So glad I stuck it out with this anthology of reborn fairy tales. I LOVE fairy tales. Goodreads lists Andrew Lang as one of my favorite authors because I read ALL of the fairy tale collections he put together. I think that is when I first got my true LOVE for reading by reading all of the LANG books..RED, BLUE, PINK, GREEN.. and on and on. I think I love them because they make you ask... "Wouldn't it be great if...?"
Well the first half of this book didn't make me ask that question once. I was about to throw in the towel, but then I got to Chanterelle and I found what I had been looking for in the rest of the stories...The Magic. For me, it's as if all of the great stories were in the last half of the book.
My top 6 were
My Life as a Bird (de Lint)
The Golem (Park)
Mr. Simonelli (Clarke)
You, Match Girl (Oates) although this one did not feel 'magical'... it was a great story
The Cats of San Martino (Steiber)
So in the end, I would recommend, just start with the last stories first.