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Never After: Thirteen Twists on Familiar Tales

Forget perfect princesses, handsome princes, and “happily ever after.”

Never After: Thirteen Twists on Familiar Tales

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Release Date : February 26, 2019

ISBN Number : 9781611387773

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Forget perfect princesses, handsome princes, and “happily ever after.” In this collection of thirteen flash-length fairy tale retellings, award-winning author Marie Brennan introduces you to a world of manipulative mirrors, treacherous pigs, and candy houses that will eat you right up. Each one is a subversive little gem, guaranteed to shock the Brothers Grimm.

Part of the Collected Short Fiction of Marie Brennan

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    Table of Contents

  • “The Mirror’s Tale”
  • “The Kindness of Sisters”
  • “Conversation with a Wolf”
  • “Gold”
  • “A Smile, a Laugh”
  • “Nesu-a”
  • “The Princess and the . . .”
  • “One Last Prize”
  • “The Fall of the Fortress of Brick”
  • “Many Faces”
  • “Every Moment, I Dream of Sleep”
  • “Just Right”
  • “And Everything Nice”
  • Afterword

About the Author: Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood, and together with Alyc Helms as M.A. Carrick, she is the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. The first book of her Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Her other works include the Doppelganger duology, the urban fantasy Wilders series, the Onyx Court historical fantasies, the Varekai novellas, and over seventy short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. For more information, visit, Twitter @swan_tower, or her Patreon.

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