Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales – Get into the “Spirit” Review & Giveaway
October 11th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales 

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Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 Hardcover, 368 pages

Publication date: October 22, 2013

From Goodreads:


The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

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A print of one of the illustrations done by artist Charles Vess.

Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed – Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy by Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong – New Chicago by Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black – Millcara by Holly Black

“Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman – The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia – The Soul Collector by Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr – Awakened by Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix – Losing Her Divinity by Garth Nix

Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt – The Cold Corner by Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan – That the Machine May Progress Eternally by Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl – Sirocco by Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe – Uncaged by Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey – When First We Were Gods by Rick Yancey

My review:

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales is filled with stories we heard as children, now re-imagined and retold by numerous talented authors. They’re creepy and scary, haunting and as memorable as some of the “originals.” 

Imagine living in a machine.
Imagine a monkey paw that grants wishes but with horrible consequences.
Imagine a woman who turns into a leopard and kills children.
Imagine selling your soul to the devil to save someone you love.
Imagine a goddess who wants to be human.
Imagine Sleeping Beauty rescued by a woman and not a prince. (Written by Neil Gaiman!)
Imagine changing the size and shape of your body and living for eternity.
With these stories, there’s lots to imagine.

These are just a few of the ideas you’ll encounter in these tales. The stories are horror, dystopian, and fantasy, the weird and the freaky. There’s love and lust, sex and drugs, there’s good and evil, and your worst nightmares. Pick and choose what you want to read. And in any order, it doesn’t matter, which is awesome. I personally read each one straight through from beginning to end. But hey, I’m pretty conventional.

I think it’s important to note that I am usually not a fan of horror or anything remotely scary. Setting that aside, I really got into this compilation of tales. That says a lot about the authors and the stories they told.

So, if you are ready to get into the Halloween spirit or are just a fan of things that are creepy, scary . . . then you will LOVE Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales.

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4 Responses  
Kelly G. writes:
October 11th, 2013 at 10:03 am

The Stephen King novella “Big Driver.”

Vivien writes:
October 13th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

The Devouring by Simon Holt

Dana writes:
October 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Stephen King’s “It” creeped me out the most. :] Totally changed the way I see clowns.

Lydia writes:
October 21st, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Chris Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers

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