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Here s another good fantasy anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling known for their Adult Fairy Tales series of anthologies and many years of The Year s Best Fantasy and Horror It begins with a fine essay by Windling on the origins of faeries, from medieval times to today, and includes a list of recommended reading and even of faery related music The stories I particularly liked were Bruce Glassko s Never Never , a wry tale of Peter Pan from Captain Hook s point of view Nina Kiriki Hoffman s Immersed in Matter , about a half elf who longs to speak with horses Delia Sherman s CATNYP , a story of the faery folk who live in New York Between and especially Kelly Link s The Faery Handbag , a striking tale of a magical handbag and the family who takes care of it I was a little underwhelmed with The Green Man, the last anthology of Datlow and Windling s that I d read, but I was very happy with The Faery Reel. One of the better collections of modern faery tales, edited by the formidable team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Windling wrote a particularly fine introduction to the collection, readable and even on it s own a worthy stand alone essay on the world of faery Artist Charles Vess contributed a beautiful cover and interior decoration pieces preceding each story poem they add a lot to the book without ever intruding into the decorations my own mind created as a reader.There are a lot of Big Names in Faery Reel Gaiman, deLint, Lee, McKillip, Dellamonica etc so I had high expectations of it and they were largely well met In any anthology there s going to be that small percentage of works that aren t to our taste and this was true here as well, although I was pleasantly surprised to find only one story that didn t work for me and even that was well written, just not my thing Surprisingly, I read every page.Out of the lot there is definitely something for everyone but easily my favorite on first read is The Annals of Eelon Ok by Jeffrey Ford, a truly unusual take on faery written from the point of view of a being who inhabits an abandoned sand castle and lives his life before the tide washes it away Beautiful. Preface by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling a nice reasoning for why they decided on faeries.Introduction The Faeries by Terri Windling A lot of this I knew, and a lot I did not I am not sure I was aware that the wee folk are found in every culture, I was primarily familiar with the UK faeries.The Boys of Goose Hill by Charles de Lint a nice little poem I do like how the editors have decided to have a mini biography for the author, and the author s thoughts at the end of their contribution Mr de Lint s thoughts on this poem were nice He is a filker.CATNYP by Delia Sherman I loved this story Partly because of the connection to the books how can a bookcrosser not like a faery tale about the New York Public Library And it did make me want to read stories about Neef.Elvenbrood by Tanith Lee A little spooky, a little revenge, a little luck, and you have this story I liked it quite a lot.Your Garnet Eyes by Katherine Vaz A little disjointed I liked the idea well enough, but I got lost in the telling.Tengu Mountain by Gregory Frost my favorite story of the collection thus far Perhaps like the author I feel a connection to the Japanese I don t know, but it was a well told tale of classic goblins.The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link another good one, and this one made me want to read about Zofia and her granddaughter what adventures they have to tell The Price of Glamour by Steve Berman although I have not read Oliver Twist this seems like it a little bit Berman even mentions that perhaps he has read too much Dickens and Doyle in any case, a nice story.The Night Market by Holly Black The faeries in this tale are a bit darker, a bit evil than in previous stories I kind of liked the tale.Never Never by Bruce Glassco I really liked this tale about Peter Pan I like the idea that the faeries guard the lost things like the Lost Boys and to have it told a bit from Hook s view was nice Reminded me a little bit of the My Side of the Story books by Disney Maybe the villians aren t as villianous as we think.Screaming for Faeries by Ellen Steiber I think I will just say..I was interested to see what the faeries would tell Cherry another one I really liked.Immersed in Matter by Nina Kiriki Hoffman not one of my favorites of this little anthology, but it read quickly enough I do wish I could know about Owl and his siblings, but not enough to really be sad the story was over Undine by Patricia A McKillip A morality tale about how what we are doing to the Earth is affecting all her children faery and human alike A good tale, a little sad The Oakthing by Gregory Maguire okay, I will admit I am not a a Maguire fan I have tried to read his books, but his writing and my understanding do not coincide So, I thought about just skipping this tale, but that seemed to be cheating So I forced my way through it, and wellyeah His writing is not to my liking I didn t like this story Foxwife by Hiromi Goto A tale about the Kitsune A friend of mine has named his mead that if he ever opens his meadery look for tasty honey wine labeled Kitsune Ok, back to the story I liked this story quite a lot Has a hapless gal who ends up being a hero of sorts Nice The Dream Eaters by A.M Dellamonica I have a new favorite story Loved this I want to read about Liz and Mo and Peg Yes I do The Faery Reel by Neil Gaiman quite a nice little poem Read it aloud The Shooter at the Heartrock Waterhole I admit to being a little confused at times with this story It seemed to jump a little I like the overall idea though.The Annals of Eelin Ok by Jeffrey Ford Perhaps my second favorite storyI even cried a little, and it is a beautiful idea I will look at sand castles as something even special than I used to De la Tierra by Emma Bull A statement on the United States A bit on the immigration issues And I like how it ends How to Find Faery by Nan Fry Her idea is to remind us to find magic in the everyday I like it A nice end to the collection I am always on the hunt for new fantasy authors, and anthologies like this provide some useful introductions Indeed, it was a previous anthology that led me to Charles de Lint, and a subsequent anthology of just his own works that introduced me to several of his literary stomping grounds 3.6 stars Introduction The Faeries by Terri Windling An interesting little history of faery lore The Boys of Goose Hill by Charles de Lint A lovely little poem Catnyp by Delia Sherman A changeling discovers a fairy library Elvenbrood by Tanith Lee Can you unwind a deal with faeries or substitute the payment Your Garnet Eyes by Katherine Vaz A young girl tries to help her human father get over her faery mother Tengu Mountain by Gregory Frost A young artist is warned by a monk, and then by his aunt, of goblins lurking on the mountain The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link Genevieve has a very unique grandmother with a very unique handbag The Price of Glamour by Steve Berman A fey fence sets out to track down a curios thief The Night Market by Holly Black A girl tries to convince an elf to free her sister of his curse Never Never by Bruce Glassco I really enjoyed this tale of Neverland from Hook s perspective The current brand of lost boys and girls were interesting, too Glassco is an author I really must look into Screaming for Fairies by Ellen Steiber Odd A couple of fairies teach a young girl about love change Immersed in Matter by Nina Kiriki Hoffman A young faery learns about his human half Undine by Patricia M McKillip A strange story about an Undine trying to snare her 1st husband The Oathking by Gregory Maguire An old woman is accidentally stranded by her son his wife while they are fleeing the advancing German army Left at their abandoned farm in France, she encounters an of sprite Foxwife by Hiromi Goto Yumeko meets some unusual foxes in the swamp The Dream Eaters by A M Dellamonica Apparently, fairies need to steal our dreams to furnish their world The Faery Reel by Neil Gaiman A short pleasant poem The Shooter at the Heartrock Waterhole by Bill Congreve This somewhat rambling and nearly incoherent tale is set at a lonely, Australian watering hole The Annals of Eelon Ok by Jeffrey Ford An enchanting, poignant, and whimsical tale if a Twilimish, and his life in his sandcastle, While Away De La Tierra by Emma Bull A trippy story about a man who is sent by glamorous city fairies to hunt kill their southern cousins How to Find Faery by Nan Fry Pleasant little poem. Over the years, Datlow and Windling have established a reputation as editors of quality fantasy anthologies This particular anthology contains various modern adult retellings of classic fairy tales which are essential reading for the fairy tale addicted such as myself Windling starts off with a fine introductory essay on the origins, varieties, and attitudes toward fairies in different cultures and, in particular, their treatment in English literature and art If you re expecting stories about quaint Victorian fairies with filmy wings, you re reading the wrong book The short stories presented here are not the sugar coated Disney version but rather are stories which hark back to earlier folklore about creatures who can be good or evil, dangerous or benign Also, most of the stories bring magical elements into modern settings, including New York City, an English village, a Brazilian city, a Japanese mountainside, a French farm, and L.A To entice your curiosity, many of the best known names of modern fantasy are represented in this volume Charles de Lint, Delia Sherman, Tanith Lee, Katherine Vaz, Gregory Frost, Kelly Link, Steve Berman, Holly Black, Bruce Glassco, Ellen Steiber, Nini Kiriki Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Patricia McKillip, Gregory Maguire, Hiromi Goto, A.M Dellamonica, Bill Congreve, Jeffrey Ford, Emma Bull, and Nan Fry The Boys of Goose Hill by Charles de Lint An interesting poem about mischievous fairies Catnyp by Delia Sherman A short story about a girl living in a fairy New York who tries to win a bet that humans know than fairies about love Throw in a personable library database, a boy searching to get to the human world, and fairy boons Elvenbrood by Tanith Lee A haunting modern day story about fairies taking young children back to their land They can t take the child unless one of the parents sells them for something better, whether or not the parents are aware of it Your Garnet Eyes by Katherine Vaz The story of a father and daughter abandoned by the faery wife Involves the different strategies used by the daughter in order to make her father forget the fey Tengu Mountain by Gregory Frost An interesting story with an intriguing basis in legend and history The story is about a Japanese boy visiting his aunt only to find himself in a precarious situation The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link A creative story about a handbag that contains a whole fairy world The Price of Glamour by Steve Berman Poor Tup is in charge of collecting stolen goods for his demanding boss In order to disguise oneself as a human, the fey must either have glamour or the Sight because all the iron in the city destroys their natural ability to disguise themselves Caught one day trying to steal glamour, Tup ends up being enslaved for 12 years The Night Market by Holly Black A fast paced Filipino tale about a girl trying to save her sister from an elf s curse Tomasa, the main character, goes to the night market, the fairies market, in order to break it Soon the elf does not seem so bad after all Never Never by Bruce Glassco Tinkerbell, because of Peter s requests, brings in new amusements for him that never leave the enchanted land such as Tiger Lily s village or Captain Hook s ship Cursed to live there forever, or at least until madness takes over, Hook is miserable Tinkerbell takes pity on him and grants him one wish Screaming for Faeries by Ellen Steiber The story is definitely a glorification of primal instincts insisting we all have a connection with the earth and a beautiful chord of intense passion hidden within Immersed in Matter by Nina Kiriki Hoffman An interesting short story introducing the concept that the half faeries are also, deep down, related to animals Owl, through his desire to meet horses, learns to notice others and learns about the world Undine by Patricia A McKillip All undines capture mortal men and bring them back to their underwater homes Eventually, if the men don t escape, they die and the undines find others to take their places This short story tells of an undine trying to catch her first man but things don t go exactly as planned The Oakthing by Gregory Maguire When the Grandomtoher is left behind after her family abandons their farm due to war, she finds herself alone in a village with impending advance of enemy soldiers She befriends an oakthing a twiggy creature that inhabits the oak tree on the farm Foxwife by Hiromi Goto Yumeko seems to find bad luck wherever she goes and the day the story takes place is no exception When her boat capsizes she soon finds herself in the midst of a wedding procession for kitsune and becomes their prisoner The Dream Eaters by A M Dellamonica Mo and Liz are both girls from a group home Mo, through stealing some money, starts her own business which takes off Now one of Mo s friends, a little girl named Peg, has disappeared, spirited off by fairies The Faery Reel by Neil Gaiman A poem about a man, when young, split his soul in two While one part stayed in the human world the other lived in faerie The Shooter at the Heartrock Waterhole by Bill Congreve A young man is hired to stay at an oasis like area in the Australian wilderness in order to shoot animals not native to Australia And thus begins the young man s rigorous examination of death and life I did not care to finish this story it proved to be too long winded for my taste The Annals of Eelin Ok by Jeffrey Ford Easily the best story in this collection A fascinating and creative story about fairies that inhabit sandcastles Twilmish they are called A Twilmish lives only as long as the castle exists so they must choose their castle wisely De La Tierra by Emma Bull The tale involves a modified human doing the dirty work for shape changing fairies These fairies, in order to protect their way of life, hire hit men to take out fairies who do not blend in with the urban world The plot is good, it s just the writing of it which really put me off How to find Faery by Nan Fry A poem not only describing how to find a fairy but also how to appreciate the magic found in nature and ourselves Book Details Title The Faery Reel Tales from the Twilight RealmAuthor Ellen Datlow Terri WindlingReviewed By Purplycookie wonderful collection of short stories. .FREE ☽ The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm ♜ Best E Book, The Faery Reel Tales From The Twilight Realm By Ellen Datlow This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Faery Reel Tales From The Twilight Realm, Essay By Ellen Datlow Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I loved this book This was collection of short fairy tales and poems that are all pretty modern, from many of the modern fairy tale authors, such as Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Charles De Lint, Gregory Maguire, etc What I liked most about this book was that, and I was presently surprised to find out after I started reading it, it is multicultural Almost all of the fairy tales take place in a different part of the world, and include cultural references to how that cultural perceives fairies Elvenbrood by Tanith Lee is set in eastern Great Britain, Your Garnet Eyes by Katherine Vaz, is in set in Brazil, Tengu Mountain by Gregory Frost is set in Japan, The Night Market by Holly Black is set in the Philippines, and on and on What else I liked about this book was the 20 page introduction by Terri Windling, which was like a nice little nonfiction read on where the concept of fairies came from and about different culture s take on fairies I found this fascinating I usually never find introductions fascinating After each short story fairy tale was a little about the author, and why the author wrote this story or poem I highly recommend this book, or even to take a few stories out of this book to share with a YA reader. A better than average collection of YA short stories and a few poems with a faerie theme I rejected a fair number of stories for whiny protagonists with trivial problems, and a few for being basically incomprehensible a short story is, well, short, and I need to know the rules within a couple of pages Also, I m weirdly uncomfortable witih writers who are palpably WASPs writing stories in other folkloric traditions, but I don t know whether that makes sense or whether it s just a quirk.Kelly Link s The Faery Handbag is here, but I didn t read it again is it going to be in every anthology ever Gregory Maguire s The Oakthing set in World War I France is very fine Jeffrey Ford s The Annals of Eelin Ok the life story of a creature who lives in a sand castle and Emma Bull s De La Tierra about a different kind of immigration control, and addressing social class in faerie in a fresh way were quite good, and I also enjoyed Patricia McKillip s Undine an environmentalist twist on the mermaid story and the very original The Dream Eaters by A.M Dellamonica who I think is one of us. Anthologies are hit or miss, win win or lose lose This festive overladen work of fantastical tales written by amazing authors was mostly gold than dross It took me a while to read through it because this book deserved my attention all the months I spent reading it The nature of the writing styles and content make it difficult to sit through in a single reading and give these authors the respect their work deserves I had no intention of disrespecting their efforts The only reason it doesn t have five stars is because it was or less 4 1 2 stars overall I got to the end, and found myself skimming over the last three or four stories that didn t grab and keep me though they were, like the others, superbly written and quite imaginative My personal taste was challenged by this awesome book, and afterwards, I was thrilled to find something new to enjoy I recommend this collection to those who appreciate good anthologies of stories about the Fae and faeries It was amazing and who knows I may revisit this one for a re read.