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- ASIN : B07NF5ZKK6
- Publisher : Poise and Pen Publishing (May 7, 2019)
- Publication date : May 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4298 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 442 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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#1,407,698 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3,701 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #4,738 in Fantasy Anthologies
- #10,421 in Dark Fantasy Horror
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My favorites? L.S. Johnson sets the pace with an opening story that mixed a familiar childhood tale with an intriguing twist, and C.S. MacCath followed by filling in the unknown pieces in an actual event that happened centuries ago. Andrew Bourelle’s story blended the fairy world with a touch of horror and dread. BD Wilson’s tale borrowed from many sources to create something that could only be cast as an apocalyptical world where the laws of the Fae reign supreme, twisting everything and allowing the nightmares to creep in and take root.
As always, editor Rhonda Parrish does an outstanding job. The 26 story headings (one for each letter of the alphabet) served as a fun game (I kept trying to guess what word she would assign to each letter when revealed at the end of the stories). Whether intended or not, the mixture of stories was quite good. Even when a story struck me as okay but not outstanding, I knew the next one or the one after that would catch me unawares with either a surprise ending or a masterful recital of a tale that the author would not allow to become mundane. Extremely entertaining, highly recommended. Four-and-a-half stars.
The stories span genres--you'll find traditional fairy tales reminiscent of A Midsummer Night's Dream, urban fantasy, light horror, even a fae story taking place on a spaceship. Stories that stood out for me: a tale of Nordic fae by C.S. MacCath; Stephanie A. Cain's story of unusual ancestry; Rachel M. Thompson's royal romance; Megan Engelhardt's World War I tale; Michael M Jones' story of a club where love can be lost, and found; the reveal of a most unexpected facet of an ogre by Michael Fosburg; and the completely unexpected juxtaposition of hockey and imminent apocalypse by Beth Cato (the author who informed me of this anthology's existence).
Not a problem, just an observation: some of the stories are very short. It was a surprise when I tapped through the book on my iPad and suddenly a story was done. More power to authors who can tell a complete story in few words. As with any anthology, be prepared for swings in author style, which can be jarring.
If you like short stories with fantastical bents, this anthology is for you.
I received this book as a complimentary e-ARC from Booksprout in exchange for an honest review.
The authors give us a wide variety of types of faeries, from the high fantasy/Tolkeinesque to tiny troublemakers of the Disney variety. The very first story treats us to a tweak of the Sleeping Beauty myth while another brings Irish pixies to colonial Australia. Yet another gives us warrior elves of the Gaelic/Nordic variety.
There are a few comedic stories centered around the idea of elves loving to make deals. There are several urban fantasy tales that feel like they're part of ongoing series. And there are a few stories, notably those by Jeanne Kramer-Smyth and Beth Cato, that being fairies into the science fiction realm.
I highly recommend this anthology. Notice I'm not sharing story titles: part of the fun of Parrish's anthologies is figuring out what word the author is centering the story on with the letter they were assigned.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
F is for Fairy is part of a short story anthology series, based on the alphabet. This is the sixth anthology in the series, so all of the stories feature or are centered around fairies. There are 26 stories total, each with a alphabetically selected theme (A is for Apple, C is for Contract, F is for Family, etc), which are related to fairy mythology. The conceit feels silly, but I didn't take away from my enjoyment of the stories.
I was impressed by the range of mythological traditions these short stories referenced. They including Nordic cultural traditions (including I believe Icelandic and Norwegian fairies), to the more expected English, Irish & German traditions, the European diaspora in the USA and Australia, and even an encounter with aliens passing by Earth. Not at all what I was expecting from an anthology about fairies, and quite welcome.
There's also a range of narrative styles, although unsurprisingly many stories rely on folkloric and fairy tale logic, as well as a moderate amount of rhyming. I personally love fairy tales so that isn't a problem for me, but be warned. As you should expect from the name of the anthology, most of these feel like fairy tales or urban fairy tales!