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Category Archives: Notes from Rapunzel’s Tower

The Girl Who Will Save Us: Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale”

by Jan Stinchcomb


I’ve been waiting all my life for a truly satisfying retelling of my all-time favorite fairy tale, “Vasilisa the Wise,” and Katherine Arden has delivered it in a novel that combines history, fantasy, and folk magic. The Bear and the Nightingale brings Vasilisa, here called Vasya, into contact with Morozko, Russian folklore’s brutal Winter King. […]


Fairy Tales for the New World Order: Circuits and Slippers, edited by Jaylee James


It is both gratifying and heartbreaking when reality begins to resemble sci-fi and fantasy: genre fiction gets an unexpected upgrade as the predictions of mere writers come true. This collection of twenty sci-fi infused fairy tales, published in September of 2016, came at exactly the right time. Now that dystopia is becoming the new normal, […]






Girls Who Prefer the Company of the Witch: Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll

by Jan Stinchcomb


I have something to tell you: I had a Slavic grandmother, a Russian-Polish woman whose parents met in Bessarabia. She was born in Harbin, Manchuria, where there was a Russian colony, and then her family immigrated to the U.S. I went through a serious Russian phase in the nineties, trying to learn the language and […]


Short Story Collections of Note: The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told by Jean Thompson; The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan

by Jan Stinchcomb


Jean Thompson is a former National Book Award Finalist, which will come as no surprise after you have finished the first story, “The Witch.” By the time you process a story like “The Curse” you will want to read more of Jean Thompson’s books and wonder why she hasn’t yet reached rock-star status. (I read […]