One of our most universal myths is that of the Green Manthe spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form. Through the ages and around the world, the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many beloved fantasy novels, including Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Now Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, the acclaimed editors of over thirty anthologies, have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. Folklorist and artist Charles Vess brings his stellar eye and brush to the decorations, and Windling provides an introduction exploring Green Man symbolism and forest myth. The Green Man is required readingnot only for fans of fantasy fiction but for those interested in mythology and the mysteries of the wilderness.
About the Author
Ellen Datlow is the editor of Sci Fiction (scifi.com/scifiction).
Terri Windling (endicott-studio.com) is the author of The Wood Wife.
Table of Contents
|Going Wodwo (poem)||18|
|Grand Central Park||21|
|Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box||51|
|Among the Leaves So Green||86|
|Song of the Cailleach Bheur (poem)||115|
|A World Painted by Birds||168|
|Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera||238|
|Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was)||299|
|The Pagodas of Ciboure||322|
|Green Men (poem)||350|
|The Green Word||353|
|About the Editors||385|
|About the Artist||387|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I brought this book on vacation with me and finished all of the stories before I even arrived at my destination! I adored a good deal of the stories and enjoyed a good deal of the rest. The ones that stuck out the most to me were Grand Central Park, Daphne, Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box, A World Painted by Birds, and Grounded. These stories were unforgettable and are absolutely must reads for any genre.
This is a really great book. Like any anthology, it's a mixed bag, but none of the stories were actually awful. For being about the same topic, there are a remarkable number of genres represented in the book: poetry, urban fantasy, myth retelling, bildungsroman, magic realism, folktale retelling, and even a hint of Arthurian allusion in the last tale.