Tags: Retellings
Photo of Eliza Chan Women in SF&F Month: Eliza Chan

Today’s Women in SF&F Month guest is speculative fiction author Eliza Chan! Her short fiction has appeared in The Dark, Fantasy Magazine, PodCastle, and other publications, and her work includes stories selected for the Locus Recommended Reading List (“Weaving in the Bamboo“) and The Best of British Fantasy 2019 (“Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts“), as well as a British Fantasy Award finalist (“The Tails That Make You“). Fathomfolk, her fantasy debut novel inspired by East Asian mythology and ocean-related folktales, […]

Cover of The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne Review of The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

As an Amazon Associate and Bookshop affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Book Description: This dark, lush, and beautiful reimagining of the story of Rapunzel presents the witch’s perspective in this tale of motherhood, magic, and the stories we pass down to our children. “Smart, swift, sure-footed and fleet-winged, The Book of Gothel launches its magic from a most reliable source: the troubled heart. Mary McMyne is a magician.”—Gregory Maguire, NYT bestselling author of Wicked Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel […]

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel - Book Cover Review of Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

As an Amazon Associate and Bookshop affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Note: You may want to read this review on the website (instead of by email or feed reader). There are spoiler tags toward the end that should be hidden on the website but may be visible elsewhere. Book Description: A stunning debut from a powerful new voice, Kaikeyi is the story of the infamous queen from the Indian epic the Ramayana. It is a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak—of an extraordinary woman determined […]

Photo of Mary McMyne Women in SF&F Month: Mary McMyne

Today’s guest is Mary McMyne. Her upcoming novel, The Book of Gothel, out July 26, 2022 in the U.S. and July 28, 2022 in the U.K., is described as a “lush, historical reimagining of the Rapunzel folktale from the perspective of the witch” for “fans of Wicked, Spinning Silver, and Hild.” You can connect with Mary on Twitter and Instagram, and learn more about her books on her website. Why are fairy tales told the way they are told? What […]

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey Review of Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey’s latest novel, Miranda and Caliban, is inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and narrated from the perspectives of the two titular characters. It’s largely a prequel since the majority of the book focuses on their childhood and young adulthood on the isle, but the end does follow events in the play with some embellishment. Most of the main plot points from The Tempest remain the same, although Miranda and Caliban’s thoughts and motivations are quite different from the original presentation. […]

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston Review of A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston is a loose retelling of the framing story from One Thousand and One Nights. Although it stands alone, a short sequel titled “The Garden of Three Hundred Flowers” is available as a free ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and a novel taking place generations later named Spindle was released toward the end of 2016. Regardless of A Thousand Nights seeming complete on its own, I do want to read both of these other […]