SFF

Cursed

Titan Bks. Mar. 2020. 384p. ed. by ed. by Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane. ISBN 9781789091502. pap. $14.95. FANTASY
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In these 18 short stories and two poems, readers will find unique perspectives on curses, inspired by old stories and new ideas. In Christina Henry’s story, “As Red As Blood, As White As Snow,” we see Snow White face off against her Prince Charming, who holds marriage secrets deep in his castle. A young man bargains for his life through the years in “Troll Bridge” by Neil Gaiman. Charlie Jane Anders presents a love triangle, bar fight, and karaoke battle in “Fairy Werewolf vs. Vampire Zombie.” Jane Yolen’s two poems, “Castle Cursed” and “Castle Waking,” about the beginning and end of a curse, bookend the other stories. While some characters face trials and others triumph, the stories all brim with magic and monsters, warnings and wishes.
VERDICT An eclectic and delightful mix of fairy tales and modern takes, told by some of today’s best speculative authors, will appeal to fans of the authors and themes alike.

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