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Black Swan, White Raven [Paperback]

Ellen Datlow , Terri Windling
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27 May 2008
A stellar assymbly of many of today's most creative and accomplished storytellers has gathered around the tribal fire to embroider well-worn yarns with new golden thread. Black Swan, White Raven revisits the tales that charmed, enthralled, and terrified us in our early youth - carrying us aloft into the healthy, beating heart of cherished myth to tell once again the stories of Rumpelstiltskins and sleeping beauties, only this time from an edgy, provocative and distinctly adult perspective. The themes and archetypes of our beloved childhood fiction are reexamined in a darker light by 21 superb teller of tales who deftly uncover the ironic, the outrageous, the enigmatic and the erotic at the core of the world's best-known fables, while revealing the sobering truths and lies behind "happily ever after."

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (27 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809572540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809572540
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant series keeps getting better 1 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
The team of Datlow & Windling have put in their 4th collection of adult retellings of classic fairy tales, and this is the best yet. Strong, haunting tales that are truly not the Disney fluff we grew up on are what this collection is made of. Stories are drawn from many different cultures, not just the familiar Brothers' Grimm type; they also end up in many times/places, not just the dragons and castles type. The entire series is well worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 26 May 2001
By Ashareh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Black Swan, White Raven is an excellent anthology of new fairy tales based on the traditional stories. In this series, all the stories are dark, based on the fact that fairy tales were originally written/told for adults, and their relegation to the the nursery occurred with the Victorian era. Particularly strong and memorable stories are the Rapunzel one by Anne Bishop, the Snow White one by Pat Murphy, and the Tin Soldier one by Nancy Kress.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED 19 Feb 2003
By Lea Dimarucut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Why is this fairy tale anthology out of print? It's got a great collection of stories! I liked practically everything that was in here. SNOW WHITE, BLOOD RED may have been the first volume in editors Datlow and Windling's series of such books, but this fourth one is hands-down more gripping... the stories are better written, in my opinion.
Among my favorite selections from this volume are:
SNOW IN DIRT by Michael Blumlein
SPARKS by Gregory Frost
THE REVEREND's WIFE by Midori Snyder
THE TRUE STORY by Pat Murphy, and
GODMOTHER DEATH by Jane Yolen
I hope BLACK SWAN, WHITE RAVEN is published once more so I can grab my own copy. I have the first three anthologies and haven't read number 2 and number 3 yet, but that was only because I had to finish this one in time to return it to the library. Thank goodness they have it!
If you like this series, then I definitely recommend getting your hands on this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant series keeps getting better 1 April 1999
By M. Browning - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The team of Datlow & Windling have put in their 4th collection of adult retellings of classic fairy tales, and this is the best yet. Strong, haunting tales that are truly not the Disney fluff we grew up on are what this collection is made of. Stories are drawn from many different cultures, not just the familiar Brothers' Grimm type; they also end up in many times/places, not just the dragons and castles type. The entire series is well worth your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, As Usual. 18 Dec 2013
By Jacklyn Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Datlow &Windling have once again delivered perfect set of re-imagined folk tales that will take your breath away. The story of the sleeping beauty as a supermodel was heartbreaking.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Seller 20 Oct 2009
By LeeAnne Valentine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I receieved this book from the seller, in timely fashion and it was well worth the wait. The book was beyond anyone's expectations. I had thought that this book would be boring. Who would have thought to write a story of what happened to Rumpelstiltskin after he was offically defeated by the mom? I've always wondered if anyone had made any strange but oddly fascinating twists to stories that we've heard in our childhood.
Lo and behold - we have a book full of stories such as that! I would strongly recommend anyone who has a twisted but adult version of how stories actually would've been with choldhood stories.
Like I said, athe seller mailed this book out on time, and was true to word when the book was actually used. Some yellowing but that is to be expected of an old, used book but still readable!
I would recommend the book, AND the seller!
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