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  • Series: Daw Book Collectors
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407193
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua Palmatier was born in PA, but now resides in NY. Palmatier started writing SF and Fantasy novels and short stories in eighth grade, and hasn't stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels. He can be found at sff.net/people/jpalmatier/.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gerrib on May 9, 2012
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I have never read any of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Besides that fact that this admission may force me to give up my Official Nerd ID Card, this should tell you that I am not a fan of fantasy, epic or otherwise. However, since I knew several of the authors in the new anthology The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (hereinafter called "Modern Fae") I decided to give the anthology a chance. I'm glad I did.

The conceit of the anthology is that traditional fantasy characters, elves and the like have to survive in the modern day. This keeps the epic down to a low roar.

The first story out of the shoot is Seanean McGuire's "We Will Not Be Undersold," which is a wonderful tale of selling one's soul (perhaps a bit too literally) to one's work. Anybody who's ever stepped foot in a "big box" discount store would appreciate this gem.

"Changeling" by Susan Jett is a fascinating story of a mother's love, and it's followed by "Water-Called," a story of science and fantasy intersecting in the form of a water fairy. "The Roots of Aston Quercus" marries the old concept of dryads with urban renewal and modern environmentalism. Avery Shade's "To Scratch an Itch" proved to be a fine coming-of-age tale.

The next story in the line-up, Kristine Smith's "Continuing Education" was a story I had the privilege of hearing the author read at a Chicago-area convention. It was unique in that Smith told her story from the point of view of a normal human, not (as in the other stories) from a fae. This was bookended nicely by Barbara Ashford's "How To Be Human (tm)," which was the story of a fairy trying to make a living as a motivational speaker to humans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Stults on July 11, 2012
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This collection of short stories has a wide variety of styles and different perspectives on the relationships fae have with humans. Some fae try to blend in, some use their powers to manipulate humans, and at least one has no regard for humans. These stories can easily be read between dips into the pool.

The theme of the anthology is broad enough to encompass different types of fae and restrictive enough to let the writers' creativity fly. It didn't disappoint.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teresa M on March 11, 2012
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Great stories! Changeling by Susan Jett was the best. Highly recommend it. It was well written and very entertaining. The individual stories were fun and attention grabbing.
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Another solid anthology by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray! The stories run the gamut from light-hearted to down-right creepy. A great collection of stories that kept me, ahem, enthralled from beginning to end.
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By J. P. Adams on March 8, 2013
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This is a great series of stories, and I particularly love Jean Marie Ward's story in this anthology. I've enjoyed Ward's work in other venues and loved seeing a longer work from her. Highly Recommended!
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