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
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Retellings, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews The Emerald Circus

  • Brandon Sanderson
    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 on them. (Her book Dragon’s Blood, for example, is the classic “kid raises a dragon egg” story, except here he raises the dragon to compete in brutal cock-fighting-style contests.)In an era where “fairy tell retellings” have become hip and popula...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    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. Historical figures like Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Disraeli, Hans Christian Andersen and Edgar Allen Poe enter the three rings and shed their normal identities, dancing ac...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Devann
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDespite 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 enjoyed was Lost Girls and several of them were so bad at holding my attention that I skimmed through them. I haven't read anything by this author before but from what I und...
  • Jen Hoskins
    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 awards, and being known as ‘the Hans Christian Andersen of America’. So I’m grateful to Tachyon for publishing this remarkable short story collection and intr...
  • 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...
  • Marzie
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this Book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 StarsJane 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 and folktale retellings for a young adult or adult audience. They require a certain level of insight and sophistication that will be lost on a younger child. Many of these s...
  • 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...
  • Duncan
    LovelyWonderfully vivid stories by the consummate storyteller. These are all riffs on fairy tales and legends and are delightful. An additional section in the back give info on some of her inspirations.
  • 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.The cover and title for this immediately caught my eye–not only is it pretty, but suggesting an Oz-based circus made me giddy. I think this ingrained very, VERY high expectations for all the stories contained within, which may be why my rating isn’t as high as I’d hoped it be–the stories that I weren’t crazy about just made me more disappointed somehow. However, I still enjoyed this book and am very glad I kept reading as ther...
  • Margaret
    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 already read the Arthurian legend stories in Merlin's Booke, I loved rereading them. I hope she someday publishes her Arthurian trilogy like she originally planned!Despit...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lianne Burwell
    Jane Yolen is one of the great writers of middle-grade/ya fantasy (and the occasional Adult, such as the beatiful Briar Rose entry into Terri Windling's Fairy Tale series). She is especially adept at the short story length, and there was a period of time when I was younger where I rarely picked up a YA fantasy anthology without finding a story by her.This is a collection of short stories that cover over thirty years of her short stories, although...
  • 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...
  • Meghan
    Many many moons ago, I read Briar Rose and have had a soft spot for Jane Yolen ever since, although a soft spot in that until now I haven't read any of her other books (mainly because I aged out of the YA ones pretty much immediately after I read Briar Rose and I don't tend to read too much adult fantasy, but I have bought some of her other books, like Foiled for Miss T). So soft spot for Jane Yolen plus Jane Yolen books for request on Netgalley ...
  • 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...
  • Ying
    This is a collection of short stories written by Jane Yolen. I had not read anything by her prior to this collection, but she can now count me as a fan!As a recent convert to the short-story format, Jane Yolen's short stories are truly short but she manages to fit so much lore and intreigued into each one. I wished many of the short stories would continue on!There is a variety of short stories in this collection, and many of them are either loose...
  • 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...