I’m not usually an anthology guy, but this one blew me away!
Rags & Bones uses classic tales as inspiration, but that doesn’t mean they’re simply a modern retelling. Sometimes there are only hints of the original work, or a complete POV switch. You can find most of the source material in the public domain, so read them if you’re feeling ambitious, or just check out the synopses on Wikipedia like I did. (It’s not necessary at all to be familiar with the original stories, but it’s fun.)
All of the stories are good, and that’s saying something. Usually I have to skip a few that just don’t click when I’m reading anthologies, but this was an enjoyable read cover to cover. Even better, the stories are all told in different styles, keeping it fresh to the finish.
I also appreciate the attention to detail put in by the editors. There is an author note after each work about why they were inspired their story, as well as full biographies in the back. Charles Vess has lots of illustrations throughout, and DECKLED EDGES. It’s just a beautifully crafted hardcover, and that means a lot to me.
Highly recommended, even if you’re not the usual short story type.