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“And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.” Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics! This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected tak “And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.” Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics! This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected take on stories spanning the entirety of the Asian continent, with loads of lesser-known myths and legends from Tibet, India, Indonesia, and beyond. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang, Nick Dragotta, Blue Delliquanti, Carla Speed McNeil, Nina Matsumoto, and many more!


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“And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.” Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics! This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected tak “And they lived happily ever after . . . I assume.” Vengeful spirits, flying ogres, helpful teapots, ghost pepper ghosts, and trickster tigers? That’s just the start of this lively collection of Asian folktales, reimagined and retold in comics! This second volume of the "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales" graphic novel series is a thrilling, funny, and totally unexpected take on stories spanning the entirety of the Asian continent, with loads of lesser-known myths and legends from Tibet, India, Indonesia, and beyond. Featuring the work of Gene Luen Yang, Nick Dragotta, Blue Delliquanti, Carla Speed McNeil, Nina Matsumoto, and many more!

30 review for Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A collection of folk tales I'd never heard before from all over Asia. All but a few were terrific. I was surprised at how many of the stories involved someone forcing another person to cook dinner for them. And animals that could change into humans or vice versa. I guess some stories are universal. This was a delight and I'll definitely seek out the other 2 books in this series. Received a review copy from Iron Circus and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforemen A collection of folk tales I'd never heard before from all over Asia. All but a few were terrific. I was surprised at how many of the stories involved someone forcing another person to cook dinner for them. And animals that could change into humans or vice versa. I guess some stories are universal. This was a delight and I'll definitely seek out the other 2 books in this series. Received a review copy from Iron Circus and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Premise Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories is the Asia Edition of the indie comic series Cautionary Fables and Fairy-Tales. I see they have editions for Africa and Oceania too which is quite exciting as I'm not as familiar with those fairy tales. This is a comic anthology and the second of its type I've ever read. TBH any kind of anthology is going to feel uneven unless 80% of the stories are top notch (I'm talking 4-5 stars each) Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Premise Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories is the Asia Edition of the indie comic series Cautionary Fables and Fairy-Tales. I see they have editions for Africa and Oceania too which is quite exciting as I'm not as familiar with those fairy tales. This is a comic anthology and the second of its type I've ever read. TBH any kind of anthology is going to feel uneven unless 80% of the stories are top notch (I'm talking 4-5 stars each). And Tamamo the Fox Maiden isn't any different. I can say though that there was only a single story where I thought the art was under par. That is quite an achievement! On the other hand the stories are quite shallow. We are talking 21 stories in under 300 pages after all. They aren't meant to be super deep as we're talking stories 3 pages long to 30 pages with the average 8 to 15 pages. Not a lot of page time to develop a rich story. However they do fulfill their purpose and that is to bring Asian fables and fairy tales to the attention of children and other curious readers. The great thing about this anthology is that the stories range from those perfect for middle grade readers all the way up to adults. So its the perfect volume for a father or mother to read with their children and yet get something out of it as well. The Buzz The exciting thing about Tamamo the Fox Maiden is that each story is labeled with the origin country. So if a reader were to become excited to know more about a certain countries fables they can easily look up more stories. Many of the stories concentrate on Japan, and I knew most of them. One in particular was a little shocking and I loved that. The other big country represented is India. There are many regions and I felt like we got a good cross section of different point of views. We also got six stories from small little known countries and those were quite exciting! Though some were quite familiar ideas. The Feels At first, as I read deeper into Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories, I thought it was quite odd the beginning stories heavily laden with message for children were next to the later stories for adults including one that dealt with philosophy (that puzzled me!), a drinking game story and another quite brutal one toward a bird. AS I thought about it though this is a volume all about exposing yourself to different fables and fairy-tales. Thus it makes sense that some of the stories were quite conventional and classic while others were more modern interpretations and retellings. This is about exploration and finding tidbits that you haven't read about before. Sure, more will be new to a child but an adult won't find it without worth. The Visuals By far the strength of Tamamo the Fox Maiden is the art. Your taste in art may vary from mine but I only found one story with poor art (and I didn't love the story either.) I actually would have left that one out if I was the editor. But I found many stories with dynamite art! I loved The Flying Ogre by Ron Chan (China) and actually would love to read more (it was my favorite). I also loved Hoichi the Earless by Nina Matsumoto (Japan), The Three Rhymesters by Meredith McClaren (China), The History of the Spectre Ship by Caitlyn Kurilich (Arabian Peninsula) and Tongue Cut Sparrow by Ayano Hattori and Nick Dragotta (Japan). The best part about all of these different artists is there is a little bio of each at the back of the volume where you can read about how to find other of their work! If you find an artist you love then the best thing is to find more of their stories to read. Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories is a fun all Asian comic anthology. It will expose you to fables and fairy-tales you may or may not have read about before... but prepare to get a taste from all around Asia! The art is standout and the stories are quick, many are fun, creepy and classic. While I really loved the purpose of the Tamamo the Fox Maiden anthology after reading the volume and picking out my favorites I would have loved the volume more if each story had been treated more like an original story based on a fable or fairy-tale rather than a straight up retelling. That would have made more sense with the wide audience that the volume was trying to target. An old idea given new life can be appreciated by all readers, while classic stories can feel over done and dull even with new art. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art Thanks to Netgalley and Iron Circus Comics for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this manga review and many others on my book blog every Monday @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews at the bottom of the page. Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss This was a really fun collection. It features traditional stories from all over Asia [not just China, Japan, and India!] and each story is adapted and illustrated by a different writer / artist. The stories vary in length but most of them are fairly short and straight-forward. I liked seeing all the different art styles and also learning about a lot of new fables and fairy-tales that I hadn't previously heard of. I think there was literally one s I received an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss This was a really fun collection. It features traditional stories from all over Asia [not just China, Japan, and India!] and each story is adapted and illustrated by a different writer / artist. The stories vary in length but most of them are fairly short and straight-forward. I liked seeing all the different art styles and also learning about a lot of new fables and fairy-tales that I hadn't previously heard of. I think there was literally one story in here that I had a vague recollection of hearing before, but all the rest of them were new to me. Definitely a great resource if you are looking to branch out of the 'standard' western fairy-tale model, and even though it is targeted towards children I think it's a perfectly enjoyable book for adults as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    I had I hope for this book of fables and fairy tales from Asia but it let me down... The illustrations styles change from one story to another but it was always alright, sometimes better than others, but alright. The problem I found with the story is just the lack of morality/thinking behind it all. Some are entertaining and funny, but nothing really deep and just a bit easy and unoriginal story. I wasn’t captivated by it, I did enjoy it much. It isn’t garbage or anything that bad, but just a lo I had I hope for this book of fables and fairy tales from Asia but it let me down... The illustrations styles change from one story to another but it was always alright, sometimes better than others, but alright. The problem I found with the story is just the lack of morality/thinking behind it all. Some are entertaining and funny, but nothing really deep and just a bit easy and unoriginal story. I wasn’t captivated by it, I did enjoy it much. It isn’t garbage or anything that bad, but just a low average book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. This book is full with many well told/adapted and illustrated renditions of Asian folktales. I am not sure if I get the purpose of all of the fables and a couple of them seem to push ideas that seem backwards. However, all in all this didn't detract from the experience it just made it less practical than something more transparent like Aesop's fables. Some of the stories can be a bit scary so I wouldn't read them to my 7 year old w I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review. This book is full with many well told/adapted and illustrated renditions of Asian folktales. I am not sure if I get the purpose of all of the fables and a couple of them seem to push ideas that seem backwards. However, all in all this didn't detract from the experience it just made it less practical than something more transparent like Aesop's fables. Some of the stories can be a bit scary so I wouldn't read them to my 7 year old without pre-screening the stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    A cute collection of Asian myths, in graphic novel form. I think I learned a few things from these, and I really liked the different art styles for all of them. Gets 4 stars because some stories were significantly weaker than others, but that didn't take away from the overall great experience. I very much enjoyed reading this. **I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.** A cute collection of Asian myths, in graphic novel form. I think I learned a few things from these, and I really liked the different art styles for all of them. Gets 4 stars because some stories were significantly weaker than others, but that didn't take away from the overall great experience. I very much enjoyed reading this. **I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.**

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chi

    On average, a lot of the stories were solid, and beautifully drawn. For a lot of them though, I had to look up whether the original fable and fairy tale truly ended in such a vague and obtuse note (and for the most part, the answer was yes). It seemed a bit of a pity that some of the stories chosen were a bit lacklustre to begin with, because this would've otherwise been a really solid piece of work from the folks at Iron Circus Comics. The adaptation of #EndoftheWorld for contemporary times was On average, a lot of the stories were solid, and beautifully drawn. For a lot of them though, I had to look up whether the original fable and fairy tale truly ended in such a vague and obtuse note (and for the most part, the answer was yes). It seemed a bit of a pity that some of the stories chosen were a bit lacklustre to begin with, because this would've otherwise been a really solid piece of work from the folks at Iron Circus Comics. The adaptation of #EndoftheWorld for contemporary times was rather clever, and Frog Skin was really cute (and honestly was one of my favourite comics in the collection). The Girl who Married a Tiger, From the Journal of the Monkey King, Urashima Taro, The Tiger, The Brahmin, and the Jackal, Tongue Cut Sparrow, and Hoichi the Earless were solid and faithful reproductions of the original folktale. The History of the Spectre Ship was beautifully drawn, though it wasn't a favourite. Sadly, After the Rain was... confusing. I'm not familiar with the original tale, and the ending didn't make sense. So, yes. In all, it was solid. Not all of them were home runs for me, but it was still a good collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories' edited by Kel McDonald is a treasury of stories told in graphic novel form. In the 21 stories told from all regions of Asia, the stories have a series of magical animals, crafty gods, and enchanted objects. From a lucky teapot that is actually a disguised Tanuki to a story of the great flood. The real story (or one of them) of Mulan makes an appearance. One of my favorites was called 'Frog Skin' and it's a nice variant of 'The Frog Prince.' I really 'Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories' edited by Kel McDonald is a treasury of stories told in graphic novel form. In the 21 stories told from all regions of Asia, the stories have a series of magical animals, crafty gods, and enchanted objects. From a lucky teapot that is actually a disguised Tanuki to a story of the great flood. The real story (or one of them) of Mulan makes an appearance. One of my favorites was called 'Frog Skin' and it's a nice variant of 'The Frog Prince.' I really had a lot of fun reading this collection of fables and stories. The art is pretty consistently good throughout. Sometimes with a collection like this there are stronger stories than others. Here they seem to be consistently good. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Iron Circus Comics, Letter Better Publishing Services, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Radwa

    This was a great gem I discovered thanks to netgalley, and I think I'll search for the other books in this series of graphic folk tales. This book includes graphic adaptations of lesser known Asian myths and folk tales. I love the fact that most of these weren't the usual and famous ones I see adaptations of. Each story is by different author and illustrator, so the art style varies a lot. A lot of the stories are so beautiful, with only a few being only okay. Some were short and others were long This was a great gem I discovered thanks to netgalley, and I think I'll search for the other books in this series of graphic folk tales. This book includes graphic adaptations of lesser known Asian myths and folk tales. I love the fact that most of these weren't the usual and famous ones I see adaptations of. Each story is by different author and illustrator, so the art style varies a lot. A lot of the stories are so beautiful, with only a few being only okay. Some were short and others were longer. It's just that the title story wasn't the best one, so I'm curious why they chose it as the title. Maybe it's catchier? I enjoyed reading this book, and I'd totally recommend it if you're fan of folk tales and legends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    There is a delightful mix of humor and horror in this collection of myths, legends and tales from Asia, adapted by some very talented writers and artists. I was fascinated by how many of the stories have analogs in Western culture: Noah's Ark, the Flying Dutchman, Rip Van Winkle, Disney's Mulan. Recommended. There is a delightful mix of humor and horror in this collection of myths, legends and tales from Asia, adapted by some very talented writers and artists. I was fascinated by how many of the stories have analogs in Western culture: Noah's Ark, the Flying Dutchman, Rip Van Winkle, Disney's Mulan. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    A brilliant collection of Asian fairytales! I loved them all!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    NetGalley ARC. The Lucky Teapot (Japan): 4 stars. Cute story #EndoftheWorld (India): 2 stars. Meh. Didn’t care for making it “modern day.” The Great Flood (China): 3 stars. So there was no consequence to them picking up the man? The Demon with the Matted Hair (India): 4 stars. Really liked this one. Lesson to be learned. Frog Skin (Georgia): 5 stars. This one is like Rumpelstiltskin! The Girl Who Married a Tiger (India): 2 stars. Well, that’s cruel. Ghost Pepper (Laos): 3 stars. Funny. Two Foxes (Japan) NetGalley ARC. The Lucky Teapot (Japan): 4 stars. Cute story #EndoftheWorld (India): 2 stars. Meh. Didn’t care for making it “modern day.” The Great Flood (China): 3 stars. So there was no consequence to them picking up the man? The Demon with the Matted Hair (India): 4 stars. Really liked this one. Lesson to be learned. Frog Skin (Georgia): 5 stars. This one is like Rumpelstiltskin! The Girl Who Married a Tiger (India): 2 stars. Well, that’s cruel. Ghost Pepper (Laos): 3 stars. Funny. Two Foxes (Japan): 1 star. I don’t get it? Because the guy tricked the tricksters? Respect? After the Rain (Myanmar): 3 stars. No moral. From the Journal of the Monkey King (China): 2 stars. Too short. Urashima Taro (Japan): 4 stars. Very dark! The Ballad of Mulan (China): 4 stars. Nice and simple. No need for romance! The Tiger, the Brahmin, and the Jackal (India): 4 stars. Harsh but fair. Tongue Cut Sparrow (Japan): 5 stars. Lesson learned! Terrifying! She deserved it. The Legend of Asena (Turkey): 5 stars. Sweet. The History of the Spectre Ship (Iraq): 5 stars. I love the illustrations in this one! It’s all hand-drawn pencil sketches. Very cool! The story was very peaceful. Tamamo the Fox Maiden (Japan): 4 stars. Having recently read Wicked Fox, I’m a little more familiar with kitsune than I was before and so understood this story. The font was hard to read though. The Three Rhymesters (China): 3 stars. Clever! But short and a little lackluster. Gold Sister, Silver Sister, and Wood Sister (Tibet): 2 stars. Didn’t like this one. Nothing learned. Hoichi the Earless (Japan): 3 stars. Dafuq?! The Flying Ogre (China): 2 stars. Point?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    3.5 stars Most of the stories in this collection were pretty solid. I wasn't familiar with the sources for almost all of them so it was nice to get to read those stories. I also didn't mind that the artwork was different for each story. You get exposed to a bunch of different artists this way, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. My favorite story was Frog Skin, it was very cute and I loved the story itself. I feel like with an anthology like this that has different artists for each story it is 3.5 stars Most of the stories in this collection were pretty solid. I wasn't familiar with the sources for almost all of them so it was nice to get to read those stories. I also didn't mind that the artwork was different for each story. You get exposed to a bunch of different artists this way, so I really enjoyed that aspect of it. My favorite story was Frog Skin, it was very cute and I loved the story itself. I feel like with an anthology like this that has different artists for each story it is going to feel disjointed no matter what. I was prepared for that going in but that may be a turn off for other readers. Overall though this was a really nice collection of myths that I had never heard of and I enjoyed it. I would recommend this for fans of myths and/or fairy tales.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asian Edition is the third book in a series of graphic novels that tackles old stories and gives them new life in comic form. This volume was filled with fantastic art and fun, interesting stories! I can't speak to the diversity of creators, but it is wonderful to see a book dedicated to various Asian fables. Even better, Asian tales from places other than exclusively China and Japan! A good book for all-ages, and also a wonderful addition to anyone's comic col Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asian Edition is the third book in a series of graphic novels that tackles old stories and gives them new life in comic form. This volume was filled with fantastic art and fun, interesting stories! I can't speak to the diversity of creators, but it is wonderful to see a book dedicated to various Asian fables. Even better, Asian tales from places other than exclusively China and Japan! A good book for all-ages, and also a wonderful addition to anyone's comic collection!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ad Astra

    Beautiful, beautiful, exquisite compilation of modern retellings of myths in modern art form. I will be sure to enjoy this book over and over again- and have so purchased a copy for my private collection. My husband is Indonesian and so this book is also a great way to bring some Asian concepts and values to us and our daughter. I hope she reads this book often growing up. I also loved many of the stories and as soon as I finished it, would proclaim it my favorite- only to have the next one, and Beautiful, beautiful, exquisite compilation of modern retellings of myths in modern art form. I will be sure to enjoy this book over and over again- and have so purchased a copy for my private collection. My husband is Indonesian and so this book is also a great way to bring some Asian concepts and values to us and our daughter. I hope she reads this book often growing up. I also loved many of the stories and as soon as I finished it, would proclaim it my favorite- only to have the next one, and the next be proclaimed the same.

  16. 5 out of 5

    I'mogén

    Recieved via Netgalley. All opinions remain my own. I appreciate how this one finally gives some disclosure about the intended target audience! I had thought they were for around middle grade age but then some content would catch me and I'd second guess myself, so it was nice to know that these are indeed intended for that age group. In saying that, it can be enjoyed by all. Reading this volume in particular made me recall how much I enjoy fables with animals (although it has made me realise how Recieved via Netgalley. All opinions remain my own. I appreciate how this one finally gives some disclosure about the intended target audience! I had thought they were for around middle grade age but then some content would catch me and I'd second guess myself, so it was nice to know that these are indeed intended for that age group. In saying that, it can be enjoyed by all. Reading this volume in particular made me recall how much I enjoy fables with animals (although it has made me realise how much, not just these fables but ones across the world, there is this weird relationships with ghosts and or animals). Hopefully the modern take of these older stories will inspire an appreciation of animals amoung youngsters as well as teach them morals and enterain them. Another thing I liked about this particular volume is that it just felt more put together and like the creators had a better, mroe direct idea of where they wanted these books to go in terms of entertainment, level of education (morals, understanding, etc) and the layout was really good (e.g.clear title that the story is adapted from.) Also, interesting that the finished copy is in black and white, I feel like collections like this would really beenfit from at least a little colour, especially being aimed at a younger audience, I would feel it would engage them more, however I totally understand that with the ink the cost of the finish product would more than likely have to rise as it would be more expensive to produce. The great flood story's art style sort of reminded me of Steven Universe. Urashima Taro was a confusing tale because I found it unfair that he ended up how he did because he was never told of the consequences of being down in the sea and for children, I believe they would pick this out and argue against it, as I did in my mind. However, I guess it teaches that life isn't fair. It is also interesting to see how the same tales are told differently in each culture. for e.g, I'm pretty sure in the african edition there was also a story about whether an animal (aligator) should eat the person who saved him, asking three beings for their judgement. The same tale was told here but with different living things. It's fascinating how the world is connected by fables etc I didn't really understand Tamamo the fox maiden. I was hoping to get more out of it as Kitsunes really interest me, but I felt it was too condensed and we ended up missing a lot of info. Overall, despite some of the tales being confusing, I think this was probably my favourite of the collections. I love the idea of presenting different fables from different cultures in a fun, graphic novel way, to hopefully engage that younger audience. This is a book I'd be happy to own myself! Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! >(^_^)< Gén

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beck

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review I think with short story collections it's inevitable that I'll like some of the stories but not others, especially when they're all written by different people, but I didn't really like many of these stories, I rated them all individually as I went and the average was around 2.2 which is crazy low. Some of the stories were just a bit grim and I couldn't work out what the point of them was, I suppose they're all base Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review I think with short story collections it's inevitable that I'll like some of the stories but not others, especially when they're all written by different people, but I didn't really like many of these stories, I rated them all individually as I went and the average was around 2.2 which is crazy low. Some of the stories were just a bit grim and I couldn't work out what the point of them was, I suppose they're all based on fairy/folk tales and they're generally quite grim so that's probably why, but it just made some of the stories difficult to enjoy. I have to mention one really big issue I had with this collection, and I wouldn't have bothered reading it if I'd known this previous to requesting it, but despite this being ASIAN stories, most of the writers/artists who're involved in this are white which really bothers me. There's 25 people credited with work in this collection and from what I could gather from google, only 4 of them are asian. 4 OF THEM! 4! I knew the editor was white so maybe that should have been a clue but I just assumed that there would be mainly asian authors, I have no problem with non-asian authors writing in this kind of collection but 17/25 of the authors/artists are white and that doesn't really seem right to me. I love that this kind of comic collection exists and that there is demand for it, but it's disappointing to see that so few of the stories are own voices. Also, one of the 4 stories by asian authors wasn't new to me, I'd already read it in American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and it was good but it didn't really work outside of context of the rest of the book, and it kinda just made me wish I was rereading that instead. Anyway, one good thing was there were more stories by women than men which is amazing for a comic book, so there's that at least. Here are my ratings for the individual stories, and my favourites are in bold The Lucky Teapot- 3 #EndoftheWorld- 1 The Great Flood- 2 The Demon with the Matted Hair- 3 Frog Skin-3.5 The Girl Who Married a Tiger- 2.5 Ghost Pepper-2.5 Two Foxes- 1 After the Rain- 1.5 From the Journal of the Monkey King- 3.5 Urashima Taro- 4 The Ballad of Mulan- 2 The Tiger, the Brahmin, and the Jackal- 3.5 Tongue Cut Sparrow- 2 The Legend of Asena- 2 The History of the Spectre Ship- 2 Tamamo the Fox Maiden- 1.5 The Three Rhymesters- 1.5 Gold Sister, Silver Sister, and Wood Sister- 2 Hoichi the Earless- 1.5 The Flying Ogre- 1.5

  18. 5 out of 5

    amanda

    This was a really great collection of Asian folklore retold for modern day in the eyes of artists through their own lens.. I was really surprised by the quality of art and the writing but pleasantly so! The stories were funny and each had their own lesson which you are supposed to take something back with you, of course. A lot of them were adapted for the modern world as well which I thought was exceptionally well done. All in all, this is a riveting graphic novel and deserves plenty of praise. T This was a really great collection of Asian folklore retold for modern day in the eyes of artists through their own lens.. I was really surprised by the quality of art and the writing but pleasantly so! The stories were funny and each had their own lesson which you are supposed to take something back with you, of course. A lot of them were adapted for the modern world as well which I thought was exceptionally well done. All in all, this is a riveting graphic novel and deserves plenty of praise. Thanks very much to Netgalley and to the Publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest and fair review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matty

    *Advance Reader Copy* Cautionary Fables is right. This is filled with pleasing art and tales from across Asia, each serving to share a lesson of the area of its origin. The dialogue isn't always great and sometimes the art is unappealing, but in the end, it was an enjoyable collection with just enough good to make up for the bad. 3.8 Stars *Advance Reader Copy* Cautionary Fables is right. This is filled with pleasing art and tales from across Asia, each serving to share a lesson of the area of its origin. The dialogue isn't always great and sometimes the art is unappealing, but in the end, it was an enjoyable collection with just enough good to make up for the bad. 3.8 Stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaffeeklatsch and Books

    This was absolutely hilarious and entertaining. I can't even say which one of the tales I enjoyed the most. They were all great and the different art styles fantastic. What would make this edition even better would be a full colored edition. I so wished this wouldn't only be in black and white! I can recommend this to absolutely anybody. Thank you so much Netgalley. What a treasure! This was absolutely hilarious and entertaining. I can't even say which one of the tales I enjoyed the most. They were all great and the different art styles fantastic. What would make this edition even better would be a full colored edition. I so wished this wouldn't only be in black and white! I can recommend this to absolutely anybody. Thank you so much Netgalley. What a treasure!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ArchaeoLibraryologist

    A neat collection of tales from Asia, each adapted and drawn by different authors/artists.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dougherty

    Easing my way into 2020. This is a good collection of stories. A number of artists and writers joined forces to update (and, in some cases modernize) these Asian folk tales. My deepest wish is that the source material was treated with respect, but frankly I don’t know and can’t comment on anything other than my own enjoyment of reading through this book. The art and storytelling style for each story differs slightly. Some are truly stunning aesthetically. Others are a bit ugly or don’t flow well Easing my way into 2020. This is a good collection of stories. A number of artists and writers joined forces to update (and, in some cases modernize) these Asian folk tales. My deepest wish is that the source material was treated with respect, but frankly I don’t know and can’t comment on anything other than my own enjoyment of reading through this book. The art and storytelling style for each story differs slightly. Some are truly stunning aesthetically. Others are a bit ugly or don’t flow well. The entire book is a mixed bag, but if you don’t like a given story here, you still get to admire some art and listen to the lessons of another culture, and then move on with your life. Perhaps the biggest takeaway here, as a western reader, is that Japan should not have a monopoly on the continent’s folk tales and mythology. I wish more collections like this were made.

  23. 5 out of 5

    K.N.

    The Great Flood by Stu Livingston: The art for this was adorable, and the story is classic. The Demon with the Matted Hair by Kate Ashwin: The artwork has improved, and the story was good. Frog Skin by Nilah Magruder: This was all well-done. The Girl Who Married a Tiger by Cat Farris: I loved how this fable was done, and the artwork was very cute. Ghost Pepper by Shannon Campbell and Molly Nemecek: The style wasn't my favorite, but the story was good. Urashima Taro by Jason Caffoe: Perfect! The Tiger, The Great Flood by Stu Livingston: The art for this was adorable, and the story is classic. The Demon with the Matted Hair by Kate Ashwin: The artwork has improved, and the story was good. Frog Skin by Nilah Magruder: This was all well-done. The Girl Who Married a Tiger by Cat Farris: I loved how this fable was done, and the artwork was very cute. Ghost Pepper by Shannon Campbell and Molly Nemecek: The style wasn't my favorite, but the story was good. Urashima Taro by Jason Caffoe: Perfect! The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal by Randy Milholland and Andrew Sides: The artwork for this was great, but it's the same story as one in the Africa book. The History of the Spectre Ship by Caitlyn Kurilich: This. Is. What. I. Came. Here. For!!! A story I haven't heard before, and beautiful artwork. Hoichi the Earless by Nina Matsumoto: Terrible and absolutely wonderful at the same time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vendea

    Received a copy from Netgalley for a honest review Eventhough I saw this anthology promoted as a middle-grade, I don't agree and I would recommend it to anyone who might be interested in folk tales from Eastern part of the world. Not only does this collection include obvious picks from Japan and China, it also introduces lesser known stories from India, Malaysia, Turkey, Arabia and even more. That was one of the things I loved about this anthology the most - the variety. Stories are only few page Received a copy from Netgalley for a honest review Eventhough I saw this anthology promoted as a middle-grade, I don't agree and I would recommend it to anyone who might be interested in folk tales from Eastern part of the world. Not only does this collection include obvious picks from Japan and China, it also introduces lesser known stories from India, Malaysia, Turkey, Arabia and even more. That was one of the things I loved about this anthology the most - the variety. Stories are only few pages short and every one of them has different art style and different authors. Some readers might find this confusing and not complex at all but I preffered it that way. I am big fan of Eastern culture myself so I was really hyped about this book and I was happy when I get chance to review it. You get to meet wide variety of ghosts, spirtis and yokai - from tanuki, kitsune to different gods and goddesses. Some of the stories are worldwide known, such as Mulan or the Monkey King. Not every story ends with the happy ending and I'm glad it didn't, because generally speaking, Eastern folk and ghost tales might get very very scary, especially for us from Western part of the world. I can nothing but recommend this sweet little collection. Eventhough I didn't enjoy all of the stories, most of them are remarkable and definetaly worth reading. 4/5*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    *I received an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own* While it took me a while to finish this due to my exams, I definitely did enjoy it. I've always loved myths and fables, so of course I couldn't miss the opportunity to read this. The stories themselves were all rather short, and I would have liked if some of them had been a little longer, but they are fables and those are often very short – and their length didn’t hurt the stories at all, I was just curious to see what they would have been *I received an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own* While it took me a while to finish this due to my exams, I definitely did enjoy it. I've always loved myths and fables, so of course I couldn't miss the opportunity to read this. The stories themselves were all rather short, and I would have liked if some of them had been a little longer, but they are fables and those are often very short – and their length didn’t hurt the stories at all, I was just curious to see what they would have been like had they been longer. As for the new take on these myths, I enjoyed it very much. They were all quite humorous and it was nice to read these cute little stories in between my exams. I also very much liked that they were all Asian myths, as I unfortunately haven’t read many of those yet. The art differed a lot (as would be expected since the stories were drawn by different people) and while there were a few stories whose art I didn’t like that much (none of them were bad, it’s just a question of preference) I quite enjoyed the art of the majority of the stories. So if you are looking for something funny and happy to read and are interested in the myths and fables of Asia I would definitely recommend giving this a chance!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories edited by KelMcDonald, 283 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL. Iron Circus Comics, 2018, $15. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence G BUYING ADVISORY: MS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This is a collection of 21 short stories with a variety of graphic artists illustrating each one. This gives each story a slightly different feel. The stories range from Mulan to a flood story to several dealing with demons. The stories are mix of fun and a little bit Tamamo the Fox Maiden and Other Asian Stories edited by KelMcDonald, 283 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL. Iron Circus Comics, 2018, $15. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence G BUYING ADVISORY: MS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE This is a collection of 21 short stories with a variety of graphic artists illustrating each one. This gives each story a slightly different feel. The stories range from Mulan to a flood story to several dealing with demons. The stories are mix of fun and a little bit disturbing. Some guy gets his ears ripped off, a bird gets its tongue cut out, and a sister gets drowned. This is a quick read and will give you an overview of the Asian culture. Many of the stories were intriguing enough I found myself wanting to read the original legend or myth in more detail. Michelle in the Middle/Teacher https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2019...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sionna

    This is one I wish I had written notes on as I went along. This is an anthology, one of the few I like, and as such there are some stories I enjoyed more than others. Some artwork is absolutely amazing, others-- still great even if they didn't speak to me as much. Serious, I liked all the art here which was great. As for the stories, again some I loved and wanted to re-read and share with others and there were a few I was kind of meh about. I'm sorry I can't recall specifics. I did laugh quite a This is one I wish I had written notes on as I went along. This is an anthology, one of the few I like, and as such there are some stories I enjoyed more than others. Some artwork is absolutely amazing, others-- still great even if they didn't speak to me as much. Serious, I liked all the art here which was great. As for the stories, again some I loved and wanted to re-read and share with others and there were a few I was kind of meh about. I'm sorry I can't recall specifics. I did laugh quite a lot and there were quite a few stories I had never heard of before which I thought was super cool! 

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ross B

    3.5/5 The best part of this book is that it’s a compilation of different artists interpretations. The art style varies quite a bit and all the art is so polished and pleasing to look at. I do wish it was in color but that’s okay. The stories themselves are hit and miss. It might just be a cultural difference I’m not understanding but a lot of them don’t seem to actually have a moral attached to them even though that seems to be the premise. Still entertaining stories though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cecille

    I was not able to finish this at 41%, but not by virtue of the content. It was the file (from NetGalley) I had a problem with, because it took a long time to open every time and my e-reader app would crash after a few minutes of viewing this. The book itself was good. I like the variety of stories and art included, because they were all new to me. I recommend it to anyone curious about the folktales and legends of Asian countries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie Chase

    This book is beautiful, with wonderful and humorous stories, but I have one issue. In a book of Asian folktales, I would have liked to see a great proportion of the stories written and drawn by Asian authors and artists. It seems like a pretty big drawback and an opportunity missed for the publisher. Based on review copy from NetGalley.

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