Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bargain Ebook: Sister Emily's Lightship: and Other Stories by Jane Yolen

Sister Emily's Lightship: and Other Stories by Jane Yolen is currently $1.99 for ebook format. This is a collection of short stories, many of which are inspired by fairy tales. I own it in paper, but am happy to add it to my digital library, too, for this price! From Rumpelstiltskin in "Granny Rumple" (this is the one I always think of first when I see the book) to "Godmother Death", you should be able to find a tale you enjoy here in a nice one-sitting sized bite.

Book description:

In these twenty-eight magnificent tales, which include two Nebula Award winners, Jane Yolen puts a provocative spin on familiar storybook worlds and beloved fairy tale characters

One of the most acclaimed and honored authors in science fiction and fantasy, Jane Yolen has been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” for her brilliant reimagining of classic fairy tales. In her first collection of short stories written for an adult audience (after Tales of Wonder and Dragonfield), Yolen explores themes of freedom and justice, truth and consequence, and brings new life to our most cherished fables and myths.

Here are storybook realms rendered more contemporary, and cautionary tales made grimmer than Grimm: Snow White is transported to Appalachia to match wits with a snake-handling evil stepmother and Beauty’s meeting with the Beast takes a twisty, O. Henry–esque turn; in Yolen’s Nebula Award–winning “Lost Girls,” a feminist revolt rocks Peter Pan’s Neverland and in the collection’s glorious title story—also a Nebula winner—the poet Emily Dickinson receives some unexpected and otherworldly inspiration. Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always enthralling, Sister Emily’s Lightship is proof positive that Yolen is truly a folklorist of our times.

This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the author’s personal collection, as well as a note from the author about the making of the book.

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