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Faeries, Or Creatures Like Them, Can Be Found In Almost Every Culture The World Overbenevolent And Terrifying, Charming And Exasperating, Shifting Shape From Country To Country, Story To Story, And Moment To Moment In The Faery Reel, Acclaimed Anthologists Ellen Datlow And Terri Windling Have Asked Some Of Today's Finest Writers Of Fantastic Fiction For Short Stories And Poems That Draw On The Great Wealth Of World Faery Lore And Classic Faery Literature

These Authors, Including Neil Gaiman American Gods; Coraline, Gregory Maguire Mirror Mirror, Patricia A McKillip Ombria In Shadow, Charles De Lint The Blue Girl, Holly Black The Spiderwick Chronicles, And Kelly Link Stranger Things Happen, Have Contributed Stories And Poems That Are Varied, Unexpected, And Wonderfully Absorbing Reading Charles Vess's Lovely Decorations Bring Each Piece To Life; As An Added Bonus, Terri Windling Provides A Fascinating, Thoughtful Essay On The History Of Faery Literature

This Companion To The World Fantasy Awardwinner And Locus Bestseller The Green Man Is Edgy, Provocative, And Thoroughly Magical Like The Faeries Themselves

10 thoughts on “The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm

  1. says:

    I skimmed the preface, intro. and the poem by Charles De Lint. Sorry, poetry just isn't for and because my reading time is so sparse and this book is such a tome I wanted to get straight to the stories.

    Catnyp by Delia Sherman: I loved this one about a human child kidnapped by the faery, renamed Neef and raised as a changeling. On a whim, she makes a bet with a broken hearted swan maiden that humans know more about love than faeries do. Unfortunately, she knows nothing about love and ventures into the library to do some research and learns a heck of a lot more than she intended to. This story was light-hearted and so much fun, the world really came alive for me.

    Elvenbrood by Tanith Lee was an okay read for me but just didn't grab me the way Catnyp did. Something about Lee's writing almost always manages to keep me from connecting to the stories she writes.

    Your Garnet Eyes was a very enjoyable story of love, loss and the inability to move on.

    Tengu Mountain, like the others before me have said, is a beautifully atmospheric and extremely creepy story. It would make a fantastic horror movie.

    The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link This was an interesting story but it almost felt like I was reading an intro. to a much longer book and it didn't feel complete all by itself.

    The Price of Glamour by Steve Burman: I couldn't get into this one at all.

    The Night Market by Holly Black: I always enjoy Holly Black's writing and dark edged characters and this one didn't disappoint.

    Never Never by Bruce Glassco: In all honesty, when I realized this was a story about Peter Pan I started to skim but just when I thought I'd dismiss it mostly unread something in the story hooked me and I went back and read it thoroughly. Nice to see a familiar cast of characters in a different light.

    Screaming for Faires by Ellen Steiber: Is another one I enjoyed quite a bit. The fairies here are the cute little pixies you see in statuettes but they may have a sinister side. A young teen is unsure once they enter her life. Along with dealing with typical teen angst and a cute boyfriend who wants more than she's willing to give she's unsure whether to trust the fairies or fear them. There's a lot of sexual tension and frustration in this one and I think the author did a great job of recreating some issues teens struggle with on a daily basis.

    Immersed in Matter by Nina Kiriki Hoffman: This story hooked me and started off well but came to a screeching halt at the end and felt irritatingly unfinished. The fact that the author, in her afterward, has to clean up two dangling items really annoyed me.

    Undine by Patricia McKillip: This one was pretty good about mermaids, their quest for human men and the ruin of the environment.

    Oakthing by Gregory Maguire: I wasn't a huge fan of Maguire's Wicked. It was too political and too all over the map for me as well as being way too hard to follow at times so I wasn't expecting to like Oakthing much. But I was surprised. I was very engrossed in this story of a strong willed old woman left behind when her family flees the German occupation, and the odd friend she acquires.

    The Foxwife by Hiromi Goto: This was definitely one of my favorites. It had the whole J horror film feel that I enjoy so much and wasn't expecting in this book. It was creepy with disturbing imagery, haunted characters and an oddness I loved.

    The Dream Eaters by A.M. Dellamonica: This one just didn't grab me. The fact that I was sitting in an emergency room stressed out and hungry may have been a factor as well but I skimmed and then quit it.

    The Shooter at Heartrock Waterhole by Bill Congreve: There was a good use of landscape in this story but I didn't like the premise or the lead character and thus didn't enjoy the story much.

    The Annals of Eelin Oak by Jeffrey Ford:
    Meh, another I just couldn't get into. Read it in the ER as well and skimmed.

    De La Teirra by Emma Bull: I enjoyed this one more than the previous few. The story was original and thought provoking.

    This was a well balanced collection with only a few duds. I'll be looking for more from some of these authors.

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 well...yeah. 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 more 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 story...I even cried a little, and it is a beautiful idea. I will look at sand castles as something even more 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

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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.

  6. says:

    wonderful collection of short stories.

  7. says:

    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 more 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 Realm
    Author Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
    Reviewed By Purplycookie

  8. says:

    Nice anthology with twenty good quality stories all about the Faerie folk, of which my favourites were "CATNYP" by Delia Sherman, about aa changeling human living in a shadow NYC inhabited by faeries and other beings; and "Undine" by Patricia A. McKillip, about a siren searching for a human prince with motives more sinister than you'd expect..

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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!).