Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “A Thousand Beginnings and Endings” edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s CWW book really means a lot to me. You might get sick with all the posts I published about this book but, really, this book is important to me as it features myths, legends, fairy tales and folklore I grew up reading and hearing. It feels like such a big step because as much as there are many books re-imagining myths and lore there aren’t much based on Asian mythos.

35430013Star-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.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.
From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.


I just finished this anthology and it was awesome! (Here’s a link to my review if you want to know what I think about it: Review – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings) A lot of great stories here for you to love. Also, after every story there are short notes where the contributing authors talk about the original myths and folklore where they based their story on.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings comes out June 26, published by Greenwillow Books.



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2 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “A Thousand Beginnings and Endings” edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman

  1. Angelica Joy says:

    Rachel I requested this from Edelweiss and was unfortunately denied but looking forward to it, it’s got amazing Authors and I am also in search of Asian mythology books. This week’s Waiting on Wednesday book for me is Julie Kagawa Shadow of the Fox and my main reason for this is due to Asian mythology.

    I’m not really an anthology reader but not because I dislike but I haven’t really delved into it enough.

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    • Rachel says:

      I’m sorry your request got declined. This is one of the best anthologies I’ve read not just because of Asian representation but I actually liked more of the stories than usual. It was hard to pick favorites. I hope you get it once it comes out. 🙂

      Shadow of the Fox is also on my wish list. I requested for it on Edelweiss but it’s still pending. You might want to check it. 😀


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