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

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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