book and others like it convinced me that I was not alone, that there were other women who felt like I did. Our literature provides support and validation and very often, a lifeline, for members of our community throughout the world. I am proud and honored to be able to publish the many fine authors at Bold Strokes Books and to contribute in some small way to the words that celebrate the LGBTQ experience.”
Radclyffe lives with her partner, Lee, in New York state.
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