Book Review | “FAE: an #anthology of Fairies” [edited by] Rhonda Parrish published by #IndiePub World Weaver Press

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Acquired Book By: Did you ever grow curious about a new publisher who produces science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre selections in both novel length and short stories? Did you ever decide to enquire with the publisher you’ve found to see if they were open to book blogger requests to read and review their selections!? This is the situation I found myself in as I was quite mystified by the offerings of World Weaver Press! Such a delightful discovery on my behalf, and a website full of inspiring reads across SFF!

Choosing which book to select for review was a bit tricky, but as I love short stories and in particular short stories within the realms of Fantasy, I elected to select this collection of stories of the fae! I received a complimentary copy of “FAE” direct from the publisher World Weaver Press in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

A bit of an introduction to World Weaver Press:

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling. Launched in March 2012 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, World Weaver Press is currently based in Alpena, Michigan, owned and operated by Editor-in-Chief Eileen Wiedbrauk.

We believe in great storytelling. We believe in challenging genre boundaries and engaging the fundamental human drive to tell stories that resonate emotionally. The way we do it is by partnering with great writers to craft and edit the best fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction stories possible. By creating beautiful, well designed paperbacks and ebooks. By growing their publicity. And by fostering a family of authors excited to work with us. We believe that publishing speculative fiction isn’t just printing words on the page—it’s the act of weaving brand new worlds.

Indie publishers are on the cutting edge of encouraging interactive reader to author events, and World Weaver Press has poised themselves to curate one of the most stimulating chats in the twitterverse for booklovers of Speculative Fiction! I’ve been a resident chatterbox in weekly, bi-monthly, and quarterly Twitter chats hosted by a variety of individuals, publishers, authors, and Entertainment Industry outlets as well, however, one of my favourite topics of interest being a writer of SFF myself, is opening up a convo with other readers, book bloggers, writers, editors, and the bookish community surrounding Science Fiction and Fantasy as a whole!

I used to frequent the #FantasyChat on Sundays until time became a bit of a barrier for me at that timeslot, wherein the same group who meets-up on the weekends, happily found the same niche of interest I did in #CreatureChat Wednesdays @ 9pm. This is where you can talk dragons, gryphons, and all other sorts of fantastical and mythical wonders of beasts and animals! It’s a broad chat for Fantasy lovers, but I truly can admit, I’ve been seeking out alternatives to talk with others who are keen on SFF as a whole rather than limited by one group of topics. I found several SFF chats on Twitter, but my favourite now is the #SFFLunch hosted by World Weaver Press.

Ironically or not, I’ve only been able to attend one of these wicked awesome chats (thus far!) as try as I might to *stalk!* the homepage of the publisher, I truly wish they had a newsletter and/or a tweet reminder system in place for those who are busy and forgetful about when these events are happening! I nearly thought I was clued into the June meet-up, except to say I was thinking it was *today!* Wednesday when in all honesty they met-up yesterday on Tuesday! *le sigh* One of these months, the moons shall be kind and align,…

Outside of the chat, I had the pleasure of writing a response to one of the writers whose short is included in FAE: Kristina Wojtaszek, who wrote a #DiverseSFF story involving a character of special needs. She was featured on the publisher’s website with a well-writ Guest Post entitled: A Hob, a Mom, and a son with Asperger’s. Prior to my review, I started to share my discovery of World Weaver Press on my first entry into a new weekly meme feature I am kicking off on Jorie Loves A Story Summer 2015: 10 Bookish and Not Bookish Thoughts! Likewise, I left a comment on the editor’s blog when she announced books two and three in this continuing series of fantastical mischief and mayhem! Be sure to read my highlights of attending my first #SFFLunch!

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Keen interest in the world of Speculative Fiction | side note: the fae:

My interest in the fae and the communities of the faeries grew out of my childhood focused on Speculative Fiction as a whole across different mediums of story-telling. My knowledge of the fae is not as evolved as my love of SFF, but my curiosity has become quite piqued by other authors who are writing compelling and wicked stories of these curious people who are short in statue but not in heart! Truly, it was the anthology collection by another Indie publisher (Seventh Star Press) which first perked my attention to anthological collections of shorts being one of the best gateways into appreciating new-to-me authors of Fantasy fiction. (with an empathsis on the fae!) Their collection A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court proved to be one of my most beloved anthologies read to date.

This led me to seeking out more stories by E. Chris Garrison (due to Ms Chris writing about the Seelie Goose!) and launched a search for other Indies who were publishing wicked quality collections and/or novel length stories within the realms of SFF. My heart is divided equally between science fiction and fantasy, with a slight bent of newfound interest in Cosy Horror (yes, this is a new term I coined during Horror October 2014 and apparently it’s ‘catching on!’)

Yet, whilst I broached a discussion question during a recent #CreatureChat, I noticed there was an absence of response on the merits of where the fae originated in fiction and of whom the grandfathers / grandmothers of this niche of Fantasy originally sourced their ideas or picked up ideas through their research. I realise a heap of story craft is interwoven into our imaginations, but writers are curious creatures, and we do like to research as much as we love to create from scratch.

Here is the Q:

[ more of the same thread of context w/in the convo ]

I suppose you could say I’m on a self-motivated journey into the world of the fae. I seek to understand their nature and to understand their world(s). I have several books earmarked off in mind to read of the fae, but I was hoping perhaps someone out there might have recommendations for me as to help paint the path towards knowing how they started to emerge into popular Speculative Fiction and how they become as established as they are for a muse.

I do not oft talk about my own writerly pursuits as I am living in the season of a book blogger whose an avid reader giddy happy for discovering new genres, new stories, and new authors. However, my heart always had a special place for SFF due to the enormity of freedom on where you could take a story. You can lead your reader down a road of science grounded realism or you can jump the rails directly into the unknown and guide a reader into a world you’ve fully realised and created yourself. It’s such a lovely branch of literature because of the incredible breadth of choice and selection. The very first manuscript I conceived into being was science fiction based on science fact, however, the more I read Fantasy, whilst being tempted by the ‘cosier’ and ‘psychological’ side of Horror, I’m starting to spread my wings on where my own fiction might reside.

I read across the full spectrum of literature from Major Trade to Indies, with a special appreciation and fondness for Indies as I grew up supporting a wicked awesome Indie bookshoppe who first introduced me to ‘local authors’ and ‘local author events’. As I step back through the doors of SFF, I’m settling inside a heap of lovelies from Indie writers moreso than Major Trade, but this is partially due to the fact my own personal collection of stories are ferreted out into boxes and are not accessible to be read. Hence why I rely on my local public library for ILL’ing (inter-library loan) and borrowing through our local catalogue of SFF.

I am an appreciator of stories;
irregardless of their route to publication,
if they are print and bound in an edition I can hold by hand whilst
reading off the printed texture of a page — I’m one bonefide happy reader!

Book Review | “FAE: an #anthology of Fairies” [edited by] Rhonda Parrish published by #IndiePub World Weaver PressFAE
Subtitle: An Anthology of Fairies
by (Editor) Rhonda Parrish, Amanda Block, Beth Cato, Christine Morgan, Lauren Liebowitz
Source: Direct from Publisher

Meet Robin Goodfellow as you've never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales.

Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies to modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis.

Fae bridges traditional and modern styles, from the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale to urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist. This anthology covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters.

With an introduction by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, and all new stories from Sidney Blaylock Jr., Amanda Block, Kari Castor, Beth Cato, Liz Colter, Rhonda Eikamp, Lor Graham, Alexis A. Hunter, L.S. Johnson, Jon Arthur Kitson, Adria Laycraft, Lauren Liebowitz, Christine Morgan, Shannon Phillips, Sara Puls, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Kristina Wojtaszek.

List of Stories included in this anthology:

“Introduction” by Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman
“Rosie Red Jacket” by Christine Morgan
“The Queen of Lakes” by L.S. Johnson
“Ten Ways to Self-Sabotage, Only Some of Which Relate to Fairies” by Sara Puls
“Antlers” by Amanda Block
“Only Make-Believe” by Lauren Liebowitz
“F.C.U.” by Jon Arthur Kitson
“Water Sense” by Adria Laycraft
“The Cartography of Shattered Trees” by Beth Cato
“Possession” by Rhonda Eikamp
“And Only The Eyes of Children” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
“Seven Years Fleeting” by Lor Graham
“The Last King” by Liz Colter
“Faerie Knight” by Sidney Blaylock, Jr.
“Solomon’s Friend” by Kristina Wojtaszek
“A Fairfolk Promise” by Alexis A. Hunter
“The Fairy Midwife” by Shannon Phillips
“The Price” by Kari Castor

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to Riffle

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 9780692207918

Also by this author: Corvidae, Scarecrow

Series: Rhonda Parrish’s Magical Menageries,


Also in this series: Corvidae, Scarecrow


Genres: Anthology Collection of Short Stories and/or Essays, Fantasy Fiction, Stories of the FAE


Published by World Weaver Press

on 22nd July 2014

Format: Paperback

Pages: 250

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Published By: World Weaver Press (@WorldWeaver_wwp)

Available Formats: Trade Paperback, Ebook

Genre(s): Fantasy | Horror | Speculative | Stories of the Fae

Equality in Lit | Diversity in SFF

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Collection No.2 in this series is Corvidae | Info on Parrish Blog | Info on Pub

Collection No.3 in this series is Scarecrow | Info on Pub

Converse via: #DiverseSFF, #SFF, #scifi, #FAE, #Fantasy & #anthology

+ #MagicalMenageries (the series tag!)

About (Editor) Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish

Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing.

Starting July 1, 2014, Rhonda Parrish will be reading for Corvidae and Scarecrow, two new anthologies in the same series as Fae. Like Fae, each of these new anthologies will focus on a single construct treated in many varied and enthralling ways by new speculative fiction short stories.

The twin anthologies also present a unique opportunity: to create a conversation between the two volumes, between the crows and the straw-men, between the bird tales of Corvidae and the totem tales of Scarecrow. Anthologies to be published in 2015. More information at WorldWeaverPress.com.

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My Review of FAE:

FAE banner by World Weaver Press

{ am electing to highlight the stories within the anthology

which piqued my interest the most out of the nineteen offered inside }

Clearly I picked the ‘next’ faery anthology to read wisely!

I began where I endeavour to begin all stories — in the Introductory section where I can gather a proper sense about a collection of short stories and/or the depth of where a novel or a non-fiction might take me within it’s folds. Here, I was treated to an unexpected gift in a short list of ‘next reads’ where I can seek out more of the fae and more insight into their curious habits!

I liked how this Introductory served a dual purpose – to express the types of stories the reader would find inside (which to my eyes is a close approximation to the differences between the Seelie and UnSeelie Court anthologies by Seventh Star Press) where all types of faeries reside in these hidden realms, and these are not the faery tales meant for young readerly eyes to partake. They are part whimsy but grounded in realism for their kind; to honour who they are whilst giving us something to ponder at the same time.

| “Rosie Red Jacket” by Christine Morgan |

Christine Morgan works the overnight shift in a psychiatric facility and divides her writing time among many genres, though her true calling seems to be tending toward historical horror and dark fantasy (especially Viking-themed stories). A lifelong reader, she also writes, reviews, beta-reads, occasionally edits and dabbles in self-publishing. She has several novels in print, with more due out soon. Her stories have appeared in more than three dozen anthologies, ‘zines and e-chapbooks. She’s been nominated for the Origins Award and made Honorable Mention in two volumes of Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She’s also a wife, mom, and possible future crazy-cat-lady whose other interests include gaming, history, superheroes, crafts, and cheesy disaster movies.

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Returnt to the first short, after a slight disappointment in reading Solomon’s Friend. I found the short which originally implored me to read this collection left me a bit jarred and was off-putting to put it mildly. It simply didn’t mesh well with me, as the style wrinkled my brow so imagine my happy delight in soaking inside this Steampunk-inspired Historical snippet of a life lesson wrapped inside a story of a fairy who may not be as innocent as she appears to Georgina! It’s a prime example of how sometimes the grimmer the tale the more power the tale has in convincing you to be cautious more than accepting; given certain circumstances!

Especially if you think back on how children are taught to be keenly aware of ‘strangers’ and of children they do not know as well as others they see as often. Your taken off to a large estate – a locale I simply adore as you can alight so fully in these kinds of stories – a setting where it would take such a long time to fully flesh everything out about it’s environs. The manner in which we alight in Georgina’s high society world where upstairs/downstairs etiquette is of utmost importance to the housekeeper’s rules, you could say I found a young girl whose spunk to define herself and her role in this house full of moxie in a similar vein as Mary from The Secret Garden.

oh, dear me – my! When a fairy grants you a wish you never voiced, look out world! The way in which Rosie inserted herself into Georgina’s life is quite classic – as she was found sullen with boredom, book in hand and a misery of being of a gender whose equality in the classes was a few centuries off yet. She yearned to share the freedoms of her cousins, who as boys were granted to run wild. Exiled a bit to live with her Uncle, her parents no longer in the picture, Georgina finds herself betwixt a wish, a hope, and an ideal of how she wants to live. It’s what happens afterwards that leaves you murmuring over the foreshadow of a clue towards the ending that although properly shocking is a lesson all must learn.

Left me curious to re-visit Georgina one season later or a full year elapsing between the ending and where her story could resume. It’s one of those kinds of shorts where you get so wholly consumed by what is inside them, you ache to know more than where the ending leaves you in stilled shock!

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Amanda Block is a writer and ghostwriter based in Edinburgh, UK. A graduate of the Creative Writing Masters at the University of Edinburgh, she is often inspired by myths and fairy tales, frequently using them as a starting point to tell other stories.

Amanda’s work has been featured in anthologies such as Modern Grimmoire: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore and Stories for Homes, as well as magazines including Vintage Script and Bookanista. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Chapter One Promotions Short Story Competition. Amanda is currently working on a collection of short stories, and thinking about getting back to her half-finished novel.

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Ms Parrish and I equally saw the eloquence of this story and each of us felt it was familiar to us yet altered into a new memory of loveliness all the same. Her Editor’s Note is a keen and befitting ending to this story – it’s the kind of short that is larger than it’s words.

Broken into segments of Birth, Death, Growth, and a section I share keep secret whilst revealing a cyclic awakening of the natural world, Antlers delves further into the natural origins of life itself whilst anchouring the reader directly into a world where free will can haunt the person who is not mindful of the consequences of their actions. The beautiful arch of narrative is sweeping as it is definitive epic in it’s scope – visually you cannot help but walk alongside the Lady of the story.

She carries with her spirit a yearning of freedom stitched through a keen insight into how what is not readily understood or known can hold within it’s eyes an ancient knowledge that elevates itself past time and past the point of where life and death co-exist. It’s illuminating as a tragic Shakespearean play, hugging your soul so close to the heartache of the moments which capture your emotions, you are implored to continue reading how the earth and the people of this story will emerge out at the other side of their strife.

It’s a short that gives you a hearty depth of narration whilst combining just enough of a hint of what you know of previously to leave you etched with this catalyst of a story that could become further developed and deepened by more length. Right as it stands, you want to re-read it as it sits here within the pages of FAE awaiting your eyes and your mind to imagine the greater truth of what connects us inasmuch as what divides us. I have held a particular appreciation for the natural world since I was quite young, and this story is a testimony of the delicate balance we walk when living both in step and against the harmonic cycles of nature.

I could live a lifetime inside ANTLERS,
it’s so intrinsically insightful and far reaching by it’s heart.

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Reason for Sharing: After I read “Antlers” I came into “Only Make-Believe” wherein I looked up the author’s website. I clicked over to her YT channel, found this video on auto-play where it stirred how I felt when I read “Antlers”! Her vocalisations are impressive but it’s what she’s able to inflect into her voice and the words that give weight and measure to what I had just read.

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| “Only Make Believe” by Lauren Liebowitz |

Lauren Liebowitz lives in Austin, Texas, which (if you listen to city marketing) is simultaneously the “live music capital of the world” and “a city within a park”—the perfect home for humans and fae creatures alike. She works as a copywriter at a small local university, but in her free time, she writes fiction, bakes too much banana bread, and leads a video game cover band in which she sings and plays flute.

Site | @laurentheflute | YouTube | Blog

As soon as I began reading this short, images of ‘Blue Spirit’ drifted back to me, because what was quite curious is how Liebowitz and Garrison are writing with a wit of humour so familiar to each others writerly style and voice, I was happily entreating into this short with keen interest! Their humour was well placed and the way in which they set-up their characters to inhabit the magic of their worlds was blessedly urban. I wondered to myself if they know of each other?

Robin and Nadia are castaways from their rightful heritage and families – taking up residence in a city whose charm is not outdone by their internal conflict of identity. They each struggle to understand who they are whilst trying to muster up the external courage to live the lives they have known thus far along. Nadia is an orphan outright, placed in an adoptive home whereas Robin has been left behind by parents who were seeking to shelter him from a danger he was never told about.

There is an easiness to their dialogue and the manner in which their interacting with each other; very matter of fact, and yet, they are outwardly so very different too! Robin is undeterred from not understanding which hooved creature will claim his ancestry whereas Nadia dreamt for a magical past not realising she had magic in her blood! They become a bit magnetic towards each other – perhaps seeing something in each other that they were seeking but did not fully believe they would find?

I’ve come across this type of magic before – though time and memory are erasing the specifics, I felt originally it was a clever way of ‘shifting’ how someone sees you whilst giving you a cloak of privacy at the same time. It’s a tender coming-of age story that takes you only to the beginnings of a budding teenage romance – you truly feel for Robin at the conclusion! A swell bloke whose trying to live an honest life but whose missing a few bits in regards to social graces and the ques to pick up whilst interested in a girl. In his defense, I think the absence of his parents has hindered his growth but his strength to carry on as usual endears him to you. Plus, it’s filled with a bit of cheeky humour to keep you smiling!

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| “The Cartography of Shattered Trees” by Beth Cato |

Beth Cato’s debut steampunk novel THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER will be released by HarperCollins Voyager in September 2014. She’s originally from Hanford, California, but now resides in Arizona with her husband and son. Her short fiction, poetry, and tasty cookie recipes can be found on her website.

Site | Blog | @BethCato | Facebook |

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I shared this excerpt previously when I first announced I was going to read FAE for review, back in the Spring when I first started composing my 10 Bookish, Not Bookish Thoughts. They were meant to follow weekly on Thursdays, however, between then and now hours have dissolved and melted away with the tides of life. I might have been perceptive to realise something within the title of this short would lead me to it’s story – sometimes I find titles are elusive and other times they are quite telling in how we might absorb the story.

What was so heart-wrenching is the raw honesty of what happens to Vivian, and how she has felt broken and disconnected from her ability to live a life she no longer could possess. Earlier in the Spring, I borrowed a film from my local library called “Words and Pictures” – a bit of a play on a thematic from Cartography as an artist in the film was losing her motor skills and it was impending her creative muse from giving her the joy of creating. It’s brilliantly executed from the acting to the production of it’s visual medium – so much so, I felt both the film and this short parallel each other tremendously.

We cannot prevent circumstances in our lives from erupting the normalcy we happily inhabit but we do have the right to curate our attitude to rise to meet our adversities. It’s how we chose to move forward when a wrong has been done that paints the future – will we succumb to the trauma and the angst, or will we find a way to find renewal out of the pain? The fuller beauty of this story is who causes the impetus of healing for Vivian and how this gift of being healed enables her to do more than she felt she was capable of giving back to a world she no longer viewed as innocent or etched in light. This is Contemporary Fantasy with overtones dipping inside Realistic Fiction, writ so authentically you hope for more!

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Most enjoyable for me were the ‘Editor’s Notes’ at the conclusions of the shorts – even for the stories which left me questioning how I felt about them, I appreciated Ms Parrish’s insights. It’s a bit like why I love Editor Notes included in ARCs; little bits of curious afterthoughts you might not always be privy to knowing and they somehow deepen your appreciation for the story or stories at hand!

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It’s quite fitting on the night I’m editing this review and blogging the full breadth of what I enjoyed about the short stories I am highlighting from this collection, that I would find a documentary about Gender Identity whilst realising there are shorts within this anthology which seek to question why certain traditions of class and social structure in organised societies are rooted in the context of individual gender and the bias that goes along with that tradition. It’s perplexing why one’s gender not only defines the interests of a person but seek to limit what a person can achieve simply due to who they are rather than what they are capable of doing outright.

I encourage you to keep an open mind whilst reading FAE whilst embracing the beauty of the stories the authors have left behind to help expand the conversation forward. As gender equality and gender identity tend to walk hand in hand inasmuch as equality should be an innate right for all. As much as I encourage you to open the video below embedded in this s/o I gave on behalf of a beautiful documentary about two trans young women seeking equality in Canada.

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This book review is courtesy of: World Weaver Press

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REMINDER:
The next #SFFLunch will be on: FRIDAY, 18th September from Noon to 2pm EST
Note of gratitude to World Weaver Press:

It isn’t often you find such a wonderful tome of Press Kit Materials and informational packets on the stories you want to read as organised as the ones you will find on World Weaver Press! Not only do they have a full itinerary of all the readers & book bloggers who have hosted their authors outlined per title in their front / back lists, they have included handy downloadable kits filled with everything a book blogger and reviewer could ever hope to find given to them! I had a lot of fun sorting out what I wanted to use and how I wanted to include the information provided on behalf of FAE. This is one publisher who is forward thinking and pro-active to help the book blogger community succeed in hosting their authors and their stories. My hat is off to them for giving us such a kind gift!

They also included three bookmarks along with my copy of FAE; one for ‘Far Orbit’ an anthology I had my eye on for it’s traditional scope of telling classic space opera — I should honestly recognise more than the name of Elizabeth Bear, but it’s been quite a long rotation around the galaxy since I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club, where I developed a keen eye for upcoming writers and established writers in a genre that is never quite done telling us a good yarn!

Another bookmark was highlighting ‘Heir to the Lamp’ a story about the Jinn, which perked my interest after realising ‘The Golem and the Jinni’ will forever leave me curious to learn more! If you’ve read Wecker’s novel, you’ll appreciate my ruminations on the story! The last bookmark enclosed was for a novel by the original author who drew my eye into FAE: ‘Opal’ by Kristina Wojtaszek, which is a fairy-tale re-telling based off of ‘Snow White’.

I am properly flummoxed to know which title to request next!

Dear me, what a happy paradoxical puzzle to noodle out a resolution!

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Find out what I am hosting next in 2015!

Visit with me again soon!

NOTE: due to health reasons and lightning storms this review was delayed until now. Most of this post was blogged back in June 2015, with the exception of the individual reviews per short I loved discovering which were blogged shortly before this review went LIVE. It was an anthology I loved talking about and left me smashingly curious for more by the authors whose shorts were as keenly devoured as the ones in A Chimerical World!

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Reader Interactive Question:

If you are unfamiliar with the origins of the fae in Speculative Literature, as I was offering an open-ended convo in which to share recommendations earlier, I wanted to ask, what draws your eye to anthologies by Speculative Fiction publishers!?

What do you seek out the most as far as a preference of genre or style of story? Science Fiction? Fantasy? Horror? or the Paranormal!?

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The FAE happily alight on Jorie Loves A Story:

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court (edited) by Scott M. Sandridge

The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye

Blue Spirit: A Tipsy Fairy Tale by E. Chris Garrison

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all. "I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story) more >> | Hire me as a betareader | Policies & Review Requests
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