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...


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TitleA Thousand Beginnings and Endings
ISBN9780062671172
Author
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult, Anthologies, Mythology
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Reviews A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

  • Emily May
    2018-01-23
    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
    2018-05-07
    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...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2018-01-11
    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
    2017-10-17
    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
    2018-05-26
    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 ☽
    2018-05-29
    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
  • Carol
    2018-05-28
    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
    2018-01-24
    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
    2017-12-27
    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)
    2018-06-21
    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...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    2018-05-20
    “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)
    2018-06-25
    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...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2018-06-08
    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...
  • Aleksandra
    2018-07-09
    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...
  • Alexandra
    2018-02-08
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* This delightful anthology gathers everything I love about the authors mentioned and creates an amazing showcase of Asian mythology, ranging from contemporary to science fiction! I have always admired Asian mythology through the whole continent and not only because of my historical interest but also because of how tragic many of the sto...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    2018-05-19
    I really loved this book and read the whole thing yesterday.  I'm only going to write a small amount about each story or this review would be way too long.*If I spelled anything wrong, I apologize.  I was taking notes while reading and they are super sloppy.  I can barely read my own handwriting.  It's shameful.*Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi  5 starsMy only real complaint with this one was how short the story was.  I love Roshani's wri...
  • Scarlett
    2018-05-27
    This collection of short stories, based on Asian mythology and folkore, was mildly enjoyable, considering that I don't like stories, much less a whole collection. I was drawn to this one only because it got great reviews from people I follow and, well, what do I know about Asian myths? I am very happy that I got the opportunity to learn about their symbolism, that defers a lot from European, while the general ideas are essentially the same. All t...
  • Fran
    2018-06-26
    I am savoring and returning to already favorite stories - I love this beautiful collection so much.
  • Zyra
    2018-07-09
    beautiful exploration of myths in to tales.
  • Justine (Milkz)
    2018-05-28
    Here, diasporic Asians reimagine their favorite Asian myths and legends from their own viewpoints. 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. The above quote is so right, up until recently I’ve loved any books with Asian influences I could get my hands on but always felt l...
  • Cat (cat-thecatlady)
    2018-05-18
    pretty amazing anthology. loved the diversity and there’s just so much to learn from it!
  • Angel
    2018-05-28
    A lovely collection. Some particular favourites:- Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi- Olivia's Table by Alyssa Wong- Steel Skin by Lori M. Lee- Still Star-Crossed by Sona Charaipotra- The Counting of Vermillion Beads by Aliette de Bodard- The Land of the Morning Calm by E.C. Meyers
  • Alicia
    2018-02-14
    Did I mention how much I'm loving the resurgence of short story collections in YA literature? Well, I love the resurgence of short story collections in YA literature. A lot. All day, every day. And Ellen Oh is a phenomenal collection of these Asian-inspired tales that represent groups with a rich history of oral tradition, folklore, and tall tales. So each fantastic author of Asian descent, picks a story they heard growing up or had some visceral...
  • A H
    2018-07-06
    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings brought together by Ellen Oh is a collection of short stories written by a number of authors, each story being inspired by an Asian folktale or myth. Like any other short story collection, it had a couple of stories I couldn’t care about but overall, I really enjoyed reading this collection.I loved that the stories were inspired by Asian folklore; it’s an amazing concept and it was what made me interested in ...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    2018-05-28
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposesA Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an anthology made up entirely of #ownvoices authors from Asian backgrounds. The short stories are influenced by or are retellings of Asian folklore and mythology.There were a few stories that missed the mark for me, but overall, there is so much talent inA Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Mostly all of the stories were magical and sweet and th...
  • Ren (A Bookish Balance)
    2018-07-11
    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.