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Alison's Wonderland

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Yum!!

    Over the past fifteen years, Alison Tyler has curated some of the genre's most sizzling collections of erotic fiction, proving herself to be the ultimate naughty librarian. With Alison's Wonderland, she has compiled a treasury of naughty tales based on fable and fairy tale, myth and legend: some ubiquitous, some obscure—all of them delightfully dirty.

    From a perverse prince to a vampire-esque Sleeping Beauty, the stars of these re-imagined tales are—like the original protagonists—chafing at desire unfulfilled. From Cinderella to Sisyphus, mermaids to werewolves, this realm of fantasy is limitless and so very satisfying.

    Happily-ever-after never seemed so HOT. With over twenty short reads that add some spicy details to well known fairy tales, Alison's Wonderland, is a real treat. It's defiantly a juicy read where the characters hold nothing back and the passion is off the charts, so curl up with some steamy fables & enjoy!

    I love fairy tales - give me! give me! - and this was truly a fun book that had me reading all Sunday afternoon. I'm not usually a fan of anthologies since I crave depth and character growth in a story, but these succulent tales had just the right about of heat that it was easy to overlook everything else. The numerous stories were quite easy to read, we're talking less than five-minutes to finish some, but others were a little longer and more involved. My favorites were Wolff's Tavern and Rings on my Fingers, but overall, be prepared for some dirty whispers & naughty acts.

    Likes: I happily couldn't put the book down for a few hours after starting and finished later that day!

    Dislikes: Some tales were better than others and those "other" tales were far & few between.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    Steamy fairy tales in Alison's Wonderland

    I read the ARC of this collection of erotic short stories which I received from netGalley.com. This was my first ever e-ARC and I enjoyed that experience as much as I enjoyed the book. Most of these stories are based on fairy tales of fantasy motifs and they are oh so steamy. While I've enjoyed most of the collections that I've read by Alison Tyler this one is the best. Almost every story is a winner and the best are "The Three Billys" by Sommer Marsden, "Fool's Gold" by Shanna Germain, and "The Broken Fiddle" by Andrea Dale.

    Marsden's "The Three Billys" a steamy retelling of The Three Billy Goats Guff set in a library. Sex and books and cute construction workers, it was really good. I also like the novelty of it. I read a lot of fairy tale retelling and this is the first retelling of the Three Billy Goats Guff that wasn't a children's picture book.

    "Fool's Gold" by Germain is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin the plays with bondage and the Master/slave relationship in a metal way by using the naming motif in the fairy tale.

    Andrea Dale's "The Broken Fiddle" is boxed tale, a story within a story. Set in Ireland, it rolls all the romance of far-off-places, storytellers, and fairy bargains into the story of a perfectly hot one-night-stand.

    There were even a few based on tales that I wasn't particularly familiar with. T.C. Calligari's "A Taste for Treasure" had a very different voice from the other stories. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it at first, but the vague sense that I'd heard the original before pulled me through it until end. Calligari's tale was a good story, but I was more interested in the original.

    I was teaching at the library the other day, so in the spare moments before the class started I flipped through the fairy tale picture books and stumbled across The Wishing Table by the Brother Grimm and illustrated by Eve Tharlet. I couldn't believe that it was there. There were these delightful illustrations and enough similarities in story that I figured The Wishing Table may have been the basis for "A Taste for Treasure."

    Anyway, I digress, I really enjoyed Alison's Wonderland. It will be published July 1, 2010 by Harlequin's Spice line. I will be making this one a Staff Pick at work after its release.

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