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Book Title: A Wolf at the Door: And Other Retold Fairy Tales|
The author of the book: Terri Windling
Edition: Simon & Schuster
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Date of issue: March 20th 2012
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1. This is optional. Go find a copy of A Wolf at the Door.
2. Read "Cinder Elephant" by Jane Yolen. Still opitional.
3. This is not optional. Stand up and do a happy dance while chanting -Jane Yolen Rocks! Jane Yolen Rocks! or Jane Yolen is Golden.
The best story in this collection without a doubt is Yolen's "Cinder Elephant". It is wonderful; it is brillant; it has a wonderful moral. Honestly, it is now my absolute favorite version of Cinderella ever. It is worth the price of the book. Honestly. Buy the book for that one tale.
This is not to say that the rest of the collection is bad. Overall, the stories are wonderful, if a little on the sugery side at times. It is after all, a children's collection. The second best story, and the story without any true fantasy elements is "Becoming Charise" by Kathe Koja. This story is simply about becoming who you are. It is a very touching story.
While the main theme of the collection is re-told fairy tales, the majority of the collection features female protagonists, so it is highly recommended for girls.
Most of the tales are geared for children; there are, however, two entries that seem slightly out of place. Gaiman's "Instuctions" is a beautiful poem, but it is hard to see a 8-12 year old liking it. Strange considering the book has those ages listed on the back cover. Maguire's "The Seven Stage a Comeback" is more of an adult story; in fact, it is an adult story. It is an interesting take on Snow White, but I don't see how children will connect or even understand all of it. Maguire's tale seems to be geared towards parents.
While the collection is geared towards children, some of the tales have darker tones. "Ali Baba and the Forty Aliens" is one of these. The ending is not entirely "happy ever after". Nix's re-telling of "Hansel and Gretel" has more of the flavor of his Sabriel, and is geared more towards older children.
The only false note in the collection is "The Kingdom of Melting Glances". This story seemed flat.
JANE YOLEN ROCKS!
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Read information about the authorTerri Windling is an American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults. Windling has won nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and her collection The Armless Maiden appeared on the short-list for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. She was also honored with SFWA's Soltice Award in 2010, a life achievement award for "significant contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor." Windling's work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Lithuanian, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean.
In the American publishing field, Windling is one of the primary creative forces behind the mythic fiction resurgence that began in the early 1980s -- first through her work as an innovative editor for the Ace and Tor Books fantasy lines; secondly as the creator of the 'Fairy Tales' series of novels (featuring reinterpretations of classic fairy tale themes by Jane Yolen, Steven Brust, Pamela Dean, Patricia C. Wrede, Charles de Lint, and others); and thirdly as the editor of over thirty anthologies of magical fiction. She is also recognized as one of the founders of the urban fantasy genre, having published and promoted the first novels of Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, and other pioneers of the form.
With Ellen Datlow, Windling edited 16 volumes of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (1986–2003), an anthology that reached beyond the boundaries of genre fantasy to incorporate magic realism, surrealism, poetry, and other forms of magical literature. Datlow and Windling also edited the Snow White, Blood Red series of literary fairy tales for adult readers, as well as many anthologies of myth & fairy tale inspired fiction for younger readers (such as The Green Man, The Faery Reel, and The Wolf at the Door). Windling also created and edited the Borderland series for teenage readers, and The Armless Maiden, a fiction collection for adult survivors of child abuse.
As an author, Windling's fiction includes The Wood Wife (winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Novel of the Year) and several children's books: The Raven Queen, The Changeling, A Midsummer Night's Faery Tale, The Winter Child, and The Faeries of Spring Cottage. Her essays on myth, folklore, magical literature and art have been widely published in newsstand magazines, academic journals, art books, and anthologies. She was a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, edited by Jack Zipes.
As an artist, Windling specializes in work inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Her art has been exhibited across the U.S., as well as in the UK and France.
Windling is the founder of the Endicott Studio, an organization dedicated to myth-inspired arts, and co-editor (with Midori Snyder) of The Journal of Mythic Arts. She also sits on the board of the Mythic Imagination Institute. A former New Yorker, Windling spend many years in Tucson, Arizona, and now lives in Devon, England. She is married to dramatist Howard Gayton, co-director of the Ophaboom Theatre Company.
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