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I hope there will be more to come, but don't want to tell too much. I enjoyed reading the book to the very end. Thank You.
In this collection of short stories and poems, Crist takes us to a greener world where the gifts of the fae can bring delight or destruction and where the wonder that permeates her literary universe can wield happiness or horror. In this short collection you will meet the Acorn Cap Brown Man, mermaids self-exiled because of love, spriggans and a panoply of nature spirits both benign and malevolent.
All in all, a satisfying read and worth the time for armchair explorers like me who fear the invitation of the evening mist outside carries the possibility of never returning to hearth and home.
From the very first poem which gives the collection its title, we are welcomed into a land of imagination and magic. The wonderful, lush descriptions delight the reader, while the illustrations tickle the inner child in all of us. "Birdling" captivated me with its sweetness, while in "Appleheads", there was a vague sinister mood, very much like the fairy-tales we've all grown up with. My favorite, however, has to be "Dark Fairy", a lovely poem with a musicality to it that would make any reader nod along. There is something for everyone here, all hues and melodies, so even if you don't enjoy the whole book, you'll definitely find at least one story or poem to fall in love with.
If you are still looking for a holiday gift for a child or a fanciful adult, I highly recommend this collection.
"Tootsie's Swamp Tours & Amusement Park" is set, with an oddball sense of just-the-right detail, at a rundown Southern destination beset by Spriggans. As Jess walks through the park with her uncle and husband, she realizes only she can see the ugly fairy creatures threatening her. Jess, who has recently lost a pregnancy, comes to believe the Spriggans caused her miscarriage. Her depression lifts as she takes control of her situation.
A handful of original fairy tales set in "once upon a time" showcase Crist's love of the genre. "Blood of the Swan" is a particularly beautiful quest story about a young man who must slay the swan maiden he loves in order to save his village.
The stories in The Greener Forest can be dark. Even tales with a love theme at their center, such as "The Return of Gunnar Kettilson," would never be optioned by Disney for a feature film. Gunnar Kettilson is, after all, a zombie. Unlike modern zombies, though, Gunnar has a thirst for revenge, not brains, and he still has enough heart left to protect the woman he loves.