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New Release – Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 14, 2009

trolls-eye-viewTroll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

Editors: Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Release Date: April 16th, 2009

ISBN-10: 0670061417
ISBN-13: 978-0670061419

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Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales – evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling’s new anthology for younger readers, you’ll hear from the Giant’s wife (“Jack and the Beanstalk”), Rumplestiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and many more. A stellar lineup of authors, including Garth Nix, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman and Nancy Farmer, makes sure that these old stories do new tricks!

In this follow-up to Datlow and Windling’s A Wolf at the Door and Swan Sister, the duo again amass an anthology of fairy-tale retellings, for 8-12 year olds, only this time they keep focus upon the backstories of well-known villains.

Table of Contents:

Wizard’s Apprentice | Delia Sherman
An Unwelcome Guest | Garth Nix
Faery Tales | Wendy Froud
Rags and Riches | Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Up the Down Beanstalk | Peter S. Beagle
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces | Ellen Kushner
Puss in Boots, the Sequel | Joseph Stanton
The Boy Who Cried Wolf | Holly Black
Troll | Jane Yolen
Castle Othello | Nancy Farmer
Skin | Michael Cadnum
A Delicate Architecture | Catherynne M. Valente
Molly | Midori Snyder
Observing the Formalities | Neil Gaiman
The Cinderella Game | Kelly Link

Whispers about Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales

“..retell[s] fairy tales from the point of view of fairy tale villains – the witch, the wolf, the troll, the evil fairy godmother, etc…unlocking a Pandora’s box of stories, with a few coming along at the very end proving to be the most fearsome of the whole lot. In some cases this topsy-turvy worldview results in stories which are, in style and tone, by turns humorous, whimsical, or cautionary…In a handful of cases the resulting tales are stunningly, even unsettlingly, dark and beautiful, epitomizing what fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar has described as the “beauty and terror” of fairy tales…although an inner leaf of the book lists its intended audience as grades four and up or ages nine and up, fairy tale lovers of all ages should pick up a copy.” – Green Man Review

“…very enjoyable” – Booklist

“…highly readable and thought-provoking…A solid choice, particularly where sophisticated fractured fairy tales are popular.” – School Library Journal

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