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Stories 44-58

This batch is from The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

44. "Grand Central Park" by Delia Sherman
A teenaged girl meets nature spirits in the middle of the hustle and bustle of NYC and plays Truth or Dare for her freedom. Decent

45. "Daphne" by Michael Cadnum
Short telling of the myth of Apollo and Daphne from the nymph's POV. Not bad but not all that unique

46. "Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box" by Charles de Lint
A girl who lives in a wooded area with her adopted aunt finds the painting box of an artist that disappeared twenty years ago. Then she finds the artist's protege who also disappeared but doesn't look like he's aged a day. Pretty good though I just about had my fill of typical Faerie stories thanks to the last anthology I read

47. "Among the Leaves So Green" by Tanith Lee
Two half-sisters who are the daughters of a cruel mother who is the town's "easy woman" go into the woods one day and are changed forever when each meets up with the god of the woods. I liked it

48. "Hunter's Moon" by Patricia A. McKillip
Mmm, don't know how to describe this-- girl and her brother are lost in the woods and are led home by a quiet man who isn't what he seems. I was bit underwhelmed by this story.

49. "Charlie's Away" by Midori Snyder
Seventeen year old Charlie comes to terms with the death of his younger sister many years prior and the weight of responsibility of filling that void in his parents' lives. And seeing how it's in this particular anthology there are obviously nature spirits at work to help him see the truth. Pretty good

50. "A World Painted by Birds" by Katherine Vaz
The first story so far to really suck me in-- I loved it! The bounds of reality are broken in this story and result in a lush, descriptive fantasia. A cruel general regularly sends people away to be locked up in a concentration camp and two lovers try to put the world to rights again. Lovely story

51. "Grounded" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Fiona's mother finds a new boyfriend online and she is apprehensive when she and her mother fly out to California to meet him and his kids. Her soon to be new family seem off somehow... I loved this story too.

52. "Overlooking" by Carol Emshwiller
Okay I hate admitting this about anything but I didn't really get this story. It's in a first person POV of some sort of creature/spirit/whatever of the woods talking about human-watching over the years. I have no idea what the creature was supposed to be. And I am annoyed by that ^^

53. "Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera" by Gregory Maguire
A really amazing, snarky story that gives a fresh perspective on Jack and the Beanstalk. I loved, loved, loved it! But I don't really think it belonged in this anthology about nature spirits/green men/etc. But still a great story

54. "Joshua Tree" by Emma Bull
A lot of these stories seem to feature older teenagers. Anyway this one is about a jaded, tell-it-like-it-is girl who lives in the middle of the desert in a tiny town outside a marine base. She has a strange experience one night when she stumbles away from a rave into an expanse of Joshua trees. This has been one of the better stories of the anthology so far (and the only one with this sort of scenery) -- I really hope this author decides to expand on this girl's story

55. "Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was)" by Carolyn Dunn
Drawing off Native American myth of the Deer Woman but mostly about obsessive and tragic sort of love. Liked it quite a bit :)

56. "Remnants" by Kathe Koja
First-person POV of a person who created her own little forest of plastic bags and aluminum cans and other items until people from the Board of Health drop by. Decent story

57. "The Pagodas of Ciboure" by M. Shayne Bell
One of the best of the anthology! And I see from the back cover that this story was a Nebula award finalist. About the composer Maurice Ravel as a boy and French mythical creatures called pagodas which I had never heard of prior to reading this stiry

58. "The Green Word" by Jeffrey Ford
A cruel king executes a forest-worshipping man who refuses to accept the new faith. Three months later a witch pulls a mandrake from the spot where the man's blood fell... And that's all I'll say, you shouold just pick up this book for yourself!

This anthology also included three poems: 'Going Wodwo' by Neil Gaiman, 'Song of the Cailleach Bear' by Jane Yolen, and 'Green Men' by Bill Lewis


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 19th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
I do love the sound of this anthology and will have to add it to my 'keep an eye out for' list.
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Another good looking collection from Windling and Datlow. Man, you guys are giving me too many things I have to add to my list!
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