Review: Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman

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Title: Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales
Editor: Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication Date: December 16th 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Source: eARC from the Publisher via NetGalley

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Myth, magic, and monsters—the.stuff of childhood dreams (or nightmares) and adult fantasies. Delve into these classic fairy tales retold with a queer twist and surrender to the world of seductive spells and dark temptations.

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Few things about this book.

1. It is obviously a collection of retold classic fairy tales with a queer twist.

2. Yes buddy, You heard me right! With a queer twist. So don’t expect to see Sleeping Beauty waiting for handsome Prince Charming to rescue.

3. Mature scenes are visible in some stories. Yeah, there’s a lot. So if you’re a kiddo thinking that this is your fairy tale,  I’m commanding you right now to close your eyes and go back to your home and watch some disney cartoons instead.

Okay. This compilation is good. I mean, it gives us a lot of different variety of a short story in just a single book. Some stories were serious. Some were funny. Some were sad. Some were dark. And some were erotica. But not all the stories here were okay. Few were seriously dull. And boring. I had quite high expection with this book because the premise was really interesting. But I didn’t get the similarity of some retold stories to the original one. It somehow felt forced. Because the mature scenes became more prominent than the story itself. But some had really good and interesting version. So here’s my favorite:

1. Red by Andi Marquette (5 stars)
– I really really loved this version. The likeness to the original story was still there but with more exciting plot. The characters were lesbians, yet reading it wasn’t awkward. And I’d love to read more from this author.

2. The Vain Prince by Andrew J. Peters (4 stars)
– I liked the dark part of the story but the ending was a meh.

3. The Snow King by Rhidian Brenig Jones (3.5 stars)
– Everything was beautiful except the freaking seed part.

But I really liked this anthology and you would also like this too.

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