Rags & Bones

Rags & Bones

New Twists on Timeless Tales

Book - 2013
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An anthology of reimagined classic tales by best-selling and award-winning 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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Apr 24, 2019

" A brilliant and eccentric scientist aided by a grotesque assistant playsGod, with direct consequences. FRANKENSTEIN? No, THE BIRTHMARK, published twenty years after Mary Shelley's classic, by Nathaniel Hawthorne." " ' If I should pass, during some nocturnal blackness, mothy and warm/ when the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn,/ One may say, "he strove that such innocent creatures/ should come to no harm,/ But he could do little for them,/ and now he is gone./ ' "

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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