Find out the other side of the story in Heads and Tales, an anthology retelling 14 classic stories by 24 authors.
Thank you to Chris Durston, who sent me an Advanced Review Copy of Heads and Tales in return for an honest review.
It’s available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions, and you can read it through your Kindle Unlimited subscription. All profits in the first year are going to The Trevor Project! It’s also on Goodreads so you can add it to your Want to Read list.
Heads and Tales is an amazing anthology comprised of 24 authors, retelling 14 classic tales, and edited by Chapel Orahamm. Some of the stories I was already familiar with, whereas others were new to me (such as the Wild Hunt — I’ve only heard of it through The Witcher!). Even the ones I didn’t recognise were incredibly enjoyable, and I whizzed through this book!
Here are just some of my favourite tales:
- Goose Bastardly by Darius Bearguard & Mara Lynn Johnstone — I enjoyed reading the retelling of the Golden Goose, but the story told from the goose’s point of view had me laughing out loud from the very first line: “It had started as a normal day for The Almighty Honk — Ruler of Sky and Surf, He Who Outwitted the Fairy Queen, Legendary Troublemaker, Cleverest of Birds, Slayer of the First Goblin King, As Golden as the Sun and Twice as Bright, First of His Name.”
- The Giant Battle of The Little Mermaid by Perseus Greenman & Nikki Mitchell — This tale began with a flash forward to the future, a history where The Little Mermaid is courageous, smart and commands the crew of a battleship using a drum beat to give orders.
- Hansel and Gretel by C. Rathbone & A. R. K. Horton — at first, this seems like a modern version of the traditional tale. But it’s only when I read the second story that I learned the truth, and it made this retelling even darker!
- Little Red Riding Hood by Craig Vachon & A. Poland — this set of stories gave a modern twist to the Little Red Riding Hood tale, filled with gangs, danger and romance. It was really well written and I enjoyed the tender romance, as well as the ending.
- Stardust by Anna Klapdor & Danai Christopoulou — this story was different in style to the other tales, with both perspectives told in the same story over alternating chapters. It’s a sci-fi take on the myth of Perseus and Medusa, set in a future where the Gorgon and Pegasus are the names of spaceships. This story was so original and unexpected, and I loved the relationship between the two main characters.
All of the stories are so creative and so much fun to read. Stardust was probably my favourite of the collection, but each one is very original with great depth and well-written characters, despite being short stories. Heads and Tales is an absolute must-read for fans of retellings of fairy stories and myths (like myself!).
The blurb for Heads and Tales
History is told by the victors. Stories are told by the heroes.
In every tale from myth, legend, or faerie there are the voiceless: those characters who live in the silent, untold spaces, or whose inner worlds are never visited. This collection retells 14 classic stories you may think you already know, from perspectives you never thought to consider.
The unexamined life is not worth living, or so they saying goes. No longer will we let these voices go unheard.
This is Heads and Tales: because like the flip of a coin, the stories can change. Take a shot, and see where it takes you.
About the authors
There are 24 talented authors involved in this anthology:
Rudy Alleyne, Darius Bearguard, Danai Christopoulou, Chris Durston, Renée Gendron, Perseus Greenman, Mickey Hadick, Dewi Hargreaves, A. R. K. Horton, Debbie Iancu-Haddad, Mara Lynn Johnstone, Anna Klapdor, D. S. Levey, Peter J. Linton, Pan D. MacCauley, Nikki Mitchell, Chapel Orahamm, Sarah Parker, A. Poland, C. Rathbone, David Simon, Sean Southerland-Kirby, C. D. Storiz, Imelda Taylor, G. Craig Vachon, C. Vandyke and Alex Woodroe