Twice Upon a Time
- Twice Upon a Time
- 309 pages
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"Slay the dragon Find the treasure Marry the princess That's what fairy tales are all about -- or are they? What if the dragons, the princesses, the big bad wolves, the giants, and all the other characters -- good and bad alike -- got to tell their side of the story? Well, here's your chance to find out, as some of today's finest fantasy weavers -- such master crafters as Jody Lynn Nye, Josepha Sherman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Springer, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jane Lindskold, and Esther Fr [...]
WEll! That certainly was fun! I read a little bit here, a little bit there, dabbling into the worlds of alternate fairy tale universes. I think my faavorites were the ones about Gilly Goose Girl (I agree- true princes are not always royalty) and the one about Evil King Chuck. The way the authors tied up several stories together was fun- I always had thought it odd that all princes seemed to be named "Charming", but now understand why!
I just finished reading "The Many Wives of Prince Charming" these stories are pretty dam funny when they come from one of the other characters, and not the main character that we have come to know.This book really is great, it's a handful of well known fairy tails told from the perspective of one of the other characters in the fairy tales.I have two personal favorites I believe "The Mayn Wives of Prince Charming" and "How I Came to Mary a Herpetologist"
Five stars, of course. Well, my story, Baron Boscov's Bastard (A Conderella story) is in here. But don't rush out and read it just because of that. There are some other good stories, too.
Rumpelstiltskin told as crime noir, Jack and the Beanstalk as a legal/court proceedingsoh, yeah this is good stuff. Fun to read, and it gives a completely new slant to some very old stories.
This would have been a really good book if there wasn’t so much bad language and an occasional inappropriate reference
There were only a handful of stories that were readable in my opinion. Spinning a Yarn, How I Came to Marry a Herpetologist, True Love, Gilly the Goose Girl, and Baron Boscov's Bastard. Fifi's Tail could have been good but they tried to cram in every fairy tale. The Beanstalk Incident was ok too. Now that I think about it, there were just some really really bad ones that ruined the bunch for me.
This was a fun bit of a read. Not too substantial, more of a cotton candy, if you follow me. I would easily recommend it to my younger daughters (13, 12, 9) as every entry was wholesome, if decidedly different in perspective. Since I want my kids to learn to see things from multiple points of view, this is a good thing, to me. I liked it, but would only purchase it if I found it in a second-hand bookstore or yard sale. What can I tell you? I'm parsimonious.
Rather boring, I must say. Not at all what I expected when reading the "other side of the story."
Includes several good stories. The best one being "True Love", a tale about Prince Charming and his brides.
3 stars "How I Came to Marry a Herpetologist"
Interesting concept, some cool ideas. Editors could have done a better job choosing the better stories.