I mentioned that I like books about Faeries in my Kidlitcon post, so here’s a list of some of my favorites:
- Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
I love this book so much. A combination of “Tam Lin” and “Thomas the Rhymer” set in 1980s UK, told as only Diana Wynne Jones can.
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
“Tam Lin” set at pseudo-Carleton College in the 1970s. Lots and lots of Shakespeare and other English major babble, as well as Classics major babble! It works amazingly well.
- War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Rock and roll in Minneapolis in the 80s, plus a war between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. And motorcycles. And Prince. It’s divine.
- Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
A talented but shy young harpist falls in love with a faery assassin. Who the Queen of Fey wants dead, of course.
- Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
A talented and not as all shy musician is drawn to a faery muse who may or may not be his ruin.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Napoleonic Wars, with sorcerers. And lots of footnotes. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort.
- Tithe by Holly Black (first in a series)
Human/faery changelings and rock and roll. But in New Jersey this time.
- Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan (first in a series)
A teenage faery prince is sent to the mortal world, and has to have the help of some humans to get back home. Friendship, battels between good and evil, and maybe even a little romance.
- Wings by Aprilynne Pike (first in a series)
See my review here
- “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare
Wacky Elizabethan faeries meddling in mortal affairs. I performed in it in high school, and saw the acclaimed Guthrie version three times: the original run, and two touring shows.
- “The Tempest” by Shakespeare
Tragic and glorious, Shakespeare’s play has a magician, an airy sprite, and a monster. And some sailors. And young lovers, of course.
And on that note, how much do I want to see this movie? A WHOLE LOT.