An updating of the classic fairytale, with a princess held incommunicado under a repressive political regime. With regime change, there comes the chance to rebuild her life – but the talking frog, a present from her recently incarcerated father, is reluctant to accept the kiss to be returned to human form. Instead, the frog takes to the hustings, and achieves a high profile, and attention from the authorities. In the end, fleeing persecution, the kiss takes place, but there is a twist in the tale.
- Ramsey Shehadeh. Epidapheles and the Insufficiently Affectionate Ocelot. (F&SF Mar/Apr 2010)
- Kelly Link. Pretty Monsters. (The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 3).