Into the Woods, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, The Silmarillion

Usually, the New, Soon, and Classic features on FairyRoom are true to highlighting three books with strong fairy themes, worlds, and/or characters—any touch of fairy qualifies! Today’s NS&C post has a definite theme. In a genre filled with multi-book series frequently made up of lengthy tomes (for which all three of today’s featured authors are known), we are thrilled to present three fantastic short story collections, each all in one book. And with the exception of today’s classic (which prefaces one of the most widely-read series of all Fantastic time), no series required.

NEW: INTO THE WOODS, a short story collection in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager, 2012)

Since Kim Harrison started the Hollows series in 2004 with Dead Witch Walkingshe’s published eleven full novels and a nine short stories in various anthologies and digital releases. Into the Woods is the first time all the short stories have been pulled together into one collection, along with a brand new short story set in the Hollows verse—starring fan favorite elf, Trent—and four more new shorts set in an unrelated world.

A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan–the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up—and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

From the reader community:

“The Hollows stories gave me a deeper, better understanding of characters I thought I knew pretty well. They do exactly what you most hope an ancillary short story or novella will—enrich and enhance your understanding of the books, take nothing away, spoil nothing. I finished these stories impressed by Kim Harrison’s craft.” ~Madame X (Goodreads)

“Into the Woods is an absolute must buy for fans of The Hollows, as it gives deeper looks that we don’t get to see in the main series. It also was really great to see some of her work outside of The Hollows, since it is winding down and will be soon time to move on. After reading these novellas, I have even more confidence and excitement for what is in store next.” ~Kristen (Goodreads)

Enjoy an excerpt: The short story “Million Dollar Baby” is available on Kim Harrison’s website.

Order your own copy: Into the Woods is available from these popular booksellers:


SOON: FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM: A NEW ENGLISH VERSION by Philip Pullman (Little, Brown, September 18, 2012)

Pullman has been working on retellings and commentary of fifty classic Grimms fairy tales for the past two years, making it ready in time for this years’ two-hundredth anniversary of the original tales’ publication.

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and this year’s two movie adaptations of “Snow White”—Philip Pullman, one of the most popular authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.

From much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “Briar-Rose,” “Thousandfurs,” and “The Girl with No Hands,” Pullman retells his fifty favorites, paying homage to the tales that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.

The frontispiece of first volume of Grimms’ Kinder und Hausmärchen (1812)

From the reader community:

“He doesn’t add or change much, which for a collection like this is just right…Pullman also adds his own interesting commentary and thoughts to the end of each tale. I appreciated that he didn’t really embellish the tales themselves, but I enjoyed reading his thoughts on each tale and what he would change if the story were his.” ~Laura

“This is a beautiful book of well-loved stories, and Pullman’s own writing makes it worthwhile to anyone who is interested in folklore, storytelling, and the sources of our common narrative standards.” ~Audrey

Don’t miss this: Phillip Pullman is giving away of Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm on Goodreads, now through October 12. Enter to win!

We can find neither an excerpt from this new collection nor a complete TOC. When we find one, we’ll amend this post, and let you know on Facebook and Twitter. If you find either before we do, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks! Look for this book on November 8 or preorder:


CLASSIC: THE SILMARILLION, by J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1977)

The Silmarillion is not for those new to Tolkien. It is for those who adore Tolkien, who want more than the elaborate apendixes at the end of the The Lord of the Rings, who want all the details of everything Tolkien created. This is Tolkien’s guide to the world he so thoroughly built, as we described a few weeks ago.

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is the core of J. R. R. Tolkien’s imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit.

Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing. The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

This second edition features a letter written by Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.

From the reader community:

“I had tried to read The Silmarillion multiple times in the past and had basically given up, but I finally realised that I was attempting to read this book the wrong way; While The Silmarillion is partially a story, it is first and foremost a religious document,  mythological account of the Elder Days of Middle-earth. So this time, I read The Silmarillion the way I used to read my Bible. But for a first full and complete read, I can only say, wow! As good as The Lord of the Rings, but also very different, and I honestly believe that in order to truly appreciate, savour and enjoy The Silmarillion, a different approach and a different method of reading are required.” ~Gundula

“This is high fantasy on the grandest of scales: the song of creation, by which the gods call the world into existence; the first rising of the sun, sowing panic among the many dark creatures of Middle-earth; the first dwarves, emerging blinking and wondering from their underground birthplace; and the great kingdoms of the Elves, at the height of their power, locked in war with Sauron’s master…Just know what you’re getting into beforehand: I’m sure the spirit of J.R.R. will forgive you for skipping it.” ~Francis

Enjoy an excerpt of “The Music of Ainur” on the publisher website. Order The Silmarillion from these popular booksellers:

Which Fantastic New, Soon, and Classic books are you excited about?