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At Midnight

editor: Dahlia Adler (2023)
date read: 3 February 2024
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A great set of fairy tales which are loosely inspired by some classics, but with some diverse and inclusive perspectives. This is where the anthology format really shines – you get a lot of different perspectives and takes in a short number of pages.

There are stories with themes of race and religion, gender and sexuality, and sometimes blending the two. The lack of representation for disability and the Global South was disappointing (unless I missed some), but the stories that were there didn’t feel homogeneous or repetitive.

This caught my eye because of Darcie Little Badger, whose other books I’ve enjoyed (and I liked her short story in this), and now I’ve found several other authors I want to check out.

Some favourites (I liked the stories that play with gender, quelle surprise):

The book is a mix of 3 to 5 star stories; there was enough stuff that really spoke to me to bump the overall book to 5 stars.

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