Another Fairy Tale Omnibus Review

The Faeries, by Suza Scalora (Joanna Cotler Books/Harpercollins, 1999) The Faeryland Companion, by Beatrice Phillpotts (Barnes and Noble, 1999) The Leprechaun Companion, by Niall Macnamara with Wayne Anderson (Barnes and Noble, 1999) Gnomes, by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet (Peacock … Continue reading

Three Brian Froud Books

Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book (With Terry Jones) (Turner Publishing, 1994) Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells (With Terry Jones) (Simon and Schuster, 1996) Good Faeries, Bad Faeries (With Terri Windling) (Simon and Schuster, 1998) Brian Froud is one of those … Continue reading

Three Josepha Sherman Folklore Collections

Jewish American Folklore (August House, 1992) Trickster Tales (August House, 1996) Once Upon A Galaxy (August House, 1994) I’ve known Josepha Sherman for over a decade now, ever since my high school days. I was originally attracted to her writing … Continue reading

The Summer Country, by James A. Hetley (Ace, 2002)

“They have dungeons in the Summer Country. They have slaves in the Summer Country. Camelot is dead. Arthur is dead. Law is dead. Power rules.” When two worlds collide, lives are thrown into turmoil. People will live, people will die, … Continue reading

The Lady of the Sorrows, by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Warner Aspect, 2002)

In The Lady of the Sorrows, the second book of the Bitterbynde series and sequel to her stunning debut novel, The Ill-Made Mute, Australian author Cecilia Dart-Thornton returns to the magic-soaked world of Erith, and the mysterious tale of Imrhien. … Continue reading

The Gates of Sleep, by Mercedes Lackey (Daw Books, 2002)

The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is reimagined and retold with a Victorian flavor in this new offering by Mercedes Lackey. Like her previous book in the Elemental Masters series, The Serpent’s Shadow, this one brings the sensibilities and customs … Continue reading

Never After, by Rebecca Lickiss (Ace, 2002)

When a prince, a princess, and a wizard all set out to fulfill their separate goals, their destinies become irrevocably entwined, turning a simple quest into a hilarious, baffling, unpredictable tale of magical curses and royalty that isn’t. All Athelstan … Continue reading

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Journal, by Brian Froud and Terry Jones (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1999)

Not to be confused with Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, the Journal was inspired by the same material. Written by Terry Jones (of Monty Python and Labyrinth fame), and illustrated by Brian Froud, the Journal gives us a year’s worth … Continue reading

Four Mercedes Lackey Books

The Valdemar Companion, edited by John Helfers and Denise Little (Daw, 2001) Take a Thief (Daw, 2001) The Black Swan (Daw, 1999) Spirits White As Lightning (With Rosemary Edghill) (Baen, 2001) In 1987, Mercedes Lackey crept onto the fantasy scene … Continue reading

The Complete Big Books of… Review

The Big Book of the ’70s, by Jonathan Vankin (Paradox Press, 2000) The Big Book of Bad, by Jonathan Vankin (Paradox Press, 1998) The Big Book of Conspiracies, by Doug Moench, (Paradox Press, 1995) The Big Book of Death, by … Continue reading