The Bear Prince

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The Bear Prince is a collection of three folktales from a fictional universe. When small magics are real, what stories do parents tell their children at night? What tales do storytellers spin, so their listeners will toss them a few coins? Find out, in "The Bear Prince," "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool," and "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight." More

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About Elizabeth McCoy

Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.

She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.

*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)

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Review by: Vincent Ursus on Nov. 14, 2011 :
A fictional world is defined by the people in it, and the things they hold in common. Things like fairy tales.

These stories introduce a world other than the one I live in. It shows what the people of this world value. Self-reliance, courage, cleverness, charity, and of course, justice. Where one can be cunning without being deceptive.

This world is different enough to be novel, without being so alien I can't understand it.

Plus, they are also good stories.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: M.C.A. Hogarth on Feb. 21, 2011 :
A collection of fairy tales that feel like the eldest you've found: dream-like and strange and yet familiar. My favorite of the three was "The Bear Prince," with its pale palette and sense of escape through virtue; but "The Jewel of Moon and Starlight" was haunting and passing-strange in that "who thinks of these things?" way, with details to match, and "The Princess and the Sheep's Wool" is a fine retelling of the Princess and the Pea, with smell rather than touch as the royal tell-tale.

If I have an objection to these, it's that they are too few. You end up in their psychological space and just as you're accustomed to it, the e-book is over. Stories like this for me work best if they either stand alone and are over so quickly they feel like a needle to the arm, or so long a collection that you can become adrift in them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: El Wes on Feb. 16, 2011 :
These three stories have a great classic fairytale vibe to them. My favorite is probably the first the eponymous, "The Bear Prince." It reads similar to old Russian folklore to me, strange and lovely, and very evocative of a world where magic might be peaking at you around the edges of snowdrifts. The author's afterword was an unexpectedly interesting bonus, and brought up some details about the greater setting of this fairytale world I probably wouldn't have thought of. All in all, a great first ebook.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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