Rags & Bones

New Twists on Timeless Tales

By Melissa Marr; Melissa Marr (Editor); Tim Pratt (Editor)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316212946, 368pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

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Description

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




About the Author
Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.Tim Pratt is an American science fiction and fantasy writer, born December 12, 1976. His short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award, and his story "Impossible Dreams" won the Hugo Award in 2007. His story "Hart & Boot" was selected by Michael Chabon for Best American Short Stories 2005 (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). Some of Pratt's short fiction is collected in Little Gods (Prime Books, 2003) and Hart & Boot & Other Stories (Night Shade Books, 2007). As "T. A. Pratt," he has published four urban fantasy novels about sorceress Marla Mason: Blood Engines, 2007; Poison Sleep, 2008; Dead Reign, 2008; and Spell Games, 2009, all from Bantam Spectra. As Tim Pratt, he is the author of the idiosyncratic fantasy novel The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl (Bantam Spectra, 2005). Tim Pratt lives in Oakland, California, where he works as a senior editor of Locus, the trade magazine of the science fiction field.



Praise For Rags & Bones

Praise for Rags & Bones:A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick

* "There are no rags and bones here; each of these stories and illustrations is sumptuously clothed and fully fleshed out, so that readers will not need to be familiar with the originals to enjoy the newly imagined versions."
-BCCB (starred review)

"While the tone varies from witty to poignant, from lush and sensual to dry and didactic, the stories share a darkly fantastic sensibility, often with a horrific undercurrent...A thoughtful selection of exquisite literary amuse-bouches."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[An] eclectic anthology...plenty for readers to savor."
-Publishers Weekly

"An interesting mix of fantasy, science fiction, and horror-well written and highly varied-that is sure to appeal to older teens..."
-School Library Journal

"...Most of the stories-wildly various, like their predecessors-hit their mark and brilliantly contemporize themes considered decades in the past."
-VOYA

Praise for Melissa Marr's (editor) Enthralled:"This collection is ideal as a sampler tray for paranormal readers looking to pick up new authors to follow or to further explore the fictional worlds they already know."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the paranormal will discover a rich primer of the genre's current offerings, from sweeping romance to grisly zombies."
-VOYA

Praise for Tim Pratt's (editor) Sympathy for the Devil:"Distinguished for both variety and quality"
-Booklist

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