Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears - Tanith Lee, Michael Cadnum, Joyce Carol Oates, Jane Yolen, Ellen Datlow, John Brunner, Kathe Koja, Gene Wolfe, Susan Palwick, Nancy Kress, Lisa Goldstein, Nancy A. Collins, Garry Douglas Kilworth, Terri Windling, Gahan Wilson, Susan Wade, Ellen Steiber, Roberta Lannes, Mil Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears is an anthology of short stories inspired by classic fairy tales from cultures around the world. The collection, like the five other volumes in the series, was compiled and edited by fantasy authors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. It's not necessary to read these in any kind of order as each volume, as well as the stories within each volume, stands alone.

The twenty-two stories in Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears encompass a wide range of styles within the fantasy genre, from naughty to nice, sweet to cruel. We've got speculative fiction, a bit of sci-fi, and some straight out fantasy, with a bit of naughtiness thrown in to spice things up. Unfortunately though, because I kept this book on my nightstand and read it over the course of several years, I don't recall much detail about some of the earlier stories, other than that I liked most of them, and there were only a couple that I didn't really "get". So instead, I'll refer you to this LibraryThing review by Rhinoa where she gives a story-by-story rundown. Good job Rhinoa! :)