The Emerald Circus

The Emerald Circus

Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations of your favorite tales. Ringmaster and internationally bestselling author Jane Yolen (Briar Rose, Sister Emily?s Lightship) spins modern fantasy classics in tales that go well beyond Wonderland and Oz, down the rabbit hole and back again. Where is Wendy? Leading a labor strike against the Lost Boys, of course Enter the Emerald Circus and be astonished by the transformations of your favorite tales. Ringmaster and internatio...

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Title:The Emerald Circus
Author:Jane Yolen
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1616962739
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Emerald Circus Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Nov 17, 2017
    This collection gathers a number of Jane Yolen's short stories from other anthologies, except for one new story (a riff on Poe). Though Yolen most of her 300 books are for kid readers, I don't think this collection is for the young. I've read most of these stories over the past thre...
  • Jessica
    Feb 13, 2018
    Strange and wonderful. The last few stories, about Robin Hood, and Emily Dickinson, were my favorite. All the stories were elements of the family, twisted into something new. Stories about Alice and Dorothy, Beauty, and even Queen Victoria. Jane Yolen is just amazing, isn't she? ...
  • Beth
    Feb 06, 2018
    Jane Yolen mentions in the introduction to this book that she's often described as "the Hans Christian Anderson" of contemporary folktales (she jokes that she's actually the "Hans Jewish Anderson") and this collection justifies the description. I read the stories in two sittings as eac...
  • Mike
    Aug 04, 2017
    A collection of short fiction by Jane Yolen. Yolen is known for her fairy-tale retellings, but she doesn't restrict herself to fairy tales here, by any means - though several of the stories combine fairy tales with other literature, history, or author biography. The first story, for ex...
  • Marzie
    Nov 14, 2017
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this Book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 Stars Jane Yolen is a revered and highly lauded writer of poetry, folklore, and fantasy who has been publishing for decades. At the outset, we should say these stories are fairy a...
  • Katy
    Oct 26, 2017
    I received my copy free through Netgalley Jane Yolen does not usually disappoint and most of these stories are good. I'm just not a short story fan ...
  • Melanti
    Sep 06, 2017
    I'm a fan of Yolen, but I've found she doesn't re-read very well. That's a problem for a collection like this where there's only a couple of new stories. Luckily, I don't read a ton of multi-author anthologies, so I'd only read about 1/4 of the stories before. If you haven't already...
  • Brandon Sanderson
    Nov 08, 2017
    The Emerald Circus (Note: For an explanation of my Goodreads policy, please see here.) I?ve loved Jane Yolen?s writing since I was a youth. There?s something delicious about the way she takes old tropes, myths, or fairy tales and does a compelling?yet often twisted?take...
  • Deborah Ross
    Feb 23, 2018
    I?m not sure what I can say by way of introduction to Jane Yolen, recipient of SFWA?s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, as well as uncounted other awards, that has not already been said. My children grew up on Sleeping Ugly, Owl Moon, and Commander Toad in Space, and I came...
  • Vivian
    Aug 14, 2017
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I like fairytales and the cover screamed, "Take me. You love me."Many of them are tangential storylines based on children lit masterpieces or the authors: Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland (a few inspirations), Wizard of Oz. Fun, clever, and the tone empl...
  • Devann
    Nov 19, 2017
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Despite my low rating this is actually a very well-written book and I did consider giving it 3 stars instead of 2. But ultimately looking back at all the stories I think the only one I actually enjoy...
  • Victoria Rose
    Jul 03, 2018
    This collection of short stories, despite being varied in length, tone, and plot, unfortunately did not hold my interest. This is most probably a case of ?it?s not you it?s me?, since I started this right at the beginning of a reading slump and have only just finished it now ...
  • Emily
    Feb 22, 2018
    3.5 ...
  • Margaret
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jane Yolen once again returns to fairy tales and classics for inspiration in this collection of 16 short stories (and as many poems in the author notes). My favorites were the longer stories that took more time to develop character motivations and subtleties. And even though I'd alread...
  • Helen
    Jan 31, 2018
    This is a collection of stories in which classic tales are re-imagined. Alice in Wonderland turns up once as a very elderly Alice seeking out the rabbit hole in a park now surrounded by housing and also as Alice learning how to become brave and strong in Tough Alice. Peter Pan is turne...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Aug 17, 2017
    The Emerald Circus is a new short story collection by Jane Yolen, who's very talented and literate. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Under the big top of The Emerald Circus (2017) is a fantastical assemblage of sixteen short stories and novelettes by Jane Yolen. Hi...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    May 10, 2018
    I received a free e-copy through NetGalley from the publishers at Tachyon Publications. I love fairytale retellings, and I?ve heard nothing but good things about Jane Yolen. The Emerald Circus is a collection of short stories inspired by fairytales, legends, and folklore including...
  • Girl
    Feb 08, 2018
    I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jane Yolen's Emerald Circus is a collection of short stories, many of which were inspired by books for children, legends (the Arthurian myth) or lives of writers. There is, for example, a st...
  • Paul
    May 09, 2018
    This is a perfectly pleasant collection of fairy tales-with-a-twist ? including"Wendy" leading a labor movement against Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, 80-year-old Alice returning to Wonderland, the "true story" of what happened to Dorothy when the tornado got her, imagined backstories ...
  • Yvonne Olson
    Apr 10, 2018
    I spent nearly too long trying to think about how I felt about all of these stories once I read them that I completely buried the book on Goodreads. Whoops. I did enjoy a majority of them, and two of the stories stuck with me, but therest kind of blurred. I'm sorry, Jane Yolen. This ...
  • Carrie
    Oct 15, 2017
    The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen is a collection of short stories with an introduction to the works done by author Holly Black. I do believe some of these by Yolen at least have been published before but I was not familiar with her work so the entire collection was new to me. I'm not a...
  • Beccanox
    Jan 12, 2018
    If you've not read previous Yolen collections or other Fairytale anthologies, this is a great collection. About 1/3 of the way through, I realized I'd read the majority of them previously. Dorothy, Guinevere, Wendy, and several Alices ... all your favorite fairytale dames are here in...
  • Mary
    May 04, 2018
    I want to be clear that while this book was not for me, it's a book I imagine a lot of people would love. I have not read much of Yolen's work - in fact, I think the only book of hers that I've read is Piggins, which I absolutely adored as a child - but more importantly, I haven't read...
  • Jen Hoskins
    Nov 17, 2017
    I?m ashamed to have to admit that before requesting The Emerald Circus, to review, I didn?t know who Jane Yolen was. I don?t know why, but she never entered my circle of consciousness, despite being a veteran of SFF, having been publishing for over 50 years, having won countless ...
  • Emily Stephenson
    May 14, 2018
    In the past couple of months, I?ve really come to appreciate collections of short stories. Having had to write my own this past semester, I can appreciate them even more. To me, writing a short story takes some skill and tact. Successfully tell a well-paced piece that keeps your atte...
  • Dannii Elle
    Aug 28, 2017
    This is a mixed bag of stories, in all genres and styles, all combined by their (sometimes tenuous) links to original fairy tales, myths, and legends. These short retellings received a mixture of responses for me, with some being deceptively clever and poignantly written, to others fal...
  • Hafsa Sabira
    Jun 06, 2018
    Dive into the amazing world of Emerald Circus where anything is possible. But here's a twist. The characters of Emerald Circus are none other than the classic characters you grew up knowing. Alice, Peter Pan, Wendy, Dorothy- if you think you know their tales, Jane Yolen will prove you ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Dec 19, 2017
    ??You see, my dear ice witch, I have had the love of children from all over the world because of my stories. A child?s love is the perfect love, for it is given with a whole heart." After The Night Circus and its success, books that contain this word have multiplied by the d...
  • ✦ Maica ✦ [mini hiatus]
    Aug 28, 2017
    I received an e-arc of this book via NetGallery. (NetGallery is an amazing platform that connects authors with their readers. I sincerely hope that you check it out) I say thanks to the author and the publisher for putting your trust in me. ?Did you wish for happiness?? The...
  • Kayla
    Feb 24, 2018
    I was sent this book by the publisher so thank you so much! All my opinions are my own and are very honest This book takes a twist on some of our favrouite fairy tales and I really enjoyed it! It was a good read but I don't think that the book will stick with me forever. Sometimes ...