Bedknobs & Beanstalks: Anthology of Gay Erotic Fairy Tales
by E.M. Lynley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Won't go into a great deal of detail about this, except to say that for a fairy-tale anthology it didn't quite
live up to my hopes.
The stories and my ratings:
Jack and the Peenstalk by Clancy Nacht - 1 star
The Rebelliously Single Prince by Lenore Black - 3 stars
Cry Wolf by Mercy Loomis - 4 stars
Kintaro by S.J. Frost - 3 stars
Ashes and Crystal by Jason Rubis - 2 stars
Handsome and Grateful by Kilt Kilpatrick - 1 star
Swan Made by Mina Kelly - 2 stars
King’s Honor by JL Merrow - 4 stars
The Merman’s Tail by Jay Di Meo - 3 stars.
So I've rounded the book up to 3 stars, but I wish I could give it 2.5 which is nearer the mark.
For me the two stand-outs were Mercy Loomis' Cry Wolf
, a good rendition of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', which was a nice escapist piece that really felt other-worldly and took me away from reality, and JL Merrow's King's Honor
, which not only retold a fairy tale I've not seen done before, 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses', but had deeper, underlying meaning about power and corruption, and the lack of honor of many princes/governments/corporations. JL is one of my favourite authors and handled it very well, as I could have trusted her to. I hadn't encountered Mercy Loomis before, but would happily read a longer book of hers.
The anthology as an edition was well crafted and edited on the whole, but most of the stories just didn't live with me or compare with some other fairy tale m/m romances I've read - I'm thinking of Megan Derr here particularly, and Amy Lane.
Maybe this collection just couldn't stand comparison with these favourite authors of mine, but I usually expect more from anthologies and this one didn't live up to the type.
So if you fancy a fairytale fix, try Amy's Truth in the Dark
or Megan's Fairytales Slashed
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