Red as Blood
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Classic fairy tales given a dark twist.
Caught at Rosie's Mexican Cantina at an informal Meetup. Thank you, Cyberkedi! I am looking forward to reading this book, since I so recently enjoyed SILVER METAL LOVER by the same author. (I'll bet this nice-looking hardback book becomes a bookray...)
I've finally started reading this book! It should be noted that the complete title is *Red As Blood, or Tales From the Sisters Grimmer*. That is certainly true! These tales are grimmer than the originals.
Here's the Table of Contents:
PAID PIPER (Asia: The last Century BC)
RED AS BLOOD (Europe: The 14th Century)
THORNS (Eurasia: The 14th Century)
WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES (Europe: The 16th Century)
THE GOLDEN ROPE (Europe: The 17th Century)
THE PRINCESS AND HER FUTURE (Asia: The 18th Century)
WOLFLAND (Scandinavia: The 19th Century)
BLACK AS INK (Scandinavia: The 20th Century)
BEAUTY (Earth: The Future)
I hope to get this one off on a bookray before I move from Alabama to Germany (within the next 2 weeks!).
yvensong (US-NV) [US/Can]
MandaJo (US-Minn) [any] <--Book is here
azuki (US-FL) [US]*next ok'd
toyjoy (Singapore) [any]
Finally read it and got it sent off on 02/02/05 (I believe that was the day).
I especially enjoyed the futuristic fairy tale, BEAUTY. I guess that's the SciFi part of me. :)
It was 7.10 this morning. I was trying to sleep despite having two kids whining in my ear. "We want breakfast". Hubby is led like the dead "I don't feel well" Then the doorbell rings. I untangle myself from the pile to look out the window and see a postman running empty handed up the road to his waiting van. If our side windows opened I would have leant out and yelled "Thats what the bloody parcel box is for. You've just put the parcel in it did you have to ring the bloody bell too". Anyway this was one of the two books he delivered and I am looking foward to reading it.
These started out really good but I thought they tended to get a bit repetative towards the end. I thought the Red Riding Hood version was too long and dull but apart from that I enjoyed them.
Journal Entry 8
Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (2/16/2005 UTC) at Surface Mail in Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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Journal Entry 9
on Friday, February 18, 2005
Received today - thank you Dodau and TracyShannon - I think my weekend will begin with an early night, curled up in bed with this book.
Journal Entry 10
on Friday, February 25, 2005
I loved these stories - the only one I wasn't so sure about was 'Black as Ink' which seemed to try a bit too hard. But the others were lovely, her writing is so evocative and macabre and perfect for fairy tales. I've wanted to read this book for ages and I wasn't disappointed - I may have to get a copy for my permanent collection.
Sending on to BlossomU as soon as I have an address.
Journal Entry 11
on Sunday, March 06, 2005
Just arrived, thanks! I will get reading it at once.
Journal Entry 12
on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Forgot to mention it before hand but thanks for the postcard Hexa, lovely and so appropriate for this book.
Just finished reading it and I really loved it. The atmosphere is fabulous in a baroque fantasy way, the stories surprise ( even by not surprising sometimes) and have impact. I particularly liked Snow White and Golden Rope and Wolfland, and the one story which might have disapointed me a bit might have been Beauty. Its scope is large, very Vance-ian, but the plot resolution was a bit too contrived too much exposition rather than characters getting to terms with something in their nature ( or maybe is wrong, it is about that, only too justified somehow). I still liked Beauty better than Vance though.
PS -was mailed to Lauraloo29 today March 9th. Book was be shipped bookrate, it might take up to a month to arrive in Canada (airmail bookrate is quite more expensive but it is not always faster so I gave up on it).
Arrived today. Along with another ring. It looks quite interesting. I'll keep the book moving. Thank you!
Interesting. I really liked Paid Piper and Thorns. I got very lost in The Princess and Her Future (I need to know which fairy tale this is). I started to lose interest in Wolfland and decided my little brain had had enough. :)
NeedSun wanted me to take my time, but it seems her life is getting back to normal, so I will mail this on Monday.
Thank you for sharing!
This book arrived yesterday. I have a few bookrings to read before I get to it, but it shouldn't take too long.
I thought the twists on The Pied Piper, Red as Blood, Thorns, When the Clock Strikes and Wolfland were unexpected and poignant.
I could't place The Golden Rope or Black as Ink and wondered if they were originals by Tanith Lee. I didn't enjoy either of them as well as the ones mentioned above.
The Princess and her Future seemed a little pointless but maybe I was just not in the mood to appreciate the dark vivid ending.
My favorite.. Beauty .. must be my Sci-Fi background as well, Tracy.
Thanks very much for sharing this with us. I will get it in the mail to Cherie in the next few days.
Not even a week back from vacation and I'm already inundated with more books! LOL I had 2 big boxes come in while I was gone (fortunately only one of those 2 contained bookring books). That said, I've got a few to get to before this one. However, since this has got short stories within, I'll probably read a few of them before starting one of the next bookring books that were already waiting here. I shouldn't have any problem moving it on within a month, or a month and a half at the very most.
I've also got another Tanith Lee book, White as Snow which was given to me as a Yule gift which I haven't gotten to yet since I haven't had as much time for books I own that don't have a timetable attached. :) I suspect I'll be offering that one up for a bookring once I read it. Thanks for sharing this TracyShannon!
As mentioned, I read these stories in between other books I was reading. I liked some of them better than others. My favorites were the last three: "Wolfland", "Black as Ink", and "Beauty" the best, perhaps as they occurred more in this day and age and I'm not a huge fan of historical stories. And I also thought "The Golden Rope", the one with the Witch and The Prince of Darkness statue, was pretty good too.
I can't say that I could place each of them to a fairy tale myself. The only ones I could do this for were Red as Blood (Snow White), When the Clock Strikes (Cinderella), Wolfland (Little Red Riding Hood), and Beauty (probably Beauty and the Beast), only 4 of the 9.
Still, I appreciated this book for what it was, and though I didn't like the beginning stories as much, am glad I stuck with it and found the later ones much better.
I'll be sending this on to sistert just as soon as I get an address.
Book arrived today. Looks like spooky fun. =)
I had a hard time liking this collection. All but one (Black as Ink) I did recognize the original story for. The only one that I truly was taken with was the last story, Beauty. A gorgeous retelling of "Beauty and the Beast".
On to ghaweyn as soon as I get an addy.
Journal Entry 22
Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (8/22/2005 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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On the way to ghaweyn!
This book is the next on my list of Mt. TBR. Thank you for sending it to me.
I just couldn't get into this book. I will pass it on as soon as I have an address.
It's here! I've been looking forward to this book. Thanks everyone!
I, like many others before me, especially enjoyed the story Beauty out of this collection. It kind of reminded me of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles. I'm generally not a fan of sci-fi, and the beginning was difficult for me to read through. However, once it came into its Beauty and the Beast storyline I couldn't be torn from it. (Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite fairy tales.) I thought for a while there that the story was a mix of Greek myth as well. It reminded me of the myth where Eros (I think it was Eros) fell in love with a mortal woman and took her up to his palace in the sky. He would not allow her to see him, though, and I think only visited her in the dark. When she was allowed to return home and see her family, her sisters planted the idea in her head to take a peak at her lover. When she went back to Eros she brought a light with her and saw him when he came to her. Because of this she was sent back to earth and seperated from Eros forever. I'm thinking that's how the story went. ANYWAY, what I'm trying to say is that I thought the two stories paralleled each other and that the alien-man would eventually send our Beauty away forever as Eros did but I my connection was bad. The alien-man was more of a man than Eros. As for the other stories, I enjoyed them for the most part. Some raised a few eyebrows- I wasn't sure what Lee was trying to get at, but I had fun connecting the new stories to their old counterparts.
On to the next!
This arrived today! I'm so excited to read this! I've just started Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, but I will be reading this one on the side, no need to wait! Thanks for passing it along, Czersk!
Oh, and here is a picture of the author, in case anyone was wondering what she looks like.
What a great collection! Glad I signed up for this bookring, and also glad that I have finally read something by Miss Lee! The stories were definitely darker than even Grimm told them, and I loved that about them! Love the romantic flow of her writing too. I would have to say that Red As Blood itself was my favorite story in the collection!
I have sent a PM to SandDanz for her address.
UPDATE 12-31-05 I'm so sorry for the delay, book was shipped to DandDanz today!
Received today... I have a few books in front of it, but it should be a quick read once started. I'll try to hurry! :)
I started reading this last night and have read 2 stories so far. I can't say I enjoyed those. I came back to the JE to see what other people thought and see that CheriePie didn't like the first 2 either, but liked the latter ones. I will go with what she said about being glad she stuck with it and try to read the rest. Will journal again soon!
I apologize for still having this book. I have been behind on shipping and hadn't gotten a chance to try the other stories. I'm going to send it on un-finished. Have just PMed affinity4books for her address. Will try to get out very soon!
Journal Entry 33
Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 30, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (6/28/2006 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases
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sent to affinity4books via media mail
Recieved this today... it's always fun to get a book in the mail! I just finished a big paper and am looking forward to reading some fun, non-school books. I have enjoyed the other Tanith Lee works I've read (Red Unicorn and short stories in collections) so I have high hopes for this one.
I really enjoyed the collection and liked how it moved forward chonologically. I liked the role reversals and good/bad switches from some of the original stories. Beauty and Wolfland were my favorites as well. Beauty was a great way to end the collection~ it left me wanting more. I also especially liked the framework/story-within-a-story of When the CLock Strikes and the surprising twists of Red as Blood. When reading Black as Ink and Thorns, I was intrigued by the premise but then felt the ending didn't live up to it. To answer NeedSun's question, I'm pretty sure The Golden Rope is a take-off of Rapunzel. And lauraloo, The Princesss and Her Future is simialr to the story called The Princess and the Frog or alternatively, The Frog King.
Thank you for sharing! Will be mailed tomorrow.
Journal Entry 36
Bookray in By Mail, BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 04, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (8/4/2006 UTC) at Bookray in By Mail, BookCrosser -- Controlled Releases
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sent via media mail today~ it's on its way :)
This is going straight to the top of Mt. TBR. Thanks affinity4books and thanks TracyShannon for starting this book on its way.
Journal Entry 38
Bookray in by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, August 20, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (8/18/2006 UTC) at Bookray in by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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Mailed this Friday afternoon on my way out of town but I forgot to enter it here first. Sorry for the delay in posting.
I enjoyed this collection overall. A few of the stories seemed a little long but all were an interesting take on old tales.
Thanks for including me in this ray
Yay! The book has arrived along with 2 other bookrings! Perfect timing as I had just finished reading another novel yesterday. I will start reading this one first, as it was posted to me earlier than the other two.
Thanks so much for sharing!
I enjoyed all of these dark twists on old fairy tales except The Princess and Her Future. I suspect that was mostly because I couldn't place the original fairy tale at all. Black as Ink gave me problems until I realized it was based on Swan Lake, then the rest of the story read smoothly and enjoyable for me.
I have MandaJo's address and will be mailing this to her tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing this with us, TracyShannon!
09/16 - This is on its way to MandaJo
Tracking #0305 2200 0000 0879 0228
Just FYI for the other participants in this bookray:
Here's the delivery confirmation for: 0305 2200 0000 0879 0228
Your item was delivered at 1:37 pm on September 22, 2006 in MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55416.
MandaJo, we hope all is well with you and that you can check in with a journal entry for this book soon.
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.
Back from lost book island, this was found in a box while playing catch up and reorganizing 2 years worth of missing books. I will see if I can get in touch with azuki soon to see if this book is still wanted.