Friday, July 31, 2009

Sumptuous Friday find!


The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Miller

British author Millar offers fiercely funny (and often inebriated) Scottish fairies, a poignant love story as well as insights into the gravity of Crohn's disease, cultural conflicts and the plight of the homeless in this fey urban fantasy. Due to the machinations of the obnoxious Tala, Cornwall's fairy king, only a few humans can see the 18-inch-tall fairies who alight in Manhattan: Magenta, a homeless woman who thinks she's the ancient Greek general Xenophon; Dinnie, an overweight slacker; and Kerry, a poor artist/musician who hopes her Ancient Celtic Flower Alphabet will win a local arts prize. Fairies Heather MacKintosh and Morag MacPherson scheme to put Dinnie and Kerry together, rescue fairy artifacts and prove that in love or war, music is essential. Neil Gaiman provides an appreciative introduction.

15 comments:

debnance said...

That is a plot line I've not yet seen: a love story with insights into Crohn's disease. And fairies, apparently.

Vivienne said...

I just love the title, the cover and the whole book concept. What a fabulous find.

christina said...

I admit, I'm not usually into faeries, but this seems to have such a smorgasbord of topics I can't help but not resist.

Diane said...

I LOVE books wot quirky characters. This sounds good.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

This sounds great! I too love the idea of the combo of fairies and Crohn's - how interesting! I'll have to look for this one!

bermudaonion said...

Fairies seem to be popular today, but I haven't read a single fairy book yet.

Mary said...

Sounds crazy! I just read Wings this week and it sounds mild compared to this book. Hope you read and review it for us!

jlshall said...

I've had this one on my TBR list for a while now. I don't read much urban fantasy, but this one sounds interesting.

avisannschild said...

Sounds very strange. I have a friend who has Crohn's so I'm curious, although I'm not usually into faeries either...

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

I have this in my TBR Mt. as well.
Bought it at a library sale. I think Millar's other book about a werewolf looks interest too.

TexasRed said...

This is the first I've heard of this book. I'll definitely keep an eye out. It sounds fantastic!

ds said...

"Fiercely funny and inebriated Scottish fairies"? Who could pass that up?! Sounds like the perfect oddball read...thanks!

Anna said...

People give away books all the time in my office, and I managed to snag this one. Haven't read it yet, but it does sound interesting.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Kelly said...

Interesting concept! Can't wait to read your review!!

Melody said...

I've read a lot of good reviews on this book! Need to add this onto my wishlist!