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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Product dimensions:||5.54(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.04(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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
The Green Man Preface
by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
by Terri Windling
Going Wodwo (poem)
by Neil Gaiman
Grand Central Park
by Delia Sherman
by Michael Cadnum
Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box
by Charles de Lint
Among the Leaves So Green
by Tanith Lee
Song of the Cailleach Bheur (poem)
by Jane Yolen
by Patricia A. McKillip
by Midori Snyder
A World Painted by Birds
by Katherine Vaz
by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
by Carol Emshwiller
Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera
by Gregory Maguire
by Emma Bull
Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was)
by Carolyn Dunn
by Kathe Koja
The Pagodas of Ciboure
by M. Shayne Bell
Green Men (poem)
by Bill Lewis
The Green Word
by Jeffrey Ford
About the Editors About the Artist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great! I almost never liked reading collections of short stories before this.
I just found this collection of short stories at the library and it looked like fun. Like most collections, I really liked some of the stories, some were fun, but nothing special, and some were not my style at all. I did find some new authors to read - Tanith Lee and M. Shayne Bell both had stories I really enjoyed.
In "The Green Man: Tale from the Mythic Forest" we find a collection of stories all surrounding the legendary figure of the Green Man. The Green Man is a figure that has been seen through out mythic history in one form or another. He has been seen across many cultures, and there is even an appearance of a Green Woman from time to time. The authors in this anthology were challenged to write their own Green Men stories, stories rooted deep in the woods, and they rose to the challenge magnificently.Some of these stories (and there are a few poems as well) feature a more traditional representation of the Green Man. Others take the concept, and dream it in an entirely different direction! I certainly found my imagination stimulated as read this variety of stories.One thing that I found pretty interesting was the story by Charles de Lint called "Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box." It continues the story of a girl named Lily that I first met in his children's book, "A Circle of Cats." It's sheer coincidence that I read the other book first, but it was a lot of fun to explore more of her character in a longer story!
I so don't regret buying this book on impulse! Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling anthologies are really excellent reads! I'm not very much a nature person, but I do love trees. I think they're wonderful creations. The stories give me even more perspectives of the green. I don't think I can choose a favourite story from the book. There are several that I really loved (like Tanith Lee's "Among the Leaves So Green" and Nina Kiriki Hoffman's "Grounded"). Of course there were also others that I didn't enjoy as much, but that's to be expected. There's always something in an anthology that wouldn't suit someone's taste. But there's certainly a lot in this one that suits mine!
I must say I enjoyed this very much. The stories were all very different in tone and setting, but all good too. I'm not sure if I had a favourite. "Charlie's Away" does stick out in my memory though, as does the one set in Central Park, and "Hunter's Moon" (which was slightly disturbing in a grey autumn twilight sort of way).
I love fantasy, but I have to say these stories were a bit of a letdown for me. They were repetitive at times a lot of them used basically the same idea of 'The Green Man.' I was expecting more variety. I loved the stories 'Central Park', 'Joshua Tree' and I especially loved 'The Pagodas of Ciboure.' I think the anthology is worth buying jsut for the latter story, I enjoyed it so much. However, these were the only three stories that stuck out and were unique to me. I was pretty much disappointed with the rest of the stories.