A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

eBook - 2018
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Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate. Compiled by We Need Diverse Books's Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong. A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother's mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman's Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie's New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780062671172
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLHebahA Feb 11, 2019

I enjoy mythology and folklore retellings, particularly when they highlight stories I haven't heard of before. This one fit the bill well with a range of new-to-me stories, a who's-who author list (both well-established YA authors and notables of contemporary genre short fiction), and a broad span of genres represented. Highlights include Alyssa Wong's "Olivia's Table," E.C. Myers' "Land of the Morning Calm," Preeti Chhibber's "Girls who Twirl and Other Dangers," and Elsie Chapman's "Bullet, Butterfly."

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 07, 2018

I really enjoyed these retelling. I would have enjoyed them more if I had access to more traditional versions of the tales so I better understood how the authors were “fracturing” them. The short synopses at the end of each story were not adequate for this fairy tale nerd!

LPL_CentennialC Aug 26, 2018

If you love remixed folklore and mythology, you absolutely need to get your hands on this collection. The authors have taken traditional Asian stories and taken them in all kinds of imaginative directions. I adored each of the stories I read, but the standouts for me were:

Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi
The Land of the Morning Calm by E. C. Myers
The Crimson Cloak by Cindy Pon


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