Flashback Friday: The Good Fairies of New York

ffbutton2Flashback Friday is a weekly tradition started here at Bookshelf Fantasies, focusing on showing some love for the older books in our lives and on our shelves. If you’d like to join in, just pick a book published at least five years ago, post your Flashback Friday pick on your blog, and let us all know about that special book from your reading past and why it matters to you. Don’t forget to link up!

This week on Flashback Friday:

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The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
(published 2006)

 Synopsis (Goodreads):

When a pair of fugitive Scottish thistle fairies end up transplanted to Manhattan by mistake, both the Big Apple and the Little People have a lot of adjusting to do. Heather and Morag just want to start the first radical fairy punk rock band, but first they’ll have make a match between two highly unlikely sweethearts, start a street brawl between rival gangs of Italian, Chinese, and African fairies, help the ghost of a dead rocker track down his lost guitar, reclaim a rare triple-bloomed Welsh poppy from a bag lady with delusions of grandeur, disrupt a local community performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and somehow manage to stay sober enough to save all of New York from an invasion of evil Cornish fairies.

If they can stop feuding with each other, that is.

A cute and cuddly fairy story… this is not. But it’s inventive as hell and lots of fun. How could it not be, with an opening like this:

Dinnie, an overweight enemy of humanity, was the worst violinist in New York, but was practicing gamely when two cute little fairies stumbled through his fourth-floor window and vomited on the carpet. . . .

The Good Fairies of New York is a fluffy, entertaining, silly read, but it really suited my mood on the day that I read it way back when. And it left me wanting to check out Lonely Werewolf Girl, Martin Millar’s next novel — which is apparently about a teenage werewolf in the Scottish Highlands. So this Flashback Friday also serves as a note to self: Read that werewolf book already!

What flashback book is on your mind this week?

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7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: The Good Fairies of New York

  1. sounds like a must read. I love fairies. Have you read of Of Blood and Honey by Stinna Leicht or The Onion Girl by Charles De Lint. It’s not so light and silly but good Fey stories.

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