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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

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Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionat
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ebook, 336 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
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Emily May
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of the better YA short story collections I have read. As with all anthologies, some stories are much stronger than others, but I enjoyed far more than I disliked. Plus, it was just so great to see the exploration of mythologies we don’t often see in the mainstream. My average rating over the fifteen stories was 3.7.

A few years ago, collections like these might have just been a way for me to go on some literary tourism of other cultures, but it's now very important to me on
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Melanie

ARC provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

This is the anthology I’ve been waiting my entire life for. As a Filipina woman, I have no words to express how happy my heart is to just read a collection of short stories that are all ownvoices. And at the end of each short story is an author note on why they wrote the story that they did. And, I think I cried reading at least 75% of the author’s notes. This anthology is so beautiful, so powerful, and it means more to me than I hav
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destiny ☠ howling libraries
We would have been overjoyed to have found this anthology, filled with characters with skin and hair and names more like ours, in our beloved libraries. It’s the book that was missing in our lives for far too long.

I have been so excited about this collection ever since I first heard about it. Ellen Oh is a wonderful woman (you may know her as one of the co-founders of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement!), and I knew that her co-editing efforts would lend to a perfectly wonderful anthology. I lov
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Natalie Monroe
3.75 stars

I requested A Thousand Beginnings and Endings for one reason and one reason only: Julie Kagawa. Her Talon series crashed and burned, she'll always have a special place in my heart due to The Iron Fey series. To my surprise, I found myself enjoying the other stories just as much, some even more.

Anthologies are always a bit of a mixed bag, so I'm going to review them individually:

Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi — 5 stars

“Do not trust the fruit of Maria Makiling.”


Alright, I didn't
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Alyssa
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
5 stars. My heart is full. Special shout-out to the South Asian stories, including Sona Charaipotra's, Aisha Saeed's, Preeti Chhibber's, Rahul Kanakia's, and Shveta Thakrar's. <3 All of the stories in this anthology are lovely, but I have to especially appreciate the South Asian ones. =)


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

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joanna ☽
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, tbr-priority
ALERT ALERT ALERT
I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THERE IS A FILIPINO STORY IN THIS BOOK
as in filipino
like me!!!!
i am crying actual tears of joy right now! i've never felt truly represented in any books before and this feels like such a huge step. i love the publishing industry. i love everyone. if you're reading this, i love you

so guess what i'm reading next
Elise (TheBookishActress)
what if this cover just murdered me, right where I stand

// reimagined South Asian folklore! also, anthology! also, COVER!
Aila
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every story was absolutely amazing.

These are the stories of my childhood, the stories that are rarely explored in Young Adult fiction.

15 short stories, 15 #ownvoices reads...

From mountain spirits to mischievous devils to ancestral ghosts, each story brings alive a vastly unique and refreshing folklore dug from the roots of Asia. Each author adds a short explanation of the original story and why they chose to write what they did at the very end. The settings also range from present-day America t
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Carol
Ellen Oh, author and founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Elsie Chapman, author, are the editors of this anthology of young adult short-story/retellings of Asian folk tales. The authors are either from, or are second-generation Americans whose parents hale from, Japan, the Philippines, China, India, Korea, or Vietnam. Following each story is a short essay penned by the applicable author in which she identifies and explains the folk tale or story upon which her contemporary retelling is based. I ...more
Rachel Strolle
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best anthology I’ve read. I LOVED EVERY STORY. I never thought I’d be able to say that about an anthology
Nanly
Jun 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
"Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries."

Short stories written by authors of Asian descent that are based on East and South Asian mythology and folklore?

I'VE BEEN WAITING ALL MY LIFE FOR THIS.

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Average rating 3.67 stars
“I finally know how it ends.”
I love anthologies and mythology-based stories, so when I heard of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - an anthology filled with own voices mythology retellings by South and East Asian Authors - it became on of my most anticipated releases of the year. These stories were all so beautifully crafted and utterly captivating. It confirmed my love for a few authors, and introduced me to some who I desperately want to read more from. This is a c
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
“It was an ill-fated thing to claim that a heart is safe. Hearts are rebellious. The moment they feel trapped, they will strain against their bindings.”


Well, this was amazing. I posted a longer review of this on my blog , but here I'm just going to say that this was a wonderful read and I'm so excited for it to go out into the world!! Asian folklore is just as worthy of admiration as the Greek epics and the Nordic myths, and this collection of stories shows it – and will hopefully inspire rea
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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arcs
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

4.5 Stars

**** Thank you to Greenwillow Books for providing me with a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review ****


I knew the second I saw this book that I wouldn’t be disappointed with it, and I am happy to say I was right! This is an #OwnVoices (written by Asian authors) anthology filled with some amazing retellings of East and South Asian folklore and mythology, so I mean really what’s not to like? I know I absolutely loved reading t
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Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.


The short review...

Upfront... I'm not a fan of short stories... I ADORED
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Xandra (Literary Legionnaire)
*grabby hands* WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT 2 YEARS FOR THIS
Aleksandra
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
Wonderful anthology! Great selection of stories, I cannot recommend it enough!

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of reimagined Asian myths and legends by Asian authors. The variety of themes and genres is breathtaking. Also it’s a very solid anthology, I liked all 15 of the stories, some more some less, but they were all good! It’s unprecedented experience for me.

I like the little notes every author wrote after the story, telling about the original myths and their reasons for writ
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grace (gracelwrites) &#x1f5a4;
an asian mythology collection?

sign me up, this is some good shit.
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
Anthologies really just are not my thing. It also doesn't help that I feel I went into this with the wrong expectations. I was expecting a more classic take on fairytales, but most stories are modernized or can fit into the sci-fi genre, serves me right for not reading the synopsis.
Alexandra
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

This delightful anthology gathers everything I love about the authors mentioned and creates an amazing showcase of Asian mythology, ranging from contemporary to science fiction! I have always admired Asian mythology through the whole continent and not only because of my historical interest but also because of how tragic many of the stories can be. How misunderstandings and talking ani
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Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I really loved this book and read the whole thing yesterday.  I'm only going to write a small amount about each story or this review would be way too long.

*If I spelled anything wrong, I apologize.  I was taking notes while reading and they are super sloppy.  I can barely read my own handwriting.  It's shameful.*



Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi  5 stars

My only real complaint with this one was how short the story was.  I love Roshani's writing and this was such a sad story about love and hearta
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Wow, this cover just exudes Asian vibes
Scarlett
This collection of short stories, based on Asian mythology and folkore, was mildly enjoyable, considering that I don't like stories, much less a whole collection. I was drawn to this one only because it got great reviews from people I follow and, well, what do I know about Asian myths? I am very happy that I got the opportunity to learn about their symbolism, that defers a lot from European, while the general ideas are essentially the same. All these stories are written for young readers, some o ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS is a solid collection of Asian myth and folklore retellings. Despite being marketed toward teens, readers of all ages will be captivated by the short stories presented in this anthology.

Each story puts a modern and teenage twist on a myth or folktale. Afterwards, the author explains the original myth/folktale along with their inspiration, allowing the reader to further deepen their overall comprehension of the story and its cultural importance. The stories selec
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Fran
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am savoring and returning to already favorite stories - I love this beautiful collection so much.
Zyra
beautiful exploration of myths in to tales.
Justine (Milkz)
Here, diasporic Asians reimagine their favorite Asian myths and legends from their own viewpoints. We would have been overjoyed to have found this anthology, filled with characters with skin and hair and names more like ours, in our beloved libraries. It’s the book that was missing in our lives for far too long.


The above quote is so right, up until recently I’ve loved any books with Asian influences I could get my hands on but always felt like they were missing something. This anthology is a
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Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
pretty amazing anthology. loved the diversity and there’s just so much to learn from it!
Kayla
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading about Asian mythology because it's a topic that's never covered in young adult like now we have new releases every month retelling a Asian myth and it's so exciting. As a person that studies mythology and will be doing exams on it, I really appreciated this.
Angel
A lovely collection. Some particular favourites:
- Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi
- Olivia's Table by Alyssa Wong
- Steel Skin by Lori M. Lee
- Still Star-Crossed by Sona Charaipotra
- The Counting of Vermillion Beads by Aliette de Bodard
- The Land of the Morning Calm by E.C. Meyers
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