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Jan 30 2014 12:00pm

The Wonderful Wilderness: A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney A Different Kingdom

If you go down to the woods today, be sure of a big surprise... but I dare say it won’t be bears. And that’s assuming there are even woods within reach of you.

Where I live, I’m lucky. I have natural landscape to the left of me, supermarkets and the like to the right: the conveniences of 21st century living combined with the beauty of the world as it once was. But so many places today have no balance. Particularly in cities we have systematically stamped out the environment to make more room for humanity to do what humanity does: taint everything it touches.

Young Michael Fay, a boy about to become a man in rural Ireland sixty or so years ago, has been aware of this fact most foul ever since his parents passed.

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May 29 2013 1:00pm

Know Your Faeries: Friendly, Fierce, or Fatal?

Faerie After Janni Lee SimnerWhat’s a faerie?

When I ask this question, the answers often fall into two categories.

“Tiny winged bodies fluttering among the flowers,” says Juanita Havill, author of Grow: A Novel in Verse, speaking for one camp of faerie readers.

“Magic, glamour, and deep cold danger,” says Sarah Zettel, author of the American Fairy trilogy, speaking for the other.

Flitting nature spirits or inhuman bearers of dangerous magic. These two threads run through much of contemporary faerie fiction. The smaller, flightier faeries might seem the more benign, but even Tinkerbell, one of the most famous representatives of the type, tried to kill Wendy before putting her life on the line to save Peter Pan. Miniature winged faeries are as much associated with fierceness and mischief as with flower appreciation.

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Oct 4 2012 12:30pm

As Beautiful as the Fey: Magic and Romance in Tina Connolly’s Ironskin

A review of Ironskin by Tina ConnellyI was actually already through two-thirds of Tina Connolly's Ironskin, before I realized that I was reading a fantasy version of Jane Eyre. Of course, to anyone paying attention, this fact is obvious; the story centers around protagonist Jane Eliot, who comes from London to a country house on the moor to become a governess to the daughter of Edward Rochart. I suppose I can only plead the fact that I was so caught up in the magic of Connolly's world that I hardly noticed anything else. The fey of this magical England are mysterious and imaginative, and if I have any complaint about them, it is that I wanted more.

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Mar 12 2009 5:38pm

Read Wicked Lovely Online

For a limited time, you can read Melissa Marr’s first book, Wicked Lovely, on the Harper site. I wouldn’t call it a free e-book, since it doesn’t look like you can download it to hug and squeeze forever (or read on a dedicated device), but the site’s preview function has been set to 100%. So has the awesome. Wicked Lovely is a very engaging take on the classic, quasi-Celtic Summer Fae vs. Winter Fae conflict, and the ending in particular is clever and well-tied-up. I’ll definitely be re-reading it in preparation for Marr’s second book, Ink Exchange, which has been waiting patiently on my to-read shelf, and her next one, Fragile Eternity, which comes out April 21. I haven’t seen anything on how long the whole book is going to be available, though, so pipe up if you know and shake a tailfeather if you’re interested; it’s worth it.

Jan 28 2009 12:03pm

New YA Fantasy: Bones of Faerie

Janni Lee Simner’s first young adult book, Bones of Faerie, has a haunting first chapter—you can read it here—that warns readers right away about the dark places the book will go. For all that protective parents worry about what their kids are reading, this is my favorite kind of YA book both now and when I was in middle school. Simner’s 15-year-old heroine Liza encounters major obstacles and works her way around them with the help of a faithful animal companion, a longtime-acquaintance turned friend and some interesting strangers who have more to them than meets the eye. Part post-apocalyptic adventure tale and part folklore, Bones of Faerie is definitely built on familiar ground, until the ground sprouts vines that try to eat you.

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