Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of "once upon a time."
Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king's dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow...
©2013 Paula Guran (P)2013 Prime Books
The stories are interesting and written by different and excellent writers but they all run into each other because of the flat, slightly breathy style they are read in. I think Baker is aiming for an ethereal, otherworldly tone but she manages to take all the tension and emotion out of the tales and just makes them dull to listen to.
The authors have been poorly served by this reading. The overall effect is soporific and Baker's breathy reading is just irritating after a while.
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