The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

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!It’s time to go back to—and beyond—the treasured tales you thought...

Details The Emerald Circus

TitleThe Emerald Circus
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Retellings, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The Emerald Circus

  • Carrie
    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 huge fan of short stories myself but when seeing this I realized that some of the collection included stories on some of my favorite stories such as Peter Pan, the...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4 stars, maybe 4.5, for this wonderful collection of fantasy short stories by the talented Jane Yolen, to be published November 2017. Fairy tales, Arthurian characters, and historical figures like Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe hop in Yolen's car to go for a ride, veer wildly off the road and end up careering madly around the hills and valleys.Peter Pan gets a truly delightful feminist twist, Alice makes a return trip to Wonderland and has t...
  • Vivian
    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 employed for each is reflective of the original work, but with a critical twist in perspective or takeaway.Then the stories move to series of Arthurian legends, a fae a...
  • Dannii Elle
    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 falling short and feeling rather pointless. Whilst I enjoyed finding the myriad of original tales mentioned and did find this a well-written anthology, I wasn't sold o...
  • Maica Cruz
    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 stories were well thought out and well written. The author provided a darker and a more unique twist to our favorite childhood stories. My favorite was the first story, And...
  • Katy
    I received my copy free through NetgalleyJane Yolen does not usually disappoint and most of these stories are good. I'm just not a short story fan
  • Mike
    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 example, blends the real life of Hans Christian Anderson (to whom Yolen has been compared) with his story of the Snow Queen; the last has Emily Dickinson in space. In...
  • Melanti
    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 read "Lost Girls", you should definitely find a collection that has it - and this is as good as any! I loved that story the first time around, though I've liked it a b...
  • Marissa
    One small issue with this... I didn't realize it was a collection of Yolan's stories and was hoping for new stories but I love Yolan so I loved this collection!!! It's the best fairy tale reimaginings ever...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    3.5 stars.Full review to come closer to publication date!Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!
  • Kris
    Each story is unique and magical. I loved it from start to finish.
  • CJ
    Personally, I love short story collections. The talent and skill it takes to create an entire story and fit it into a few pages honestly blows me away sometimes. With Jane Yolen’s The Emerald Circus, I didn’t know what I was expecting, but regardless, it was well beyond my expectations. Not only is her writing style engaging and captivating, but the stories themselves are magical and fantastic to read. Every story in this collection is a rete...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    I like collections of short stories because when you are not in the mood or have the time to read a full length novel sometimes it’s nice to pick one of these up, blow through a quick story to pass the time and still feel like you achieved that satisfying ending. No lingering questions of what is going to happen, who did what, how is the author possibly going to make this all work, etc because you got all your answers in those few minutes you h...
  • Megan
    [Disclaimer: I was provided a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.]Jane Yolen has been a longtime favorite of mine. I guess you could say, a lifelong favorite of mine. I started reading her in middle school, I think (at least, that's the point at which I became aware of the authors of the books I enjoyed). Her Sister Light, Sister Dark trilogy, and the Jackaroo books are probably the ones I enjoyed the most. But in all my ...
  • Andreea Marin
    4.5Full review here: Emerald Circus is an excellent collection of fairy tale ‘retellings’ written by Nebula Award-winning author Jane Yolen. Although I use the term “fairy tale retellings” since it is a labelled sub-genre, Yolen’s collection incorporates the retelling of more than just fairy tales. Children’s books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Pete...
  • Rebecca
    At a GlanceGenre(s)/Categories:Adult fantasy, short story collection, fairy talesPlot:In this short story collection, readers are swept away with familiar characters to re-imagined lands and tales. Wendy leads a labor strike in Neverland. Dorothy learns to tightrope walk. And Emily Dickinson travels the stars. This collection of 10 stories is mesmerizing at every page turn.Pros:I love fairy tales re-imagined and this collection is fantastic.Every...
  • Lorna (Loz) Parsons
    This was...not what I was expecting. I requested (and got accepted, obviously!) this book from Netgalley thinking it would be a Wizard of Oz retelling, with other fairytale characters coming into play, as a circus. I wasn't completely wrong, this is a fairytale retelling, but it's not characters in a circus! Despite it not being anything like I thought it was, I still really enjoyed it and a full, more in depth review will be on my blog closer to...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    I thoroughly enjoyed this peek behind the curtain or second look at the fairy tale characters we all know and love. These short stories, based on those longer works most of us know, are the perfect length because of that and I quickly lost my hesitation and aversion to shorts story collections. What would happen if Alice, of Wonderland fame, got the courage that the Cowardly Lion craved or if, in fact, the Cowardly Lion has his role usurped by th...
  • Kristie
    Jane Yolen’s collection THE EMERALD CIRCUS is pure delight for anyone who craves inspired retellings of classics from literature, or re-imaginings of the lives of real literary figures. Yolen takes a slanted look at the lives of Emily Dickinson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allen Poe, and she creates some stellar “what if” moments for Lancelot, Dorothy (from Oz), Alice (from Wonderland), and others. Yolen’s writing is beautiful, her...
  • Elaine -
    First, this book really doesn't have anything to do with a circus. Yes, there is a chapter loosely based on The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy comes back as a circus performer, but that's about it. The book is several chapters of fairy tales and myths being retold. Some of the retellings have a modern twist and some are just the same story with a few things changed.I am not impressed with this book. Jane Yolen has written over 300 books, poems, short...
  • Ron
    The Emerald Circus is a collection of Jan Yolen's stories that have appeared in other anthologies or magazines first. But do no hold that against these stories. They needed to appear somewhere and it is very nice that they have been gathered here for the reader to enjoy. In the book are tales of adventure, trickery and magic woven into familiar stories that have been bent out of their normal shape. There is a tale of Beauty and the Beast after th...
  • Lena
    This is an absolutely delightful collection of short stories by the masterful Jane Yolen. When I saw this on Netgalley I knew I had to read it, and read it I did! I cannot resist re-tellings, I just can't. Jane Yolen's BRIAR ROSE is to blame for this affliction of mine. The stories in this collection run the gamut from Alice in Wonderland to Edgar Allen Poe. There is a good variety here, with a short and brutal retelling of Beauty and the Beast b...
  • Jess (bookwyrmbella)
    Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I have mixed feelings about this book. In general I love Jane Yolen's writing especially her retellings. However, I had a hard time getting through this book. There are definitely stories that I liked such as Andersen's Witch, Lost Girls, Blown Away and The Bird to name a few. But there were others that just took me some time to get through like...
  • Joe Crowe
    This collection of short stories does not come out until November, but you are going to need to order it now. The author wins awards and writes cool, fantastical stories. I hate to admit that I was not familiar with Yolk before I read this book. Now I want to read everything of hers.The first two stories are a take on "Peter Pan" that stars Wendy. The next story is based on "Alice in Wonderland." The third stars Dorothy from "Wizard of Oz." I hav...
  • Erikka
    This story collection was really hit and miss. While I expect that from a story collection (they can't all be winners), I was disappointed to have that occur with a Jane Yolen collection. Anyone familiar with he'd knows she is one of the most consistent and solid authors in YA. She is a legend and rightfully so. That being said, some of these stories were excellent (her take on Beauty and the Beast meets Gift of the Magi was particularly fun), bu...
  • Joe K
    I received a free digital copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I was really interested in this book when I heard about it, and there were some definite high points: “Evian Steel”, “The Confession of Brother Blaise”, and “The Quiet Monk” we’re particular favorites. None of the stories were bad, but some were definitely a slog to get through, despite my initial interest in them. The book was well written, but I ju...
  • Kelly Tse
    This was a delightful assortment of short stories that I quite enjoyed! There's an origin stories of sort for the Snow Queen, a feminist retelling of Peter Pan featuring the Lost Girls, a retelling of Dorothy... I just loved Yolen's approach. I enjoyed the stories more often than not, and I can't wait to read more of Yolen's other works.Note: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are ...
  • USOM
    With any anthology of short stories it's hard to give a comprehensive review, but my rating is an average of all of my ratings for the short stories. On a whole, this had an interesting mix of stories, but that's also where it lost me. I was wanting some more cohesively dark or innovative. I was just missing an added factor, something that made them deeper. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss.
  • Ann
    This is a delightful collection of short stories based on some classic books from your childhood. From Wendy in Peter Pan to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz we have a premise that starts with the original story and takes a strange turn. Most of the stories are great for all ages of readers. The fantasy element is the common thread that keeps you turning the pages.
  • Jim
    Clearly there is a reason Jane Yolen has been read by almost everyone - from toddlers to adults. She is smart and researches things down to a tiny detail and yet makes it all like it came right out of her imagination.A wonderful collection to be read over and over and to be cherished like our childhood favorites.