Title: A Sound, Like Angels Singing
Author: Leonard Rysdyk
In: Snow White, Blood Red (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales
Dates read: 21st March 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: His eyes bulged and he caught his breath.
Nails and her family just want to eat, sleep and get fat. But the sound of angels singing keeps on drawing them out for the promise of a better future.
The introduction to this short story tells you that you are going to recognise the fairy tale upon which it is based at the end of the tale. And, to be honest, I wasn’t really sure that I was going to recognise it. there just seemed to be nothing recognisable in it. Until the last two pages… then I finally understood exactly which fairy tale this was. And I loved it.
I was expecting this story to be a slightly twisted version of a tale from the villains’ point of view. It had all of the gore and self-centred-ness of this kind of tale. But, at the end, it become clear that it wasn’t really about the villains per se, but rather, a totally different perspective to a story that I don’t often see retellings of. Which also made me kind of love it all the more…
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