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Rags & Bones

Rags & Bones [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Marr , Tim Pratt
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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A magical, unique collection of stories: retellings of timeless tales. Featuring stories by Neil Gaiman and Garth Nix.

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One of Amazon's Top 10 YA novels for 2013. Featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this is a unique and imaginative collection for readers of all ages.

There are some stories that will always be told, tales as timeless as they are gripping.

There are some authors who can tell any story.

In RAGS & BONES, award-winning and bestselling authors retell classic fairytales and twisted tales in the way that only they can. With magic and love, they bring these stories - whether much loved or overlooked - back to life.

Read 'Sleeping Beauty' as only Neil Gaiman can tell it. See 'Rumpelstiltskin' through the eyes of Kami Garcia. And learn of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Man Who Would Be King' from the inimitable Garth Nix.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1560 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (22 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0LUSA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I am SUCH a huge fan of fairytales, thy are VERY special to me and I adore reading them in a variety of forms. I love the modern fairytales, I especially love the old original fairytales from people like The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. I also love to read retellings of fairytales, and tales with a spin or a twist on them, and so with that in mind, I was ever so excited about Rags & Bones.

Rags & Bones is a fantastic collection of fairytales and classic stories but perhaps not as you know them, as each one has been taken by an author and retold with a spin on it. Some will be recognisable, such as The Sleeper and The Spindle, which is inspired by Sleeping Beauty, or The Soul Collector which has elements of Rumplestiltskin, but for me, many stories were a complete surprise. All of the stories are wonderful and captivating in their own ways but for me, Neil Gaiman’s one was my favourite. As well as the stories, there are beautiful illustrations throughout!

I thoroughly enjoyed every story in the collection, they are rich with imagination and I could picture everything clearly as I read. Every story in Rags & Bones is brilliantly written, full of magic, fantasy, dark moments, and with all stories as intriguing as the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging collection 8 Jan 2014
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For me, there are three good reasons to read a collection of stories such as this. Either it's themed, and I enjoy reading about the theme, or it has stories by authors I like, or else I trust the editors to come up with a good selection. For "Rags and Bones" it was mainly the second of these, with stories by Neil Gaiman and Garth Nix, among others. But I was also intrigued by the theme - new takes on classic stories and by the general air of magic and fantasy that pervades the book.

Having read it, I'd happily trust a future collection by Marr and Pratt. The stories were individually all very good - mostly four or five stars, with only a couple I'd rate lower - and taken together were thought provoking and diverse. Some are retellings of, or inspired by, traditional fairy tales, others on more recent works - prequels, sequels and alternative versions. Alongside the stories are pictures by Charles Voss, inspired by yet more stories (or bodies of work) and creepily atmospheric. They make this a handsome volume in itself, and coupled with the fact that it provides an introduction to many accomplished modern storytellers, I think it would make it an ideal gift.

You don't have to have read the originals - I hadn't read all of them, and had forgotten much of the detail - as each story is complete in itself, and is followed by followed by a postscript from the writer (as are Voss's pictures) explaining a little of what they were trying to achieve.
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Rags & Bones is described as "New Twists on Timeless Tales" and includes the following:

That the Machine May Progress Eternally (Inspired by E. M. Forster's The Machine Stops - Carrie Ryan.
The King of Elfland's Daughter - Charles Vess.
Losing Her Divinity (Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would be King) - Garth Nix.
The Sleeper and the Spindle (Inspired by Sleeping Beauty) - Neil Gamain.
Kai Lung's Golden Hours - Charles Vess.
The Cold Corner (Inspired by Henry James's The Jolly Corner) - Tim Pratt.
Millcara (Inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla) - Holly Black.
Figures of Earth - Charles Vess.
When First We Were Gods (Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birth-Mark) - Rick Yancey.
Sirroco (Inspired by Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto) - Margaret Stohl.
The Shaving of Shagpat - Charles Vess.
Awakened (Inspired by Kate Chopin's The Awakening) - Melissa Marr.
New Chicago (Inspired by W. W. Jacob's The Monkey's Paw) - Kelly Armstrong.
The Wood Beyond the World - Charles Vess.
The Soul Collector (Inspired by the Brother Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin) - Kami Garcia.
Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy (Inspired by Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene) - Saladin Ahmed.
Goblin Market - Charles Vess.
Uncaged (Inspired by William B. Seabrook's The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban) - Gene Wolfe.

If that sounds like a huge volume of work you might be surprised to learn the entire book runs to just 372 pages of large print with generous line spacing, author's notes and illustrations (black and white).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This project is driven by an interesting idea: giving writers the opportunity to re-imagine a favourite story that has lingered in their mind. Some have chosen classic fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin) but the majority have been drawn from classic stories - and this is where the problem lies for me. The `source' stories chosen are often deservedly classics, by superb writers, and the re-writings here just don't stand up to the quality of the originals.

So Tim Pratt does a take on Henry James, Holly Black tries to re-work Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, and Kelley Armstrong has a go at W.W.Jacob's horror classic The Monkey's Paw. Other tales taken as inspiration are by Hawthorne, Horace Walpole, E.M. Forster and Kate Chopin, and, again, the re-tellings fall far short of the originals.

The stand-out piece for me is Saladin Ahmed's politically-inflected re-imagining of the Sans-foy, Sans-loy, Sans-joy episode from Spenser's Faerie Queene - and this is the only tale that genuinely re-opens the prior text and does something original, moving and contemporary with it.

So an appealing project but too many of the stories here are unremarkable in relation to their inspirations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Authors give Tales with Bite.
Whilst we all loved hearing the fairy tales and traditional stories as children, sometimes things are lost in either the language or the modern interpretation of the original... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars Review by Louis - Year 8
Rags and Bones is an anthology of fairy tales re-told/re-imagined with twists and turns, making a refreshing change from the typical Princess in tower rescued by Prince. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cowbridge School Library
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of a Trillian Books
A great collection of fairy stories, all as entertaining and captivating as the rest. One of my particular favourites was "The Sleeper and the Spindle" by Neil Gaiman,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Each tale will make you stop and think
I think there’s always a time and place that suits for reading short stories. I always enjoy reading them – and love faery tales/myths – so was excited to receive Rags & Bones to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shazjera
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading front page
The title and the design of the front page made me believe it was book by Melissa Marr rather than a collection of short stories including one by Melissa Marr.
Published 6 months ago by Stiofan Mac Gabhann
2.0 out of 5 stars More like "Flags and Clones"
I could not face reading any of these stories to their end.

The ugly, cryptic style of some of the authors, I found insulting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Prof TBun
5.0 out of 5 stars Original ideas and top quality writing
I received this book free to review.
I chose it as a fan of short story writing rather than fantasy, and whilst some of the authors (Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix) were familiar to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. I. McCulloch
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss
A compilation of stories from some of my Favourite writers; Mellissa Marr of the Wickely Lovely Series and double act Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl of the Beautiful Creatures... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. C. A. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting blend of....
Old fairy tales given a new spin by great authors like Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr and Garth Nix.

I particularly liked the reworking of Sheridan le Fanu's Mircalla. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pyewacket
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly fantastical
The subtitle of this book, "New twists on Timeless Tales" is precise and sums it up exactly. It is a collection of stories which bring to mind other stories from the past, retells... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. K. A. P. Wright
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