Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

October 14, 2013 Review 0

Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim PrattRags & Bones by Anthology
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on October 22, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Urban Fantasy, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Non-explicit references to sex and rape.
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

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.

Table of Contents

That the Machine May Progress Eternally by Carrie Ryan
Losing Her Divinity by Garth Nix
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
The Cold Corner by Tim Pratt
Millcara by Holly Black
When First We Were Gods by Rick Yancey
Sirocco by Margaret Stohl
Awakened by Melissa Marr
New Chicago by Kelley Armstrong
The Soul Collector by Kami Garcia
Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy by Saladin Ahmed
Uncaged by Gene Wolfe
Illustrations by Charles Vess

RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story's origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea?  See a little piece of art through their creative lens?   As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

Many of the inspirations for these stories were unfamiliar, but that proved as intriguing as the stories themselves. Each author included a short note, offering a connection to the source material through their eyes. Updating classic sources with a new perspective and a fresh voice, I found myself enjoying the narrative, contemplating the moral complexities faced by characters, and then mentally retracing how the author's original experience with a story gave birth to a new perspective.  I find myself unable to pick a favorite, these stories are one delight after another.  Neil Gaiman's badass Snow White begs for future adventures, and even the stories without a happy ending leave me haunted and daydreaming.  Saladin Ahmed's heartbreaking brothers, Kami Garcia's damaged cop or Carrie Ryan's hapless, hopeless traveler are all so gorgeous, this collection contains so many hits and very few misses.

The narrative style of RAGS & BONES serves as a self contained book club, offering both the pleasure of well written stories and the connective sinew of the author's own experiences. With these gorgeous illustrations and thought provoking, clever stories, I find myself simultaneously clutching my copy and wishing I could share it with every reader in my life.  Maybe I'll give them their own copy one day, but I can't bear to part with mine yet.

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