Review: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After by John Klima

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Fairy Tales Retold" is the subtitle, and the only thing truly negative I can say about this collection is that I would have liked to see a broader selection in source material. Why do so many authors want to rework Little Red Riding Hood?

Although some of the books are told in a style that's not my favorite, there's not a bad tale in this book. My favorites, in the order they appear in the book:

Michelle West's heartbreaking version of Beauty and the Beast, "The Rose Garden"
Kelly Link's very original "The Fairy Handbag"
Rober J Howe's "Pinocchio's Diary", a dark story that hits on the reason I've never thought of Pinocchio as a children's story
Wendy Wheeler's "Little Red", gloriously and obviously inspired by another classic piece of literature
Gregory Frost's grown up version of Rapunzel "The Root of the Matter"

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