A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

a wolf at the doorIn the course of our fairy tale unit last month, I stumbled across a shabby copy of A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales at my local library. I tossed it in the library bag, thinking it might be a nice addition to our fairy tale options. It wasn’t until we were home and sorting through our library haul that I noticed it contains stories by Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Garth Nix, Gregory Maguire and more. I may have mentioned before that don’t read many short story collections, but I was intrigued enough by the lineup to read this one cover to cover. Continue reading


Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce

small mammalsI rarely read short story collections. To give you an idea of how rarely, I picked up Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce thinking it would be a good one-day read for the 2016 Reading Challenge. (Turns out the short part doesn’t matter nearly as much as the collection part when it comes to overall page count.) When I finished the first story, I was vaguely irritated. It just ended without answering all of my questions! I am willing to admit that this reaction stemmed from a lifetime of reading novels. Irritation aside, I am trying to broaden my literary scope, so I pressed on. By the third story in, I knew I would finish the entire collection. What I didn’t know is whether I would write about it here, and if I did, what I would say. Ultimately, I knew I needed to write about it when I kept thinking about both the stories and the writing itself days later. Continue reading