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 aut...

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...
  • 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. <3 All of the stories in this anthology are lovely, but I have to especially appreciate the South Asian ones. =)***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsPublisher: Greenwillow BooksPublication Date: June 26, 2018Rating: 5 starsSource: ...
  • joanna ☽
    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
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • CW (Read Think Ponder)
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Angel
    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
  • 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.
  • Alexandra
    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...
  • Alice
    3.5 starsA Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an anthology of East and South Asian fairytale retellings and reimaginings written by a group of YA authors. I was lucky enough to find that my library system had this, so I did the proper book-hoarding thing and requested it. I'm going to review each story one-by-one.Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi - 3 starsForbidden Fruit is a retelling of a Filipino love story. The prose is nice and alluring. I ...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    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
    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...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS is a solid collection of Asian myth and folklore retellings. Despite being marketed toward teens, readers of all ages will be captivated by the short stories presented in this anthology.Each story puts a modern and teenage twist on a myth or folktale. Afterwards, the author explains the original myth/folktale along with their inspiration, allowing the reader to further deepen their overall comprehension of the st...
  • Fran
    I am savoring and returning to already favorite stories - I love this beautiful collection so much.