Cover Versus

Cover Versus…#2: Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Cover Versus… is a new feature here at M/G/W where we take random upcoming covers and analyze them a bit future before adding them to our current or future reading piles. Because let’s face it, sometimes books have kick a$$ covers and lame titles or blurbs, and sometimes it’s the complete opposite and you find a hidden gem behind a less than stellar cover or weak title and blurb. And try as we might, we can’t help but judge a book by its cover or how it’s presented. In this feature we will break down the novel into two parts: The Cover vs. the Title and The Cover vs. the Synopsis. Feel free to jump in and give us your opinions if you think our analysis are a hit or miss.



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[heading style=”2″]This Week’s Pick:
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales 

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[heading style=”2″]The Cover:[/heading]

Rags & Bones







[heading style=”2″]The Synopsis:[/heading]


Expected publication: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black

“Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix

Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by Charles Vess




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Now, what does Rags & Bones have to do with fairy tales? I have no idea and I’ve been searching my brain trying to figure this one out. I LOVE the title though and I’m interested to see what “twists” these authors can create on fairy tales that haven’t been done already. I’m hoping this one does not disappoint!





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The cover is pretty epic! I love, love, love, LOVE the swan! And, did you see the author lineup? Neil Gaiman is writing his version of Sleeping Beauty…WTF nerdgam overload! Also, I recently discovered author Margaret Stohl when I received her upcoming title ICONS ARC in the mail. Loved the book! Freaking amazing! So I hope her other stories are just as awesome.  From the synopsis we can see that they are also going to include fairy tales that have been “overlooked”. W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw”, which I’ve never heard of, is one of them and its going to be written by Kelley Armstrong. Yeah, I’m pretty excited for this. Discovering stories that are new-to-me is one of the best things about reading.








[heading style=”2″]Final Verdict:[/heading]

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales seems like a novel made for cover lusting and character swooning! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!




Reader Question: What are your thoughts on the Cover, Title, and Synopsis?




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