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Apr. 15th, 2008

The next stories (28-43) are from Faery! edited by Terri Windling


28. "A Troll and Two Roses" by Patricia McKillip
A Troll steals a beautiful white rose from a prince and thereafter is a very fairy tale-esque tale except that the Troll isn't depicted as traditionally as usual ;). Cute, liked it

29. "The Thirteen Fey" by Jane Yolen
A unique twist on Rapunzel from the fey who gave the princess the spinning wheel . Loved it!

30. "Lullaby for a Changeling" by Nicholas Stuart Gray
A young farm girl is determined to switch a changeling back for her baby brother and goes off in search of the Hill where the strange folk dwell.

31. "Brat" by Theodore Sturgeon
Another changeling tale, this one more modern in which the changeling has an attitude ^^. Very good story

32. "Wild Garlic" by William F. Wu
Part ghost story and part Chinese fox woman legend. This was a great story! A young man chasing a unicorn stops at a small hillside town where he agrees to stay the night in a haunted cabin in exchange for being put back on the trail of the unicorn.

33. "The Stranger" by Shulamith Oppenheim
Very short story about a stranger who stops at an isolated cabin and hears a man's tale of how he and his wife mysteriously got their beloved daughter. Story first appeared in Jane Yolen's anthology Shapeshifter.

30. "Spirit Places" by Keith Taylor
Rather unique sort of story drawing slightly (I think) from Native American myth. Spirits are childlike creatures representing various creatures and elements, like Wallabies, Fire spirits, etc that have not yet been "born". They are being threatened by a pair of malicious spirits called the goanna brothers that are actually dead men from another tribe that cannot rest. Ashfire, a fire spirit, gets help from a human couple to lead the goanna brothers back to their own land in exchange for the woman conceiving a wallaby spirit baby. It's really hard to explain this story accurately, but it was good.

31. "The Box of All Possibility" by Z. Greenstaff
Reads like a fresh classic fairy tale. There are two sisters, one practical, one a dreamer. The dreamer gets a strange gift from her Feymother whom she discovers one day in the woods: a box of all possibility. But she is warned that she musn't open the box before it is her time to seek her way in the world. The others sister, jealous of whatever the dreamer's secret is, maliciously tries to take what is not hers. Loved this story

32. "The Seeker of Dreams" by Felix Marti-Ibanez
More of a modern faery story that takes place in the jungles of Paraguay. A beekeeper tells his guest the strange story of a photographer and his wife that stayed with him for a short while, obsessively seeking something in the jungle. The photographer becomes obsessed with his dreams and abandons all reality.

33. "Bridge" by Steven R. Boyett
Another modern story, this one taking elements of The Rapture and turning it into a faery story. One day a businessman goes to work and finds that everyone is talking obsessively of fairies and how the fairies have come to take them home. I really loved this one

34. "Crowley and the Leprechaun" by Gregory Frost
This story is told entirely through the dialogue of an old Irish man and an American in an Irish pub. The old man tells the American about how another American, Crowley, got arrested after a week's stay in the country. Not such a fan of this one. I put this whole book down for about a month or two after getting bored a few pages into this story. I really hate when authors overdo dialect to the point where you have to really struggle to figure out what the character is saying.

35. "The Antrim Hills" by Mildred Downey Broxon
Styled after traditional stories of Fair Folk taking humans for many years before releasing them. This was decent, I guess but I would have liked to see this story with a more original twist.

36. "The Snow Fairy" by M. Lucie Chin
Really good story about a minor snow fairy in charge of the Golden Chopsticks that pluck snowflakes from a magical vase (for every snowflake plucked from the vase with the Golden Chopsticks a foot of snow falls on earth). When the Chopsticks are stolen she must do everything in her power to go out into the world and get them back but ends up falling in love with a mortal during her quest. Really enjoyed this story, one of the highlights of the collection.

37. "The Five Black Swans" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Queen of Elfhame lays dying after ruling her kingdom for ninety decades. In her deathbed she reflects upon Thomas, a mortal lover she had for a time. Great story, very unique portrayal of the fairy kingdom-- rather than mystical, ethereal, stand-offish sorts this kingdom resembled more of a realistic kingdom.

38. "Prince Shadowbow" by Sheri S. Tepper
Another unique take on the fairy kingdom. Prince Shadowbow must venture out into the real world on his eighteenth birthday and find a mortal girl to help sustain the fairy kingdom-- I really don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling but it was pretty good.

39. "The Erlking" by Angela Carter
Let me just say right away that I love this woman's power of description. She starts off describing a cold wood in late autumn and you just feel like you're there. Anyway this is the story of a young woman bewitched the Erlking. Good story, slightly creepy in a good way :)

40. "Rhian and Garanhir" by Grail Undwin
About an elfin knight who falls in love with the daughter of a rich man (elf/fairy... whatever) and admires from afar. Sort of a snarky take on the theme of star-crossed lovers, I liked it ^^

41. "The Woodcutter's Daughter" by Alison Uttley
Another story that read like a classic fairy tale. Deep in the woods lives the woodcutter, his wife and their daughter. One night the daughter sees a glowing golden bear in the fire who comes out of the hearth to ask for her help. Cute little story

42. ""Touk's House" by Robin McKinley
Oh, I loved this story! Possibly my favorite of the anthology or at least one of my favorites. A man steals herbs from a witch's garden to cure his youngest daughter of an illness but gets caught. Since he was so rude as to thieve rather than knocking on her door and asking for the herbs he needed the witch requires him to turn over his daughter that will be born seven months hence-- sound familiar? Wrong! The girl is brought up lovingly by the witch and becomes great friends with the witch's troll son. Fabulous story

43. "The Boy Who Dreamed of Tir Na N-og" by Michael M. McNamara
A young man (presumably, the story doesn't really say) is leading his donkey off to another evening's hard toil, wishing for pleasures without so much work, for a place where cream is abundant and empty bellies don't exist. He rescues a strange girl with golden hair who takes him to a place where you just wish for whatever you want and there you have it. He is soon disenchanted with this supposedly perfect land. Decent story not one of the best.

This collection also had three Scots ballads; 'Thomas the Rhymer', 'The Elphin Knight', and 'The Famous Flower of Serving Men'

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talekyn
Apr. 15th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
This looks like a collection I have to get. I've been reading more fairy-tale-ish stuff lately, at least in terms of short stories. It's interesting how many of these stories dovetail nicely in concept with what I'm reading in Michael Connolly's "Nocturnes" collection.

Windling and Datlow tend to put out pretty awesome anthologies, don't they ...
thelotusqueen
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
They definitely do-- I pick up anthologies based on the sheer fact that either one or both of them are the editor(s). I'm reading The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest edited by them right now actually
talekyn
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I saw The Green Man anthology, and the Coyote one, and didn't pick them up, and now they're gone from the shelf, so I'll have to order them. But yeah, they are very good editors.
newwaytowrite
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
just the collections title reminds of a hilarious book
of short stories called Crooked Timber seven suburban faerie tales by A.M. Arruin.


thelotusqueen
Apr. 16th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: just the collections title reminds of a hilarious book
Oooh I am intrigued! ;)
newwaytowrite
Apr. 17th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
it was published about 4 years ago
by Green Magpipe Press
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