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A Creature of Moonlight
Rebecca Hahn
Saffron And Brimstone: Strange Stories
Elizabeth Hand
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Lois McMaster Bujold
Snow in May: Stories
Kseniya Melnik
The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors - Terri Windling, Kara Dalkey, Ellen Steiber, Caroline Stervermer, Emma Bull, Guy Summertree Veryzer, Jane Yolen, Lynda Barry, Johnny Clewell, Charles de Lint, Jane Gardam, Louise Glück, Patricia A. McKillip, Lisel Mueller, Sharon Olds, Mark Richards, Nancy Etchemendy, Joa I'm a big fan of Terri Windling, and make an effort to seek out her anthologies. Thus, I got this one. I'd heard rave reviews of it - people saying "This is the one that made a difference in my life!"
I was a bit quizzical about that, because for me, that was 'Bordertown.' And for me, it remains Bordertown, although I can see why other people might need this book more. I was lucky enough to always be wanting to run 'to' - not having to run 'from.'
This book is on the theme of child abuse. It's kind of a rough read - not that any one of the stories is so particularly awful, but when read all in one go - that's a lot of child abuse. It's emotionally difficult. Terri Windiling's personal, autobiographical essay about why she chose to do this anthology is powerful, touching, and almost shockingly revealing.
As with any anthology, some of the stories are much better than others, but overall, it's a very good anthology.

Contents:

The armless maiden ;The hero's journey /Midori Snyder
Bedtime story /Lisel Mueller
Allerleirauh /Jane Yolen
Snow White to the prince /Delia Sherman
She sleeps in a tower /Tanith Lee
Briar rose (sleeping beauty) /Anne Sexton
In the house of my enemy /Charles de Lint
Fear of falling /Susan Palwick
Princess in Puce /Annita Harlan
The stepsister's story /Emma Bull
The session /Steven Gould
The mirror speaks /Jane Yolen
The juniper tree /Peter Straub
Dolls /Guy Summertree Veryzer
This is us, excellent /Mark Richards
Saturn /Sharon Olds
The twelve-windowed tower /Silvana Siddali
Now I lay me /Sharon Olds
Now I lay me down to sleep /Ellen Kushner
Reading the Brothers Grimm to Jenny /Lisel Mueller
Knives ;Scars /Munro Sickafoos
The pangs of love /Jane Gardam
Brother and sister /Terri Windling
The face in the cloth /Jane Yolen
Their father /Gwen Strauss
The chrysanthemum robe /Kara Dalkey
Watching the bobolinks /Caroline Stevermer
The boy who needed heroes /Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Wolves /Sonia Keizs
Wolf's heart ;The story I hadn't planned to write /Tappan King
Gretel in darkness /Louise Gluck
The lily and the weaver's heart /Nancy Etchemendy
Silvershod /Ellen Steiber
The lion and the lark /Patricia A. McKillip
The iron shoes /Johnny Clewell
The green children /Terri Windling
Guardian neighbor /Lynda Barry
The little dirty girl /Joanna Russ
Donkeyskin /Terri Windling
In the night country ;A matter of seeing /Ellen Steiber
Surviving childhood /Terri Windling
Dream catcher /Will Shetterly.