The Fair Folk

The Fair Folk Six stories from some of the most famous names in fantasy all with one common thread the fair folk From blithe fairies to sinister fey some are fair some are foul all are fantastic In The Kelpie b

  • Title: The Fair Folk
  • Author: Marvin Kaye Tanith Lee Megan Lindholm Kim Newman Patricia A. McKillip Craig Shaw Gardner Jane Yolen Midori Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780441014811
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six stories from some of the most famous names in fantasy all with one common thread the fair folk From blithe fairies to sinister fey, some are fair, some are foul, all are fantastic In The Kelpie, by Patricia A McKillip, a carefree circle of bohemian artists is confronted by a being powerful than any muse Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder weave a tale of two siSix stories from some of the most famous names in fantasy all with one common thread the fair folk From blithe fairies to sinister fey, some are fair, some are foul, all are fantastic In The Kelpie, by Patricia A McKillip, a carefree circle of bohemian artists is confronted by a being powerful than any muse Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder weave a tale of two sisters long exiled from their magical realm who must survive in ours, in Except the Queen In Tanith Lee s UOUS, a young woman with a rotten family is granted three wishes by a handsome elf and learns that nothing good comes free of charge A hapless slob finds his world turned upside down when an eager brownie moves in and proceeds to clean house, in Megan Lindholm s Grace Notes Kim Newman introduces an intrepid government investigator whose latest case pits him against a sinister brood of fairy folk known as The Gypsies in the Wood And the serenity of the Elves is tested in a wry fable of a long suffering magical apprentice who can t catch a break, in Craig Shaw Gardner s The Embarrassment of Elves.

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    1. "UOUS" by Tanith LeeRichly atmospheric but ultimately unsatisfactory story of Cinderella-like Lois, whose labors for her abusive stepmother are interrupted by demands from supernatural creatures in the forest. The fact that the family was in a dilapidated house in the forest in the first place was kind of a mental problem for me, since this was the modern day and they had a car and money and liked shopping and pubs, so it made no sense they would move out there. But my main complaint is that the [...]

    2. This is a nice collection of tales that focus on fairies, and that would be your older and nastier fairies than Tinkerbell. "UOUS" by Tanith Lee is, to my mind at least, the best in the collection. Lee sets up the tale nicely, making it almost sound like we are going to get a classic Cinderella tale. Then she gives it one of her Lee twists. The tale is a wonderful twist on the three wishes theme. It does make you wonder as it raises questions about fairy tales and life in general."The Kelpie" by [...]

    3. Well, I said most of my comment in the status updates, so there's not much left to say.'UOUS' by Tanith Lee This is a sort of twist on a Cinderella story. It wasn't a bad story, but I found the writing a bit distracting. This is the first thing I've read by Tanith Lee, and it didn't make me want to run out and grab more by her. 2.5 - 3 stars'Grace Notes' by Megan Lindholm (aka Robin Hobb)This was a sort of cute story about a brownie with Martha Stewart taste. It was also kind of annoying in part [...]

    4. The Fair Folk was put together in 2005 by the Science Fiction Book Club, and consists of stories written about elves and their kin from some luminaries in the field. I enjoyed each one immensely, differing as they do in style and tone.“UOUS” by Tanith Lee takes the familiar “three wishes” story and turns it on its head. An unhappy Cinderalla-esque young woman calls out three wishes, conjuring a fairy who is more than happy to comply with her request. However, thanks the the usual caveat [...]

    5. I usually steer clear of collections of short stories - I'm guilty of wanting the story to last longer than that! Right about the time you are committed to the characters, the story is over and you have a new set of voices to hear. But this one I think I'm going to have to own. It's a wonderful collection and the stories sit well with one another. Dark in some spots, light and fanciful in others - a very good mix.

    6. This was a compilation of short stories which I generally am not fond of. However, I found most of these stories entertaining and fun. There were 6 stories of all kinds but with the theme of fairies/elves. The ones I really did not care for were "The Kelpie" and "The Embarrassment of Elves" otherwise the read was good however not great.

    7. As usual, the story by Jane Yolen (and Midori Snyder) was beautifully written, complex and pure urban faerie tale. The main characters are actually women of an older age, not pubescent virgins. Refreshing. The next most memorable story was McKillip's 'Kelpie'. Also lovely and haunting. I have to admit though, that just seeing the name Yolen in an anthology will sell me on the book.

    8. Very entertaining yet very weird. The fifth story in the collection, published in 2005, "An Embarrassment of Elves", is laugh-out-loud funny. The half-dozen stories, all good, range from dramatic to horrific to hilarious. Good collection.

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the stories by Tanith Lee, Kim Newman, Patricia A. McKillip (obviously), and Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. This book reminded me of how much I love faerie mythology and tales of the Middle Lands, and I am keen to find some more and reread some of my favourites! One funny thing I noticed was that after a year of reading a lot of Charles de Lint (I think I've read 15 or 16 of his books since January 2016?) I kind of imagine all urban fantasy stories as be [...]

    10. This was a book of 6 short stories. The first stories UOUS stared out slow but i liked it in the end. Grace Notes was one of the two best of the six. the gypsies in the woods was the one i didn't like out of the six. The Kelpie and Except the queen were good reads. an embarrassment of Elves was the other top story. overall the book was worth reading where 5 out of 6 stories are enjoyable it is worth it

    11. I picked it up because it had a Craig Shaw Gardner story in it I wanted to read. Honestly, the Gardner story is probably the low point of the anthology since it requires previous knowledge of his Ebenezum/Wuntvor books, great for those who'd read them, but probably not for anyone who wasn't already a fan. All the rest of the novella-length stories were at least good, with the ones by Megan Lindholm, Tanith Lee and Kim Newman being really great. This probably the most consistently high quality, t [...]

    12. A collection of six long stories - which makes it a bit hard to give an overall rating. Definitely above-average, though, with a few of my favorite authors in the mix!Tanith Lee - UOUSFull of elements of disparate fairy tales, but mainly a mix of Cinderella and Tam Lin(?) - maybe. The girl with the nasty stepmother and awful stepsisters is in modern-day Britain, and the fairy lover doesn't do quite what one might expect. I enjoyed this one quite a lot.Megan Lindholm - Grace NotesUnusually humoro [...]

    13. I've liked those of the previous themed anthologies edited by Kaye that I've read - this one's a mixed bag, from the sublime (Patricia McKillip's "The Kelpie", set amid a group of Victorian artists and containing the least amount of magical trappings of the set) to the ridiculous (Craig Shaw Gardener's "An Embarrassment of Elves", which I found so painful to read that I skipped to the next story about halfway through.) Liked Megan Lindholm's "Grace Notes", Tanith Lee's "UOUS", and Jane Yolen &am [...]

    14. What a charming collection of short stories! Each novella is startlingly different from the next and possesses its own voice, but still ties well into this elven-themed collection. My favourite tale of the bunch is "UOUS" by Tanith Lee, which turns the legends of faeries granting mortals three wishes on its head. Its mythic tone suggests that this story is meant to directly mimic the sing-song-y tales of old, and Lee uses this much to her advantage as she develops an enticing (but dangerous) mal [...]

    15. I liked all the tales with the exception of the one by Mr. Gardner which was a little too quirky for my tastes. Though I think only a two of the tales showed the dark side of the Fey, the rest were not unusual for the genre.

    16. Like many short story/novella collections, there are good ones and not-so-good ones. I usually read these collections when (a) I'm in between books and need something I can put down and pick up at my leisure and (b) when I'm hunting for what new authors to check out. In this case, I enjoyed the story by Megan Lindholm and will looking into more of her stuff. I also liked the story by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. The one by Kim Newman was boring, and I didn't finish it. Garnder's story was enter [...]

    17. Each of these short stories caught my interest although the 3rd took quite awhile to get it together.1)Uous: A wonderful twist on the classic fey stories albeit not necessarily a happy ending2)Grace Notes: A change of pace story where the protagonist actually grows up in the end.3)The Gypsies in the Wood: Odd, very odd4)The Kelpie: Probably my least favorite of the stories, but then I am not really into the Bohemian art scene.5)An Embarrassment of Elves: Quirky and the writing reminds me of Robe [...]

    18. A lovely collection of short stories, some darker than others. All of them around Fairy myth and legend. As with most short story collections I ended up skipping between stories. Some I preferred more than others. Overall though, I really enjoyed this collection and it introduced me a couple of authors I hadn't read before. I think "UOUS" was my favourite of them all and now I need to find more of Tanith Lee's work.

    19. Decent collection of fantasy short fiction. My favorites include "Grace Notes" by Megan Lindholm(funny), "The Gypsies in the Wood" by Kim Newman (stellar), and Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder. I detested "An Embarrassment of Elves" by Craig Shaw Gardner. The Gardner story was poorly written and not in the least bit entertaining or funny. It brought the entire collection down a notch.

    20. I am currently reading the third short story in this compilation. The writing is above and beyond. The first story is by Tanith Lee - now I have to read all her other stories! It is a spin on the traditional Cinderella story involving a teenager named Lois and the king of the fairies. The seocnd follows a modern man, Jeffrey, and his mischievous brownie. None of the tales so far feature "happy rainbow" fairies.

    21. I read this book when I was a good bit younger and I really loved the portrayal of fae folk as something other than frilly and pleasant. However I did not love all the stories. My favorites were Uous by Tanith Lee, Grace Notes by Megan Lindholm (I totally want a house brownie) and The Kelpie by Patricia A. McKillip.

    22. Some really interesting takes on the Faerie legends in heree Tanith Lee story that starts off the album was particularly enjoyable, though I take a star off for the abject silliness that was "An Embarrassment Of Elves." Humourous fantasy has its place, but feels awkward next to serious fantasy.

    23. There are a few different stories in here from different authors. They are all fun. Each one is about a different kind of elf or elven creature. Some are dark some are just different. This is a book that I have read twice and will read again.

    24. Of the six stories in this little compendium, I recommend "Gypsies in the Wood" and "Grace Notes" especially, as well as "UOUS," but definitely not "The Kelpie." "An Embarassment of Elves" was silly, and as for "Except the Queen," meh—read it if you want to!

    25. The stories are a nice length. I could usually get through one while waiting for a gymnastics class to end or any other short quiet time presented itself. The one about the brownie was particularly good.

    26. (Fantasy 2007) Six short stories about Elves and Fairies - some funny, some extremely serious. Authors included Tanith Lee, Kim Newman and Patricia McKillip. Delightful, entrancing, and not for children, mostly. This is a keeper.

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