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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Review: Redder than Red by Tanith Lee

Redder than Red
by Tanith Lee
April 4, 2017 
Publisher: DAW
You’ve rarely seen your favorite fairy tale characters quite like this.

In 1983, Tanith Lee captivated readers with Red as Blood, a collection of short stories featuring twisted and dark retellings of Grimm’s’ fairy tales. Earning a World Fantasy Award, plus a Nebula Award nomination for its titular story, Red as Blood uniquely challenged the fantasy genre.

And now Lee returns with a companion collection!

Redder Than Blood features three brand-new and sixteen previously published stories that irreverently reshape popular fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Prince, Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Snow White, and more.

Don’t miss this newest volume of stories encompassing twenty-five years of a master fantasist’s remarkable career.

Tanith Lee takes familiar fairy tales like The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood and others, and has several different retellings of each one.

the first take on Little Red Riding Hood starts with some hairy man, or werewolf demanding Red give into him and when she takes her red cloak off and lays down on it, letting him have sex with her, she changes into the monster, who takes him like a red flower. The next retelling of this fairy tale takes place in modern times and has an improper grandmother telling her grandchildren this story, as a warning that wolves still stalk. One of the children, a boy, says he likes wolves, but it is his older cousin who dreams of being birthed from a blue wolf in a tree. This cousin learns the next day her cousin dies and years later, she returns to the area she grew up in, where women have been killed and eaten. She runs into her cousin, not dead, but changed.

There are two different version of Beauty and the Beast tales. “The Beast” man doesn't look like a beast. The Beauty in this one, marries him and discovers the beastliness inside him, due to his need to collect things of interest and loveliness. The second story “The Beast and Beauty”, the man is the beauty and the beast is now the woman. It is about wanting to uplift someone else's misery and falling in love with that person that when no one else understands why. Every short story or novella is either erotic or not, but all are dark. And Lee is a master at drawing the reader in with this collection.

If you've never read Tanith Lee. Start with these reworked fairy tales and see why she was an award-winning storyteller.

I gave Redder Than Red 5 sheep.

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:
Tanith Lee is a legend in science fiction and fantasy. She is incredibly prolific, with more than 90 novels and almost 300 short stories, including her debut novel The Birthgrave. She is the winner of multiple World Fantasy Awards, a British Fantasy Society Derleth Award, and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Passed away 24 May 2015 (aged 67) East Sussex, England.

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