The shape of water

A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape. I think that del Toro is one of […]

Tangleweed and brine

A collection of thirteen short stories, retellings of various fairy tales, with a feminist slant. Deirdre Sullivan is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. She got a lot of praise for her book Needlework and I really want to read that. But I’m a sucker for fairy tales […]

Tale of Tales [based on the book]

IMDB description: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile. IMDB rating: 6.5 Giambattista Basile was an Italian poet, he lived in the […]

Bryony & Roses

A retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Bryony is out collecting rutabaga1 seedlings2 when she gets caught in a sudden snowstorm. Just as she is beginning to lose hope of surviving it, she and her pony3 stumble upon a wall and gates. Faintly hoping for ruins that might provide some sort of […]

Maplecroft

Recommended by Kameron Hurley here and by this metafilter thread. Also part of my Once Upon a Time 9 reading, this, to me, fits within folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy, although its gothic horror feel also makes me think it would make for a good RIP read too. Book 1 in The Borden Dispatches Lizzie […]

The Seventh Bride

Rhea is a miller’s daughter. She is fifteen. And she is engaged. Her betrothed is a lord, and she had never met him before he gave her is ring to wear. But she is only the daughter of the miller, and even though the miller may be an important man in the village, to a […]

The five jars

Available free from Gutenberg This novel takes the form of a letter from our nameless narrator to Jane, he wants to explain how it is that he was talking to owls, for he mentioned in passing to her that he had some bit of news from them. One day, while out in the woods he […]

Some kind of fairy tale

Twenty years ago Tara Martin went missing. She simply went out one day and never came home. Her boyfriend at the time was an obvious suspect. They had rowed before she disappeared. Her brother and parents have never gotten over it. They’ve moved on as best they can, Peter has a family of his own […]

Thorn

A retelling of The Goose Girl story. Princess Alyrra has not has a happy life. Growing up in fear of her brother and trying to stay on her mother’s good side. But when the king of the much more powerful land comes to visit she finds herself thrust into a powerplay. She is to marry […]

Grimm’s Household Tales

The first assignment for the Fantasy & Science Fiction course I’m doing was on The Grimm Brothers’ Household Tales. For the assignment we were asked to “Please write an essay that aims to enrich the reading of a fellow student who is both intelligent and attentive to the readings and to the course. Each essay […]

The snow child - Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

Mabel and Jack have left home and family behind and travelled to Alaska, to the edge of the world, trying to turn the wilderness into a farm that will support them. For Mabel it was an attempt to escape her grief and loss at a childless life. Their only pregnancy ended in a stillbirth. Jack […]