As usual, four stars is my "recommend to anyone who'd like the genre" marker, but I'm not sure what the genre is
. Dark and lovely and exquisitely
written adult fairy tales I suppose, although it feels a bit odd to call them adult. (I mean, there's clearly sex going on, but it's a little distant, hardly ever explicitly referred to, and the emotional entanglements and compulsions are sad and/or creepy four times out of five.)
(It reminds me of [b:Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & other Horrors|9147711|Engines of Desire Tales of Love & other Horrors|Livia Llewellyn|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1298570681s/9147711.jpg|14026601] a fair bit, actually.)
Ultimately, I think it's the sad distance in the tone of so many of the stories that keeps me from going for four stars; the writing was amazing and beautiful and evocative, but so many of the stories left me feeling a little like I was having a sad day, and couldn't tell anyone why. Definitely worth looking at, if fairy tale retellings are at all your thing, but be warned of possible disconsolation.