A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate. Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the au...

Details A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

TitleA Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult, Anthologies, Mythology

Reviews A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

  • Emily May
    This is definitely one of the better YA short story collections I have read. As with all anthologies, some stories are much stronger than others, but I enjoyed far more than I disliked. Plus, it was just so great to see the exploration of mythologies we don’t often see in the mainstream. My average rating over the fifteen stories was 3.7.A few years ago, collections like these might have just been a way for me to go on some literary tourism of ...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.This is the anthology I’ve been waiting my entire life for. As a Filipina woman, I have no words to express how happy my heart is to just read a collection of short stories that are all ownvoices. And at the end of each short story is an author note on why they wrote the story that they did. And, I think I cried reading at least 75% of the author’s notes. This anthology is so beau...
  • Amalia Gavea
    This is a collection I couldn’t wait to start. When I was about eight years old, my grandma bought me a volume of Asian Folk Tales and thus, she opened a window to a world that was exotic, mysterious, a land of fairytale to my young mind. This was the beginning of my fascination with Asian cultures, especially the ones found in India and China. I thought that this collection, edited by Ellen Oh, would feel like a magic carpet to the lands that ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    We would have been overjoyed to have found this anthology, filled with characters with skin and hair and names more like ours, in our beloved libraries. It’s the book that was missing in our lives for far too long. I have been so excited about this collection ever since I first heard about it. Ellen Oh is a wonderful woman (you may know her as one of the co-founders of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement!), and I knew that her co-editing efforts w...
  • Natalie Monroe
    3.75 starsI requested A Thousand Beginnings and Endings for one reason and one reason only: Julie Kagawa. Her Talon series crashed and burned, she'll always have a special place in my heart due to The Iron Fey series. To my surprise, I found myself enjoying the other stories just as much, some even more. Anthologies are always a bit of a mixed bag, so I'm going to review them individually: Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi — 5 stars “Do not ...
  • Alyssa
    5 stars. My heart is full. Special shout-out to the South Asian stories, including Sona Charaipotra's, Aisha Saeed's, Preeti Chhibber's, Rahul Kanakia's, and Shveta Thakrar's.
  • joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
    ALERT ALERT ALERTI JUST FOUND OUT THAT THERE IS A FILIPINO STORY IN THIS BOOKas in filipinolike me!!!!i am crying actual tears of joy right now! i've never felt truly represented in any books before and this feels like such a huge step. i love the publishing industry. i love everyone. if you're reading this, i love youso guess what i'm reading next
  • Delirious Disquisitions
    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of short stories or retelling of lesser known Asian folktales and mythologies. Written by Asian writers, the stories cover a wide variety of genres such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. Each story in the collection is distinctive in the writer’s style and take on a particular tale. But there is also an overall theme of loneliness, melancholy, identity crisis, filial piety, and morality connectin...
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    Reading A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is, quite frankly, a dream come true for me.Growing up, I never read mythology or stories about my culture - apart from the occasional viewing of Sun Wukong or Mulan. So, not only was reading this anthology validating, it was also gave me a sense of relief because, with this book, Asian teenagers, adults, and children alike will be able to read stories about them and that have characters that are like the...
  • Carol
    Ellen Oh, author and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Elsie Chapman, author, are the editors of this anthology of young adult short-story/retellings of Asian folk tales. The authors are either from, or are second-generation Americans whose parents hale from, Japan, the Philippines, China, India, Korea, or Vietnam. Following each story is a short essay penned by the applicable author in which she identifies and explains the folk tale or story...
  • Aila
    Every story was absolutely amazing.These are the stories of my childhood, the stories that are rarely explored in Young Adult fiction.15 short stories, 15 #ownvoices reads... From mountain spirits to mischievous devils to ancestral ghosts, each story brings alive a vastly unique and refreshing folklore dug from the roots of Asia. Each author adds a short explanation of the original story and why they chose to write what they did at the very end. ...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Hands down the best anthology I’ve read. I LOVED EVERY STORY. I never thought I’d be able to say that about an anthology
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Average rating 3.67 stars “I finally know how it ends.” I love anthologies and mythology-based stories, so when I heard of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - an anthology filled with own voices mythology retellings by South and East Asian Authors - it became on of my most anticipated releases of the year. These stories were all so beautifully crafted and utterly captivating. It confirmed my love for a few authors, and introduced me to some...
  • Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen
    Review also posted HEREI don’t remember when the last time I read an anthology book, and I think that last time made me realize that anthologies were not my cup of tea. But, as I saw the synopsis of this book, it made me think again that “I will try this time.”And then I’m happy to announce that from the first story of this book made me continue to read it until the very end. I enjoyed every story and myths in every part of the world. Tho...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.The short review...Upf...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    “It was an ill-fated thing to claim that a heart is safe. Hearts are rebellious. The moment they feel trapped, they will strain against their bindings.” Well, this was amazing. I posted a longer review of this on my blog , but here I'm just going to say that this was a wonderful read and I'm so excited for it to go out into the world!! Asian folklore is just as worthy of admiration as the Greek epics and the Nordic myths, and this collection...
  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek 4.5 Stars**** Thank you to Greenwillow Books for providing me with a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review ****I knew the second I saw this book that I wouldn’t be disappointed with it, and I am happy to say I was right! This is an #OwnVoices (written by Asian authors) anthology filled with some amazing retellings of East and South Asian folklore and mythology, so I mean really what...
  • Avis
    a thousand beginnings and endings is a collection of short stories that offer new insight and original take on some of the asia's most famous myths. there are altogether fifteen stories by fifteen different authors drawing inspiration from different cultures.forbidden fruit by roshani chokshi- 2.5 starsthe first short story is written by roshani chokshi and follows the tale of two lovers, an immortal spirit and a human man. the story itself is pr...
  • Aleksandra
    Wonderful anthology! Great selection of stories, I cannot recommend it enough!A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of reimagined Asian myths and legends by Asian authors. The variety of themes and genres is breathtaking. Also it’s a very solid anthology, I liked all 15 of the stories, some more some less, but they were all good! It’s unprecedented experience for me.I like the little notes every author wrote after the story, telli...
  • Azbaqiyah
    Plot - ⭐⭐⭐Character - ⭐⭐⭐World Building - ⭐⭐⭐Writing Style -⭐⭐⭐⭐Cover - ⭐⭐⭐Overall Rating - 3.2 🌟 / 5🌟
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    I loved the Asian mythology and how this novella anthology celebrates the diaspora experience for Asians, recalling childhood stories that have been told by their parents. As with all anthologies, some stories were forgettable and others were standouts. Loved the theme for this one, but I tended to lose focus towards the end.
  • Tova
    This was magical. As someone who loves mythology, folklore, and culture, this was the perfect anthology for me! I am so happy that I took Sahitya's recommendation and bought this book, it was very entertaining, and if you like anthologies, mythology, and or retellings, you NEED to read this book. These stories are all inspired by South and East Asian myths, legends and or festivals, retold by own voices authors. ↠ Overall Rating: 4 | ★★★...
  • Ren (A Bookish Balance)
    Anthologies really just are not my thing. It also doesn't help that I feel I went into this with the wrong expectations. I was expecting a more classic take on fairytales, but most stories are modernized or can fit into the sci-fi genre, serves me right for not reading the synopsis.
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Like most short story collections, some stories were brilliant and some did not really speak out to me. I loved that different authors have reimagined the folktales (not necessarily the ones who hail from the cultures. PS: I might be wrong here since I do not know every author's biography). Loved having a summary of the original folktale at the end so that we can compare the reimagining and the original. Also, loved that there were many reimagini...
  • Sahitya
    There are very few books that tug at your heartstrings and touch your soul and all you want to do is bask in their glory, laugh and cry and do so much more. This is one such book. An own voices anthology of retellings of Asian myths and folktales, this is something a younger me would have devoured; but the older me definitely appreciates it more for what it represents – Asian kids finding their childhood tales in mainstream YA. I am amazed at h...
  • Bookishrealm
    Update 8/28/18. Here's my full review: http://www.bookishrealmreviews.com/20...I’m finally finished lol it felt like it took forever for me to finish this book! I can say that it was well worth the read though. I’m usually hesitant about reading anthologies because usually I don’t enjoy most of the stories included but this was definitely an exception. The stories were engaging and I thought they did a wonderful job of re-telling Asian myth...