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The Fair Folk (2005)

por Marvin Kaye (Editor)

Outros autores: Craig Shaw Gardner (Contribuidor), Tanith Lee (Contribuidor), Megan Lindholm (Contribuidor), Patrica A. McKillip (Contribuidor), Kim Newman (Contribuidor)2 mais, Midori Snyder (Contribuidor), Jane Yolen (Contribuidor)

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Winner of the World Fantasy Award.Patricia McKillip, Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder, Tanith Lee, Megan Lindholm, Kim Newman, and Craig Shaw Gardner contribute stories of the fey to this award-winning collection. Some are frightful. Some are funny. Some are fair. Some are foul. All are fantastic.
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Very entertaining yet very weird. The fifth story in the collection, published in 2005, "An Embarrassment of Elves", is laugh-out-loud funny. The half-dozen stories, all good, range from dramatic to horrific to hilarious. Good collection. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
What a charming collection of short stories! Each novella is startlingly different from the next and possesses its own voice, but still ties well into this elven-themed collection. My favourite tale of the bunch is "UOUS" by Tanith Lee, which turns the legends of faeries granting mortals three wishes on its head. Its mythic tone suggests that this story is meant to directly mimic the sing-song-y tales of old, and Lee uses this much to her advantage as she develops an enticing (but dangerous) male elf lead and a bumbling (but never stupid) mortal female protagonist.

"Except the Queen" was another favourite, though I am sure that Yolen and Snyder have since written it out into a fuller novel (that I have already read and enjoyed). Not that I'm complaining either way!

I must read more of Kim Newman's Diogenes Club faerie tales, as they mix Sherlockian settings with faerie-driven plots. Very intriguing! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This was a book of 6 short stories. The first stories UOUS stared out slow but i liked it in the end. Grace Notes was one of the two best of the six. the gypsies in the woods was the one i didn't like out of the six. The Kelpie and Except the queen were good reads. an embarrassment of Elves was the other top story. overall the book was worth reading where 5 out of 6 stories are enjoyable it is worth it ( )
  cbloky | Dec 16, 2017 |
A collection of six long stories - which makes it a bit hard to give an overall rating. Definitely above-average, though, with a few of my favorite authors in the mix!

Tanith Lee - UOUS
Full of elements of disparate fairy tales, but mainly a mix of Cinderella and Tam Lin(?) - maybe. The girl with the nasty stepmother and awful stepsisters is in modern-day Britain, and the fairy lover doesn't do quite what one might expect. I enjoyed this one quite a lot.

Megan Lindholm - Grace Notes
Unusually humorous and uplifting for a Megan Lindholm story. Also set in the modern day, a solitary young man seems to have a brownie or house elf cleaning his house for him. Seems nice - but weird. And the brownie's taste in decor doesn't really suit. Still, things don't home to a head until the bill comes due... and then he might need a neighbor's help to extricate himself from the mess.

Kim Newman - The Gypsies in the Wood
This seemed, to me, more like an excerpt from a novel than a short story. I think the main 'investigator' in the story may feature in some of Newman's novels. This tale puts two children lost in the woods and possibly taken by fairies into Victorian-ish times. When the two children seem to re-appear, one is an adult, and no one believes that he might be the same boy who disappeared. His sister, however, looks just as she did. Not bad, but I didn't personally care for it as much as some of the other selections here.

Patricia McKillip - The Kelpie
Oooh, this is definitely one for anyone who loves the Pre-Raphaelites. The characters here are all fictional, but it takes place amidst a group of artists and models clearly modeled after Rossetti & co. A woman artist arrives on the scene, and is delighted to find another female painter who invites her participate in her salon... however, another artist pressures her into modeling for him, and his attentions soon progress to the level of blackmail. It takes an encounter with the titular kelpie to bring things to a head. Lovely, powerful story.

Craig Shaw Gardner - An Embarrassment of Elves
I've read at least one other story featuring the characters in this story. I didn't like it, and I don't like this one either. This is just not my flavor of humor; I'm sure it will suit others.

Jane Yolen & Midori Snyder - Except the Queen
This story reminded me quite a lot of a Charles de Lint story. Through a series of letters between two sisters, we learn that the two elderly women are actually fairies in exile, banished to human realms. They believe the reason for their banishment is a prank they played on the Queen of Faerie, which didn't go over well. But when each encounters a troubled human, they begin to suspect that their tribulations may be for some other reason... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This themed collection of short stories is a good, light reading. Some of the stories are decidedly mediocre. One in particular, "Except the Queen" by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder, is exceptioonal and I will watch for other work by these writers. If you like anthologies in this genre, the book is worth reading. ( )
  turtlesleap | Nov 9, 2012 |
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Kaye, MarvinEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gardner, Craig ShawContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lee, TanithContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Lindholm, MeganContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
McKillip, Patrica A.Contribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Newman, KimContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Snyder, MidoriContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Yolen, JaneContribuidorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Winner of the World Fantasy Award.Patricia McKillip, Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder, Tanith Lee, Megan Lindholm, Kim Newman, and Craig Shaw Gardner contribute stories of the fey to this award-winning collection. Some are frightful. Some are funny. Some are fair. Some are foul. All are fantastic.

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