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The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest Hardcover – May 27, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Michael Cadnum, Jane Yolen, Patricia A. McKillip and 15 others interpret an enduring legend through short stories and poetry in The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest, ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, illus. by Charles Vess. Brief biographies accompany the work of each author.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 8-Up The image of the "Green Man" is an ancient one as the introduction to this collection makes clear. From the old tales to Tolkien to Susan Cooper's Green Boy (McElderry, 2002), the awakening of nature has fueled many a gripping tale. The 15 stories and 3 poems were written for this book by such diverse authors as Patricia McKillip, Michael Cadnum, and Midori Snyder. Mature themes and an often sophisticated view of the world and how one survives in it characterize many of these selections. The mood is sometimes playful, as in Gregory Maguire's "Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera," or mystical as in the Native American story by Carolyn Dunn. No matter what the ambience or the plot underlying each selection, there is a real sense of how powerful nature can be in its various guises. Most readers will skip the introduction and head straight for the stories, but will be rewarded by reading it afterward. Each selection includes a biographical sketch and comments from the author. -Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The first story was definitely starting out on the wrong foot. Although I enjoyed Delia Sherman's adult fantasy, The Porcelain Dove, this urban fantasy tale never bridged the gap of disbelief for me. I know Central Park quite well, have explored the wilds of it, watched the sun set from the rocks at the south end of the park, roamed the Sheep Meadow, circled the Reservoir, and let me tell you, real nature is kept to a bare minimum and no spirits of nature would ever roam that acreage. I know the difference because I grew up in a place with plenty of wilderness all around me......real wilderness, with real spirits of nature.
The others were pretty good; but I was disappointed when I got to the Patricia McKillip story that I had been looking forward to and realized that I had already read it.
Overall, it was okay.
Preface by Ellen Datlow and Teri Windling
Introduction by Teri Windling
Going Wodwo (Poem) by Neil Gaiman
Grand Central Park by Delia Sherman
Daphne by Michael Cadnum
Somewhere In My Mind There Is A Painting Box by Charles de Lint
Among The Leaves So Green by Tanith Lee
Song Of The Cailleach Bheur (Poem) by Jane Yolen
Hunter's Moon by Patricia A. McKillip
Charlie's Away by Midori Snyder
A World Painted By Birds by Katherine Vaz
Grounded by Kiriki Hoffman
Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller
Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera by Gregory Mcguire
Joshua Tree by Emma Bull
All Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was) by Carolyn Dunn
Remnants by Kathe Koja
The Pagodas Of Ciboure by M. Shayne Bell
Green Man (Poem) by Bill Lewis
The Green Word by Jeffrey Ford
About The Editors
About The Artist
I've had a curiosity about the legend of The Green Man lately, and in my search for books on his folklore, I came across this collection of shorts edited by trustworthy Ellen Datlow (she puts out great anthologies) so I decided to pick it up.
There are some great tales here, ranging from modern to ancient to full out fantasy. Diversity and uniqueness give this collection the meat it needs to stand up and be noticed.
Each tale lets you feel the light of sun filtering green and warm through soughing boughs, and the dark of shadows creeping along parasitic mosses and vines though the dense dark woods. My favorites were The Green Word and Somewhere In My Mind There Is A Painting Box, both excellent, absorbing tales that I could have kept reading into a novel length tale. There isn't a bad tale among this collection. Artist Charles Vess adds to the atmosphere of the book with some incredible sketches, at least one per story.
Each story comes with a background on the author and a nice paragraph or two by the author him/her self giving their own stories as to how their work and inspiration for this book came along. Its very interesting materiel.
Don't miss out on this great series, and look for other fantasy collections edited by Ellen Datlow and Teri Windling. I'm looking forward to reading more of them myself. I highly recommend this book even if you are not searching the folklore of The Green Man. And who knows, maybe after reading these fictional tales you'll find a spark of interest in the folklore too, of which many good books are around. I recommend Walking With The Green Man by Dr. Bob Curran for your interest. Enjoy!
From top to bottom, front to back, Tales from the Mythic Forest is an excellent collection of stories unearthing the heart of the woodlands, the spirit of the trees and the face of nature.