A collection of retold fairy tales with a science fiction twist.
Rapunzel is a soldier, the last remaining member of the human race, locked in a zoological tower on an alien planet. Doctor Belle must remain in quarantine with a powerful politician who has contracted a beastly disease. Jack sells his arm for a chance up the Stalk, the space elevator he hopes will take him to his fortune.
These twenty stories will take you across the galaxy, exploring new technology alongside aliens and cyborgs, princes and evil stepmothers, and telling your favorite classic tales like you’ve never seen them before.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
Circuits & Slippers is an anthology of fairy tales rettelings with a sci-fi twist. I’m not the biggest fan of fairy tales, but I do love a fairy tale retelling when the new version is original, different, but still, well, the fairy tale. That’s the main reason Circuits & Slippers caught my attention.
I didn’t recognize all fairy tales in this book though, but I was able to enjoy the stories anyway. My favorite was Alone, and Palely Loitering by Nitai R. Poddar, which tells the story of Galahad, an AI tasked with gathering everything humanity has created after Earth was abandoned, but I really enjoyed Mi Sombra by Sara Daniele Rivera and The Last by Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney too. Le Trotteur by Claudie Arsenault was also really good & had an awesome asexual character (which had me going :D) and Compatible by C.M. Lloyd was cute and sweet, the kind of story that you read with a big smile on your face.
These are my favorites, but there are many other good stories in Circuit & Slippers. I liked all of them but one or two that didn’t caught my attention, and overall it is strong anthology full of talented authors and creative stories. 4.0 stars.