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5 stars for Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers #bookreview #fairytales #queer



Title: Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers

Author: Steve Berman et. al

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Queer fiction


Book Blurb:


Red Caps might be a rock band. Or they might be something more sinister, a fey source of sounds that are but the backdrop to thrills and misadventures. These thirteen stories provide readers jaded by the traditional, Old World fairy tales with tempting new stories that will entice bored readers from their suburban ennui. Closets are waiting to be explored. Escape from work camp leads to a dangerous encounter on a wet road. That high school year book is magical and might be mocking you…or helping you find love. And isn’t love one of the central premises of the fairy tale? These teenage boys and girls need not fear that their love has no worth, because Steve Berman has written for them princesses who love maidens and adorkable students who have wondrous and smart boyfriends. Readers can be assured that, if the tale does not end happy, it ends most memorably.


My Review:


An incredible new take on fairy tales that is addictive but surely too Grimm for kids. Many of the stories just remind me of my senior year in high school. Not that I 'ever' used pills for recreation.


Completely original and modern, perfect for Pride Month. This book reminds me of shows I've binged lately. I was pretty addicted to Tell Me a Story and this book is a great parallel to that.


Short but full of detail and exciting, these stories are super. An intense read at times that’ll make you happy you read it.


If you are born in the last 30 years, then this book is for you. If you want modern takes on fairy tales, then buy this book. A great book for the LGBTQ community when they want some edgy reading.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


I was born in Philadelphia with the heat of late August, just before the month turns to serene autumn. After five years my folks abandoned the city for the suburbs of southern New Jersey. Remember that sheltered child on the block? That was me.


I grew up watching both my folks reading so of course I fell in love with books.


I mostly write gay speculative fiction or gay young adult stories. I've edited a lot of anthologies. A lot. But they are all quality works.


I've been a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (for my novel Vintage, A Ghost Story), the Lambda Literary Award (for Charmed Lives and two editions of Wilde Stories), the Golden Crown Literary Award (for So Fey and Heiresses of Russ 2011), and the Shirley Jackson Award (for Where That Dark Eye Glances).


I reside in Western Massachusetts with many eerie toys and spooky artwork.


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Reviewed by: Rudy

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