Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0316212938

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0316212938

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The best writers of our generation retell classic tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops," literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author's unique perception and innovative style.

Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild the twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" - Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" - Holly Black

"Sleeping Beauty" - Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin" - Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" - Garth Nix

Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" - Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops" - Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook's "The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban" - Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark" - Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by Charles Vess

Edge of Infinity (The Infinity Project, Book 2)

Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology (2nd Edition)

Dark Beyond the Stars

The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mansion. I can see the old tree that I grew up reading beneath. An important man in yellow silk—my father—is training me to use the saber, though he knows I will never be the type who loves fighting. “Always remember, Joyless, that you are fighting a man.” Some part of me knows that my father did not call me Joyless. And yet I can remember the smell of his breath as he did so. “It is the man you are fighting, not his sword or his dagger.” The lightning flash fades. A look up at my foe. This

nodded. “We’re family. What else is family for? And it doesn’t get much closer than this. Every one of us who makes bad decisions … hell, we all know it could have happened to any of us. There but for the grace of good luck. If you decide to step off your path, and want to hide away, you can stay here for a while. There’s a room in back with a cot, you can use the kitchen, there’s even a shower I got some of the guys who went into contracting to install.” I looked around at the tables and

of a better word, persisted. She agreed, for both their sakes, to wear her old uniform when they were alone in their quarters. She even cooked his muffins and brought them to him on the balcony at sunrise. It was on one of these mornings, while she sat across from him silently watching the smoke from the cooking fires curl lazily into the temporal blue, that he looked over at her profile and recoiled in disgust. He set down his half-eaten muffin. It tasted like cardboard. One day several

every dusty wall, gluing silk cobwebs and synthetic ivy to every naturally webby, overgrown corner. The very real cannonballs that were still lodged throughout the place were sprayed a gleaming black over their disappointingly tan stone color, only to be scrubbed tan again when the scene had been wrapped. Stone the color of stone. Dust the color of dust. Mold the color of mold—and none of it the kind you see in the movies—that was the Castello. Really, Theo found it hard to imagine a novel had

then some small thing will trigger a reminder—a lecture on the Seven Hills of Wessex or mention of an airship route being terminated—and he’ll promptly press the button to submit his application. Thus he’s surprised when, one day, rather than the expected and usual rejection, he is approved. As evidence of the approval, a button by the door begins to glow with a green light—if he were to press it his door would open, a car would gather him and deliver him to the top level, a mask would be

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