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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472210557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472210555
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Praise for Tim Pratt's (editor) "Sympathy for the Devil" "Distinguished for both variety and quality" ""Booklist""" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2014
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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 By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2014
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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 I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2013
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Tim Pratt and Melissa Marr's anthology contains retellings of fairy tales and other classic short stories. Although marketed as YA, it's interesting that the majority of the tales here feature adult characters and some of the source stories are quite obscure. As with any anthology, some stories are stronger than others but on the whole it's an entertaining read that kept me turning the pages.

THAT THE MACHINE MAY PROGRESS ETERNALLY by Carrie Ryan is taken from THE MACHINE STOPS by E. M. Forster. It's a slow story about a boy, Tavil, who finds himself in a heavily mechanised world that he's unable and then unwilling to leave. For me it was a little too slow and the shift between Tavil's desire to escape and fear of leaving didn't convince me.

LOSING HER DIVINITY by Garth Nix is an entertaining fantasy reimagining of THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING by Rudyard Kipling. The nameless narrator has a great voice and I loved his diversions as he told his tale because they really developed the fantasy world.

THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman combines Snow White and Sleeping Beauty but while there are some great lines in it and I loved the dwarves, it's not up to the Gaiman's other short stories and while it's okay it's not great.

THE COLD CORNER by Tim Pratt is based on THE JOLLY CORNER by Henry James and is about a man who returns to small town North Carolina for a family gathering after losing his job and his lover. There he discovers that he has alternative personas, giving him opportunities he never thought possible. It's a thought-provoking piece and I enjoyed the themes what could be.
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