The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray

Posted in Event, Review at 12:13 pm by Amber

Title: The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity
Editors: Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray
Publisher: Daw Books
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Book cover of The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human? Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they’re still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm? Here are fourteen fabulous tales-ranging from humor to dark fantasy-that explore how the creatures of fae are fitting into the modern world.

Here’s another great summer read for these dog days of summer. This collection of short stories has a wide variety of styles and different perspectives on the relationships fae have with humans. Some fae try to blend in, some use their powers to manipulate humans, and at least one has no regard for humans. These stories can easily be read between dips into the pool.

I first read about the project on Palmatier’s blog and followed its progress. The theme of the anthology was broad enough to encompass different types of fae and restrictive enough to let the writers’ creativity fly. It didn’t disappoint.

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  1. Joshua Palmatier said,

    July 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Hey, Amber! Thanks for a great review of MODERN FAE. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Did you have a favorite story?

  2. Amber said,

    August 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    It’s difficult to pick a favorite. They were all very strong and well written. If I had to pick one it would be “The Roots of Aston Quercus” by Juliet E. McKenna. I keep wondering if those dryads are doing well.

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