April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Once Upon a Time Machine edited by Andrew Carl


Title: Once Upon a Time Machine
Authors: Andrew Carl (Editor), Lee Nordling (Author), Jason Rodriguez (Author), Tara Alexander (Author), Various writers (Author), Charles Fetherolf (Author), Chris Stevens (Author), Khoi Pham (Illustrator), Nelson Evergreen (Illustrator)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781616550400
Publisher: Dark Horse
Format: eBook received for review from NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 stars

Once Upon a Time Machine is a collection of fairy tales that we're all familiar with, set in time periods that are unfamiliar to these stories.  Each of the fairy tales holds true to its origins, but they are retold in a a whole new fashion, with each of the tales taking on a science fiction flare. Told by some of the new, up and coming writers and illustrators in the comics business, these fairy tales are both familiar and fresh at the same time.

I wouldn't recommend reading them all at once. Take your time reading the tales, as rushing through them (like I did, unfortunately, for the first half of the book) seems to take something away from the. It's when I would read one or two and set the book down that I was able to really appreciate the storytelling that went into the retelling of the fairy tales. I'd have to say my favorite of the tales is actually the first story in the collection, Pinocchio. It really keeps the innocence of Pinocchio intact while transporting him to an entirely new time.

Recommended for fans of fairy tale re-imaginings.

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