Jane Yolen’s THE EMERALD CIRCUS is pure delight

Further excitement for Jane Yolen’s forthcoming collection THE EMERALD CIRCUS.


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At YA BOOKS CENTRAL, Kristie Lowry praises the five star collection.

Jane Yolen’s collection THE EMERALD CIRCUS is pure delight for anyone who craves inspired retellings of classics from literature, or re-imaginings of the lives of real literary figures. 


It’s rare to find a short story collection that doesn’t contain at least one “meh” story, but THE EMERALD CIRCUS nails it, and my sincere thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of the e-book in exchange for my honest review.


William Grabowski for SEE THE ELEPHANT enjoys the stories.

Jane Yolen has been refered to as “the Hans Christian Anderson of children’s literature,” a claim I’m not qualified to dispute. But her unerring ability to transform even the most mundane events, objects, and people into mythic gold is too well-known for doubt, earning—among others—awards such as the Nebula, World Fantasy, Rhysling, and Caldecott Medal. Yolen was the second woman to attain the position of president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

THE EMERALD CIRCUS is Yolen’s first collection in more than 10 years. Devoted readers starving for more have 16 tales (including notes and poems original to the collection) in which to lose themselves, including an Introduction by Holly Black, author of the Modern Faerie Tale series.

THE LITTLE RED REVIEWER is looking forward to the book.

EMERALD CIRCUS is a collection of re-imagined fairy tales and includes Yolen’s famous short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship”.  I’m excited for this one, and as it is all short stories that means I can read it a little at a time and not be asking myself “who are these characters again? What were these people doing?”

For more info on THE EMERALD CIRCUS, visit the Tachyon page.

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