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Troll's Eye View: A Book Of Villainous Tales (2009)

by Ellen Datlow(Favorite Author)
3.69 of 5 Votes: 5
0670061417 (ISBN13: 9780670061419)
Viking Juvenile
review 1: This wasn't daunting to read since you don't have to keep up with each character once your done with the retelling of the story. The stories out of this collection I liked are "The Wizard's Apprentice," "An Unwelcome Guest," "The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "A Delicate Architecture." Some of the stories I couldn't appreciate cleverness in because I never read nor heard the fairy tale it is based on.
review 2: Lots of the stories in this book are riffs on well-known fairy tales, which I loved as a kid. I particularly liked the story "A Delicate Architecture" about a girl entirely made of candy, who becomes a key figure in a fairy tale where candy is an important element. Her involvement in that tale does not become obvious u
... morentil the very, very end of this story, and it all ties together quite nicely. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Giant's wife's point of view was fun, as was the take on "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." less
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fun spin on classic tales, nice that the villian was allowed to tell his side of the story....
I listened to "Wizard's Apprentice" by Delia Sherman on the PodCastle podcast.
some of the tales are gems while others fall flat...
Overall, a very entertaining compilation of stories.
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