The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm

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Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over&150benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today's best fantasists for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature, and update the old tales, or shine a bold new light on the old. This companion to the World ...

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Overview

Faeries, or creatures like them, can be found in almost every culture the world over&150benevolent and terrifying, charming and exasperating, shifting shape from country to country, story to story, and moment to moment. In The Faery Reel, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have asked some of today's best fantasists for short stories and poems that draw on the great wealth of world faery lore and classic faery literature, and update the old tales, or shine a bold new light on the old. This companion to the World Fantasy Finalist The Green Man is unique, provocative, and thoroughly magical-like the faeries themselves

A collection of stories and poems about faeries in all parts of the world by a variety of authors.

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Perhaps the most winning aspect of this delightful assemblage is the editor's willingness to accept "twilight realm" diversity. The fairies and other creatures who populate this anthology refuse to be trampled into restrictive definitions; they rumble into existence in any number of shapes, sizes, habits, and habitats. The Faery Reel contains rustic songs and poems; tales of elves, goblins, and futuristic fairies; and adventures involving Captain Hook and the New York Public Library digital catalogue. The contributors include Neil Gaiman, Patricia McKillip, and Delia Sherman.
Publishers Weekly
New sequels help kids get through lazy summer days. Faery world fans will find much to savor in The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling, a companion to their The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest. Among the 19 tales original to this collection, Gregory Frost's "Tengu Mountain" and "Foxwife" by Hiromi Goto both add flavor with a Japanese setting. Tanith Lee's contribution, "Elvenbrood," one of the darker stories, focuses on the child-stealing tendencies of faeries, while Steve Berman's more conventional "The Price of Glamour" scatters glamour (the magical essence of faeries) and dust amid the streets of Victorian London. Other contributors include Neil Gaiman, Holly Black and Gregory Maguire. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This varied and exciting collection of short stories and poems featuring contributions by Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, Holly Black, Patricia McKillip, Gregory Maguire, Neil Gaiman, and more, is introduced by Windling with an extensive survey of faeries in a variety of cultures and periods. Although she highlights the fact that faeries are found in the folklore of every continent, extra attention is given to British literature in her essay. Highlights of the collection include Tengu Mountain, a story of Japanese demons by Gregory Frost in which a young man's visit with his aunt turns into a horror story where nothing is as it appears. In The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link, a young woman searches for her Grandmother Zofia's lost handbag and her boyfriend who has disappeared into it. In the final story, De La Tierra by Emma Bull, an assassin designed to destroy faeries in Los Angeles realizes almost too late that the world, and especially the environment, would be a better place with more faeries in it. This collection is a natural for young adult fantasy fans. Most stories feature teens, and the variety of fascinating worlds and characters will keep young people reading. The tone of the collection is mature enough to be intriguing, and none of the stories are predictable. These stories are not children's fairy tales but darker works that comment on our world by creating parallel ones. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 204, Viking, 528p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Angela Carstensen
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-The editors state in their preface that fairies are as individualistic as humans, with a variety of names, shapes, sizes, customs, habitats, and local histories. This collection includes fairy songs and poems by Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, and Nan Fry; and stories about fairies that live in magical handbags, elves in the Philippines who bewitch and sicken young girls; and futuristic urban societies where fairies siphon people's dreams. Twenty writers contributed tales, including Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Patricia A. McKillip, and Ellen Steiber. Delia Sherman's "CATNYP" concerns a feisty changling girl who helps a changling boy return to the "real" New York City from the parallel fairy world where they were both raised. In the story, the New York Public Library's automated catalog called CATNYP is a real lion and a library page is literally an animated piece of paper that retrieves books. In Bruce Glassco's "Never Never," Captain Hook and his pirate gang find themselves repeatedly resurrected for the amusement of their eternal foe, Peter Pan. Gregory Frost's scary Japanese tale, "Tengu Mountain," is about an evil goblin that disguises itself as a priest or monk to attack and kill unsuspecting travelers. All but one of the 20 stories are new and each one offers an intriguing look at many different kinds of fairies. Teen characters are often featured, but even the selections without them will appeal to fantasy lovers.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This is a treasure chest. Open it and revel in its riches. The editors asked their authors to re-imagine Faerie in the present time, or search its more dimly lit pathways, and they have responded with bountiful imagination. The title piece is a poem by Neil Gaiman, but most of the others are longer pieces like shards of stories you want to hear more of. Jeffrey Ford limns the heartbreaking tale of the fairies who live in the sandcastles children make; Ellen Steiber's "Screaming for Fairies" sketches the lineaments of desire. Bruce Glassco finds a different voice for Tinkerbell and Hook in "Never Never." Tanith Lee's "Elvenbrood" is chilling. Gregory Maguire, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Patricia McKillip, and Emma Bull all enchant. Delia Sherman's "CATNYP" is both funny and deeply clever, warming the cockles of anyone who has ever had dealings with a research library, especially New York Public's. Wondrous. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142404065
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: The Faeries 5
The Boys of Goose Hill 33
Catnyp 37
Elvenbrood 68
Your Garnet Eyes 97
Tengu Mountain 115
The Faery Handbag 146
The Price of Glamour 175
The Night Market 198
Never Never 219
Screaming for Faeries 249
Immersed in Matter 292
Undine 329
The Oakthing 341
Foxwife 367
The Dream Eaters 402
The Faery Reel 435
The Shooter at the Heartrock Waterhole 439
The Annals of Eelin-Ok 471
De La Tierra 497
How to Find Faery 521
Further Reading 525
About the Editors 529
About the Illustrator 531
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    definitely recommended

    Every time I need something to read, I go to this book. It is simply amazing. One of my favorites. There are so many stories and different styles of writing, I think anyone could find something that they like. I would recommend this to every fantasy lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    FANTASTIC

    Wow. This was an amazing book filled with captivating faerie tales from around the world. You won't want too put this book down!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    A must read

    beautiful, dazziling has something for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    THe Faery Reel

    I liked the idea instead of just one big book on fairies; it was on many different kinds. That it seemed more traditional to what fairies are when people actually believed in their existence. Instead of today when you think of a fairy, you think of Disney. So if you like more the traditional stories you're going to like this book. In the book they also have some poems on fairies. It just a great book to read find some different kinds of authors you might enjoy their books from reading this one. I know I found a couple. If you have a teenager who is in to this kind of reading this would be a great book for them. Maybe want to make them want to read more books.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Mind. Blowing.

    When I first got this book, I couldn't put it down! I absolutely love faerie books but I really don't know many of those novels and can be kind of picky with it too. People aren't lying when they say this book has a story for EVERYONE. They have everything from action to adventure to romance to poetry to humor and more! The authors in this story are such talented writers and they give you information on what other stories these authors have written so you can pick up more books if you liked a certain story! I constantly pick this book up and reread my favorite stories too. It's a must for a fantasy-lover's collection.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    UnBelievable!

    This Book was UnBelievable! No book should be this good and not everybody know it! I loved every page of it, especially Screamin' for Faeries and The Night Market. You have to read this book!

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