The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
“Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations of your favorite tales. Ringmaster and internationally bestselling author Jane Yolen (Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Lightship) spins modern fantasy classics in tales that go well beyond Wonderland and Oz, down the rabbit hole and back again.
Where is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course!
It’s time to go back to—and beyond—the treasured tales you thought you knew: The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and many more. Ringmaster and internationally bestselling author Jane Yolen (Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Lightship) spins modern fantasy classics for delighted readers. A girl blown away from Kansas returns as a sophisticate with unusual gymnastic abilities. A talented apprentice, forging her first sword, is suddenly left to the mercies of Merlin. Alice’s infamous nemesis has jaws and claws, but also lacks the essential: a sense of humor.
Witty and bold, and unexpected, these tales go well beyond the rabbit hole and back again.” – Description from Goodreads
I’m usually not big on short story collections, but I loved these! They were pretty modern, not necessarily happily ever after, and pretty straightforward. The introduction to this book was written by Holly Black and was a cool little story of its own. This isn’t going to be a long review because there would be SOOO much to write about each tale and there were many!
Table of Contents
A Knot of Toads
The Quiet Monk
Belle Bloody Merciless Dame
Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown
A Gift of Magicians
Our Lady of the Greenwood
The Confession of Brother Blaise
Sister Emily’s Lightship
The way the author wrote these was amazing. Looking forward to reading more works… The Wendy’s on strike… and YES that is Peter Pan’s Wendy in the plural version, was epic. The twist at the end was a very different perspective on Peter Pan. Even the twist on the end of Tough Alice, which is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland, was pretty cool. All of these stories had a very unique perspective to them. Something I hadn’t read before. It was nice to read classic tales and not know how they ended. This is a 5 star book for me. Like I said, I’ll be looking into more material from Jane Yolen. Highly recommended for days you only have time for a short story.
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