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Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combiFairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward. Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.Interested in receiving a review copy of this title? Go to Watch the Book Trailer...

Title : Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered.
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Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered. Reviews

  • Missie
    2019-02-17 16:49

    A new published friend asked me to review her short story in the anthology Twice Upon A Time and I could not turn her down. I am so proud of AJ Bauers and all the work she has done in the past year to achieve her dreams! She moved to a brand new state and started going to school to pursue her dream of creative writing - leaving her family, friends and a career behind. She is already making strides with her first story published in Twice Upon a Time! Likes:This book is amazing. The anthology has so many amazing re-tellings of classic fairy tales. Plus, with the amazing collection of authors and writings, this book has something for everyone. The fairy tales go beyond your Disney" classics, spinning off the true Grimm's tales and other folklore pasted down by the generations. The stories also span all genres - young adult, sci-fi, historical, contemporary, supernatural and even some post Apocalypse goodness! Specifically for AJ Bauer's story, it is a re-telling of Jack and the Bean Stalk in the style of a space opera. I love the dry wit of Jack, especially as he starts the story writing his own eulogy. AJ Bauer creates a masterful world where Jack, the somewhat misfit - the nicknamed "Screw-Up" has to step up and save the world - or at least his little part of it. Gripes:There is nothing to gripe about, if you don't love one story, move onto the next! The book is pretty large, so I would almost suggest the ebook version just for ease of portability and lack of hand cramps!For more reviews visit A Flurry of Ponderings

  • Rebecca Charlesworth
    2019-02-22 16:06

    I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion and review:I gave Twice upon a time 3 stars and here is why:For me ‘Twice upon a time’ was a complete and utter mixed bag, it had some brilliant renditions and others not so good but I did enjoy the fact that each story was unique it wasn’t just a refurbishment but a complete remake of the original tale.I had a few particular favourites and I do believe the authors deserve a shout out for their brilliant work. For me these had to be:The Screw up by AJ Bauers for me this was a 5 star read, I’m not usually into the Sci-Fi genre and if you would have told me that I’d enjoy it, I probably would have called you crazy but it was so well-written and put together that it was hard not to enjoy. The amount of creativity and imagination it would have taken is outstanding and I applaud the author on her excellent work. I would love to read more of her stuff in the future.Another story I really liked has to be ‘Before the first day of winter’ by Rose Blackthorn. It was a really compelling read mixing mystery, romance and just a tinge of sadness to create something so very intriguing. I think I would have enjoyed it just a tad more if it was a full book rather than just a short story so maybe Rose Blackthorn should get on that as soon as possible. If I had to recommend this book to anyone it would be readers who have an open mind, who enjoy something a little different and enjoy short stories. All in all an average read.

  • Emily Craven
    2019-02-13 17:01

    This anthology was a mixed bag for me, some stories were brilliant and other stories needed a tight edit (I'd say the ones that were brilliant were because the author themselves already had a tight handle on editing). While, conceptually a great idea, the anthology needed a much tighter curation, at 745 pages in length it needed to be about half the size (I have this feeling the editor didn't want to say 'no' to anyone). In saying that, if you skip over the stories that aren't doing it for you, there's some great stuff there: stories by Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Tarran Jones and Rick Chiantaretto to name a few of the ones I thoroughly enjoyed. Some stories it took me a while to figure out what story they were twisting, but once I did it was a marvel to see the new ideas they brought to the party. Worth a read but only if you have time to sort the wheat from the chaff.

  • Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
    2019-02-12 20:03

    Note: I was provided with a copy of this book for review.Twice Upon a Time is an anthology of fairytale retellings and cover everything from the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, fables, myths, as well as numerous folklores. Each fairy tale has been interpreted and retold differently and the myriad of authors who contribute have created stories that reimagine fairy tales in beautiful, unimaginable, and captivating ways.What is wonderful about this collection is each story takes a different approach; while some may stay true to the darker or original story in many ways, others deviate completely and have been reworked into completely new stories that are sometimes a world away from their originals. In doing so, there are delightful stories about romance, magic, and true love alongside stories in other worlds and battles with giants in space, hidden dangers, wicked witches, or dark bloodthirsty creatures from the deep. But no matter how much a story seems to stray from the primary story, there is always an element of the original under the surface, connecting its origins back to the well known classic and keeping the fairy tale alive.Every story is different and there is no doubting the creativity and imagination of the authors to recreate fairy tales and fables in such ways. Everything from The Grimm Brothers to and fables and myths in-between is covered, some easily recognisable others not so much, though this all depends on your own knowledge of fables and fairy tales.There are a few peculiar ones and certainly not all will be to everyone's liking, but with so many stories and numerous styles of story there are bound to be more than enough to satisfy every lover of fables and fairy tales alike. Even if not every story is appealing, there is no denying the work and creativity that went into each one of these stories. The approach each author has taken to these stories is clever and commendable, and they are certainly stories you can return to and reread over and over again. I really hope that one day this anthology is recognised as a great addition to the ever growing collection of fairy tale retelling.A longer version of this review was posted on my blog

  • Kimber Wheaton
    2019-02-05 22:02

    I received this book from the editor in exchange for an honest reviewI'm going to start by saying WOW. Not since Brothers' Grimm have I been so entranced with a collection of short stories. What made this anthology fantastic was the imagination and creativity that went into each individual story. These authors weren't just hacking up old stories and regurgitating them. The stories in Twice Upon a Time were unique and compelling -- all of them. The stories range from modern to fantasy to sci-fi, and each one captured my interest.This is also not some short anthology thrown together. It featured so many stories, I couldn't even begin to offer individual reviews of each one-- I'd be here all night. If you like fairy tales, then Twice Upon a Time is a must-read! One note though-- this anthology is not for the faint of heart, for some stories are dark, some are gory, and some are twisted. And I loved every minute of it.

  • Tay LaRoi
    2019-02-15 15:47

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. “Twice Upon A Time” is a brilliant collection of tales that breathe new life into classic stories and introduce readers to ones that feel like they should be classics. It also provides a wonderful chance for independent authors to showcase their work along traditionally-published authors, proving once and for all that they have what it takes to write along side those who take more conventional routes to success.My favorite thing about retelling fairytales is that the creative possibilities are endless. These stories speak to people in different ways, resulting in different characteristics being emphasized in their new versions while other things are change or diminished, depending on the writer. Nowhere is that more apparent than in “Twice Upon A Time.” Each author has their own unique take on stories most people know very well. That or they know exactly what makes a story feel like a fairytale and work to make something new and just as timeless.I also love how dark retellings tend to be since it hails back to these stories’ earliest roots. The authors of “Twice Upon A Time” do a brilliant job making their fantastic tales spellbinding, eerie, and downright terrifying in equal measure.So, if you’re a fan of the fantastic, the creepy, and the creative, I highly recommend “Twice Upon A Time.” The stories are diverse, well-written, and unique as the people writing them. And if it turns out you really like a particular work, “Twice Upon A Time” does a great job giving you ways to connect with those particular authors. There are quite a few I want to find on social media because I really want to read more of their work. If for no other reason, check out “Twice Upon A Time” for that, because there are some magnificent writers here waiting to be discovered.As posted on on November 5, 2016.

  • Tina
    2019-02-19 22:14

    Twice Upon a Time is a delightful and eclectic collection of tales with a supernatural twist. Ranging from fairy tale retellings set in the future to mixtures of beloved tales blended into a fantastical dream (or nightmare), you never know what characters you might stumble across. Like any anthology, there are ups and downs from story to story. Overall though, I thought that the collection was very well chosen, and there were definitely some hidden gems in there.Readers to be warned though, many, and I repeat, many of the tales have no "happily ever afters". Instead you'll find "maybe ever afters" or "never ever afters". So if you're looking for the Disney take on fairy tales, you'll be better off somewhere. There are two particular stories I would like to give shoutouts to: "Steadfast" and "Brenna and the Spaceman."I've never really known the tale of the steadfast tin soldier, but now I definitely want to read it after the gorgeous retelling by Hanna Lesniak. Told from the POV of a china ballerina, I was surprised that I could feel so much empathy/sympathy for a toy. A toy who doesn't even speak. And yet, I felt the ballerina's fear when Jack (in the box) terrorizes the other toys and my heart broke when her tin soldier gets abused by the Humans and feels the wrath of Jack's jealousy. I am oh so very impressed with Lesniak's skill, and her ability to tell a compelling story from an inanimate object's point of view. Now I feel like a horrible monster for chucking my plush cow across the room, haha."Brenna and the Spaceman" is another tale I simply couldn't put down because of its strangeness, and I say that in a complimentary fashion. What would you do if a spaceman (read futuristic astronaut that can be likened with today's law enforcement. 'cept in space) descended upon your Earthling home in the middle of the country, USA, and offers your parents a lot of money for you to go on a "little" adventure with the spaceman? What would you do if your parents really needed the money, so a deal is struck and suddenly you find yourself on a spacecraft orbiting the planet with a talking polar bear? And there seems to be no other human on board except for this mysterious stranger who appears at night, and you can see but cannot physically touch this person? Needless to say, Phillips' retelling of the Norwegian fairytale had me turning pages to figure out what was going on.I do also believe "The Underbelly of the Pig", "Red as Heart's Blood" and "Traveller" also merit a shoutout. (Remember, Twice Upon a Time features over thirty stories, and since I read this anthology over quite a spread of time--lost my Nook for a bit, which may have hindered my reading abilities--any stories that vividly stand out definitely are worth checking out.) "The Underbelly of the Pig" is a darker, grimmer version of "The Three Little Pigs" in which there may be some back stabbing going on. Bacon can kill. Let's just leave it at that. I did not see the ending coming in "Red as Heart's Blood" . . . I actually think this Snow White retelling would make a very good novel if expanded upon . . . I mean, I would definitely be interested with reading it! And last but not least, "Traveller" is a surreal remixing of the biblical story of "Jonah and the Whale"; there is a simply lovely quote I just had to pull from "Traveller":"I stood perfectly still, treading water in the flow of humanity."*Pauses for a moment of silence and awe*Finally, whoever designed the cover artwork for Twice Upon a Time did a stunning job. Definitely captures the overall mood of the stories contained within.

  • Queen Spades
    2019-01-31 15:45

    Note: A copy of this book was provided by the editor in exchange for an honest review.Twice Upon a Time is a juggernaut of fairy tales, folklore and myth—a collaboration of different authors for the purpose of giving an alternate take … a dark side, if you will, to a genre usually geared towards the “moral of the story” and “happily ever after”.I typically start off with the assets of a book but I will deviate from my usual and begin with some suggested improvements.ConsTriathlon of TalentWhen I say “juggernaut”, I am not exaggerating. This collection is quite massive, spanning hundreds and hundreds of pages. I am not sure if it is because the presenter could not refuse anyone or if it was because this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Whatever the case, for the average reader, it could prove to be quite a challenge to get through such a length—even if the premise is a wonderful one.Talent ImbalanceThe content symmetry is a few degrees off in the collection. By content symmetry, I mean that there is a clear divide amongst the writing caliber of authors when a smoother blend would have been better suited. There are some stories that are amazingly rich … where romancing the words flourishes and the local color is so defined, one becomes deeply invested in that world. With other stories, not as much polish, along with a few small mistakes missed by the editor. Some stories fit more than others with the overall goal, and it would have been nice for a bit more coherence, or even dividing this up in multiple volumes (separate books) to make it a bit easier to read.For The ‘Really’ Dark Items, Warning Labels RecommendedA disclaimer would be helpful to prepare the reader that some of the works are gorier than others. It wasn’t bothersome to me because I am a fan of darker tales but I did want to put it out there for people interested in checking out the anthology.ProsCover UtopiaI adore the cover—the whole “mirror has two faces”, “light vs. dark”, “reality vs. illusion”. It definitely fit the whimsical component of the anthology.Mashup and Horror Quotient MetWhile I could see a definite division of writing skill, the majority of the works in Twice Upon a Time were vivid and partially satiated my thirst for horror. One of my favorite tales that was a bit on the gory side was the twisted rendition of Aladdin—“The Wish Witch”. In addition, I did enjoy the various mashups presented in this collection. One which stands out and still has me chuckling was “The Screw Up”. I was impressed with this one because of the effortless swirl of Sci-Fi and comedy. There were many others I liked but to go through all of them would be an anthology within itself.Immediate Meet and Greet with Authors Following Their StoriesI did like that the brief biography and links for each writer were right after their perspective stories, as opposed to the very end of the book. There are authors I have bookmarked that I will definitely give a closer look to outside of this ambitious undertaking.If you are a fan of a different spin on old tales and don’t mind a bit of gore every now and again, I do recommend Twice Upon a Time.Verdict: 4 Stars

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-02-16 17:49

    This was a pretty cool book, but I knew it would be from the description. Basically, it’s an anthology of fairy tales told in a new way. There’s Grimm Brothers of course, fables, myths, folklore – it’s awesome. Each tale is different and imaginative in a way that I didn’t know was possible.My favorite story in this book was the Spear Among Spindles, which is the retelling of the Helen of Troy myth in modern day. I thought the way it was brought into the present was incredible and captivating and I didn’t want the story to end. I also really enjoyed Blood and water, which was dark and fascinating as well as the Princess in Peril. I am willing to bet that you will be just as entranced by this book as I was.What I really appreciated about it was how stories we all know have been reimagined and retold in a completely fresh way – I think that has to be hard to do, but when it’s done right is just so darn good! These are stories that include romance, action, witches, dark creatures – it still manages to surprise you even with stories that are so familiar.I’m on a lucky streak lately and I’m reading some really great books. I have to add this book to that list, because I’m going to give it 5 stars. Buy it for yourself, gift it to your friends, it’s a keeper!Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers*Copy Provided for Review*

  • Kim
    2019-02-11 21:09

    Twice Upon a time is a collection of Fairytale Folklore with a darkness woven throughout. Unlike the happy tales we all know, each author tells the take in their own unique way. There are so many different tales told, giving each reader something to enjoy.The first story was a bit too twisted for me. Luckily, it was a quick read and the next one proved to be much better. Some are so dark and full of horrendous acts, and some feature romance and suspense. The tale that stood out the most for me, and the one I enjoyed, was Wish Witch.Wish Witch is a dark version of Aladdin. Tom is a drunk and wishes everyone that is “out to get him” is dead. He yells out the ways he wants them dead and that is exactly how each person has been found. The police believe he is a serial killer, but Tom eventually finds out that a witch/demon is actually committing the killings. They stop after his 7 wishes are done and Tom goes back to his drunk ways.Overall, while the stories are not linked to one another, nor do they all have the same level of darkness, they do all work together to create an anthology that is different than most*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Kim Falconer
    2019-02-01 14:55

    I've delighted in these stories. Such a wonderful range. Beautifully written and edited.My favourite?Tarran Jone's ‘All That Glitters’. The retelling of the 'girl with no hands' is very moving to me, a story I researched when the far distant planet Sedna was discovered. In ancient lore, Sedna was also a girl with no hands, the meaning and metaphor as relevant today as ever.Fabulous read!

  • Katherine
    2019-02-02 16:01

    Good imagination of the writers, loved the remastered stories

  • Nicola
    2019-01-25 19:04

    A collection of essentially amateur writers. May revisit when retired.

  • Andretta Schellinger
    2019-02-11 19:45

    There were done really good stories and some that could use some work. The main issue is that this was over 740 pages long. Would have done alot better in pieces.

  • Liz
    2019-02-18 15:54

    3.5 stars. A good mix of stories. As always for an anthology, some were more to my taste than others.

  • AJ Bauers
    2019-02-05 15:03

  • Joshua
    2019-02-17 16:05

  • Tarran
    2019-02-24 18:08

  • Kenechi Udogu
    2019-02-14 18:05

  • Tonia Harris
    2019-02-08 21:11

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-15 19:04

  • Joshua
    2019-02-06 20:57

  • Liz DeJesus
    2019-02-13 21:04